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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

Eye on the environment

Climate change can harm indigenous people. Researchers are helping them adapt.

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Published on : 02 Jun 2011

Building a better dam map

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.

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Published on : 02 Jun 2011

Montreal Gazette - Joe Schwarcz — My asparagus tip: eating it won't cure cancer

(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.

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Published on : 01 Jun 2011

Montreal Gazette - ‘Visionary leader’ in neuroscience, award-winning researcher and director

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.

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Published on : 01 Jun 2011

Miller-McCune - Can threatened species evolve their way out of trouble?

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.

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Published on : 01 Jun 2011

Montreal Gazette - McGill professor's aim: accurate forecasts

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.

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Published on : 30 May 2011