Mature women students face additional barriers when enrolling in STEM programs. Shutterstock

Supporting mature female students in STEM programs

With changing student demographics, STEM programs need to provide different supports to accommodate the needs of women returning to education after a break.
Today’s young people don’t play outside as much as their predecessors and are heavy users of electronics. (Shutterstock)

Screen time linked to myopia epidemic

Myopia is a major risk factor for serious eye diseases. It has become epidemic among children, particularly because of their heavy use of electronic devices.
Smaller research teams conduct more disruptive research; a new study could change research funding allocations. Shutterstock

Want disruptive research? Go small instead of big

A new study in Nature finds that large research teams develop recent ideas, while small teams conduct more disruptive and innovative research.
The TV show Star Trek contains lessons for sustainable and inclusive innovation. Shutterstock

Star Trek’s formula for urban innovation

The Star Trek formula for sustainable urban innovation: collaborate, share, use technology for the greater good and invest in people.
Moving beyond pesticides to control the destructive Varroa mite that’s killing honeybees is appealing, but requires more research. Shutterstock

Mite vs mite: The search for honeybee saviours

Bee colonies are threatened by a mite. However, a different mite has been evaluated for its potential to address this threat.
The Gender Tracker Tool is used to see how well Canadian media is representing women’s voices. This stock photo depicts an example of journalists interviewing a female source. Shutterstock

Tracking the gender gap in Canadian media

The Gender Gap Tracker uses computational linguistics techniques to analyze how women are mentioned and quoted in Canadian media.
Feedback loops in algorithms amplify chosen content, to the exclusion of others. Shutterstock

How algorithms amplify viewpoints

Algorithms used by social media networks expose users to divisive content separating them into bubbles. But the ways in which they are trained amplifies the effects of the filter bubble.
Currently only half of people with depression access potentially adequate treatment, according to one research study. Digital devices could help. (Unsplash/boudewijn huysmans)

Why the future of psychiatry promises to be digital

Using smartphones and wearable devices to identify mental health symptoms and deliver psychotherapy will allow more people to access quality care, according to one psychiatrist.
Women scientists are under-represented in science awards with large monetary value, but over-represented in service awards. Shutterstock

Minding the gender gap in science prizes

Women scientists are under-represented in science awards with large monetary value, but over-represented in service awards.
Understanding how and where memory functions in the brain can lead to discoveries in treating memory disorders. Shutterstock

Cognitive neuroscience and the study of memory

Research milestones in the study of memory may help us find solutions to memory disorders like Alzheimer's or recovery from brain trauma.
Studying craters on the moon can shed light on the Earth’s history. Alex Parker, Southwest Research Institute

The moon’s craters & the history of Earth

New research on craters on the moon sheds light about when and how often the moon and Earth have been bombarded by meteorites.

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