UCSC engineers develop new method to automate the growth of cerebral organoids

UCSC engineers develop new method to automate the growth of cerebral organoids

A team of engineers at UC Santa Cruz has developed a new method for remote automation of the growth of cerebral organoids – miniature, three-dimensional models of brain tissue grown from stem cells. Cerebral organoids allow researchers to study and engineer key functions of the human brain with a level of accuracy not possible with … Read more

Men exposed to industrial air pollution exhibit sperm mitochondrial DNA deletions

Men exposed to industrial air pollution exhibit sperm mitochondrial DNA deletions

In eukaryotic cells, mitochondria produce energy that is used for all cellular functions. Two metabolic pathways that influence energy production include oxidative phosphorylation and glycolysis. All cells consist of varied numbers of mitochondria, which ranges from several hundred to thousands per cell. Every mitochondrion contains multiple copies of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). Study: Spectrum of sperm … Read more

What the push for open banking could mean for your finances

What the push for open banking could mean for your finances

When Colin Deacon started his career as an investment adviser 40 years ago, he made a point of working with some of the smallest customers – those who’d typically be passed over by the financial services industry. His clients got financial and tax planning advice, help with their small business concerns and investing assistance – … Read more

The mental health of Canadians is at a breaking point

The mental health of Canadians is at a breaking point

First, it was the pandemic. Today, it’s the rising cost of living. Canadians just can’t seem to catch a break. And now, many are at a breaking point. Working professionals are experiencing increased strain on their emotional well-being, according to a major report released Thursday, which found that the mental health of Canadians in June … Read more

You now need to make an extra $18,000 to pass the mortgage stress test

You now need to make an extra ,000 to pass the mortgage stress test

A home for sale in Toronto’s Annex neighborhood is photographed on July 18.Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail The housing market appears to have cooled in recent weeks, but that doesn’t mean it’s now more affordable to enter the market. In fact, owing to rising interest rates, the opposite is true. Within the past four months, … Read more

Plants Appear to Be Self-Medicating by Producing Their Own Aspirin When Stressed

Plants Appear to Be Self-Medicating by Producing Their Own Aspirin When Stressed

You might find yourself reaching for a painkiller when a headache strikes, and it seems plants do something similar: when under stress from hazards around them, plants are capable of producing their own aspirin. A new study takes a closer look at this particular self-defense mechanism in plants, and how the production of the active … Read more

Ontario’s right to disconnect act has kicked in. Experts say it’s good ‘in theory’ – National

Ontario’s right to disconnect act has kicked in.  Experts say it’s good ‘in theory’ – National

While Ontario’s right to disconnect law sounds like a good idea, experts say it’s important to observe the impact of the practice on the well-being of employees and its practical application in the workplace before considering a pan-Canada approach. According to the Employment Standards Act2000, section 21.1.1, the right to disconnect refers to “not engaging … Read more