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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 - ‘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 - 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 - 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

LA Times, Big Think - Put your stress on vacation

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."

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Published on : 30 May 2011

LA Times - Division of duty is the name of the brain game

Crisis management takes a village — a skull-centric, multi-tasking village called the default-mode network… You may be lazing by the pool after a visit or two to the swim-up bar, but parts of your brain are always on duty — ready to leap into action should a stressful event require attention.

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Published on : 30 May 2011

Canadian Press, et al. - Study finds small language gaps in children adopted from abroad

A new study suggests babies adopted from abroad may not be able to master language to the same level as Canadian-born babies.

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Published on : 30 May 2011

CBC Quirks - The annual Quirks Question Roadshow

Listen as host Bob McDonald, with his panel of science experts from McGill and Concordia Universities, on the brain-teasing, audience-pleasing, Google-seizing Quirks Question Roadshow, held at the DB Clarke Theatre on Saturday at Concordia University.

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Published on : 28 May 2011

Toronto Star - Of ice and men — Lessons from Antarctica

Students on Ice is a Canadian educational foundation that takes young people to the Arctic and Antarctic. Founded 10 years ago by Geoff Green, a former teacher and polar expedition leader, SOI’s mission is to teach about the importance of the polar regions and how they are connected to the rest of the planet…

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Published on : 27 May 2011

Better weather forecasting – now

Thanks to research by Prof. M.K. (Peter) Yau of McGill University’s Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, and the NSERC/Hydro-Québec Industrial Research Chair in Short-term Forecasting of Precipitation, better computer models are being developed to improve short-term (24- to 48-hour) precipitation forecasting techniques.

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Published on : 27 May 2011

Counting on bigger mining returns

Because of computational advances over the last decade, McGill Professor Roussos Dimitrakopoulos, has developed new modeling techniques for mine planning and production forecasting that take into account uncertainty in the supply of minerals. As a result, mining companies are getting a much higher return on investment and also more metal production from the same asset.

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Published on : 26 May 2011

Rethinking endangered plants

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) publishes the Red List of Threatened Species describing the conservation status of various species of plants and animals. Now, however, an international team of researchers led by McGill biologist Jonathan Davies suggests that the criteria for assessing risk of extinction in plants should be revisited.

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Published on : 25 May 2011

Montreal Gazette - McGill professor has grim food for thought

Geography professor Navin Ramankutty is challenging students to come up with ways to feed the world in 2050 when climate change and natural disasters affect the amount and usefulness of good arable land.

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Published on : 12 May 2011