News archive - September 2015

Monday, September 28, 2015

Language about climate change differs between proponents and skeptics

Proponents of climate change tend to use more conservative, tentative language to report on the science behind it, while skeptics use more emotional and assertive language when reinterpreting scientific studies, says research from the University of Waterloo.

Tentative language would include words such as "possible," "probable" or "might." The terms "alarmist" and "wrong" are examples of emotional language.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Expert Advisory: Rare and spectacular lunar eclipse takes over night sky this Sunday

Skywatchers will have the chance to experience a total lunar eclipse during a supermoon this weekend. When the moon passes closest to the Earth during the full moon phase, it appears larger and brighter than at any other time.

Robert Henderson, coordinator for the Gustav Bakos Observatory at the University of Waterloo, is available to speak to the media about this rare celestial event.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

A twist for control of orbital angular momentum of neutron waves

An experiment by a team of researchers led from the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) shows, for the first time, that a wave property of neutrons, Orbital Angular Momentum (OAM), can be controlled.

This newfound control of neutron OAM states means that researchers can now use neutron OAM beams to see inside materials that optical, x-ray or electron OAM beams can’t penetrate.

This control can help measure the magnetism, for example, in magnetic materials, as well as deeper probes of superconducting and chiral materials.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hackathon will create apps for living with Alzheimer’s and MS

Hackers at Canada’s first wellness hackathon this weekend will develop new applications for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis.

The Faculty of Applied Health Sciences and the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program at the University of Waterloo will host the two-day event. It will bring together members of the community, students and researchers to create social, hardware and software solutions to improve the lives of those living with the neurological diseases.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Expert: Religion influences voting behaviour more than age, gender, other factors

Ongoing research shows that religious affiliation and the importance people assign to religion influence their vote more than age, gender, marital status, level of education, household income or birth location.

Professor Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme of the University of Waterloo is available to talk about the influence of religious affiliation on voting behaviour in Canada.

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