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Introducing: BoarCroc, RatCroc, DogCroc, DuckCroc and PancakeCroc

Five ancient crocs, one with teeth like boar tusks and another with a snout like a duck's bill, have been discovered in the Sahara by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Paul Sereno and McGill Professor Hans Larsson.

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Published on : 19 Nov 2009

Avoiding dangerous climate change: is geo-engineering the answer?

Trottier Symposium to discuss controversial ideas that some say could help avoid disaster

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Published on : 10 Nov 2009

Learning to talk changes the way we hear speech

(CBC) Canadian researchers using a robotic device have determined that learning to talk changes the way people hear speech. Sazzad Nasir and David Ostry of the department of psychology at McGill University in Montreal used a device that puts pressure on a person's jaw to try to isolate the movements of talking from the sounds of language itself.

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Published on : 04 Nov 2009

Learning to talk changes the way we hear speech: McGill study

Research shows growing mastery of oral fluency is matched by increased ability to distinguish different speech sounds

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Published on : 03 Nov 2009

What is the origin of cosmic rays?

International astronomy team discovers first very-high-energy gamma rays from Starburst Galaxy M82

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Published on : 03 Nov 2009

We still have a chance to save polar bears

(New Scientist) Managing the polar bear's habitat could help save them. Opinion piece in New Scientist from McGill's Bruno Tremblay & colleague Stephanie Pfirman of Columbia.

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Published on : 02 Nov 2009

Brenda Milner to receive award in New York

Dr. Brenda Milner, an active researcher at the age of 91 at the Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, is widely recognized as the founder of cognitive neuroscience–the field that brings together brain and behavior and helps explain key aspects of mental illness. Today, Dr. Milner is being awarded the Goldman-Rakic Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Cognitive Neuroscience by NARSAD,

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Published on : 30 Oct 2009

Presenting TEDxMcGill - Talks for Tomorrow

Independently organized TED event hosted and organized by McGill students on Nov. 5

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Published on : 29 Oct 2009

Beacon from the cosmic dark ages: Researchers discover most distant stellar object known

13-billion year-old supernova exploded early in universe's life

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Published on : 29 Oct 2009

Bright star researcher gets Prix du Québec nod

Kaspi awarded Quebec's highest accolade with Prix Marie-Victorin for natural science and engineering

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Published on : 26 Oct 2009

World losing mixture of plants, animal species at accelerated rate

(CP) Andrew Hendry, a biologist at McGill University, said while there are hopeful signs some countries might be altering the way they manage species and protect habitats, the overall picture remains grim. "Biodiversity is continuing and, in some places, it's worsening," Hendry said.

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Published on : 13 Oct 2009

McGill University’s Brian Alters honored by Royal Society of Canada

World-famous work on the promotion of education about evolution garners McNeil Medal

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Published on : 09 Oct 2009

Brian Alters Wins McNeil Medal

Brian Alters, director of McGill’s Tomlinson Project in University-Level Science Education, has been awarded the 2009 McNeil Medal for the Public Awareness of Science by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC). The medal was presented to Alters for his world-famous work on the promotion of education about evolution.

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Published on : 09 Oct 2009

Nobel prize in Physics goes to Science alumnus Willard Boyle

For the second time this week, the Faculty of Science is proud to congratulate a McGill Science alumnus on winning a Nobel Prize. This time, it’s WILLARD BOYLE, BSc’47, MSc’48, PhD’50, who is sharing the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics for his part in the invention of the charge-coupled device, a light detector that initiated the digital camera revolution.

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Published on : 06 Oct 2009

McGill congratulates its second Nobel-winning alumnus of 2009

Father of digital photography Willard Boyle shares Physics prize for co-invention of CCD sensor

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Published on : 06 Oct 2009