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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Table scraps can be used to reduce reliance on fossil fuels

Wasted food can be affordably turned into a clean substitute for fossil fuels.

New technology developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo engineers natural fermentation to produce a biodegradable chemical that can be refined as a source of energy.

 The chemical could also be used to replace petroleum-based chemicals in a host of products including drugs and plastic packaging.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Table scraps can be used to reduce reliance on fossil fuels

Wasted food can be affordably turned into a clean substitute for fossil fuels.

New technology developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo engineers natural fermentation to produce a biodegradable chemical that can be refined as a source of energy.

The chemical could also be used to replace petroleum-based chemicals in a host of products including drugs and plastic packaging.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The top 25 medical lab tests around the world

A recent study can help governments understand which diagnostic laboratory tests are most important when developing universal health coverage systems.

Researchers from five countries found that diagnostic laboratory tests are used similarly around the world, even though the institutions they studied differed in terms of poverty levels, health systems and prevalence of disease.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Making AI more human is key to widespread acceptance

The key to people trusting and co-operating with artificially intelligent (AI) agents lies in their ability to display humanlike emotions, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Waterloo. 

The World Economic Forum expects that more machines will become part of the workforce as technological breakthroughs rapidly shift. Based on the trio of Waterloo Faculty of Mathematics findings, developing the humanness of AI machines may improve people’s acceptance of them in the workplace.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Political disinformation campaigns not as threatening as you think

When foreign powers try to interfere with the politics of another country by spreading strategic disinformation, research suggests there is no real effect on policies or the balance of power in the targeted country.

In a recent study, a researcher at the University of Waterloo investigated whether foreign powers such as Russia and China can influence an election and political outcomes by spreading disinformation.  

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