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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

MEDIA ADVISORY: Putting alternative medicine under the microscope

Leading health experts to discuss non-conventional approaches at the Seventh Trottier Symposium

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Published on : 03 Nov 2011

SPACE: Astronomers find the Justin Bieber of millisecond pulsars

"It's a bit like finding Justin Bieber when you thought you were at a Stones concert," - McGill astrophysicist Vicky Kaspi on a newly discovered bright young "ultra-luminous millisecond pulsar."

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Published on : 03 Nov 2011

Globe and Mail - Ottawa mulls new labelling rules for 'natural' deli meats

The federal government is considering new restrictions that may prevent food manufacturers from labelling processed meat products as “natural” if they contain cultured celery extract, a preserving agent that is a source of potentially unhealthy nitrates and nitrites.

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Published on : 24 Oct 2011

Montreal Gazette - Beeping ball signalled start of space race

(Joe Schwarcz) The "beep - beep - beep" sounded innocent enough, but it shook America to its very core. Why? Because it was coming from outer space!

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Published on : 22 Oct 2011

Le Devoir - Adapt à McGill : L'arctique pourrait devenir une bombe au méthane

Le réchauffement climatique fait «fondre» le pergélisol. En Arctique, les effets des changements de température soudains sur la vie microbienne, ainsi que sur les échanges biologiques et chimiques des nutriments, sont encore peu étudiés.

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Published on : 22 Oct 2011

New Scientist - Harness viruses to make dazzling colours without dye

Talk about a viral idea. Vibrant reds, blues, greens and yellows have been made without any dye or paint. Instead the colours arise from an intricate pattern of virus particles that reflects only certain wavelengths of light.

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Published on : 20 Oct 2011

Globe and Mail - 'Natural' deli meats may not be as healthy as you think

Bacon, hot dogs, deli meats and other processed meats have long been considered guilty-pleasure foods that contain unhealthy preservatives, additives and any number of chemical ingredients. Now, food companies are trying to change that image by creating “natural” lines of processed meat products from real ingredients with no added preservatives.

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Published on : 16 Oct 2011

Montreal Gazette - Synthetic colours are both dazzling and disturbing

(Chemistry professor Joe Schwarcz): Thanks to chemical ingenuity, we lead a colourful life. Synthetic dyes have served up a feast for the eyes but they may leave us starving for good health.

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Published on : 15 Oct 2011

Vancouver Sun - Satellites provide a larger view of hunger

A five-point plan to double our food supply faces serious obstacles, often because people don't want to give up what they have. When you take a satellite's-eye view, the world's food problem comes into clear focus: The planet's best agricultural land is not necessarily where the most people live.

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Published on : 15 Oct 2011