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Vancouver Sun - Hot dog! Nitrite labels might be misleading

(Chemistry professor Joe Schwarcz): The world's 6,500-odd peer-reviewed scientific journals disgorge an average of four scientific papers every minute of every day. That's more than two million good, bad, and mostly mediocre papers, every year! No surprise then that a study can be found to back up virtually any point of view.

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Published on : 10 Sep 2011

Montreal Gazette - A dazzling display in a little jar

(Chemistry prof Joe Schwarcz): "I set my alarm clock for 1 a.m. so that I could wake up in total darkness. Because only with eyes accustomed to the dark would I be able to 'see genuine atoms split!'"

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Published on : 03 Sep 2011

What songbirds have to ‘say’ about human speech

CFI has announced the winners of the most recent awards given out under the Leaders of Opportunity Fund. Among those who have received an award are biology professors Sarah Woolley and Jon Sakata. They are hoping to gain some insight into the neural basis of human communication disorders by studying how songbirds, such as zebra and Bengalese finches, learn how to sing.

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Published on : 02 Sep 2011

Montreal Gazette - Taking a flyer on benefits of bird's nest soup

(Chemistry prof. Joe Schwarcz): "Here's a question for you. What is the prime use for birds' nests in China? The answer? For birds to lay their eggs in! Did I get you with that one? Did you say bird's nest soup? Well, that certainly is the second most popular use of birds' nests. Believe it or not, some 200 tons of nests are consumed in the world every year, with Hong Kong diners leading the way."

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Published on : 30 Aug 2011

Pravda - Modern science can already resurrect dinosaurs

Mass media have recently reported that modern science is already capable of resurrecting dinosaurs. As a matter of fact, it is impossible to resurrect the lizards that became extinct 65 million years ago. However, it is possible to create new ones.

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Published on : 22 Aug 2011

Montreal Gazette - Cocaine paved the way for anesthesia; The right chemistry

(Chemistry professor Joe Schwarcz): "Dr. Karl Koller looked in the mirror and proceeded to poke himself in the eye with the head of a pin. He felt nothing. The cocaine solution he had dripped into his eye that day in 1884 had clearly done its job. More than that, the experiment would prove to be the springboard for a giant leap in medicine…"

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Published on : 20 Aug 2011

The grass is always greener

Recent study of grasslands shows that species variety more important to ecosystem services than previously thought

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Published on : 18 Aug 2011

Montreal Gazette - 'Majestic study' casts doubt on bisphenol scare

(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."

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Published on : 13 Aug 2011

Agence Science Presse - Le fugu traditionnel en danger

(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."

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Published on : 11 Aug 2011

Montreal Gazette - Amber goes green and wins an award

(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.

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Published on : 08 Aug 2011

Montreal Gazette - Playing with chance

Two lottery enthusiasts are suing Loto-Québec, arguing that the popular Extra feature isn't properly random

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Published on : 08 Aug 2011

25 McGill-based Vanier scholars to research outer space, diseases and disorders, and social issues

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.

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Published on : 03 Aug 2011

Here come the medical tools of the future

From bionanomachines to neuroengineering, new McGill programs train students to excel in scientific fields

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Published on : 25 Jul 2011

Wired, CBS, et al. - Dino-eating croc had huge teeth and a dog's head

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.

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Published on : 21 Jul 2011

Science Magazine - Why dolphins wear sponges

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.

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Published on : 20 Jul 2011