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Reaching out to the Stars

One afternoon in May, Ryan Lynch, wearing a name tag featuring a doodle of the planet Saturn, is tanding at the front of a room full of Fourth Graders at the Akiva School in Westmount. This is not a typical Lynch day: on any given workday, you’ll find him sifting through data in the Rutherford [...]

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Published on : 09 Jul 2012

Montreal Gazette - The right chemistry: Bounce heard 'round the world

(Chemistry Professor Joe Schwarcz): Diving suits, gaskets, hoses, life rafts, iPad covers and giant balloons destined for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. What do they have in common? All are made of neoprene! Not only does this synthetic rubber have myriad uses, it holds a place of honour in history for ushering in the age of modern plastics.

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Published on : 06 Jul 2012

Vanier scholarships bring the world to McGill to help shape the future

Fourteen of the 156 new 2012 Vanier Scholars will be attending McGill University, coming from countries as diverse as Australia, Belgium, Peru and the United States, as well as from Canada.

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Published on : 03 Jul 2012

CREATE grants will help McGill build on leadership in green chemistry, medical imaging

Two projects led by McGill professors are among the 17 that will receive a total of $28 million over six years to help science and engineering graduates add job skills to their academic achievements, thanks to the.Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) CREATE program. The two projects are the CREATE program in green chemistry led by Prof. Chao-Jun Li, and the CREATE

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Published on : 26 Jun 2012

CREATE grant helps build on leadership in medical imaging

Two projects led by McGill professors are among the 17 that will receive a total of $28 million over six years to help science and engineering graduates add job skills to their academic achievements, thanks to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) CREATE program.

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Published on : 26 Jun 2012

McGill researchers discover the cause of an inherited form of epilepsy

McGill researchers have discovered the cause of an inherited form of epilepsy. The disease, known as double-cortex syndrome, primarily affects females and arises from mutations on a gene located on the X chromosome. Drs. Susanne Bechstedt and Gary Brouhard of the Dept of Biology have used a highly advanced microscope to discover how these mutations cause a malformation of the human brain.

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Published on : 21 Jun 2012

CBC - CBC Montrealer of the week

McGill astrophysicist Sebastien Guillot was CBCs Montrealer of the week. With a newly-instituted astro public outreach program, "he brings science and the stars a little closer to everyone."

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Published on : 08 Jun 2012

$29 million from NSERC to support McGill researchers

Whether it is for research into clean energy sources, the future of wireless communication or a better understanding of the processes involved in language learning, over 160 established McGill researchers and more than 80 graduate students will benefit from support from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) over the next five years.

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Published on : 06 Jun 2012

Loss of biodiversity increasingly threatens human well-being

Two decades of research indicate that our ecosystems are paying the price for “business as usual”

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Published on : 06 Jun 2012

The Guardian - Guitar zero

Scientific studies show it is never too late to learn new skills such as playing a musical instrument or speaking a language if you use the right techniques, writes psychologist Gary Marcus…

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Published on : 06 Jun 2012

McGill confers honorary degrees on Robert Wares and Julian Adams

Leaders in mining and pharmacology recognized at convocation ceremony

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Published on : 04 Jun 2012

McGill researcher helps NASA open a new window on the universe

Galactic Science Team Leader Victoria Kaspi ensures cutting-edge NuSTAR telescope points to the most exotic objects in the Milky Way

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Published on : 30 May 2012

Radio-Canada - Ce coeur qui bat

Les fibres musculaires du coeur sont assemblées en hélices pour donner un maximum d'efficacité lors des contractions du muscle, a découvert une équipe internationale de scientifiques à laquelle ont participé des chercheurs de l'Université McGill.

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Published on : 30 May 2012

Study provides new insights into structure of heart muscle fibres

Discovery could be used to help engineer artificial tissue

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Published on : 29 May 2012

CNN - Music: it's in your head, changing your brain

Scientists think of these annoying sound segments as "ear worms." They don't yet know much about why they happen, but research is making headway on what's going on.

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Published on : 28 May 2012