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Another voice, another bridge? The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is currently considering an application to distribute Al Jazeera English (AJE), the Qatar-based, 24-hour international news network, in Canada. On April 28, Media@McGill will host a panel discussion focusing on what the presence of AJE would mean for the diversity and quality of the news [...

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Published on : 22 Apr 2009

DNA "tricked" to act as nano-building blocks

McGill researchers find new ways to manufacture nanotubes of controlled geometry, stiffness and porosities

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Published on : 12 Apr 2009

Regrowing forests could provide climate change help

A new study shows that allowing cleared forest to grow back can help cut down carbon dioxide emissions. "There's quite a lot of potential for the future," said Jeanine Rhemtulla, a postdoctoral fellow at McGill and lead author of a study published in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Published on : 08 Apr 2009

The CFI awards more than $1.1 million to McGill in support of seven research projects

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has announced it has awarded $1,147,175 to McGill University to support seven research projects in areas as diverse as hybrid nanostructures, photonic systems, chronic pain and cancer, among others.

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Published on : 08 Apr 2009

Study reveals potential to amass more carbon in eastern North American forests

With climate change looming, the hunt for places that can soak up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is on. New research now suggests that temperate forests can store more carbon than previously thought.

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Published on : 08 Apr 2009

Bravo! Prof. Hong Guo, CAP-CRM Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics; Prof. Guy Moore, CAP Herzberg Medal

Bravo to Prof. Hong Guo and Prof. Guy Moore, both from the Department of Physics. Professor Guo is the recipient of the 2009 CAP-CRM Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics from the Canadian Association of Physicists and the Centre de recherches mathématiques. Professor Guy Moore of the Physics Department will receive the 2009 Herzberg Medal from the Canadian Association of Physicists.

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Published on : 08 Apr 2009

Living longer, living better

Dr. Siegfried Hekimi's work with worms could one day lead to a pill to prolong lifespan in humans. His lab is testing drugs that might slow the biological rate of aging and reduce age-related illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer's. They've discovered genes and their proteins that allow worms and mice to live several times longer than normal.

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Published on : 08 Apr 2009

Trottier Symposium TV broadcast on Canal Savoir April 13-July 11

The November 2008 Trottier Symposium, featuring a debate between evolutionary biologists and economists on the origin of ethics, will be broadcast in English in two parts from April 13 – July 11.

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Published on : 06 Apr 2009

Drug-free memory erasure could lead to 'spotless minds'

A new drug-free therapy wipes away fearful memories in rats and humans. The simple treatment might eventually help patients with post-traumatic stress disorder, say researchers. Karim Nader, a neuroscientist at the McGill University performed some of the drug studies.

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Published on : 06 Apr 2009

McGill Conference: Muslim students weigh in on evolution

The Can$250,000 Islam and Evolution research project is the first large study of evolution in countries with significant Muslim populations. Results from the three-year project were presented at a symposium at McGill University in Montreal. The data could help teachers and students from diverse backgrounds work together better.

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Published on : 03 Apr 2009

McGill researchers squeeze light out of quantum dots

Physics breakthrough could lead to forward leaps in lasers, telecom and optical computing

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Published on : 03 Apr 2009

Kudos: Randy Auerbach, 2009 Distinguished Student Research Award in Clinical Psychology

Congratulations to Mr. Randy Auerbach, a doctoral student in the Psychology Department who will receive the 2009 Distinguished Student Research Award in Clinical Psychology from the Society of Clinical Psychology's Education & Training Committee, a division of the American Psychological Association.

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Published on : 23 Mar 2009

Islam and Evolution

How is evolution taught and understood in Islamic societies? How do Muslim students, parents, and teachers understand evolutionary science in relation to their religious beliefs?

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Published on : 19 Mar 2009

McGill physicist awarded Killam Research Fellowship

Robert Brandenberger wins coveted award from Canada Council for the Arts

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Published on : 12 Mar 2009

NSERC honours Professors Milner, Hendry, and Nader

Congratulations to Professors Brenda Milner, Karim Nader, and Andrew Hendry!

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Published on : 10 Mar 2009