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Mini Science not just brain candy

Spurred by Faculty of Science Dean Martin Grant's avowed distaste for "twice-chewed" outreach programs, the presenters of the upcoming Mini Science series offer lectures that will test your brain power.

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Published on : 29 Mar 2007

Coping with water scarcity

The Brace Centre for Water Resources Management marks World Water Day with presentations by professors and students.

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Published on : 29 Mar 2007

The ice chasers

McGill prof and NRC/CIS team use computer model to track icebergs, tips and all

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Published on : 27 Mar 2007

McGill celebrates two Killam Prizes

Jurist Roderick Macdonald, engineer A.P.S. Selvadurai each awarded top research prize

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Published on : 27 Mar 2007

Media Advisory: The search for life in the universe

Renowned space expert to deliver upcoming public lecture at McGill

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Published on : 13 Mar 2007

How touching

Haptics is the science of simulating pressure, texture, vibration and other sensations related to touch. Most of today's haptic devices rely on motors that either prod or vibrate the skin, but a new technology is emerging that is an even more flexible and effective means of stimulating the sense of touch: skin stretch. By laterally stretching the surface of the skin (without pushing or poking into it) it is possible to mimic the feeling of complex shapes and sensations. This is because the sense of touch seems to depend far more on the way in which the skin is deformed and stretched than it does on the degree of pressure applied. So it should be possible to recreate sensations purely by stretching skin, says Vincent Hayward, a researcher who first developed such a device at the Centre for Intelligent Machines at McGill University.


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Published on : 09 Mar 2007

Nanoparticle safety seminar: Measuring, Evaluating, and Managing Nanoparticle Exposure

On March 8, Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) will host a web-based safety seminar being organized by the American Industrial Hygiene Association on nanoparticles. There will be four presentations: "Practical Measurement Techniques for Airborne Nanoparticles in the Workplace"; "Relating Nanoparticle Exposures to Respiratory Dose or Body Burden"; "Characterizing and Controlling Exposures to Nanoparticles in the Workplace"; "Regulatory and Risk Overview for Managing Nanomaterials Along the Product Life Cycle."

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Published on : 05 Mar 2007

Shuttle bound Canadian space patch unveiled

McGill engineering student Mustapha Kerouch and Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut and McGill alumnus Dr. Dafydd (Dave) Williams shared the spotlight at a news conference March 2 as they proudly unveiled Mr. Kerouch’s winning submission to the Mission STS-118 Space Patch Design Contest.

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Published on : 02 Mar 2007

The delicate balance of biodiversity

An alarming array of mammals, birds, fish and plants are nearing extinction. McGill experts are assessing damaged ecosystems and joining the battle to save the planet from ourselves.

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Published on : 02 Mar 2007

Détectives Scientifiques

Faites connaissance aves des professeurs et des diplômés de McGill, tous experts en médecine légale, qui utilisent leurs compétences scientifiques pour résoudre des meurtres et des crimes.

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Published on : 02 Mar 2007

The dividends of childhood wonder

Curiosity may not be kind to cats, but in the case of Lorne Trottier, the entrepreneur's curiosity about the marvels of the universe will do wonders for McGill's Science and Engineering faculties.

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Published on : 02 Mar 2007

Lars Firing helps engineer a better global future

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.

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Published on : 01 Mar 2007

McGill gets four Sloans

The Faculty of Science cleans up, with four of its researchers copping prestigious Sloan Research Fellowships.

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Published on : 01 Mar 2007