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.
Lars Firing, McGill alumnus and former mayor of Baie d'Urfé, has established graduate fellowships in engineering designed to have an impact in developing nations.
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.
Renowned physicist to discuss “new doorway into the world of quantum mechanics” at McGill’s 2007 Anna I. MacPherson Lecture in Physics
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.