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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

University of Waterloo lab will help shape the future of industrial 3D printing

Speeding the adoption of industrial additive manufacturing (AM) equipment and processes on shop floors is one of the key goals of a world-class University of Waterloo facility that received a major funding boost today.

Experts at the Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing Lab, which is backed by nearly $27 million in cash and in-kind support, will help Canadian companies tap the enormous potential of AM, commonly known as 3D printing, while also advancing the technology itself through research.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Technology aims to improve physiotherapy outcomes using sensors and machine learning

Researchers at the University of Waterloo combined motion sensors with software programs so that people recovering from hip and knee replacements could see how well they were doing their rehabilitative exercises.

Initial results show that the immediate visual feedback the new technology provides makes patients perform better.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Dams are major driver of global environmental change

Water reservoirs created by damming rivers could have significant impacts on the world’s carbon cycle and climate system that aren’t being accounted for, a new study concludes.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Waterloo and the Université libre de Bruxelles,  appears in Nature Communications. If found that man-made dam reservoirs trap nearly one-fifth of the organic carbon moving from land to ocean via the world’s rivers.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Marijuana use tied to poorer school performance

When high school students started smoking marijuana regularly they were less likely to get good grades and want to pursue university, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Just as many teenagers use cannabis as smoke cigarettes

Just as many teenagers use cannabis every day as smoke cigarettes, according to a new report from the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact at the University of Waterloo.

The report, published yesterday as a supplement to Tobacco Use in Canada: Patterns and Trends, found that two per cent of Canadian students in Grades 7 to 12 – equivalent to more than 43,000 students – use marijuana every day. Daily smoking is similar at 1.8 per cent, according to the Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey.

Friday, May 5, 2017

National survey shows most Canadians in high-risk areas for floods unaware

Nearly all Canadians living in high-risk flood areas not only don’t know it, but are increasingly paying out of pocket for damage.  

Researchers at the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change and the Partners for Action research network at the University of Waterloo surveyed 2,300 homeowners who live in communities that the Government of Canada’s Flood Damage Reduction Program designated as flood-risk areas.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Public lecture examines legalization of marijuana

The School of Public Health and Health System at the University of Waterloo will host a free public lecture and panel discussion Monday on the legalization and regulation of marijuana.

The Honourable Anne Mclellan, former minister of justice and head of the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, will speak on what the new legislation means for public health and what a regulated market may look like in Canada.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

New supercomputer and data centre launched at the University of Waterloo

The University of Waterloo, Compute Canada and Compute Ontario will officially launch Graham, a powerful new supercomputer and the largest one at any Canadian university.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Just 10 minutes of meditation helps anxious people have better focus

Just 10 minutes of daily mindful mediation can help prevent your mind from wandering and is particularly effective if you tend to have repetitive, anxious thoughts, according to a study from the University of Waterloo.

The study, which assessed the impact of meditation with 82 participants who experience anxiety, found that developing an awareness of the present moment reduced incidents of repetitive, off-task thinking, a hallmark of anxiety.

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