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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. 

Classified as: science and technology, search and rescue, hunting, environmental conditions, Nunavut, Climate Change Adaptation Research, National Search and Rescue Secretariat, Environment Canada
Published on: 3 Aug 2016

...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: Green Chemistry
Published on: 18 Jul 2016

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

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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.

Classified as: antibiotics, Antibiotic resistance, health and lifestyle, bacterial infection, Albert Berghuis, enzyme, motion sensors, pathogenic bacteria
Published on: 9 Jun 2016

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The research has implications for understanding human developmental disorders such as autism

Adult songbirds modify their vocalizations when singing to juveniles in the same way that humans alter their speech when talking to babies. The resulting brain activity in young birds could shed light on speech learning and certain developmental disorders in humans, according to a study by McGill University researchers.

Classified as: autism, songbirds, birds, science and technology, developmental disorders, neurobiology, jon sakata
Published on: 31 May 2016

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McGill-led discovery could help fight obesity, metabolic disorders

Researchers have uncovered a new molecular pathway for stimulating the body to burn fat – a discovery that could help fight obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Classified as: metabolism, obesity, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Fat, science and technology, body fat, metabolic disorders, folliculin, Kidney Foundation of Canada, Fonds de Recherche du Québec–Santé
Published on: 16 May 2016

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Guidance addresses key scientific, ethical, social, and policy challenges raised by new technologies and emerging areas of stem cell discovery and application

Classified as: ethics, International Society for Stem Cell Research, Stem cell, social implications, ethical implication
Published on: 12 May 2016

By Cynthia Lee, McGill Newsroom

Life in the city changes cognition, behavior and physiology of birds to their advantage

Birds living in urban environments are smarter than birds from rural environments.

But, why do city birds have the edge over their country friends? They adapted to their urban environments enabling them to exploit new resources more favorably than their rural counterparts, say a team of all-McGill University researchers.

Classified as: environment, Biology, cognition, science and technology, animals, Behavioral Ecology, Jean-Nicolas Audet, Barbados, immunocompetence
Published on: 21 Mar 2016

By Chris Chipello, McGill Newsroom

Study reveals how wind patterns change along with sea-surface temperatures

Shifting winds may explain why long-term fluctuations in North Atlantic sea surface temperatures have no apparent influence on Europe’s wintertime temperatures. The findings, published in Nature Communications, could also have implications for how Europe’s climate will evolve amid global warming.

Classified as: global warming, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Nature Communications, Jaime Palter, shifting winds, ocean circulation, Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies, Québec-Océan, atlantic ocean
Published on: 15 Mar 2016

By Chris Chipello, McGill Newsroom

Astronomers for the first time detect repeat ‘fast radio bursts’ from same sky location

Astronomers for the first time have detected repeating short bursts of radio waves from an enigmatic source that is likely located well beyond the edge of our Milky Way galaxy. The findings indicate that these “fast radio bursts” come from an extremely powerful object which occasionally produces multiple bursts in under a minute.

Classified as: Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, nature, Canada Research Chairs Program, science and technology, Victoria Kaspi, Fast Radio Bursts, radio waves, Milky Way, FRB, Paul Scholz, Arecibo radio telescope, McGill High Performance Computing Centre, Max Planck, Lorne Trottier Chair in Astrophysics & Cosmology, Fonds de recherche du Québec
Published on: 2 Mar 2016

By Katherine Gombay, McGill Newsroom

McGill is proud to announce that five researchers have been awarded over $2.4 million in NSERC Strategic Partnership Grants for 2016.

Classified as: award, NSERC, Strategic Partnership Grants
Published on: 1 Mar 2016

By Chris Chipello, McGill Newsroom

McGill researchers Elena Bennett and Yasser Gidi also honoured by NSERC

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has named McGill University astrophysicist Vicky Kaspi as this year’s recipient of the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, NSERC’s highest honour, in recognition of the excellence and influence of her research contributions.

Classified as: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, astrophysics, elena bennett, neutron stars, pulsars, Vicky Kaspi, society and culture, Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, Fast Radio Bursts, Yasser Gidi
Published on: 16 Feb 2016

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