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Gender Differences

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin: A hilarious celebration of lifelong female friendship

Legendary duo Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin have been friends for decades. In a raw, tender and wide-ranging conversation hosted by Pat Mitchell, the three discuss longevity, feminism, the differences between male and female friendship, what it means to live well and women's role in future of our planet. "I don't even know what I would do without my women friends," Fonda says. "I exist because I have my women friends." Jane Fonda has had three extraordinary careers (so far): Oscar-winning actor, fitness guru, impassioned activist.

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Learning & Memory

Researchers Study Tie Between Estrogen, Memory

Guelph - A new study by University of Guelph researchers that narrows down where and how estrogens affect the brain may help in understanding how the hormones affect cognition and memory in women, says psychology professor Elena Choleris.

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Philanthropy

Christie donates $10,000 worth of gifts to Family & Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region

Kitchener – Christie has donated $10,000 worth of gifts to the Family & Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region Holiday Support Program in lieu of having a staff and children’s Christmas party this December.

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Food Cost

Canadians to Pay More for Food in 2016: U of G Food Price Report

Guelph - Canadian consumers will have to pay more for food next year, according to the 2016 Food Price Report from University of Guelph researchers. After a year in which a lagging Canadian dollar led to substantial price jumps for many products, shoppers will face smaller increases in 2016, especially for meats, fruits and nuts, and vegetables. Overall, the researchers expect prices increases averaging two to four per cent, above the general rate of inflation.

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A Force

Global brands hoping force is strong this weekend - here's why

By Andrew Baulcomb

Hamilton - Iron your brown vest, polish your black helmet and put fresh batteries in your lightsaber. Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens worldwide on Friday. Forbes has already predicted the intergalactic blockbuster could earn more than $208 million during its opening weekend, challenging the existing record set by midsummer powerhouse Jurassic World.

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SIRT

Sheridan Receives $1 Million Gift From Cisco Canada's Technology Legacy Program

$1-million of technology infrastructure gifted to Sheridan College's SIRT Centre will help drive innovation in Canada's growing and internationally recognized film production industry

Oakville - Sheridan College is pleased to announce that it has received approximately CDN $1.07 million of technology from Cisco Canada to advance its Scholarship, Research and Creative Activities. The gift is the first of several major contributions of technology infrastructure to Canadian education and not-for-profit organizations made possible by Cisco's sponsorship of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games and the subsequent Technology Legacy Plan announced in September 2015.

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Health Care

Ontario Hospitals Welcome Dialogue on Future of Ontario's Health Care System

Toronto - The Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, the Hon. Eric Hoskins, released a discussion paper on potential structural changes to Ontario's health care system, and announced that consultations would begin in the new year. Ontario hospitals look forward to participating in this important discussion.

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Consumption Models

Huawei Fellow Dr. Wen Tong: New Theories and Models Inspired Huawei's Revolutionary Application-driven Network

SHENZHEN, China -- Huawei Fellow Dr. Wen Tong announced that the company's revolutionary Application-driven Network (ADN) was inspired by three information consumption models that support a variety of applications. What makes ADN innovative is its top-level architecture design: Network layers are vertically integrated from the top down, and optimal network resources required for applications are allocated and controlled from end to end.

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Trust

U.S. EPA settles with Clorox for misleading antimicrobial label

Company sold ineffective bleach disinfectant to hospitals

San Francisco—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today a settlement with Clorox Professional Products Company for selling a mislabeled pesticide on over six hundred occasions in 2013. As part of the settlement, Clorox has agreed to pay a $250,000 civil penalty.

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Agriculture

Using High-Tech Sensors to Boost Farm Efficiency

‘Precision agriculture’ technology uses a combination of algorithms, sensors and computers to collect and analyze data - by Susan Bubak

Guelph - Cows outside on a farm. Sensors can make farms more efficient, according to University of Guelph professor. Old MacDonald’s farm is going high-tech with the help of sensors that can monitor livestock and crops. Prof. Rozita Dara, School of Computer Science, is working on “precision agriculture” technology that can help farms become more efficient. Precision agriculture uses a combination of algorithms, sensors and computers to collect and analyze data, which can help farmers improve the welfare of their livestock, enhance production and boost crop yields.

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Sound Manipulation

New Metamaterial Manipulates Sound to Improve Acoustic Imaging

Raleigh, NC - Researchers from North Carolina State University and Duke University have developed a metamaterial made of paper and aluminum that can manipulate acoustic waves to more than double the resolution of acoustic imaging, focus acoustic waves, and control the angles at which sound passes through the metamaterial. Acoustic imaging tools are used in both medical diagnostics and in testing the structural integrity of everything from airplanes to bridges.

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Tis' the Season

Southwest Airlines and Points Launch the Ability to Donate Rapid Rewards Points to Charity

Rapid Rewards Members Now Have the Ability to Donate Loyalty Points to Select Charities

Toronto -- Southwest Airlines and Points celebrate the launch of a donation program that allows Southwest Rapid Rewards Members to donate their unused points to featured charities and nonprofit organizations.

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Water Protection

High quality protected areas key to Canada's ocean future

Reacting to the news that Canada aims to officially designate 10% of this territorial waters as Marine Protected Areas by 2020.

Halifax - Bettina Saier, WWF-Canada's Vice President for Oceans released the following statement: "Marine protected areas are a critical part of increasing the health of Canada's oceans on all three coasts. Protected areas limit industrial developments in places that are important for communities, provide homes for species and sensitive habitats, and increase the resilience of our oceans to climate change. Protected areas also help replenish fish populations that harvesters and coastal communities depend on.

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Mapping Systems

Canada takes aim at an asteroid - The Canadian Space Agency delivers its contribution to the first U.S. mission to return a sample of an asteroid to Earth

LONGUEUIL, QC - The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has delivered a sophisticated laser-based mapping system, its contribution to a NASA mission that will be Canada's first international attempt to bring a sample of an asteroid to Earth. NASA's Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission will study Bennu, an asteroid that has the potential to impact the Earth in the late 2100s.

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Philanthropy

The Co-operators donates $75,000 to three organizations in Regina

Regina - Co-operators Life Insurance Company announced donations totalling $75,000 to three organizations working to address unmet needs in its hometown of Regina. The Regina Food Bank, Regina Palliative Care and the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency each received $25,000 gifts.

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Drug Design

Xenon and Genentech Publish in Science the 3-D Crystal Structure of a Novel Nav1.7 Compound Binding Site Enabling the Development of Potent Selective Inhibitors to Treat Pain

Burnaby, BC -- Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, announced publication of a key article in Science by researchers at Xenon and Genentech describing for the first time the X-ray crystal structure of a pharmacological binding site on the Nav1.7 sodium channel allowing for the rational drug design of highly selective inhibitors. Nav1.7 is a member of the voltage-gated ion channel super-family and is a genetically validated target for treating inflammatory and neuropathic pain. These channels open ion-selective pores in response to sensed changes in membrane voltage and stimulate the generation of a response in nerve cells.


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