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Toronto Sun - Swimming robot showcased at G20 Summit

While protesters trashed downtown Toronto streets outside the security fence, and politicians met inside at the recent G20 Summit, Canadian scientists took the opportunity to showcase a Canadian first to visitors - the world's first and only swimming robot.

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Published on : 07 Jul 2010

Hindustan Times - Smitten by the international flavour

An article in The Hindustan Times (New Delhi): "Having recently graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering and a minor in Management, I cannot help but look back five years ago when I was vacillating over which university to choose. I had admissions from INSA France, SMU Singapore, some institutes from USA and Canada and SRCC in India. Now in hindsight, I guess, my choice had to be McGill.

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Published on : 06 Jul 2010

Yahoo! News - In search of the bugs

Canadian researchers have scattered across the North this summer to study insects not normally found in the region, like wasps and hornets, and figure out how those bugs got to the Arctic in the first place.

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Published on : 06 Jul 2010

Montreal Gazette - Gases are key to how fruits, veggies ripen

Chemistry professor Joe Schwarcz: "It's alive! The banana's alive. So is the broccoli and the asparagus and the melon."

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Published on : 04 Jul 2010

Science Magazine - The Seductive Allure of Behavioral Epigenetics

Recent work suggests that so-called epigenetic mechanisms of gene regulation, which alter the activity of genes without changing their DNA sequence, could explain how early life experiences can leave an indelible mark on the brain and influence both behavior and physical health later in life. These effects may even carry over to subsequent generations.

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Published on : 02 Jul 2010

Reuters - McGill study: Mom's age at puberty may influence kids' size

Why are some children taller than others? It seems their height might be linked at least partly to how old - or young - their mom was when she got her first menstrual period. A new study suggests that the earlier a woman reached this milestone of puberty, called menarche, the slightly faster her kids will grow.

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Published on : 01 Jul 2010

Globe and Mail - The First Ladies primary job for wives of G20 leaders: Do no harm

This weekend, the spouses of the G20 leaders will nibble on local fruit at the top of the CN Tower, learn how to bead moccasins from Algonquin leaders and put on their most-practised smiles for the competing flash bulbs of photographers. But their more important task is to uphold the unofficial Hippocratic oath of the political spouse: Do no harm. Spouses may have greater influence than ever on th

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Published on : 28 Jun 2010

The Gazette - The ludicrous tale of 'crazy water crystals'

(Joe Schwarcz's column in Sunday's Gazette): "Science finds, industry applies, Man conforms." That was the rather imaginative motto chosen for the Chicago World's Fair of 1933. People flocked to see exciting new cars, colourful light displays, novel building materials and the "Chamber of Horrors." But this chamber was not on the midway; the horrors there, at least as far as prissy Chicagoans were

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Published on : 28 Jun 2010

Edmonton Journal - Sharing secrets of the beautiful game

Over the last century, soccer has evolved into an extremely high-intensity sport -- very few sports are played on such a large field, or last as long without regular rest periods. It's a fast-paced sport requiring both endurance and agility, as well as strength and speed. An elite player may expend 1,500 to 1,700 calories and run up to 12 kilometres a game. McGill University kinesiologist Dilson R

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Published on : 28 Jun 2010

The Mark - Canada's balanced capitalism

Desautels Faculty of Management professor Karl Moore, in video, on how Canada occupies the precious middle ground between "red meat capitalism" on the right and risky deficit spending on the left.

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Published on : 28 Jun 2010

Panorama des universités

McGill : Considérée comme l'un des établissements les plus prestigieux du Canada, l'université anglophone McGill est aussi la plus ancienne du Québec. Mondialement réputée pour la qualité de l'enseignement et l'excellence de ses programmes, McGill se place au 18e rang des meilleures universités au monde, d'après le THE pour l'année 2009. L'Express http://www.lexpress.fr/emploi-carriere/panorama-

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Published on : 28 Jun 2010

L'Express - Des universités qui cliques

Impossible de s'endormir pendant les cours d'Ariel Fenster! Professeur de chimie à l'université McGill, à Montréal, ce Français d'origine n'est pas seulement un redoutable communicateur. Il sait aussi jouer des nouvelles technologies pour captiver son auditoire.

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Published on : 28 Jun 2010

ABC - The remarkable story of H.M. Remembering the man without memory

Afflicted with amnesia after brain surgery, he became a man who lived in the perpetual present, and the most famous patient of 20th century neuroscience. Join Natasha Mitchell for a powerful posthumous encounter with HM's legacy and his brain, which continues to offer remarkable insights into the machinations of human memory. [Guests include Professor Brenda Milner, Dorothy J. Killam Professor of

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Published on : 28 Jun 2010

Globe and Mail: From magic trick to medical treatment

Before he was a neuroscientist, Amir Raz was a magician. He regularly performed stage shows to finance his university studies, but resisted introducing hypnosis to his act because he didn’t understand the science underlying the crowd-pleasing stunt... Dr. Raz, a researcher at McGill University, he is one of a small but growing number of brain scientists giving hypnosis serious attention.

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Published on : 25 Jun 2010

BusinessWeek - Mouse Study Sheds Light on Diabetes-Heart Disease Link

A potential link between diabetes and a heightened risk of heart disease and sudden cardiac death has been spotted by researchers studying mice. In the new study, published in the June 24 issue of the journal Neuron, the investigators found that high blood sugar prevents critical communication between the brain and the autonomic nervous system, which controls involuntary activities in the body.

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Published on : 24 Jun 2010