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Barbados Advocate - High cash returns with backyard gardens

A recent study performed by exchange students from McGill University on assignment at the Bellairs Research Institute has discovered the potential for high cash returns from the use of residential backyard organic farming.

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Published on : 10 Dec 2011

Toronto Star, UPI, et al. - Nanoscale electronic circuit developed

Canadian and U.S. researchers say they've engineered a minute electronic circuit, containing two wires separated by the distance of just 150 atoms.

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Published on : 08 Dec 2011

Nature, NPR, Wired, et al.

With a few liberating swipes of their paws, a group of research rats freed trapped labmates and raised anew the possibility that empathy isn’t unique to humans and a few extra-smart animals, but is widespread in the animal world.

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Published on : 08 Dec 2011

The Independent, Time, et al. - Glaciers in retreat around the world

The researchers had previously thought that they would not see peak water for a set of glaciers supplying water to a population of several million for at least 10 or 20 years. However, the speed at which some glaciers are disappearing has been faster than predicted, said Michel Baraer of McGill University.

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Published on : 08 Dec 2011

Discovery News, Edmonton Sun, et al. - Gamers help solve genetic diseases

Everyday video game players are succeeding at something computer technology can't quite handle: Decoding genetic diseases.

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Published on : 07 Dec 2011

Researchers develop one of the world’s smallest electronic circuits

Discovery is of a fundamental interest for the development of future electronics

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Published on : 07 Dec 2011

Video game players advancing genetic research

Users of game designed by McGill researchers contributing to analysis of DNA sequences Thousands of video game players have helped advance our understanding of the genetic basis of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, over the past year. They are the users of a web-based video game developed by Dr. Jérôme Waldispuhl of McGill's School of Computer Science and collaborator Mathieu Blanchette.

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Published on : 06 Dec 2011

Media advisory: Biodiversity symposium examines biodiversity change

The Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science (QCBS) hosts annual conference

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Published on : 30 Nov 2011

Montreal Gazette - Human magnets and their repulsive claims

Twenty-five years have passed since the world was rocked by the nuclear accident at Chernobyl in Ukraine. Given that cancers attributable to the release of radioactive materials have a long latency period, the human toll, aside from the 30 or so immediate deaths among reactor staff and emergency workers, can only be estimated.

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Published on : 26 Nov 2011

New! "Science students on the move", a Graduate Interest Group for U3 and Graduate students

During this graduate interest group, various selected topics will be offered to students to discover many engaging working opportunities after graduation. Listen to various speakers and explore the world beyond the Roddick gates.

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Published on : 18 Nov 2011

National Geographic - The little fish that could

Diana Sharpe, a PhD student at McGill University in Montreal, received a Young Explorers Grant from National Geographic to investigate a tiny fish in Africa’s Lake Victoria that’s under tremendous pressure from humans. Here she describes her challenging work on the lake...

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Published on : 17 Nov 2011

Chronicle of Higher Education - The origins of empathy — in mice?

If there is human empathy, and no one really doubts that, there should be animal precursors. Charles Darwin predicted this in 1872, in his book The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, but few scientists have pursued the idea.

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Published on : 16 Nov 2011

New! Graduate Interest Group on Entrepreneurship, for U3 and Graduate students

This graduate interest group will offer the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship and the process behind turning science-based ideas into successful products.

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Published on : 15 Nov 2011

Washington Post - Books on health and wellness address exercise and growing your own food

The dust jacket may suggest a straightforward health guide, but break the binding on this book by Joe Schwarcz, a McGill University professor and Discovery Channel Canada regular, and you’ll find a livelier take on wellness.

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Published on : 14 Nov 2011

The public face of science at McGill gets a major boost

$5.5-million gift from Lorne Trottier secures the future of high-profile science outreach initiatives

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Published on : 08 Nov 2011