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Mysterious cosmic radio bursts found to repeat

Wed, 2016-03-02 13:00

By Chris Chipello, McGill Newsroom

Astronomers for the first time detect repeat ‘fast radio bursts’ from same sky location

Astronomers for the first time have detected repeating short bursts of radio waves from an enigmatic source that is likely located well beyond the edge of our Milky Way galaxy. The findings indicate that these “fast radio bursts” come from an extremely powerful object which occasionally produces multiple bursts in under a minute.

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Contact: Paul Scholz
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Contact: Chris Chipello
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From backyard pool chemical to nanomaterial

Molecule used to disinfect water could be key to building new kind of DNA structures
Tue, 2016-03-01 07:07

By Chris Chipello, McGill Newsroom

Could a cheap molecule used to disinfect swimming pools provide the key to creating a new form of DNA nanomaterials?

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Contact: Prof. Hanadi Sleiman
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Bacterium from Canadian High Arctic and life on Mars

Permafrost microbe discovered growing at –15°C, the coldest temperature ever reported for bacterial growth
Wed, 2013-05-22 12:16

The temperature in the permafrost on Ellesmere Island in the Canadian high Arctic is nearly as cold as that of the surface of Mars. So the recent discovery by a McGill University led team of scientists of a bacterium that is able to thrive at –15ºC, the coldest temperature ever reported for bacterial growth, is exciting.  The bacterium offers clues about some of the necessary preconditions for microbial life on both the Saturn moon Enceladus and Mars, where similar briny subzero conditions are thought to exist.

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