CTV News: The sound of healing: Study says sound-stimulation could help Alzheimer’s patients
April 22, 2016A new therapy could be music to the ears of hundreds of thousands of Canadians suffering from Alzheimer's disease. A recent study found that sitting down patients in a chair with built-in speakers and subjecting them to sound stimulation at 40 hertz had "promising" results in terms of increasing their cognition, clarity and alertness. The research, which was undertaken by researchers from the University of Toronto, Wilfrid Laurier University and the Baycrest Centre hospital in Toronto, studied the effects on 18 participants with different stages of the disease (six mild, six moderate and six severe) after six sessions of treatment. Read full article.
McMaster Daily News: Need to solve a Rubik’s Cube? There’s a bot for that
April 22, 2016Final year Engineering students will be showcasing their skill and stellar cutting-edge technological projects during two large expos at McMaster this Friday. The student displays will feature 48 projects ranging from a voice-activated robotic arm to a concussion diagnosis app to a WiFi connected vehicle charger. The popular annual Electrical & Computer Engineering technological showcase and competition (ECE Expo) is joined this year by the department of Engineering Physics. Both capstone showcases run from 9 to 4 p.m. on Friday April 8. ECE will be in CIBC Hall, McMaster University Student Centre (Third Floor) and Engineering Physics will be in the Marketplace (First Floor). For participating final-year engineering students, the expos represents the culmination of a year’s work and a chance to demonstrate both theoretical and applied skills. Each team was required to identify a complex engineering problem and then work as a research and development unit to solve it. Read full article.
CTV News: Air Canada, research partners to introduce biojet fuel into airport supply system
April 22, 2016Canada's largest airline will take part in a three-year research project that introduces a new type of jet fuel into one airport's supply system. Air Canada says it will participate with 13 other organizations to set up a shared biojet fuel system at an airport in Canada yet to be determined. Biojet fuel uses organic material from renewable sources that will be blended with regular jet fuel made from petroleum. Air Canada (TSX:AC) says it expects to introduce 400,000 litres of blended biofuel through the project. Other participants in the 13-member group include Boeing, the International Air Transport Association, Transport Canada and the National Research Council. The research initiative also includes Queen's University in Kingston, Ont., McGill University in Montreal and the University of Toronto. Read original article.