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Brain research sheds light on a mystery

June 5, 2018 - Media release

A breakthrough in brain research has promising implications for health and may lead to new answers about depression, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Parkinson’s disease. A recent study brings researchers one step closer to a better understanding of a mysterious area of the brain located deep in the cerebral cortex.

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Students’ mini-satellite to help astronomers explore the origins of the universe

May 4, 2018 - Media release

Students from the University of Victoria are designing a tiny satellite with big aspirations. When a robotic arm on the International Space Station tosses it into orbit in 2020, the satellite—funded through a national post-secondary funding initiative of the Canadian Space Agency—that's no bigger than a two-liter carton of milk will become a vital tool to help astronomers and cosmologists better understand the origins and future of the universe.

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Whales in ice-free Arctic face emerging threat from vessels

May 3, 2018 - Media release

UVic marine biologist Lauren McWhinnie is lead author in a new study which warns that vessel disturbance could very likely impact the social behaviours, distribution and long-term survival of marine mammals in the Arctic. They rely on a quiet environment to communicate and forage; but Arctic sea ice is shrinking and therefore shipping traffic is increasing.

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