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In hot water: Ice Age findings forecast problems

Data from end of the last Ice Age confirm effects of climate change on oceans.

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Published on : 19 Dec 2011

Discovery News - The big questions for 2012

Could 2012 be the year of Chickenosaurus, the first dinosaur to live in modern times? You might recall our story from a few years ago, describing what was then referred to as "Dinochicken."

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Published on : 17 Dec 2011

Montreal Gazette - 'Cosmeceuticals' offer expensive hope in a bottle

(Chemistry prof Joe Schwarcz): They sold out after just four hours. And they weren't even hotcakes. They were just little capsules. But these capsules came with a nifty promise.

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Published on : 17 Dec 2011

La Presse - Le boson de Higgs sous la loupe des physiciens

La physique des particules est en vedette cet automne. Après avoir révélé en octobre une anomalie pouvant remettre en question des théories fondamentales, voilà qu'une équipe internationale travaillant en Suisse a annoncé des traces de la «particule divine».

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Published on : 17 Dec 2011

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