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by Natalie Brinson, Staff Reporter

Snooozy: A wake-up call in the phone survey business

Dec 2 2011 in Science&Tech by Natalie Brinson, Staff Reporter

Snooozy co-founder Baker Humadi promotes the online component of his business to Imprint. Photo: Brent Golem

What started as an idea for a wake-up call has since evolved into a service that will do much more than wake you up. Baker Humadi, a UW graduate, is a core member of the brains behind Snooozy and believes the service will be of good use for other UW students. Snooozy is a free [...]

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by Rahul Bhattacharyya, Photos

VeloCity Demo Day

Dec 2 2011 in Science&Tech by Rahul Bhattacharyya, Photos

DogEar, a start-up company which deals in online bookmarking applications, was co-founded by Ann Gomez, Ahmed Elnaiem, Scott Greenlay, and Winnie Au. The fifth co-founder, Eura Cho, is not pictured.

Residents of the University of Waterloo’s VeloCity showcase their start-up companies at the VeloCity Demo Day held in Davis Centre this past Wednesday, Nov. 30. Start-ups were competing for one of two $1,000 prizes. Photos: Rahul Bhattacharyya

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by Maya D'Alessio - Science Matters

Science Matters: Wanna do well on exams? Don’t drink that coffee

Dec 2 2011 in Science&Tech by Maya D'Alessio - Science Matters

In terms of studying for exams, lack of sleep will make it harder to focus on studying, and will impair your ability to remember what you are studying. Graphic: Majuratan Sandagopan

As we head into exams I figured it might be relevant to talk about the effects of caffeine, sleep deprivation, and stress on performance. Most people know that caffeine is a stimulant — that’s why we drink it — but it’s actually produced by plants to paralyze and kill insects attempting to feed on them. [...]

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by Krystin Li, Reporter

Micro Files: Damaged bones, the Earth’s atmosphere and immune boosters

Dec 2 2011 in Science&Tech by Krystin Li, Reporter

Damaged bones repaired by 3-D printers Engineers have created a 3-D printer that is able to repair damaged bones using a ceramic powder. New cells can grow on the substances added with no adverse effects. This machine makes it much easier to customize bone tissues and repair damaged bones.  According to Prof. Susmita Bose, who [...]

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by Rachel Dyck, Reporter

Engineering start-up group tackles issues of food security from a different angle

Nov 25 2011 in Science&Tech by Rachel Dyck, Reporter

Back left: UW Aquaponics Design Team members Matt Lang, Matt Vibert-Adams, Nathan Landsman, Jake Song, and Nabeel Syed; (front left) Douglas Thoms and Dave Lowrie. Courtesy Rachel Shuh

As the global population soars and the availability of farmable land diminishes, issues of food safety and sustainability are growing increasingly urgent. And although the world’s need for food isn’t changing, its approach to production will have to. Is there an efficient way of raising crops that does not harm the natural environment? Can a [...]

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Science Matters: Farming pharmaceuticals

Nov 25 2011 in Science&Tech by Maya D'Alessio - Science Matters

W e rely on the pharmaceutical industry on a daily basis for painkillers, antibiotics, cancer treatments, and millions of other drugs. Despite the great need serviced by the pharmaceutical industry, there are a lot of issues in the research and development of new drugs. Pharmaceuticals, as an industry, is relatively new. There were apothecaries and [...]

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by Gabe Herta, Consider the Folllowing

Consider the Following: What did you say?

Nov 25 2011 in Science&Tech by Gabe Herta, Consider the Folllowing

Imagine, for a moment, being constantly unaware of what just happened. Imagine having a memory so brief that you are perpetually living in the present, and have no concept of prior events. Suppose you lack the ability to form new memories. For musician Clive Wearing this is more than just a hypothetical scenario; he lives [...]

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by Abel Molina, Reporter

Science editorial: A hot way of curing colds

Nov 25 2011 in Science&Tech by Abel Molina, Reporter

A few weeks ago, you could read a story here in Imprint about several ways of fighting the common cold. However, there was one method that was missing which might be specially helpful during a stressful time like the exam period. That method is nothing but regular sexual intercourse. Reports have shown that having sex [...]

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by Krystin Li, Reporter

Micro Files: Go to bed angry, don’t drink soup, and watch out for deathly pictures

Nov 25 2011 in Science&Tech by Krystin Li, Reporter

Why you should go to bed angry New research from the University of California at Berkeley has shown that dreaming can help us forget painful memories and reduce stress. During REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, the dream phrase, our brains get rid of painful memories from our minds. It is like an overnight therapy, “a [...]

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Bulls, Bears and Wolves: Using the tools available

Nov 18 2011 in Science&Tech by Tim Pelzer, Bulls, Bears and Wolves

Photos courtesy China Dang Dang Inc.

Charting involves analyzing the three data points provided by the marketplace: price, number of transactions, and time. All indicators are based on some function of these three things. DANG had its earnings report this morning (Nov. 16, 2011), reporting a loss. Stocks that have news or earnings out on them are generally good candidates for [...]