Faculty of Science news
(Chemistry prof Joe Schwarcz): "What do a Jewish Gypsy on a California beach, claims of miraculous cures, and an angel in the form of a multicoloured parrot have in common? If you are a devotee of talk shows, or count yourself among the thousands who have forked over a small fortune to attend a "Reconnection" seminar, you'll know the answer is "Eric Pearl."
Lick the seasickness, Eric Galbraith says, and there's no place on Earth to beat Antarctica. Maybe that's because Antarctica doesn't actually feel like Earth at all.
Eric Galbraith, an oceanographer and professor at McGill University, has just returned from his seventh trip to Antarctica, this time with a batch of McGill students who took part in a field study course…
Trash heaped into mounds by early settlers of the Everglades about 5,000 years ago helped give rise to "tree islands" that today are a refuge for alligators, birds, panthers and other wildlife, according to new research.
Amir Raz gets some funny looks when he talks about using hypnosis and meditation techniques to build attention spans in a hyperactive MTV world.
Montreal Gazette - Warning: drinking 7 litres of cola a day may harm your health; the right chemistry
(Chemistry prof Joe Schwarcz): "I've always considered the Centre for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) to be a trustworthy source of nutrition information."
Nouvelle journée, nouvelles complications à Fukushima-1. Loin de reprendre le contrôle de ses réacteurs, la centrale nucléaire japonaise a vu la liste de ses ennuis s'allonger avec de nouveaux soupçons sur l'étanchéité d'un (autre) réacteur et avec l'eau de deux piscines d'entreposage de déchets nucléaires qui est entrée en ébullition.
La dernière étude de Daniel Levitin a vu le jour à la suite d'une prestation musicale qui l'a déçu: auteur, chercheur et professeur de renom au Département de psychologie de l'Université McGill de Montréal, M. Levitin écoutait l'une de ses pièces musicales préférées, un concerto pour piano de Mozart, lorsqu'il a réalisé qu'il avait du mal à se concentrer.
Severe earthquakes in Haiti, Chile and now Japan have experts around the world asking whether the world's tectonic plates are becoming more active -and what could be causing it.
Montreal Gazette - Gentilly-2 reactor sits on fault line; Questions about Hydro's decision to spend $2 million to refurbish Trois Rivières plant
Japan's struggle to keep a major nuclear plant from collapsing into complete meltdown raises questions about Hydro-Québec's decision to spend $2 billion to refurbish its Gentilly-2 reactor in Trois Rivières, which stands on an earthquake fault line.
(Op-ed by McGill’s Dan Levitin): "When I was 8, we lived in a small, dusty Northern California town built around pear and walnut orchards. The town had no library and no bookstore but two stores that sold barbed wire and three that sold liquor. Being 8 in that rural, conservative town meant playing football and getting into fistfights because that's what boys did..."
McGill's popular Mini-Science lecture series gets underway March 16th with Dr. Joe Schwarcz talking about the role of chemicals in everyday life, for better or worse. The spring series, which focuses on chemistry will also feature presentations by magican/neurochemist Amir Raz, as well as Scott Bohle, Donald Smith, Paul Wiseman, Ariel Fenster and David Harpp.
For Fred Genesee, there's a familiar ring to the apprehension over the Quebec government's plans to boost English immersion in Grade 6 in French schools. "All the concerns that the English-speaking community had about immersion 40 years ago are re-surfacing," said Genesee, a McGill University psychology professor.
It’s called Phylo, and it’s a computer game with a scientific mission: to solve the gaps in genome alignment so biologists can better understand the causes of disease. It’s the brainchild of a group of computer scientists and students at McGill University.