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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

Green Chemistry Summer School at McGill

The American Chemical Society chooses McGill to host green chemistry summer school for a second time

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Published on : 16 Jun 2011

Montreal Gazette, et al. - $9 million supercomputer 'is just so cool'

Anything you can do, Guillimin can do better. Quebec's new $9-million supercomputer can do everything better, faster and more efficiently than it's ever been done before, which has researchers here salivating over the chance to sink their data into the province's most powerful computing centre.

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Published on : 15 Jun 2011

National Post - That lipstick on his collar is safe

(Op-ed by Joe Schwarcz): These days having expertise in a subject is not a requirement for writing about it. Cosmetic chemistry is a complex business even for experts, and struggling fruitfully with its nuances is way beyond the capabilities of a magazine editor and a fashion consultant. But books about toxic chemicals and callous corporations sell.

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Published on : 15 Jun 2011

National Post - Lipstick, apples & sperm counts

Apples contaminated by pesticides. Lipstick filled with heavy metals. Carcinogens in the water. Sperm counts that don't add up. Welcome to our 13th annual Junk Science Week event, dedicated to exposing the scientists, NGOs, activists, politicians, journalists, media outlets, cranks and quacks who manipulate science data to achieve their objectives.

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Published on : 14 Jun 2011

Montreal Gazette - Statin discovery a compelling story to tell

(Chemistry prof Joe Schwarcz): "They are the best-selling class of drugs of all time, but statins are not without controversy."

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Published on : 13 Jun 2011

CNN - Why we're creating a ‘chickenosaurus’

(excerpt from Jack Horner's Ted talk): "...My colleague Hans Larsson, using developmental biology techniques at McGill University, was studying the transition between extinct dinosaurs and birds, trying to understand how birds came to lose their tails and transform hands to wings."

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Published on : 12 Jun 2011

Globe and Mail, et al. - Health linked with income, education: study

Canadians with lower income and education levels tend to experience consistently worse-than-average health throughout their adult lives, according to a new study led by a McGill University professor.

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Published on : 09 Jun 2011

Lifelong gap in health between rich and poor set by age twenty

Study led by McGill geography prof shows gap in health between rich and poor is set early and remains constant throughout our lifetimes

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Published on : 08 Jun 2011

UPI - New map will aid global water management

Researchers in Canada say a geographically explicit, high-resolution global database of large dams and reservoirs will aid sustainable river-flow management.

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Published on : 02 Jun 2011