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Health, International, Internet, Science and Technology

Use of drones to fight TB in remote locations investigated

An international team, including Canadian researchers, has been trying out the use of drones to help test for tuberculosis and treat it in Madagascar, a country in the Indian Ocean. Madagascar has difficult terrain making it hard to take test» 

Internet, Science and Technology

Food may be key to why giant beavers died out

The beavers that now live in Canada typically weigh 27 kg, but the giant beavers that lived in North America during the Pleistocene era weighed as much as 100 kg and became extinct. Now, two researchers connected to Western University» 

Health, International, Internet, Science and Technology

Millions die after surgery worldwide, say researchers

A new study suggests that 4.2 million people die each year in the 30 days after surgery making this the third leading cause of death around the world. Using available information, researchers found that this number of post-surgery deaths exceeds» 

Health, International, Internet, Science and Technology

New research gives a better understanding of concussions

  Concussion effects last longer than thought A Canadian-Dutch collaboration into concussion research used a new technique to discover how the brain works around concussion damage. The study, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) revealed interesting information about concussions and» 

Health

Pregnant women urged to exercise

Physical activity is a “critical component” of achieving a healthy pregnancy, say doctors and researchers in Canada. This is one step up from their previously calling exercise “a recommended behaviour.” A review of 25,000 studies done at Western University was» 

Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Early photos revealed with X-ray technology

Scientists at Western University in Ontario have developed a technique to “see through” tarnish and reveal the original images on daguerreotypes, the first kind of photograph that was invented in 1839. In those days, people had to pose without moving» 

Society

Ancient Egyptian mummy is not a hawk, but a malformed human fetus

What likely is the highest-resolution scan ever conducted on a fetal mummy reveals it to be that of a human male and not a hawk, as was originally thought, according to researchers at Western University. Detailed micro-CT scans reveal what» 

Society

Tornado study reveals historic outbreak

It was thought that a tornado outbreak on June 18, 2017 in the province of Quebec involved four tornadoes, but a new study method reveals the real number was 11. This makes it the largest tornado outbreak ever recorded in» 

Environment, Internet, Science and Technology

New tornado forecasting may provide faster, more accurate warning

Two Canadian researchers have developed a tornado-prediction method they say could provide warnings within 20 minutes and make them much more accurate. Prof. Wayne and Anna Hocking stand before VHF windprofiler radars they say can help better predict tornadoes. © Western» 

Health, Internet, Science and Technology

Study of 19th C foot bones reveals damage may be caused by footwear

Bio-archaeologists have discovered bone chips in 19th century Dutch farmers who wore wooden clogs, and they say these injuries offer clues to the damage caused by high heels today. The town of Middenbeemster, near Amsterdam, wanted to expand its church»