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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, 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

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

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

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

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

Medical Daily - Language may help infants learn about people's intentions

Research suggests infants may be able to perceive that speech can communicate unobservable objects that are essential for social interactions.

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Published on : 23 Jul 2012

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