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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

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

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