Faculty of Science news
(Chemistry prof Joe Schwarcz): "I must say that I have never previously heard a study described as 'majestically scientific.' But the British do have a way with words."
(Ariel Fenster, Organisation pour la science et la société de l’Université McGill): "Le fugu, ce poisson qui fait partie du patrimoine culinaire et culturel du Japon, est menacé. En fait, ce sont ses propriétés toxiques qui sont menacées."
(Chemistry prof Joe Schwarcz): And the 2011 U.S. Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award goes to (drum roll .) BioAmber Inc. for its production of biobased succinic acid.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced today the names of the 2011 Vanier Canadian Graduate Scholarship recipients, including 25 McGill-based researchers from Canada and around the world.
A crocodilian fossil with big teeth and a doglike skull is now shedding light on the anatomy of a strange group of predators, scientists have revealed.
Dr. Ed Ruthazer is a mapmaker but, his landscape is the developing brain - specifically the neuronal circuitry, which is the network of connections between nerve cells. His research at The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital reveals the brain as a dynamic landscape where connections between nerves are plastic, changing and adapting to the demands of the environment.
In 1991, researchers spotted dolphins doing something unusual in Shark Bay, Western Australia. When the animals got hungry, they ripped a marine basket sponge from the sea floor and fitted it over their beaks like a person would fit a glove over a hand.
To McGill palaeontology professor Hans Larsson, his graduate student Felipe Montefeltro and Professor Max Langer of the University of Sao Paulo, a recently discovered crocodile fossil head looks like a dog. To the rest of us – as well as croc’s prey of the day – it looks like a ferocious toothy nightmare.
(Chemistry prof Joe Schwarcz's column in The Gazette): "The United States is well known for lawsuits but the U. S. vs. Forty Barrels and Twenty Kegs of Coca-Cola case launched in 1909 against the soft-drink company is one of the most curious in history."
The Institute of Medicine reveals a "blueprint" for relieving Americans' pervasive chronic pain… The U.S. needs "a cultural transformation" in the way we view pain, treat it and conduct research on its causes and treatments, says a new report released June 29 by the Institute of Medicine (IOM).
(Chemistry professor Joe Schwarcz): "It isn't often that I find myself in agreement with those gallant knights at the Environmental Working Group in the U.S., who are on a quest to rid the environment of all those nasty chemicals that lurk in our sunscreens, cosmetics, cleaning agents and, of course, in our food."