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Wired: Human size consistency baffles scientists

Evolutionary biologist Andrew Hendry of McGill University. Hendry and Queens University biologist Ann McKellar combed through the scientific literature on body size and length in more than 200 species, from insects to fish to birds and, of course, humans. The results were published Tuesday in Public Library of Science ONE and picked up by Wired News.

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Published on : 02 Sep 2009

Le Devoir: Pollution: in my neighbourhood and in yours

A McGill study shows that air quality on the Island of Montreal is better in Montréal-Nord than in Westmount or on the Plateau Mont-Royal.

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Published on : 20 Aug 2009

Maclean's: The quest to build a dinosaur

Scientists are working to bring dinosaurs back to life and they think they’re getting close. Paleontologist and scientific advisor to Jurassic Park Jack Horner has the vision, and McGill University paleontologist Hans Larsson is working to make it happen.

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Published on : 20 Aug 2009

PLoS Genetics: Walking on water?

McGill and University of Toronto scientists discover the gene that makes water striders glide across the water.

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Published on : 15 Aug 2009

Doing geography the Hmong way

Livelihoods and trade across the Vietnam-China border By Sarah Turner “Wow, China’s big eh!?” Chi exclaims. I’m humbled as a geography professor to witness the excitement on this young Hmong woman’s face when she sees for the very first time on a map where Vietnam is and how big China – 35km from where we’re standing – [...]

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Published on : 13 Aug 2009

Playing reindeer games in Lappland

By Sophine Johnsson Okay, you can come. You can bring one friend. I can’t tell you when, or where it will happen. I will be unreachable for the next month because there is no cell phone reception in the mountains. But maybe I will see you there, when it happens.” It was the most vague invitation I [...]

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Published on : 03 Aug 2009

A leafy legacy - The trees of McGill University

New publication about the more than fifty kinds of trees that grace McGill's downtown campus. Authored by Bronwyn Chester, the publication features two self-guided walking tours in booklet form. 7$, available at the Redpath Museum or the McGill Bookstore.

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Published on : 28 Jul 2009

Digging dinosaurs for credit

By Hans Larsson Huge tractors and seeders are parked along the gravel range roads in southern Saskatchewan. Its the middle of May, the snow is gone except for a few patches left in the valleys, and farmers are getting their crops into the ground for this seasons harvest. Im doing kind of the same thing. Ive [...]

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Published on : 14 Jul 2009

Ronald Melzack O.C. – First recipient of the Outstanding Pain Mentorship Award by the Canadian Pain Society

Congratulations to Dr. Ronald Melzack, Emeritus Professor, Department of Psychology, who has been awarded the first Outstanding Pain Mentorship Award by the Canadian Pain Society (CPS). The award was presented in Quebec City, Quebec on Friday, May 29th, during the Annual Dinner associated with the CPS Annual Conference.

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Published on : 18 Jun 2009

Scientists capture the first image of memories being made

The ability to learn and to establish new memories is essential to our daily existence and identity; enabling us to navigate through the world. A new study by researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro), McGill University and University of California, Los Angeles has captured an image for the first time of a mechanism, specifically protein translation, which...

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Published on : 18 Jun 2009

Planned power outages at Burnside Hall: June 18 and June 19

Please note that there will be 2 maintenance periods, during which electricity will be shut down in Burnside Hall: Thursday, June 18, 7 am - 8 am Friday, June 19, from 3 am - 8 am There will be no power in the building, except for emergency lights and emergency elevators. IT systems will be running on backup power; however there is a risk that essential IT services may be interrupted.

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Published on : 17 Jun 2009

Another McGill/JGH breakthrough opens door to early Alzheimer's diagnosis

New technique detects possible Alzheimer's biomarker in blood

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Published on : 16 Jun 2009

George Styan – named an Honorary Member in the Statistical Society of Canada

Congratulations to Professor George P.H. Styan, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, who has been named an Honorary Member in the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC). Honorary Membership of the SSC is awarded to a statistical scientist of outstanding distinction who has contributed to the development of the statistical sciences in Canada.

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Published on : 12 Jun 2009