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Braving the genetic no-man’s land

The new agriculture starts by taking the “junk” out of “junk DNA” By Mark Shainblum To say that Dr . Thomas Bureau has “a lab” would give you the wrong impression. Yes, there’s a classic, rather small lab in the Stewart Biology Building, full of test tubes and hi-tech microscopes and brightly coloured chemicals. There’s even an [...]

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Published on : 28 May 2009

Biodiversity, Climate and Evolution

McGill University hosts interactive public discussion

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Published on : 28 May 2009

The cosmos is green: Researchers catch nature in the act of “recycling” a star

Ordinary “slow” pulsar transforms into fast-spinning millisecond pulsar

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Published on : 21 May 2009

Science Communications – Gold Prix d’Excellence

Faculty of Science wins Gold! An entry by Michael Woloschuk, Communications Officer for the Faculty of Science, has won the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education Gold Prix d’Excellence in the ‘Best Fundraising Case Statement and Campaign Materials’ category. [more...]

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Published on : 01 May 2009

Don Francis – Peacock’s Medal

Don Francis, professor and Dawson Chair in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, has been awarded the Peacock's Medal for outstanding contributions to the mineral sciences in Canada. [more...]

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Published on : 01 May 2009

Top doctoral students awarded 12 Vanier Scholarships

Top doctoral students awarded 11 Vanier Scholarships Up-and-coming scholars receive $50,000 a year for three years in support of their world-class research.

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Published on : 30 Apr 2009

Mark Sutton - 2009 Advanced Photon Source Arthur H. Compton Award

Congratulations to Prof. Mark Sutton who will be awarded the 2009 Arthur H. Compton Award! The award is given by the Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory. It will be presented to Prof. Sutton on May 5th in recognition of an important scientific or technical accomplishment at the APS. [more...]

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Published on : 29 Apr 2009

How youngsters learn to bien parler

McGill experts weigh in on teaching language, developing bilingualism early on and improving literacy

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Published on : 29 Apr 2009

McGill to bestow 11 exemplary individuals with honorary degrees at Spring Convocation

Eleven exceptional individuals will be recognized with honorary degrees from McGill University during this year’s spring convocation ceremonies.

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Published on : 29 Apr 2009

Fire at the Gault Reserve likely of human origin

By McGill Reporter Staff Staff at McGill’s Gault Nature Reserve, on Mont St-Hilaire, are assessing how much of the Reserve’s fragile ecosystems were affected by a fire that broke out on April 17th. The fire spread to over 25 hectares of the Reserve’s extreme preservation sector, on the eastern flank of the mountain, a section that is [...

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Published on : 23 Apr 2009

Lectures and special events to May 13

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