News archive - October 2017

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 designation announced today as part of Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities is based on a balanced set of input, output, and impact measures that distinguishes exceptional achievement in research income and publishing research in leading scientific journals.

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.

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.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Waterloo named Canada’s most innovative university for 26th consecutive year

The University of Waterloo is Canada’s most innovative university, according to a reputational survey from Maclean’s magazine.

Maclean’s annual ranking of Canadian universities, released today, also named Waterloo second for best overall, highest quality, and leaders of tomorrow out of the 49 universities surveyed.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Funding for infrastructure awarded to Waterloo

Nine Waterloo-led research projects will receive more than $17 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for infrastructure to support research.

The awards from CFI’s Innovation Fund were announced today by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science.

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