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Globe and Mail: Men vulnerable to boredom, depression in retirement

November 27, 2015

John McLeod is ready to say goodbye to the working world. In February, the 59-year-old expects to retire, but there’s one major flaw in his plan: He isn’t sure how to fill the days and whether that could affect his well-being.

“I’m not really going toward anything; I’m just going away from work,” says Mr. McLeod, who has helped his wife run her real-estate law practice in Guelph, Ont., since 2000.

Mr. McLeod does a bit of carpentry work, is an avid reader and member of a local book club, and is planning to travel with his wife. Still, he sees a major activity gap in retirement.

“My concern would be that, after six or 12 months or even three years, I’d be saying, ‘What on Earth am I going to do today?’ That’s where the concern comes from of either boredom or depression,” says Mr. McLeod. “I’m not a depressive person, really, but I know it can happen.”

Experts say men are more susceptible to depression in retirement, in part because their identity is more closely tied to their careers compared to women. Read the full article here.

The Babies exposed to marijuana in the womb have better visual skills, UW research shows

November 27, 2015

Babies exposed to marijuana in the womb showed a significant improvement in their ability as preschoolers to track moving objects, according to new research by a professor at the University of Waterloo's school of optometry.

"The effect of the marijuana was a surprise," said Ben Thompson.

But he warned that the results don't mean people should smoke marijuana while pregnant in the hopes of producing babies with improved vision.

Other studies show drug use during pregnancy can lead to a higher incidence of other types of eye problems.

"The data provide us with really interesting insights," Thompson said. Read the full article here.

North York Mirror: York University researcher makes cosmic discovery

November 27, 2015

A York University student researcher has been recognized for his discovery of cosmic galaxies similar to ours.

George Conidis, a 32-year-old PhD student in physics and astronomy, has for the first time successfully identified and measured 174 groupings of galaxies, which are copies of our cosmic neighbourhood of galaxies, each containing a copy of the Milky Way.

His groundbreaking discovery has earned him the Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation – PhD, which he received during a ceremony in Ottawa Tuesday, Nov. 24. Read the full article here.

The Toronto Star: Sex boosts happiness — but only to a point, study shows

November 20, 2015

It’s no secret: Sex makes people happy. But doing it like rabbits might not boost your happiness beyond a certain point, according to new research.  The study from three University of Toronto Mississauga researchers found having sex more often is linked to greater well-being — up to a rate of about one session in the sack a week.  “So as a visual, the pattern looks like a hill that levels off a certain point,” explained lead researcher Amy Muise, from UTM’s department of psychology.  The research, published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science on Nov. 18, suggests it’s important to maintain a sexual connection with a romantic partner, but also highlights the need for people to have “realistic expectations” in their sex life, she said.   Read the full article here.

CTV News: Research project studies benefits of therapy dogs on mental health

November 20, 2015

A research project involving three Canadian universities is looking at the potential benefits of matching people with mental illness and addiction issues with dogs. Three organizations in Saskatoon have partnered with the program, including the Lighthouse, which is a non-profit emergency shelter and affordable housing provider. James MacKay, a resident of the centre, says he loves when the therapy dogs come to visit.   Read the full article here.

The Globe and Mail: Innovative energy storage project to be unveiled by Ryerson, eCamion

November 20, 2015

Ryerson University in Toronto and a high-tech startup company called eCamion Inc. will unveil a pilot project Wednesday that allows energy to be stored in a unit that sits on hydro poles.

An eCamion storage unit combined with a smart controller developed by Ryerson researchers and students will enable utilities such as Toronto Hydro to store power, integrate more renewable power and improve the reliability of the system, the company and Ryerson say.

  The unit uses lithium-ion batteries that charge during off-peak hours of hydro usage and discharge during peak hours.

  Read the full article here