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Guelph Today: Cow antibody could help fight cancer

October 21, 2016

A recent discovery related to that lesser known genetic characteristic has biological scientists at the U of G excited. They have found that the animal’s antibodies could be harnessed to cure and prevent human diseases, even cancer. Lead by molecular and cellular biology professor Azad Kaushik, the researchers have developed novel vaccines from cow antibodies, and are exploring ways to use the technology in human health. They engineered a new kind of antibody that boosts results in the fight against resilient respiratory disease in cattle. The antibody manipulation has the potential for use in the development of vaccines to attack pathogens in people. “In the 90s, we discovered that the largest sized antibody known to exist in any species is in cattle,” said Kaushik in an interview. These ‘megabodies’ are extremely long, and are genetically programmed into cattle at birth. Read the full article here.

London Free Press: Unexpected discovery leads researchers to develop super-thin material to store data

October 19, 2016

In a discovery that owes as much to serendipity as science, Western University researchers have developed a thinner-than-thin polymer that could exponentially expand the memory storage of our computers and smartphones. It is the tech industry’s and consumer’s dream: a virtual house-full of memory capability in a device smaller than a fingernail. The polymer is made of organic material, rather than the silicon now used in flash drives, and can be stretched ridiculously thin — 10,000 times thinner than a human hair. In commercial application it could be used to help store undreamed-of volumes of data. Researcher and chemist Joe Gilroy gestures to a tiny vial that holds about a gram of coarse orange powder, a substance with the unwieldy name of poly(6-oxo verdazyl), or P6Ov for short. Read the full article here.

CBC: Shamed for liking Nickelback? Don’t worry, Carleton researcher says shamers are insecure

October 17, 2016

Nickelback, the Spice Girls and Céline Dion are artists who have sold millions upon millions of records, but their haters are often more vocal than their fans. Indeed, music shamers are everywhere, and it's probably not hard for most of us to remember a time when we were called out and embarrassed for liking bands and artists. James Deaville, a Carleton University music professor, says people should embrace their not-so-popular musical interests. (CBC) A music professor at Carleton University wrote a paper on musical taste shaming when he was trying to come up with a topic to present at a musicology conference on none other than Billy Joel — a popular target of music shamers — held in Colorado earlier this month. "When I was beginning to do research on Billy Joel in preparation for putting forward a proposal for the conference, I realized that when I looked at the popular media, there was a fairly strong wave of disrespect and dislike aimed at him, and that began to get me to think, 'Well why don't I just look at this whole phenomenon then?'" James Deaville told CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning earlier this week. Read the full article here.

Windsor Star: University of Windsor prof investigates lifespan of wind turbines

October 24, 2016

Wind turbines are still a relatively new feature on Canada’s frontier but what happens when they start breaking down as often as the second family car? Do you keep fixing it or replace it? A new research project conducted in collaboration with the universities in Windsor and London will explore the life span of these expensive giant pinwheels and the financial implications of replace or repair. “It’s timely particularly given the recent back pedalling the government has done on their long term energy plan,” said Dr. Rupp Carriveau, a University of Windsor associate engineering professor and director of the school’s turbulence and energy lab. “In light of that, you better make sure your current clean assets are running well.” Just last month, the Ontario government scrapped almost $4 billion worth of renewable energy projects. Read the full article here.

UWindsor Press: Engineering student designs portable, low-cost diagnostic imaging system

October 13, 2016

Lengthy wait times for medical diagnostic imaging not only delay critical procedures, they add additional strain to patients and families who are left waiting in uncertainty. A University of Windsor graduate student is hoping her promising new research can prove to be a game changer for the medical field and the thousands of people waiting in limbo for critical information. Sujitha Vejella, an electrical and computer engineering master's candidate, has designed a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) based radar for medical diagnostic imaging under the supervision of professor Sazzadur Chowdhury. Using technology that enables the creation of 3D microscopic devices with moving parts, Vejella has fashioned a portable and low-cost imaging system roughly the size of a Rubik’s Cube, offering an alternative to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines, which are expensive and not easily accessible. Read the full article here.

CBC: McMaster University study finds exercise and anger may trigger heart attacks

October 11, 2016

If you're angry or upset, you might want to simmer down before heading out for an intense run or gym workout. A large, international study ties heavy exertion while stressed or mad to a tripled risk of having a heart attack within an hour. Regular exercise is a healthy antidote to stress and can help prevent heart disease — the biggest problem is that too many people get too little of it. But the new research suggests there may be better or worse times to exercise, and that extremes can trigger harm. "This study is further evidence of the connection between mind and body. When you're angry, that's not the time to go out and chop a stack of wood," said Barry Jacobs, a psychologist at the Crozer-Keystone Health System in suburban Philadelphia and an American Heart Association volunteer. He had no role in the study , led by the Population Health Research Institute at McMaster University in Hamilton. Results were published Monday in the Heart Association journal Circulation. Read the full article here.