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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

Scientific American - A galactic growth spurt

Galaxies litter the cosmos by the hundreds of billions. But there could easily be many, many more. In the May issue of Scientific American, astronomer [post doc] James E. Geach of McGill University explores why so little of the matter created in the big bang went on to become the raw material for making galaxies.

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Published on : 11 May 2011

Successful first year for new program 
in Sustainability, Science and Society

Multidisciplinary approach tackles complex questions over the role of science in decision-making

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Published on : 10 May 2011

»FWDfest research festival

The Bellairs Research Institute will host the »FWDfest research festival from May 23 to 29, 2011, in collaboration with the Folkestone Marine Reserve. Come join us and explore four thematic areas: 1. Robotics, mathematics, and computer science; 2. Land use planning and sustainable agriculture; 3. Climate change, alternative energy, and biodiversity 4. Marine and coastal resource management.

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Published on : 09 May 2011

CBC, Chronicle Herald - Willard Boyle, Nova Scotian Nobel Prize winner, dies at 86

Willard Boyle, a Nova Scotia Nobel laureate, died Saturday at the age of 86. An Amherst native, Boyle was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in physics for his work along with scientists George Smith and Charles Kao in digital imaging.

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Published on : 09 May 2011

CTV - Mummy mystery

Montreal's Redpath Museum is the afterlife physical home of a trio of ancient Egyptians. The two women and one man have been swathed in linen for many centuries and have been around this island for 150 years.

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Published on : 07 May 2011

Wired Magazine (top story) - Climate change wilts farming yields

Set a place at the table for climate change; hotter weather may have already taken a bite out of food crops worldwide. Farms across the planet produced 3.8 percent less corn and 5.5 percent less wheat than they could have between 1980 and 2008 thanks to rising temperatures, a new analysis estimates.

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Published on : 06 May 2011

Writing Research Articles, REDM 410: A new undergraduate course focusing on writing and publishing scientific manuscripts

Students will learn about the various components of the scientific article and about publishing in the sciences, including: the role of editors and reviewers; “instructions for authors”; and the submission process.

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Published on : 04 May 2011