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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Waterloo ranked top research university among comprehensives for 10 years in a row

For the tenth consecutive year, the University of Waterloo is Research University of the Year among Canadian comprehensive universities, according to Research Infosource.

The announcement comes just weeks after Maclean’s magazine ranked Waterloo the most innovative university in Canada for the 26th consecutive year. Maclean’s annual ranking of Canadian universities also named Waterloo second for best overall, highest quality, and leaders of tomorrow out of the 49 universities surveyed.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Climate change is costing taxpayers billions in losses

An expert from the University of Waterloo is available to speak about a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office that says the U.S. government has spent more than $350 billion on disaster-assistance programs and losses from flood and crop insurance.

Jason Thistlethwaite — School of Environment, Enterprise and Development

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Rapid cellphone charging getting closer to reality

The ability to charge cellphones in seconds is one step closer after researchers at the University of Waterloo used nanotechnology to significantly improve energy-storage devices known as supercapacitors.

Their novel design roughly doubles the amount of electrical energy the rapid-charging devices can hold, helping pave the way for eventual use in everything from smartphones and laptop computers, to electric vehicles and high-powered lasers.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Expert Advisory - Minister Morneau's fiscal update

A UWaterloo expert is available to speak to the media about the fall fiscal update that Bill Morneau, finance minister, will deliver in the House of Commons this afternoon.

Jean-Paul Lam — Economics

Jean-Paul Lam is a professor of economics at the University of Waterloo and he specializes in macroeconomics. He can conduct interviews in English or French.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

When new players learn slot-machine tricks, they avoid gambling addiction

Novice gamblers who watched a short video about how slot machines disguise losses as wins have a better chance of avoiding gambling problems, according to new research.

Slot machines present losses disguised as wins (LDWs) with celebratory music and flashing lights, even though players actually won less money than they bet. People can mistakenly believe that they are winning and continue paying to play.

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