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Dr. Joe Schwarcz' TEDx lecture: Chemistry is not a four-letter word!

Always engaged in educating the public about science, Dr. Joe Schwarcz discusses the importance of skepticism in science. Click here to see Chemistry is not a four-letter word, Dr. Joe Schwarcz' TEDx lecture from last year's Montreal TEDx event. 

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Published on : 19 Feb 2013

Homeopathy Debate: Follow-up Questions/Answers by Joe Schwarcz & Andre Saine

A note from Dr. Joe Schwarcz: After our November 26 debate Andre Saine and I agreed to ask each other questions that would be answered in writing and posted on our websites. Mine were ready a few days after the event; I have just received Andre’s. Because I had agreed to post his answers, I am doing so here with some trepidation. The reason is that there is some dangerous advice here about antibiotics and malaria prophylaxis, but I think our readers will see through this.

Published on : 14 Feb 2013

What You Think You Know (but Don't) About Healthy Eating

By Jane Brody, The New York Times Let’s start the new year on scientifically sound footing by addressing some nutritional falsehoods that circulate widely in cyberspace, locker rooms, supermarkets and health food stores. As a result, millions of people are squandering hard-earned dollars on questionable, even hazardous foods and supplements. 

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Published on : 07 Feb 2013

VIDEO: Debate follow-up with Joe Schwarcz & Andre Saine

Click here to see some follow-up on the second debate on Alternative Medicine, Homeopathy: Mere Placebo or Great Medicine?

Published on : 20 Dec 2012

VIDEO: Homeopathy Debate: Mere Placebo or Great Medicine?

Dr. Joe Schwracz and Dr. Andre Saine debate, Homeopathy: Mere Placebo or Great Medicine?    Part two of a 2-part debate on Naturopathic Medicine.    

Published on : 12 Dec 2012

Trottier Symposium Webcast

Did you miss this year's Trottier Symposium, Food: A Serving of Science? If so, tune in here and catch both evenings events, with speakers Dr. Walter Willett from Harvard's School of Public Health & Dr. Jeffrey Blumberg Tuft's School of Nutrition, and Jane Brody, NY Times' Personal Health Columnist and Harold McGee, world-class expert on food and cooking. Guarantee it will give you something to "chew" on.

Published on : 14 Nov 2012

Alumnus Lorne Trottier donates $15M to McGill for science, engineering

High-tech entrepreneur’s gift will create two institutes and funds a symposium...     MONTREAL — Philanthropist Lorne Trottier wants people to have a greater appreciation of science and engineering so he is donating $15 million to McGill University to help strengthen research and support outreach and public policy in those areas. The high-tech entrepreneur and alumnus will also help fund a public symposium on sustainable engineering in society in collaboration with the Université de Montréal’s École Polytechnique.

Published on : 07 Nov 2012

New Royal Society of Canada inductees from the Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science offers congratulations to Professors Laurie Hendren (Computer Science), Bruce Lennox (Chemistry), Chao-Jun Li (Chemistry), and Timothy Moore (Geography), on being named Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada! Kudos also to the following Professors who are RSC Medal recipients: The Flavelle Medal, Siegfried Hekimi (Biology); the Rutherford Memorial Medal in Physics, Guy Moore (Physics); and the Miroslaw Romanowski Medal, Catherine Potvin (Biology).

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Published on : 06 Sep 2012

Scientific American, Nature - Using fertilizer wisely could help feed 9 billion people

A new study, published in Nature on August 30, suggests that increasing deforestation could be avoided provided farmers made better use of water and nutrients on land currently under cultivation around the globe.

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Published on : 30 Aug 2012

Scientific American, Daily Mail, et al. - Viral video: Higgs Boson provides musical spin

Master's physics student Tim Blais' a capella "Rolling in the Higgs" video picked up steam over the weekend, racking up over 60,000 hits (at last count) on YouTube and picking up some major international press.

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Published on : 30 Aug 2012

Ottawa Citizen - There's more to dry ice than a mystical fog

(Chemistry prof Joe Schwarcz): "Double, double toil and trouble, fire burn, and cauldron bubble!" But how do you make that cauldron bubble on stage? That's what the stage manager of a local production of Macbeth wanted to know. Wasn't too hard to answer that one. It just takes a little chemical witchcraft in the form of dry ice!

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Published on : 26 Aug 2012

CBC - McGill researching PEI's ecosystem management

McGill University is taking an interest in Prince Edward Island's environment. A professor and some students are looking to develop an "ecosystem management model" based on Island research. Students were on P.E.I. during the summer, collecting data.

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Published on : 26 Aug 2012

NPR, et al. - A pachyderm's ditty prompts an elephantine debate

When one of the residents of the National Zoo in Washington recently revealed her love of music to zookeepers there, some ears perked up. Shanthi, a 36-year-old Asian elephant loves playing (with) her harmonica.

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Published on : 26 Aug 2012

Newly-discovered Phoenix Cluster sets record pace for creating stars

South Pole Telescope makes new maps of microwave sky which lead to amazing discovery

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Published on : 16 Aug 2012

Unlocking a major secret of the brain

McGill researchers uncover crucial link between hippocampus and prefrontal cortex

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Published on : 14 Aug 2012