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Acadia University partners with Outward Bound

Canada Acadia University and Outward Bound Canada have announced an innovative partnership that, for the first time in Canada, offers university students accredited courses that combine outdoor experiential education and Outward Bound leadership development training. The course credits will be offered through the University’s continuing education department and available to any eligible student across the country.

“Bloodbot” helps keep Canadian blood clean

A unique robotic device is helping University of Alberta researchers confirm that hemophiliacs in Canada are receiving clean, safe blood. Working in the Blood Borne Pathogens Surveillance Project laboratory, the researchers are using the ‘bloodbot’ to increase the amount of blood samples from hemophiliacs that they are able to check for incidences of HIV and hepatitis C. The robot does the tedious work of separating the components of the blood samples, registering them according to a barcode reading, and then preparing them to be frozen until researchers can analyze them.

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