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Surpass Presentation: Research FAQ (presentation and web links)

SURPASS Presentation on Research FAQ.  Here are the slides and helpful links for this presentation.

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Published on : 04 Feb 2016

Why do some fish thrive in oil-polluted water?

By Melody Enguix McGill Newsroom When scientists from McGill University learned that some fish were proliferating in rivers and ponds polluted by oil extraction in Southern Trinidad, it caught their attention. They thought they had found a rare example of a species able to adapt to crude oil pollution.

Published on : 26 Jan 2016

Fight tumors and infections with targeted drugs

By Cynthia Lee Some drug regimens, such as those designed to eliminate tumors, are notorious for nasty side effects. Unwanted symptoms are often the result of medicine going where it’s not needed and harming healthy cells. To minimize this risk, researchers in Quebec have developed nanoparticles that only release a drug when exposed to near-infrared light, which doctors could beam onto a specific site. Their report appears in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Published on : 20 Jan 2016

Cost burden of Quebec’s carbon market seen as modest

By Chris Chipello The cost burden of Quebec’s carbon-pricing policy, is likely to be modest across income groups and industries, according to a McGill University research team. The policy, which began to be implemented in 2013, provides a model for capping emissions “without undue hardship for the population,” the researchers conclude. If anything, they suggest, the program could be more aggressive in seeking to cut emissions. Their findings are reported in the December issue of Canadian Public Policy.

Published on : 20 Jan 2016

Register now for Mini-Science 2016: Weather and climate - going to extremes

Register now for Mini-Science, a unique 7-week public lecture series from McGill University’s Faculty of Science, designed to offer the public an insider's view of science. This year's theme is 'Weather and climate - going to extremes', featuring McGill geographers, biologists, geologists, epidemiologists, and atmospheric scientists. The series focuses on how global weather patterns and climate changes impact both planetary and human health.

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Published on : 08 Jan 2016

A ‘printing press’ for nanoparticles

Gold nanoparticles have unusual optical, electronic and chemical properties, which scientists are seeking to put to use in a range of new technologies, from nanoelectronics to cancer treatments.

Published on : 07 Jan 2016

Droughts hit cereal crops harder since 1980s

Drought and extreme heat events slashed cereal harvests in recent decades by 9% to 10% on average in affected countries – and the impact of these weather disasters was greatest in the developed nations of North America, Europe and Australasia, according to a new study led by researchers from McGill University and the University of British Columbia.

Published on : 06 Jan 2016

Book review

Monkeys, Myths, and Molecules, Separating fact from fiction, and the science of everyday life   See PDF attachments for further information  

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Published on : 04 Jan 2016

Convocation congratulations, and Principal’s Prizes for Excellence in Teaching

On behalf of the Faculty of Science and on the occasion of Science Convocation ceremonies (November 10, 2015), Dean of Science Bruce Lennox offers congratulations to all graduating students, from B.Sc. to Ph.D., and also to the following prizewinners.

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Published on : 10 Nov 2015

Geophysics could slow Antarctic ice retreat

 Gravitational effects, variations in Earth structure could damp rise in global sea levels

Published on : 10 Nov 2015