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Sex, drugs, and rock & roll chemistry in the brain

The same brain-chemical system that mediates feelings of pleasure from sex, recreational drugs, and food is also critical to experiencing musical pleasure, according to a study by McGill University researchers published today in the Nature journal Scientific Reports.

Published on : 08 Feb 2017

Tomislav Friščić awarded NSERC’s Steacie Memorial Fellowship

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada has awarded an E.W.R Steacie Memorial Fellowship to Prof. Tomislav Friščić, to support his work in an innovative branch of chemistry that aims to develop environmentally friendly alternatives to solvent-based chemical processes.   NSERC awards up to six of these two-year, $250,000 fellowships annually to enhance the career development of outstanding and highly promising scientists and engineers.

Published on : 07 Feb 2017

Homing in on source of mysterious cosmic radio bursts

Astronomers have pinpointed for the first time the home galaxy of a Fast Radio Burst, moving scientists a step closer to detecting what causes these powerful but fleeting pulses of radio waves. FRBs, which last just a few thousandths of a second, have puzzled astrophysicists since their discovery a decade ago.

Published on : 04 Jan 2017

The CaPS Experiential Learning Program (ExL Program)

Experiential Learning (EL) refers to the active process of learning by doing, in a mindful and intentional manner. According to the Association for Experiential Education, “Experiential Learning occurs when carefully chosen experiences are supported by reflection, critical analysis and syntheses.” The innovative CaPS ExL Program was created by professional career counsellors and is designed to:

Published on : 29 Nov 2016

Saturday, November 26: Schulich Library - temperature fluctuation

On  Saturday, November 26 from 3am to 5pm, Facilities will be performing renovation work that will affect temperatures in the Schulich Library of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences and Engineering. The steam distribution system in the Macdonald-Stewart Library Building (Schulich Library) will be shut down in order to fix six leaks before the winter season sets in. As a result, library users may experience colder than normal temperatures. Spaces will be open for study but users should dress accordingly. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Published on : 24 Nov 2016

Keeping our balance - a tale of two systems

The transition from being sea creatures to living on land, even if it happened over 300 million years ago, seems to have left its traces on the way we keep our balance today. “It’s a discovery that is likely to be controversial,” says Kathy Cullen, the senior researcher on a paper on the subject that was published recently in Nature Communications. She has been working on this problem for over a decade with her colleague Maurice Chacron who also teaches in McGill’s Department of Physiology.

Published on : 11 Nov 2016

Renaming announcement: Schulich Library of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering

Following the approval of the GD16-09 Renaming Proposal submitted to the Board of Governors on October 6, 2016, Dr. C.

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Published on : 21 Oct 2016

How migratory cells find their way through body tissue

A new study published in Nature Communications could help biologists understand how various types of migratory cells, such as immune cells, find their way through tissues in the human body.

Published on : 13 Oct 2016

Expert: Hurricane Matthew

“Hurricane Matthew is poised to deliver a potentially catastrophic strike on Haiti beginning Monday, and poses a danger to eastern Cuba and Jamaica by Monday night.” (The Weather Network)

Published on : 06 Oct 2016

Aerosol emissions in East Asia driven by consumption in developed countries

Much of the influence on climate from air pollution in East Asia is driven by consumption in the developed countries of Western Europe and North America, according to research co-led by McGill University atmospheric scientist Yi Huang. In a paper published online this week in Nature Geoscience, Huang and colleagues from China, the U.S. and U.K. report that international trade shifts the climate impacts of aerosols -- solid or liquid particles suspended in air -- from net consuming countries to net producing countries.

Published on : 06 Sep 2016

Hot ‘new’ material found to exist in nature

McGill Newsroom Rare minerals from Siberia found to have same structure as some man-made metal-organic frameworks One of the hottest new materials is a class of porous solids known as metal-organic frameworks, or MOFs. These man-made materials were introduced in the 1990s, and researchers around the world are working on ways to use them as molecular sponges for applications such as hydrogen storage, carbon sequestration, or photovoltaics.

Published on : 08 Aug 2016

Search and rescue in the Arctic

McGill Newsroom Minimum daily temperature -3 C increases need of search and rescues in Nunavut, affecting culturally valued hunting activities of Inuit Search and rescue operations in Nunavut have more than doubled over the past decade. In the communities of the vast northern Canadian territory, it’s commonly felt that climate change is one factor making hunting riskier in the spring and fall. 

Published on : 03 Aug 2016

Grinding Chemicals Together in an Effort to be Greener

...In 2011, the mechanochemist Tomislav Friscic and his team used mechanochemical methods to make bismuth subsalicylate, the active ingredient of Pepto-Bismol, by grinding together bismuth oxide and salicylic acid. The method not only does away with solvents, but also uses bismuth oxide, a safe reagent, in lieu of toxic bismuth salts.

Classified as : External, Green Chemistry
Published on : 18 Jul 2016

June 2016 Convocation Kudos and Prizes

On behalf of the Faculty of Science and on the occasion of the recent Science Convocation ceremonies (June 6, 2016), Dean of Science Bruce Lennox offers congratulations to all graduating students, who received B.Sc., B.A. & Sc., Diploma, M.Sc., or Ph.D. degrees. In addition, the Faculty of Science is very proud to recognize the recipients of the Faculty’s and University’s most prestigious awards. These include:

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Published on : 16 Jun 2016

A molecular on/off switch for antibiotic resistance

McGill Newsroom Antibiotic resistance represents a major challenge in treating pathogenic bacterial infections. Now, researchers at McGill University have discovered a possible target for fighting back against resistant bacteria.

Published on : 09 Jun 2016