News archive - February 2016

Friday, February 26, 2016

Pharmacy students and community partner to raise awareness for the hungry and homeless

Byline: Loran Ellero-Dionne and Khrystine Waked, Rx2018

Last Saturday, the School of Pharmacy was proud to work with the Ray of Hope Community Centre to provide a comfortable rest stop for the annual Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) 5km or 10km walk.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Probing the symmetry of superconductivity at the atomic level

Professor David Hawthorn looks out through the resonant soft x-ray scattering instrument.

Electron orbitals can exhibit surprising and unexpected patterns in superconducting cuprates, according to the latest finding by Waterloo physicists Professor David Hawthorn and doctoral student Andrew Achkar.

Their results could have implications for understanding how competing states arise, behave and dissipate in superconducting materials, eventually helping scientists to create more practical superconductors that can operate at ambient temperatures.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Waterloo researchers find dementia patients are prescribed anti-psychosis drugs at alarming rates

Anti-psychosis drugs can be effective in treating agitation or aggressive behaviours along with hallucinations but could potentially kill patients and bring about an increased risk of stroke and cardiovascular issues, according to new research from the University of Waterloo.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Waterloo vision scientists discover potential treatment for adults with lazy eye

Professor Ben Thompson applies transcranial direct current stimulation using a simple cap fitted on the patient's head.

Helping an old brain learn new tricks may be the key to treating a "permanent" vision problem.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Waterloo physicists detect single photons without destroying them

A team led by Waterloo physicists has successfully detected the presence of single photons while preserving their quantum states.

Photons in quantum states are used as carriers of information and sent over long distance, for applications like quantum cryptography and teleportation. However, any transmission is inherently lossy – only 50 per cent of photons arrive after travelling 15 kilometres through optical fibre – making it very difficult to know when an individual photon is arriving.