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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Expert Advisory: FCC vote on net neutrality

Experts from the University of Waterloo are available to speak to the media about today’s vote on net neutrality by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

Martin Karsten — Computer Science

Martin Karsten is an associate professor in Waterloo's Cheriton School of Computer Science. He has conducted research on the technical aspects of net neutrality. His area of expertise includes network protocols, Internet architecture, and computer systems software.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Social media trends can predict tipping points in vaccine scares

Analyzing trends on Twitter and Google can help predict vaccine scares that can lead to disease outbreaks, according to a study from the University of Waterloo.

In the study, researchers examined Google searches and geocoded tweets with the help of artificial intelligence and a mathematical model. The resulting data enabled them to analyze public perceptions on the value of getting vaccinated and determine when a population was getting close to a tipping point.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Battery research could triple range of electric vehicles

New research at the University of Waterloo could lead to the development of batteries that triple the range of electric vehicles.

The breakthrough involves the use of negative electrodes made of lithium metal, a material with the potential to dramatically increase battery storage capacity.

“This will mean cheap, safe, long-lasting batteries that give people much more range in their electric vehicles,” said Quanquan Pang, who led the research while he was a PhD candidate in chemistry at Waterloo.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Women are naturally more fit than men

Women can process oxygen more quickly than men when they start to exercise, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo.

Quick oxygen uptake places less strain on the body’s cells and is considered an important measure of aerobic fitness.

“The findings are contrary to the popular assumption that men’s bodies are more naturally athletic,” said Thomas Beltrame, lead author on the study.                          

Friday, December 1, 2017

Nanotech startup wins $35K at the Velocity Fund Finals

NanoCnet, a science company developing key technology used in consumer electronics, was among the big winners at the Velocity Fund Finals at the University of Waterloo. Velocity is an entrepreneurship program at Waterloo that provides the knowledge, workspace, community and funding that startups need to succeed.

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