Claims babies harbour bacteria before birth refuted

Claims babies harbour bacteria before birth refutedContamination actually occurred during vaginal delivery, clinical procedures or DNA sequencing Scientific claims that babies harbour bacteria while still in the womb are inaccurate, according to University of Alberta researchers involved in an international study. The perspective paper, published in Nature, should settle a debate in the research community about whether a fetal microbiome exists,…

Making virus-killing clothing a good fit for production challenging

Making virus-killing clothing a good fit for production challengingFabric could be used to produce protective uniforms for soldiers, hospital workers, firefighters and paramedics Clothing that can kill viruses and bacteria on contact helps protect the people who protect us, but getting that type of protective finish onto the uniforms first responders wear is a big challenge. University of Alberta researchers are working to…

Tackling homelessness takes a community, says master’s grad

Tackling homelessness takes a community, says master’s gradSydney Stenekes credits her degree with giving her the confidence to engage with people of diverse cultures Growing up, Sydney Stenekes was taught to help others however she could. Whether teaching kids how to skate or speak English or serving as a student trustee for her school board, she learned “to love and respect everyone…

Research aims to boost mental health support for farmers

Research aims to boost mental health support for farmersPeople who own, operate or work on a farm have higher suicide rates compared to most other occupations The life of a Canadian farmer might sound peaceful – living in the countryside, working outdoors, growing our food. But scratch that bucolic surface and the reality is much different, with high rates of depression and stress…

Geothermal energy could give old oil and gas wells a new lease on life

Geothermal energy could give old oil and gas wells a new lease on lifeRetrofitting orphan wells to geothermally heat wintertime water for cattle Tapping the potential of geothermal energy could offer a way to repurpose inactive oil and gas wells, according to a University of Alberta experiment looking at the economic feasibility of heating drinking water for cattle. The case study modelled the economic pros and cons of…

Research may lead to more eco-friendly lithium ion batteries

Giving new life to old batteries will be good news for the environment and the bottom line

Research may lead to more eco-friendly lithium ion batteriesLithium-ion batteries are part of everyday life, powering everything from cellphones to electric vehicles, but they also wear out eventually, and that comes at a cost to the environment. Now, a University of Alberta researcher is exploring how to recycle and regenerate the spent batteries in more eco-friendly ways. Related Stories Researcher aims to squeeze…

Want to save the world? Pick up a needle and thread

Awash in a world of “fast fashion,” it’s all too easy for consumers to toss and replace garments that only need minor repairs

Want to save the world? Pick up a needle and threadOne of the best ways to keep your garments in the closet – and out of the landfill – is to pick up a needle and thread or pay someone else to do it when a button pops or a hem drops. More people, especially men and the younger generation, need to take up that…

PCOS leading cause of menstrual dysfunction, infertility

Polycystic ovary syndrome causes the ovaries to produce abnormally high levels of male hormones

PCOS leading cause of menstrual dysfunction, infertilityBy the time she was 15, Sarah Chambers knew something wasn’t right with her body. “I was late getting my first period, I’d only have a couple a year, and I had facial hair, but I got told it was teenage hormones.” So she waited, hoping the embarrassing symptoms would fade as she matured –…

Trees near farmland pay environmental dividends

Shelterbelts and hedgerows reduce emissions of greenhouse gas by an average of 89 per cent

Trees near farmland pay environmental dividendsBoth dead and alive, trees are an essential ally for farmers in helping the environment, a new University of Alberta study shows. Preserving and planting shelterbelts and hedgerows – and keeping the deadwood they contain – next to cropland helps store carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “Retaining those live and dead trees, and planting…
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