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With Andrew Gonzalez, Director of the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science

All creatures great and small By Cynthia Lee With the United Nations declaring 2010 International Year of Biodiversity, the Feb. 15 launch of the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science (QCBS) couldn’t have been timed better. Hosted by McGill’s Department of Biology, the virtual centre brings together more than 60 scientists from eight academic institutions (McGill, Bishop’s, [...]

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Published on : 24 Feb 2010

Nanotech discovery may green chemical manufacturing

A new nanotech catalyst developed by McGill University Chemists Chao-Jun Li, Audrey Moores and their colleagues offers industry an opportunity to reduce the use of expensive and toxic heavy metals.

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Published on : 16 Feb 2010

Media advisory: McGill launches Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science

The United Nations declared 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity, a celebration of life on Earth and of the value of biodiversity for all. McGill University is proud to launch the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science, bringing together eight academic institutions, in collaboration with the Montreal Botanical Garden and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

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Published on : 12 Feb 2010

Think Nano, Act Global

Every two years, the Junior Nanotech Network brings together PhD students from McGill and Munich’s Ludwig-Maximilians- Universität. Nanoscience may be measured in billionths of metres, but innovation means reaching out around the planet.

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Published on : 04 Feb 2010

Sweating the small stuff

The third edition of the Junior Nanotech Network, to be held in 2010, promises to continue the student exchange’s tradition of cutting-edge research.

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Published on : 04 Feb 2010

Neuroscience Notes

McGill’s long history of neuroscience innovation began a new chapter of collaboration with the inception of a partnership with the University of Oxford. The two universities are building a framework for neuroscience research, teaching, joint grant bids, student exchanges and faculty crossappointments.

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Published on : 02 Feb 2010

Royal Society Honours

At ceremonies held in Ottawa on November 28 and 29, 2009, the Royal Society of Canada recognized the achievements of four McGill researchers.

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Published on : 02 Feb 2010

Debunking nonsense with science, common sense

"Dr. Joe Schwarcz is well known for being able to bring science down to the understandable level, and in his latest book he asks and answers the question posed by my friend. Along the way, he exposes many misconceptions, urban myths and outright fallacies that have been spun about chemistry in recent years..."

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Published on : 31 Jan 2010

Africa's Continental Divide: Land disputes

Land, at the very heart of security and survival, looms behind most of the African conflicts we've all heard of and dozens of others we have not. … "In Africa, most of the population has no documents. They believe they own the land as a group because they have been there for millennia," says John Unruh, a land tenure expert at McGill University in Montreal.

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Published on : 31 Jan 2010

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