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McGill and Freie Universität Berlin team up

McGill University and Freie Universität Berlin have formally moved to enhance their research collaboration through a cooperation agreement that includes the exchange of faculty, staff and students, as well as joint research activities and publications.

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Published on : 09 Mar 2012

BBC - Earworms: Why songs get stuck in our heads

Music has a tendency to get stuck in our heads. You know the experience - a tune intrudes on your thoughts and plays, and replays, in a never-ending loop. It happened recently to me. So, as a science reporter, I thought I'd try to find out why.

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Published on : 06 Mar 2012

Bloomberg - Scottish fossil trove shows when sea creatures started walking

Hundreds of fossils discovered in Scotland may show which creatures crawled out of the water to populate the land after a mass extinction 359 million years ago, according to research that also resets the timeline for animals with fingers and toes.

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Published on : 05 Mar 2012

Pond hockey heats up

Pond hockey heats up Outdoor skating threatened by rising temperatures

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Published on : 05 Mar 2012

Globe and Mail, New York Times et al. - Climate change threatens outdoor hockey in Canada

Canada's favourite pastime is on its way to being an indoor-only sport in some areas of the country, a new study warns.

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Published on : 05 Mar 2012

CTV - Newsmaker: Dr. Joe Schwarcz on Oxycontin

As of last Thursday March 1, oxycontin is no longer manufactured in Canada. It's been replaced by a new drug called oxyneo which is supposed to be harder to abuse.

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Published on : 05 Mar 2012

The Scientist - Antarctic invasion

Invasive species threaten the most pristine place on Earth.

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Published on : 05 Mar 2012

Montreal Gazette - Sweet dreams: Losing weight on nightmarish Twinkie diet

(Chemistry professor Joe Schwarcz): The laws of thermodynamics will never be repealed. To lose weight you have to expend more calories than you take in. And as far as shedding pounds goes, it doesn't much matter how you cut calories.

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Published on : 03 Mar 2012

Red Orbit, PhysOrg - Scientists make new neutron star discovery

Researchers from several universities have detected all phases of thermonuclear burning in a neutron star for the first time. The team discovered the “model burster” star located close to the center of the galaxy in the global cluster Terzan 5.

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Published on : 02 Mar 2012

From extreme cold to mining returns, it’s all about math

NSERC honours McGill researchers for basic research, industry collaborations

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Published on : 28 Feb 2012

The beat goes on: the geometry that makes music pleasing

A research team led by neuroscientists Drs. Daniel Levitin and Vinod Menon, from McGill and Stanford Universities, analyzed the scores of close to 2,000 musical compositions written by more than 40 composers over the last 400 years in a large variety of Western musical genres. They discovered a mathematical formula governing the rhythmic patterns to which every single piece of music conformed.

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Published on : 20 Feb 2012

Register until April 4 for Mini-Science 2012: "OUCH! - The science of pain from onset to relief."

Register until April 4 for the Mini-Science 2012 series, presented by leading McGill scientists, starting with 'Dr. Joe' on the chemistry of pain and covering many major aspects of pain science, from molecular and neural pathways to the psychological modulation of pain.

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Published on : 17 Feb 2012

Neuron memory key to taming chronic pain

A team of researchers led by McGill neuroscientist Terence Coderre, who is also affiliated with the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, has found the key to understanding how memories of pain are stored in the brain. More importantly, the researchers are also able to suggest how these memories can be erased, making it possible to ease chronic pain.

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Published on : 13 Feb 2012

Scientific American - Scientists manipulate and erase memories

[Following a violent robbery, Joël] Coutu’s ordeal was just beginning. For years he would be tormented by violent nightmares, panic attacks brought on by the mere hint of aggression around him, and severe depression—signs of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Published on : 26 Jan 2012

Montreal Gazette - Antioxidants are good; free radicals are bad, right?

There is one thing we know for sure about antioxidants. They sell products. Unfortunately that is just about the only thing we know for sure about this fascinating class of chemicals.

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Published on : 25 Jan 2012