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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Death toll among smokers in China will surge if government doesn’t take action, study shows

Despite signing a World Health Organization treaty on tobacco control over a decade ago, China is experiencing one million deaths per year from smoking, and more than half of the country’s 316 million smokers say they have no intention of quitting.

Details of China’s tobacco epidemic were presented in a report released today by the University of Waterloo’s International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (ITC) and China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at a World No Tobacco Day event in Shanghai.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Study shows big smart meter investment yielded ‘very small’ electricity savings

Smart meters and time-of-use electricity pricing have only modestly reduced residential energy demand during the most expensive peak periods, a new study suggests.

Researchers at the University of Waterloo compared data for nine months before and nine months after time-of-use rates were introduced in November 2011 by an unidentified distribution company with more than 20,000 household customers in southwestern Ontario.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Your sex life is only as old as you feel

The closer you feel to your actual age, the less likely you are to be satisfied with your sex life, a University of Waterloo study has found.

The study looked at the attitudes of sex and aging of a group of 1170 adults from their mid-40s to their mid-70s over a 10-year period.

The group, which included people of diverse sexual orientation, reported that the closer people felt to their chronological age, the lower the quality of their sex life.

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.

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