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Should mining companies be employing fruit flies?

Can fruit flies and microbes help lessen the damage caused by mining? That’s a question Thomas Merritt, Canada Research Chair in Genomics and Bioinformatics, intends to answer. Merritt hopes ...

Thomas Merrit
Thomas Merritt
Laurentian University
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As if love itself weren’t sweet enough, it turns out that simply thinking about your romantic partner causes your blood…
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Globe and Mail: Challenge of the Go-bot – How a machine cracked ‘the most complex game ever devised by humans’

January 29, 2016

Finally, a machine has goed where no machine has goed before.For the first time, researchers have developed a computer program that can beat a professional human player at the venerable and fiendishly subtle game of Go.The feat is being hailed as a breakthrough, not just because it topples a long-standing challenge to artificial intelligence, but also because of the human-like way that the winning computer program achieved its mastery of the game.Scientists say the development opens up new possibilities for the burgeoning field of deep learning, a branch of computer science whose foundations were partly laid by Canadian researchers. In the future, the approach could revolutionize tasks as diverse as smartphone assistance and medical diagnostics to more general and challenging tasks involving computers that can perceive and plan.Read the full article here.

The Record: Guelph researchers on the trail of deadly fox tapeworm

January 29, 2016

A parasite capable of killing dogs and humans that recently arrived in Ontario is being studied by University of Guelph researchers.Echinococcus multilocularis, known as the fox tapeworm, had never been seen in the province before 2012. Since then, four dogs across southern Ontario have been diagnosed, including one in Guelph. There have been no human cases diagnosed yet."How widespread it is, we have no idea," said Prof. Andrew Peregrine in the Ontario Veterinary College's department of pathobiology.The fourth case came into the vet college in the summer, prompting Peregrine and another pathobiology professor and master's student to investigate the prevalence of the parasite in the province.While four is not a lot of cases, Peregrine said, "we weren't even supposed to have it."Read full article here.
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