Faculty of Science news
(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.
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.
(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."
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.
The culmination of a four-year collaboration by a team of scientists from around the globe, coordinated by the Global Water System Project and led by McGill University’s Bernhard Lehner, has produced the Global Reservoir and Dam database (GRanD), a unique, geographically explicit, high-resolution global database of large dams and reservoirs.
(Chemistry professor Joe Schwarcz): Tens of thousands of highly trained scientists around the world devote their professional lives to cancer research. Equipped with advanced degrees, they toil long hours in research institutes, universities, pharmaceutical companies and government labs.
Montreal's medical research community was stunned Wednesday by the sudden and unexpected death of Dr. David R. Colman, an award-winning researcher and director of the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University.
Untold numbers of species are on the brink of extinction. What can do we about it? Dr. Andrew Gonzalez, an ecologist at McGill University, has a brand new approach for thinking about saving species.
A McGill University professor is getting $1.5 million to develop a more accurate way to forecast precipitation, allowing Hydro-Québec to manage its resources more efficiently and help predict flooding. As an added bonus, it may improve your chances on the golf course, too.
Studies show that vacation time can go a long way in reducing stress and bringing our brains back to a more even keel… "A vacation is not a luxury," says Jens Pruessner, an associate professor in the departments of psychology, psychiatry, neurology and neurosurgery at McGill University in Montreal. "It's an investment in your health."