White supremacists misappropriating Norse mythology: expert

Scandinavian studies professor debunks idea of ‘racial purity’ that makes racist extremists identify with Viking culture

White supremacists misappropriating Norse mythology: expertThere’s an urgent and pressing need for everyone to understand the Vikings, argues Scandinavian studies scholar Natalie Van Deusen. That’s because all manner of Viking symbols and misconceptions about a golden age of Nordic racial purity have been appropriated by racist extremists looking to justify their xenophobia and acts of violence, according to the University of…

Discovery of HIV infection mechanism could hold key to COVID-19

New understanding leads U of A researchers to try a new class of drugs against SARS-CoV-2 and HIV

Discovery of HIV infection mechanism could hold key to COVID-19A newly discovered mechanism at work in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) patients may also lead to new treatments for COVID-19, according to a team of researchers at the University of Alberta. The recently published paper in the journal of the American Society for Microbiology, mBio, reveals how HIV attacks peroxisomes, organelles found in all cells that help…

Reducing emissions would save money for oil sands producers: study

Researchers looked at 15 strategies that would decrease sector’s energy use intensity and found increased profits from all

Reducing emissions would save money for oil sands producers: studyInvestment in new energy-efficient, greenhouse gas mitigation strategies by oil sands producers could net them some important profits, according to a model developed by a research group at the University of Alberta. Engineering professor Amit Kumar and his team investigated 15 strategies covering all areas of the oil sands sector – in situ extraction, upgrading and…

Indigenous communities take COVID-19 measures into own hands

Local responses to pandemic are a necessity to protect people at higher risk of infectious diseases – and a strong assertion of sovereignty, says U of A expert

Indigenous communities take COVID-19 measures into own handsOn the federal government’s Indigenous Services web page, the first piece of information about COVID-19 is advice on how to wash your hands if you’re under a drinking water advisory. This highlights the multiple factors that influence Indigenous health outcomes in times of disease, said Jessica Kolopenuk, a researcher in the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Native…

Eight things you need to know about the hunt for a COVID-19 vaccine

Experts share their knowledge, hopes and fears about the chances of finding a way to inoculate the world against the deadly virus

Eight things you need to know about the hunt for a COVID-19 vaccineWith more than 100 teams around the world racing to find a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, what are the chances of getting something that works? The World Health Organization’s list shows 21 vaccine projects in either phase one or two of clinical trials, and two projects, one in China and the other in the U.K., in phase…

Dungeons & Dragons may help at-risk kids level up social skills

Dungeons & Dragons may help at-risk kids level up social skillsA community program using Dungeons & Dragons to foster social growth among at-risk youth has caught the attention of University of Alberta researchers, who plan to evaluate its apparent success. The Level-Up Gaming League was created by local management consultant Bryan Sali, who noticed a lack of social skills among homeless youth while working about seven years…

Study reveals insights into how we change as we age

Landmark 35-year research project yields surprising findings about happiness, relationships, generational differences and more

Study reveals insights into how we change as we ageIn recent years, there has been a growing interest in the differences between generations and the sociological forces defining their worldviews and behaviour. Stereotypes abound: the silent generation is inflexibly conventional, the baby boomers are narcissistic, generation X members are lazy. And millennials just take too long to grow up. But few of these assumptions…

Obesity rates likely to rise during pandemic: study

Obesity rates likely to rise during pandemic: studyAs financial stress mounts, so does the desire for all kinds of foods, according to a study that hints the COVID-19 pandemic will increase obesity rates, especially among those who have lost their jobs. University of Alberta consumer psychology researcher Jim Swaffield and his co-researcher Qi Guo conducted an experiment with 564 participants to examine…

COVID-19 may spread more than two metres through air

But recent evidence presents no cause for panic, says U of A infectious disease specialist

COVID-19 may spread more than two metres through airFor those worried about the airborne transmission of COVID-19, University of Alberta infectious disease expert Nelson Lee wants to be clear: don’t panic. “We're not talking about long-range transmission that can cause super-spreading events,” said Lee, one of 239 scientists from around the world who sent an open letter to the World Health Organization warning of mounting…

New test for heart failure could help COVID-19 patients

U of A researchers say COVID-19 and cardiovascular disease are linked thanks to ACE2 enzyme and may respond to same treatments

New test for heart failure could help COVID-19 patientsA new blood test that reliably predicts outcomes for heart failure patients could lead to new diagnostics and treatments for COVID-19 patients as well, according to newly published research from cardiologists at the University of Alberta. The researchers examined circulating angiotensin peptide levels in the blood of 110 people who were experiencing heart failure due to…
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