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Mysterious cosmic radio bursts found to repeat

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.

Published on : 02 Mar 2016

$2.4M from NSERC for five McGill researchers

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.

Published on : 01 Mar 2016

Astrophysicist Vicky Kaspi wins top Cdn science prize

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.

Published on : 16 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, McGill Newsroom Study by McGill researchers assesses short-run impacts on households, industries 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.

Published on : 20 Jan 2016

Nearing the limits of life on Earth

By Katherine Gombay, McGill Newsroom Failure to find active microbes in coldest Antarctic soils has implications for search for life on Mars

Published on : 19 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

Overcoming hurdles to Arctic climate change adaptation

By Katherine Gombay, McGill Newsroom Arctic peoples inherently able to adapt given changes to various non-climatic factors

Published on : 06 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