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Excess bodyweight and high plasma concentrations of C-peptide (a marker of insulin secretion) in men who are subsequently diagnosed with prostate cancer are reliable indicators that they are more likely to die from their disease than those with lower levels, according to a collaborative study between Dr Michael Pollak of McGill and Dr Jing Ma of Harvard, and colleagues.
The remains of a 30-foot-long predatory dinosaur discovered along the banks of Argentina's Rio Colorado is helping to unravel how birds evolved their unusual breathing system. McGill's Hans Larsson was part of the team that made the discovery, published Sept. 29 in the online journal PLos ONE and announced at a news conference in Mendoza, Argentina.
Ingrid Birker, the Redpath Museum's science outreach co-ordinator, has given this one-hour tour several times a year since 2002, shortly after the publication of What Building Stones Tell, Redpath's guidebook to "the fossils, rocks and minerals of Montreal buildings."
Canadian and U.S. researchers say they have found the oldest rocks in the world, along the Northern Quebec coast of Hudson's Bay. The rocks are estimated to be 4.28 billion years old, according to a team of researchers from McGill University, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C.
Brain banks. The work they do is not widely publicized — most people who consider signing donor cards think along the lines of organs such as the hearts and kidneys for transplant — but it's crucial for many researchers trying to understand the causes and characteristics of myriad diseases. The McGill Group for Suicide Studies, for example, uses brain tissue to investigate suicidal behaviour.
McGill University offered a sneak peek yesterday of its new Life Sciences Complex, a $73-million facility where 600 scientists in bio-medical, developmental biology and cancer research will be able to work together in state-of-the-art laboratories housed in four buildings.
McGill researcher John Lydon and colleagues study exploring how automatic psychological mechanisms kick into action when the eye starts to wander, helping resist temptation and strengthening the relationship -- even without us being aware of it.
Anyone who's done a bad Elvis impression knows that contorting your mouth makes talking feel wrong - never mind how ridiculous you sound. People who have lost their hearing use the same sense to retain their speech, new research suggests.
Wednesday, the excitement was palpable not only in the tunnel containing the world's most powerful particle collider, located on the Franco-Swiss border, but also within McGill University's physics department.
In a letter to the editors of the Nature journals, McGill's Linda Cooper writes: "The scientific article in 2008 is on the cusp of change, with one foot in the past and one in the future. Science journals should shed the constraints of the old media and exploit the advantages of the new, to offer readers easy and enjoyable access to the scientific literature."
Neuroscientists may be the rock stars of 21st-century science, but how many of them actually have platinum records to their credit? There's at least one: Daniel Levitin, author of "This Is Your Brain on Music," the 2006 best seller that mixed serious science with discussions of "Ode to Joy" and "Super Freak."
An outdated intellectual property system is preventing lifesaving medicines and cutting-edge technologies from reaching those who need them the most, a leading expert on patents asserted yesterday
International scientists, including researchers from McGill University, celebrated the successful start of their massive particle-smashing machine which aims to simulate the conditions of the "Big Bang" that created the universe.
Ann Macaulay had been working as an MD in Kahnawake for more than a decade when she began the research on diabetes that would reshape her career - and have an impact on the health of the Mohawk people. The Gazette's Peggy Curran profiles the McGill doctor named Family Medicine Researcher of the Year for 2008 by the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
Canada is perennially a top-10 finisher in United Nations rankings as one of the best countries in the world to live in. But a new McGill University study indicates that Canada lags behind many other countries on some basic worker benefits.