McGill scientists find mucus is the key to a bizarre mating ritual. By shooting a "love dart," the male snail is injecting its partner with a compound that ensures that more sperm survives. Dr. Ronald Chase and Katrina C. Blanchard's report in the Proceedings of the Royal Society is discussed in the New York Times.
Antonia Maioni, director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, writes in a major essay for the Conference Board of Canada that Stephen Harper's "open federalism" has raised both expectations among Quebecers and the stakes for a possible return to constitutional negotiations. "Although it is unfashionable to mention the 'C-word' these days, sooner or later the constitutional elephant in the room will have to be acknowledged," Ms. Maioni contends.
Neuroscientists at McGill have found that mice suffer elevated distress levels when they see a familiar mouse suffering. Researchers call this shared suffering "emotional contagion" and consider it a primitive and necessary precursor to human empathy. The study, by neuroscientist Jeffrey Mogil, was published in the journal Science.
As more than 7,000 athletes gather in Colorado this week for the North American Indigenous Games, McGill's Waneek Horn-Miller, the most decorated athlete at the games and one of the world's best water polo players, describes how she could easily have called it quits after she was stabbed in the chest during the 1990 Oka standoff.
McGill professor Karl Moore interviewed business leaders as part of the Desautels Faculty of Management CEO Speaker Series. The first conversation is with Bombardier's Pierre Beaudoin, who reflects on the challenges and rewards of leading a family-controlled business on the world stage.
Fossil hunters have discovered that fierce prehistoric sea monsters apparently used the Arctic Ocean as a migration route to rule the world's oceans at roughly the same time as dinosaurs reigned on land. The discovery is part of a fossil "hat trick" pulled off by paleontologist Hans Larsson and team as part of a McGill expedition camped on a remote and inhospitable stretch of Melville Island, 1,200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle.
Titans of biodiversity science and policy warn that the Earth is on the verge of a major crisis. "Despite this evidence, biodiversity is still consistently undervalued and given inadequate weight in both private and public decisions. There is an urgent need to bridge the gap between science and policy." Biology prof Michel Loreau of McGill is one of 19 experts from 13 countries who endorsed a report which appears in Nature.
Abuse, rape, a bad accident -- imagine a drug that wipes out the feelings such traumas leave behind. Researchers at McGill may have found one.
McGill's Frederick Andermann, professor of neurology at McGill and internationally known for his treatment of epilepsy, has been named an Officer of the Order of Canada. Anne Macaulay, a teacher of family medicine at McGill, and Dennis Osmond, emeritus professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, have been named Members of the Order.
A new treatment for asthma is showing great promise in a multi-centre clinical trial involving MUHC researchers. The project involves treating the airway of the lung with thermal energy. Initial trials have shown dramatic results. Dr. Ronald Olivenstein is lead investigator on the study.