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Fight cancer: walk the dog

Alaina Osborne | August 27, 2014

A surprising number of dog owners avoid walking their pets, even though this activity is good for both dog and owner. read more »
Uncomfortable sleeping position

Beware the chair

Jenny Hall | August 26, 2014

Study after study has highlighted the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle that includes extended periods of sitting, and the catchphrase “sitting is the new smoking” has gained traction read more »
Menthol cigarettes

Minty but deadly

August 25, 2014

Teens who use menthol cigarettes smoke more cigarettes - an average of 43 per week - than youth who use non-menthols, a new Waterloo study has found. read more »
Whole wheat pasta

Whole wheat makeover

Katarina Smolkova, Students Promoting Awareness of Research Knowledge (SPARK) | August 22, 2014

Whole wheat pasta is a high-fibre, healthy alternative to traditional white flour pasta, but its texture may be too soft for some people. Now, a University of Guelph researcher is trying to change that read more »
Maple Leaf meats logo

Meat with no mystery

Trent University Staff | August 21, 2014

With recent scandals in the meat industry prompting consumers to call for greater accountability from suppliers, companies such as Maple Leaf, are looking for new ways to ensure that their products are exactly what they claim to be. read more »
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Queen’s University School of Graduate Studies: Mary Chaktsiris & the Curiosity Cruiser

July 16, 2014

During the Renaissance, wealthy collectors housed strange and remarkable objects in what came to be called “cabinets of curiosity.” Read full article

Scary scans make smokers stop smoking: new Brock research

May 29, 2014

Smokers, take note. There’s an image that could alarm even the hardest core into giving up the vice for good. Read full article

The Brock News: Brock and other scientists discover plankton believed to be extinct

May 12, 2014

Life after death - one million years later. Brock University geologist Martin Head and a team of international researchers have discovered a living plankton species that scientists had thought was extinct for the past million years. Read full article
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