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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

No room for inaccuracy in the brain

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.

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Published on : 20 Jul 2011

A toothy grin only a palaeontologist could love

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.

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Published on : 19 Jul 2011

Montreal Gazette - Curious case from Coke's past echoed in energy drinks

(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."

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Published on : 02 Jul 2011

Scientific American - New report details uphill battle to solve the US's pain problem

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).

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Published on : 01 Jul 2011

Montreal Gazette - Apple-picking of data leaves bad taste

(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."

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Published on : 25 Jun 2011

Evolution to the rescue

McGill biology researchers offer hope that species may adapt quickly to rapid environmental change.

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Published on : 22 Jun 2011

National Post - Pre-schoolers prefer same-ethnicity playmates

Along with finger painting and story time, Canadian preschools are also spilling over with ethnic tension, according to a study released by Concordia University.

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Published on : 21 Jun 2011

Montreal Gazette - Celebrity chef feeds children science-free diet

(Chemistry professor Joe Schwarcz): "Celebrity chefs are cooking up a storm these days. But at least one is also brewing up a controversy. Jamie Oliver opened up quite a can of worms with his plan to improve the food served in Los Angeles schools…"

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Published on : 20 Jun 2011

Toronto Sun - McGill to host green chemistry school

McGill University’s position as an international centre for green chemistry was cemented Friday when the American Chemical Society (ACS) chose it to host the green chemistry summer school for the second time in 10 years.

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Published on : 18 Jun 2011

Nunatsiaq Online - Education officials must visit Inuit parents: McGill researcher

Talking directly to parents is the only way to bridge the big gap between schools and the Inuit communities they’re based in, a McGill University psychologist, Don Taylor, said in an interview with Nunatsiaq News this week.

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Published on : 17 Jun 2011

Discover Magazine - Sliced mangrove, the tree that captures carbon, filters saltwater and stops storms

...Mangroves are expert carbon scrubbers. A global inventory by McGill University environmental scientist Gail Chmura found that mangroves pack away carbon faster than terrestrial forests. Every year they hoard some 42 million tons, roughly equivalent to the annual carbon emissions of 25 million cars.

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Published on : 16 Jun 2011