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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

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

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

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

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