Profanity can make product reviews more persuasive

Product website gatekeepers might be better off allowing some profanity on their platforms

Profanity can make product reviews more persuasiveProfanity in online reviews can pack a powerful punch, says a University of Alberta business researcher. According to Katherine Lafreniere, an expletive or two in a review can enhance an evaluation of a service or product, especially when qualifying descriptions of a given attribute. That means a dishwasher described as “damn quiet,” for example, is…

Renewed agreement will help cultivate the next generation of tech talent

University of Alberta and Infosys will continue to collaborate on research projects in energy, machine learning and climate change

Renewed agreement will help cultivate the next generation of tech talentAustin Fedoretz, a fifth-year engineering physics student, is no stranger to getting hands-on experience in his field of study. As an engineering co-op student, he has had work terms in construction, web development and sensor design. “Each drew on different aspects of the degree,” he explains. “You just never know what knowledge you’re going to…

Six tips to stay motivated throughout the school year

It’s a marathon, not a sprint, says an expert

Six tips to stay motivated throughout the school yearFor many students and teachers, the start of the new school year has added a new set of challenges to the big ones they’ve already been dealing with for nearly two and a half years. And though it may be simple enough to “switch on” motivation to get things done in the short term, sustaining…

Nursing school students not ready for digital transformation

Need better education to keep up with the fast pace of innovation

Nursing school students not ready for digital transformationCanada’s nursing school graduates are not as ready as they should be for the digital transformation happening in health care, according to a University of Alberta researcher. Nurses need better education to keep up with the fast pace of innovation – from robots at the bedside to virtual care and virtual reality treatments to electronic…

Study shows promise for treating rare genetic liver disorder

Progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis (PFIC) typically leads to liver failure

Study shows promise for treating rare genetic liver disorderIt was a Friday afternoon, and Alexandra was running errands when she looked down at her five-month-old son Armando and thought, “You know, he looks really yellow, like jaundice, like a newborn would look.” She took him to their family doctor that same day and, by Monday, was told to go straight to the Stollery…

PCOS leading cause of menstrual dysfunction, infertility

Polycystic ovary syndrome causes the ovaries to produce abnormally high levels of male hormones

PCOS leading cause of menstrual dysfunction, infertilityBy the time she was 15, Sarah Chambers knew something wasn’t right with her body. “I was late getting my first period, I’d only have a couple a year, and I had facial hair, but I got told it was teenage hormones.” So she waited, hoping the embarrassing symptoms would fade as she matured –…

What to eat to make learning easier

The human body needs the right fuel for optimal performance

What to eat to make learning easierWhen it comes to learning, registered dietitian Heidi Bates likens humans to “high-performance sports cars” that need injections of just the right fuel throughout the day. “If you’re not fuelling the body at regular intervals, the amount of sugar in your blood – which is really the fuel for your brain – will go up…

Trees near farmland pay environmental dividends

Shelterbelts and hedgerows reduce emissions of greenhouse gas by an average of 89 per cent

Trees near farmland pay environmental dividendsBoth dead and alive, trees are an essential ally for farmers in helping the environment, a new University of Alberta study shows. Preserving and planting shelterbelts and hedgerows – and keeping the deadwood they contain – next to cropland helps store carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “Retaining those live and dead trees, and planting…

Research may lead to treatment of mood disorders, asthma

Uncover the links between microbiome, depression and immune conditions like asthma

Research may lead to treatment of mood disorders, asthmaA new University of Alberta laboratory is working to understand how altered microbiota – fungi, bacteria and viruses in the gut and lungs – are linked with mood disorders such as depression and inflammatory immune conditions such as asthma. Paul Forsythe, associate professor in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, has been named AstraZeneca Canada…

Stopping gender bias from creeping into artificial intelligence

AI researchers may have found a method for removing bias in natural language processing

Stopping gender bias from creeping into artificial intelligenceA better way to reduce gender bias in natural language processing models while preserving vital information about the meanings of words may have been found, according to a recent study. The research could be a key step toward addressing the issue of human biases creeping into artificial intelligence. While a computer itself is an unbiased…
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