Faculty of Science news
"Do you have any fruits or vegetables?" the U.S. customs agent asked. "Only my apple a day," I semi-jokingly replied. "I never go anywhere without it." "Well," came the serious reply, "you'll be going without it today!" Foreign apples, I was told, cannot be taken into the United States.
Scientists have been trying to unravel what specific components of music make it emotionally expressive. Presented is an interactive quiz based on research by Daniel Levitin, director of the laboratory for music perception, cognition and expertise at McGill University.
Research is showing that our brains understand music not only as emotional diversion, but also as a form of motion and activity. The same areas of the brain that activate when we swing a golf club or sign our name also engage when we hear expressive moments in music.
"It's as if we don't believe the future exists," says Eric Galbraith, an oceanographer and McGill University professor who recently returned from a research expedition to Antarctica, where the extent of melting ice will have an enormous influence on global temperature, ocean acidification, and rising sea levels thousands of kilometres away.
Year by year, metre by metre, the Canadian Arctic is getting smaller. A new international study has concluded that Canada's Arctic coastline is eroding, on average, faster than anywhere else in the circumpolar world.
Dalhousie and McGill University researchers, along with 53 colleagues, studied almost 2,000 coral reef locations to discover that the loss of species can have far-reaching consequences.
Cheap, portable paper-based filters, coated with silver nanoparticles, could be used to produce clean drinking water during disasters such as floods, tsunamis and earthquakes, according to Canadian researchers…
Scientists studied the global influence of human population on corals reefs and were surprised to find that highly diverse reef fish systems are the most vulnerable to human threats
L'immersion linguistique profite tout autant aux enfants ayant des problèmes d'apprentissage qu'aux premiers de classe, selon une étude discutée au congrès international de la Société de recherche sur le développement de l'enfant, qui s'est terminé samedi au Palais des congrès.
International Business Times - Canadian universities join Caltech and Cornell to build world's largest telescope
Seven prominent Canadian universities have signed a memorandum of agreement to join as partners in the Cerro Chajnantor Atacama Telescope (CCAT) project seeking to build a proposed 25-meter aperture telescope that will be built in Chile.
(Joe Schwarcz, McGill University Dept. of Chemistry) "The train on the way from Milan to Lake Como pulled into a small railway station. I was looking out the window and noted a number of pretty girls waiting on the platform. Yes, even chemistry profs do notice such things…"
The use of a new academic study to tout the health benefits of maple syrup -including a newly discovered compound that's been named "Quebecol" in honour of the world's No. 1 source of the pancake sweetener -has been slammed as "irresponsible" by a top Canadian authority in public science.
Invasive species get less attention than natural disasters but may be as economically damaging and warrant corresponding action, North American researchers say. Writing in the journal BioScience, the researchers note species invasions are becoming more frequent worldwide, largely because of international trade.
A battle of the sexes is incubating in North American medical research labs over the role of the lowly rodent. More than 90 per cent of research in the lab is still being done using male rats and mice, even in the study of diseases such as pain and dementia, which disproportionately affect women, a University of California expert on stress and memory said Monday.