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After a brief hiatus, this popular column is back. This time 'round, Computer Science prof Martin Robillard assuages fears that the early start on daylight savings time won't melt down the world's computing systems and open the doors to utter chaos.

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Published on : 01 Mar 2007

McGill and Canadian Space Agency unveil shuttle bound winning patch

When CSA astronaut and McGill alumnus Dr. Dafydd Williams boards Space Shuttle Endeavor for his second flight into space on June 28th, he will be wearing a unique patch designed by a current McGill student.

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Published on : 27 Feb 2007

Nobel Prize winner Wolfgang Ketterle on the coldest matter in the universe

Renowned physicist to discuss “new doorway into the world of quantum mechanics” at McGill’s 2007 Anna I. MacPherson Lecture in Physics

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Published on : 26 Feb 2007

McGill researchers awarded Sloan Fellowships

McGill tops Canadian universities with four awards to young scientists

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Published on : 23 Feb 2007

New genes point to diabetes risk

The genes associated with a risk of developing type 2 diabetes have been identified. The research, published online in Nature, is the first time the genetic makeup of any disease has been mapped in such detail. It should enable scientists to develop a genetic test to show an individual their likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes. Rob Sladek and Constantin Polychronakos from McGill, along with scientists from Imperial College, London, and other international institutions, believe their findings explain up to 70% of the genetic background of type 2 diabetes.

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Published on : 12 Feb 2007

Brain, music and sound research centre

Science Magazine looks at the International Laboratory for Brain, Music, and Sound Research (BRAMS), a joint project of McGill and Université de Montréal. The members of BRAMS, including McGill's Robert Zatorre, Université de Montréal's Isabelle Peretz and nine other Montreal-based lead investigators, aim to explore music's mysteries. They seek to understand how humans cooperate to perform together, how children and adults learn to play music, and the relationship between music and language. "BRAMS will allow us to use music as a portal into the most complex aspects of human brain function," says Dr. Zatorre.

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Published on : 12 Feb 2007

Research pushes physics forward

An international team of physicists including researchers from McGill University has uncovered a rare mechanism that produces a single top quark, the heaviest known particle in nature.

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Published on : 08 Feb 2007

Entre Nous with Nigel Roulet, director, McGill School of Environment

One of the contributing authors of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and champion of the environment Nigel Roulet gives an insider's look at the bombshell report.

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Published on : 08 Feb 2007

Trottier Symposium blends physics and philosophy

The world's foremost physicists slug it out over the controversial anthropic principle at the sold-out Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium.

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Published on : 08 Feb 2007

Robot at home on land, sea

During its annual sojourn at the Bellairs Research Institute, AQUA, an amphibious robot developed by the Centre for Intelligent Machines, goes for some deep dives and learns a little sign language.

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Published on : 08 Feb 2007

South Pole Telescope: Exploring the secrets of the universe from the bottom of the world

McGill researcher blogs from frozen Antarctica as largest telescope ever deployed at South Pole nears completion.

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Published on : 07 Feb 2007

Reaching for stars: Juggling ambition, angst

Victoria Kaspi laughs at the prediction beside her name in the high school yearbook. "My ambition was to be a famous scientist and mother of six." At 39, she's at least halfway there. An astrophysicist at McGill, Kaspi's groundbreaking research tracking pulsar stars has won her many accolades, most recently the CAP Herzberg medal and Steacie Prize, national awards for research excellence.

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Published on : 06 Feb 2007

McGill web gems: More website mysteries unveiled

In the second installment of this regular feature, Shainblum uncovers online joys to be found at the websites of Virtual McGill and the Office for Science & Society.

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Published on : 25 Jan 2007

Helping science inform policy

Leaders in biodiversity meet to create conservation strategy.

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Published on : 23 Jan 2007

Can video games be good for you?

A team of researchers led by McGill University psychologist Mark Baldwin has created a video game that it says is not only good for you - it makes you feel good about yourself.

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Published on : 16 Jan 2007