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The Kingston Whig: Study explores natural aid to heart surgery recovery

May 26, 2016

In the hub of the Clinical Evaluation Research Unit at Kingston General Hospital, a multinational, $2.98 million clinical trial is being launched. The idea? Going back to basics. The project is titled SUSTAIN — “SodiUm SeleniTe Administration IN Cardiac Surgery” — and explores the effects of replenished high-dose selenium in patient recovery after heart surgeries.

The Londoner: Virtual reality showing promise as a research tool

May 26, 2016

Accessible virtual reality hardware is right around the corner and promising much more than just the next trend in video games. With the new technology a major focus for industry giants like Samsung, Microsoft and Sony, early adopters are showing us how virtual reality might also change how we watch films and documentaries, attend concerts or art exhibits, or even how we consume news from the Middle East.

CBC News: Lakehead University researcher delves into 200-year-old Caribbean mystery

May 26, 2016

A team of researchers led by an anthropologist at Lakehead University, in Thunder Bay, Ont., is shedding new light on what caused the deaths of sailors buried at a British Naval Hospital cemetery in Antigua in the late 1700s and early 1800s. People have long thought that the deaths were linked to lead contamination in their daily rations of rum, said Tamara Varney, who has been studying the deaths since 2009, adding that the alcohol was made with lead equipment.

Erie Media: Brock University wine researchers headed to Parliament Hill

May 26, 2016

Jeff Stuart and his team of research students from Brock University in St. Catharines will showcase industry-changing grape research in an event on Parliament Hill this week. Stuart, a biologist in Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI), has partnered with Niagara-based company Sweet and Sticky to research ways of fortifying the company’s ice syrups, a non-alcoholic product made from icewine grapes that is sold as a gourmet ingredient throughout the world.

The Toronto Star: Refashioning Masculinity project offers a fresh model for gender equality

May 26, 2016

Montrealer Travis Martin had just gone though a breakup, escaped a bus crash that left him luggage-less en route to Toronto and he was feeling a nagging desire to explore his feminine side. So when he wandered into a Toronto Value Village, it seemed serendipitous that one item caught his eye: a skirt. He bought two. “It was empowering,” said the 27-year-old actor, recalling his first time wearing one last summer. “It contributed to this freedom that I was more and more experiencing.”

CBC News: Laurentian University research group wants to get inside your head

May 26, 2016

A Laurentian research group has created a wearable technology that will allow users to step inside and visualize their own brain activity. Mandy Scott and Patrick Palucki from the Laurentian Neuroscience Research Group hope their "myHeadquarters" software can help provide users a greater awareness of how the different regions of the brain relate and interact. "Greater awareness for how [users] process information and how they engage with the world around them," says Scott, can lead to a "happier and healthier brain." The end goal, Scott says, is to enable users to re-create positive states of mind. Read full article here.