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It's a global gold rush - clinics and cosmetics companies offering miraculous results using stem cells. They sound too good to be true, and that's probably because they're not true, scientists say. Worse, no one knows the health risks.
Reports of dead birds falling from the sky have made headlines across the world this week, and now authorities are investigating a similar mystery near Quebec City after a farmer found about 80 dead pigeons on his property… David Bird, a McGill wildlife biologist, doesn't expect the lab results will be all that dramatic.
There’s a regular feature called Sinner’s Corner, in which readers look for guidance in their ethical struggles, as in: can an environmentalist play golf in good conscience? A recent issue looked at body image and discrimination against fat people; another reported on 30 sermons that would never be heard in church. More recently, a two-page spread focused on “police brutality” at the G20 summit.
The U.S. State Department has put hundreds of human rights activists, foreign government officials and business people on notice that they may be outed by a new outpouring of WikiLeaks cables. Washington’s worry is a sign that even in the electronic age, old-fashioned human contact is still vital to both diplomats and those seeking justice in repressive countries.
"Arctic regions are experiencing high degrees of environmental change, including thinning of arctic sea ice, increased deposition of airborne pollutants as well as evidence of a longer growing season," says Marianne Douglas, director of the Canadian Circumpolar Institute and a professor of earth and atmospheric sciences at the University of Alberta.
Globe and Mail: Karl Moore of the Desautels Faculty of Management, Talking Management for The Globe, speaks to Michael Beer who is a senior professor at the Harvard Business School.
History News Network: (Myron Echenberg, Professor Emeritus of History at McGill and the author of "Africa in the Time of Cholera: A History of Pandemics from 1815 to the Present"): "…The ongoing, and predictable, disaster in Haiti follows similar massive outbreaks in Peru in 1991, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 1994, in South Africa in 2000, and in Zimbabwe in 2008..."
Toronto Star: (Op-Ed by Desmond Morton, founding director of McGill University's Institute for the Study of Canada and author of A Short History of Canada): "For many in Quebec this has been a year of memories. Fifty years ago, in 1960, a newly elected Jean Lesage launched his Liberal government on what would later be described as “a quiet revolution.” By 1970, Quebecers had spent millions..."
Engadget, Popular Science, Radio-Canada: "...it looks like some folks at McGill University in Montreal, Canada have also been taking a similar approach to quite literally reinvent the wheel.
CTV Montreal: When Guy Futi decided to begin a water bottle company, he wanted to make more than money. He wanted to make a difference. "I knew it was going to be water. And then my brain lit up and was like, 'Why don't you do water for water,' this is so simple," said the Montreal resident. So, when he launched Maji, which means "water" in Swahilli…
The Scientist: In October 2009, Loydie Jerome-Majewska and her husband Jacek Majewski made a bet: which of them would be the first to identify the gene that causes Van Den Ende–Gupta Syndrome (VDEGS) Gene mapping of four patients with the rare genetic disorder had narrowed the search to a region of chromosome 22, but the guilty gene eluded them.
Montreal Gazette: (Chemistry prof Joe Schwarcz): "It isn't unusual for someone to come up to me after one of my public presentations and sheepishly whisper in my ear that they had failed chemistry in high school or that they couldn't cope with organic chemistry in university…"
Le Monde: L'industrie des antioxydants s'est développée à la faveur de la théorie, généralement admise par la communauté scientifique, selon laquelle ils nous protégeraient des radicaux libres, molécules toxiques produites par l'organisme lorsqu'il transforme l'oxygène nécessaire au fonctionnement des cellules....
Being physically active while pregnant may help women gain a little bit less weight, according to a new review of recent research. Pooling the results of 12 studies, researchers in Munich, Germany, found that women who exercised while pregnant gained an average of 1.3 fewer pounds than women who didn't. Dr. Michael Kramer of McGill University in Montreal reviewed the findings for Reuters Health.
McGill University ethics teacher Norman Miller spent nearly 30 years teaching visualization techniques to help students with exam phobia, self-esteem issues and career choices. Now Miller has expanded his reach from the classroom to the virtual world by developing iPhone, iPad and iPod applications that use visualization techniques he calls "hypnovisualizations."