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Is it safe to eat canned food past its best-before date?

Yes, but trust your eyes and nose if something seems off, say U of A experts

Are those forgotten cans of food in the cupboard that are years past their best-before dates, still safe to use? Very likely, say University of Alberta food scientists. Cans are sealed tightly against air and light, the culprits behind food spoilage, so they have a shelf life that lasts for years, said U of A […] Read more


Newborn babies’ first gut bacteria may have effect on ability to fight disease

This could eventually allow doctors to establish beneficial bacteria right after birth

New research showing that the first bacteria introduced into the gut have a lasting impact may one day allow science to adjust microbiomes — the one-of-a-kind microbial communities that live in our gastrointestinal tracts — to help ward off serious chronic diseases. Findings by U of A microbial ecologist Jens Walter and his colleagues suggest […] Read more



Seeing is believing when it comes to adopting green energy

People are more likely to invest in renewable technology when they see it being used in the community

Governments at all levels need to invest more heavily in promoting renewable energy if they want citizens to adopt these technologies, new research suggests. University of Alberta environmental sociologist John Parkins led a study to find out what motivates Canadians to use renewable energy, specifically solar panels, in their everyday lives. After surveying 2,065 people […] Read more