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Inuit must adapt to climate change: Study

In a new study published in the Global Environmental Change journal, James Ford and colleagues have concluded that Inuit must adapt to coming environmental changes that are inevitable and unavoidable. Climate change, they report, is threatening many aspects of Inuit life, including access to food, the integrity of local infrastructure and the ability to maintain their traditional lifestyles.

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Published on : 30 Jan 2010

Tales from the labyrinth

Redpaths unseen collection a treasure-trove of the weird and wonderful By Neale McDevitt As you enter the basement, a crocodile bares its fangs menacingly from atop a locker. On either side of him, a row of black-eyed creatures, from badgers to razor-toothed fish, grimace and scowl. Nearby, a python squeezes the life out of a hapless [...]

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Published on : 28 Jan 2010

Québec Science gives top marks to McGill, Douglas and JGH researchers

McGill scientists garner three of the magazine's top 10 discoveries for 2009

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Published on : 11 Jan 2010

Video games could one day boost mental health: McGill prof

Canada.com: Video games already provide entertainment and diversion, but they may soon boost self-esteem and improve mental health.

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Published on : 06 Jan 2010

Geologist is a rock star!

Montreal Gazette: Robert Wares is giving back to his industry, his alma mater and, indirectly, to his academic mentor Williams-Jones, who is McGill's lone economic geology professor in the department of earth and planetary sciences.

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Published on : 30 Dec 2009

Canada's greatest gift to the world

Globe and Mail: Margaret Wente writes that this year's crop of Rhodes scholars shows this country is indeed a meritocracy. Focusing on two students including McGill PhD student Nithum Swain: "The Rhodes Scholarship isn't only about intellectual excellence. It's about leadership and public service. And what strikes you most about this generation of gifted twentysomethings is their desire to make th

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Published on : 23 Dec 2009

Campaign McGill surges forward with new $4.1-million gift

McGill University is delighted to announce a new donation of $4.1 million in support of outstanding students and junior faculty members in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences in the Faculty of Science. The generous gift builds on the success of Campaign McGill, which recently surpassed the $500-million mark on the way to its $750-million goal.

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Published on : 22 Dec 2009

McGill Paleontologist Discovers Pygmy Sea Cow

An ancient pygmy sea cow isn't the kind of thing you find every day. More like every 45 million years. So when Karen Samonds, curator at McGill University's Redpath Museum and a paleontologist, discovered fossilized teeth and bits of skull embedded in sandstone and limestone rocks in the island nation off the east coast of

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Published on : 17 Dec 2009

Ronald Melzack Wins Grawemeyer Award

McGill's Ronald Melzack, a scientist who helps explain pain, has won the University of Louisville's Grawemeyer Award for Psychology. Melzack said he was “absolutely astonished” to learn he had won the award, which comes with a $200,000 prize and will be given at U of L in April.

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Published on : 17 Dec 2009

Laurie Hendren Named ACM Fellow

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)has recognized 47 of its members for their contributions to computing and computer science that have contributed fundamental knowledge to the field and generated a broad range of innovations in industry, commerce, entertainment, and education.

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Published on : 17 Dec 2009

Climate change costly for Inuit

A new study recommends the Federal Government should help Inuit pay for the increasing costs of climate change. It says Arctic climate change is already costing Canada’s Inuit more money, noting the costs of adapting are falling on Inuit families least able to shoulder them.

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Published on : 17 Dec 2009

Ancient pygmy sea cow discovered

McGill researcher finds near-complete skull illuminating a virtually unknown period in Madagascar fossil history

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Published on : 14 Dec 2009

Putting the wow! back in science

By Neale McDevitt It may not have the highest profile among McGill laboratories, but the WOW Lab has to be the most fun. Where else do researchers spend their days flying kites, bouncing laser beams through cubes of Jello, and making running toy trains levitate using superconductors and magnets? Fun and games aside - although fun and [...]

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Published on : 10 Dec 2009

From the King of Pain to our very own Iron Woman

Melzack takes Grawemeyer Award Ronald Melzack, Professor Emeritus of psychology at McGill University, has won the 2010 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Psychology for his research that broadened the understanding of how we experience pain. Melzacks studies have led to innovative treatments for people who feel chronic, incessant pain. Patients now are taught to manage [...]

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Published on : 10 Dec 2009