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Research from McGill University reveals that the brain’s motor network helps people remember and recognize music that they have performed in the past better than music they have only heard. A recent study by Prof. Caroline Palmer of the Department of Psychology sheds new light on how humans perceive and produce sounds, and may pave the way for investigations into whether motor learning could improve or protect memory or cognitive impairment in aging populations. The research is published in the journal Cerebral Cortex.
Over the last few decades, truth and reconciliation commissions (TRC) have been initiated in countries emerging out of conflicts all across the globe. From Argentina, to Rwanda, Brazil and in our own country, these truth-seeking bodies were tasked to investigate past records of all manner of human rights violations. As their name implies, TRCs attempt to set the historical record straight with the explicit goal of ensuring that such atrocities will never be repeated. Can the lessons learned from TRCs be used to enhance conflict mediation and prevention?
Patients with rheumatic conditions are in need of symptom relief and some are turning to herbal cannabis as a treatment option. However, the effectiveness and safety of medical marijuana to treat symptoms of rheumatic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or fibromyalgia is not supported by medical evidence. In an article published in Arthritis Care & Research – a journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) – McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) researchers explore the risks associated with using herbal cannabis for medicinal purposes and advise healthcare providers to discourage rheumatology patients from using this drug as therapy.
In the mid-1970s, the first available satellite images of Antarctica during the polar winter revealed a huge ice-free region within the ice pack of the Weddell Sea. This ice-free region, or polynya, stayed open for three full winters before it closed.
Have American jobs become less stable? Do workers change employers more frequently than in the past?
A new study by McGill University will examine whether vaccinating only one partner in a couple against the human papillomavirus (HPV) can help prevent transmission of HPV to the unvaccinated partner.
Normally when you drop a drinking glass on the floor it shatters. But, in future, thanks to a technique developed in McGill’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, when the same thing happens the glass is likely to simply bend and become slightly deformed. That’s because Prof. François Barthelat and his team have successfully taken inspiration from the mechanics of natural structures like seashells in order to significantly increase the toughness of glass.
How would electrons behave if confined to a wire so slender they could pass through it only in single-file?
Nahum Sonenberg, a James McGill Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre at McGill University, is one of eight winners of the prestigious Wolf Prize as announced in Tel Aviv yesterday.