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Do You Hear What I Hear?

Holiday music is inescapable. McGill professor Daniel J. Levitin in the Wall St. Journal explains the ancient drive to listen to familiar songs, the psychological effects of music and why 'Little Drummer Boy' is so annoying.

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Published on : 13 Dec 2008

Quirks & quarks

Dr. Vicki Kaspi, a professor of physics at McGill, explores the irradiating effects of a giant gamma ray burst.

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Published on : 09 Dec 2008

Mutant worms

C. elegans, has always been a favourite of scientists. One of its fascinating tricks is that if times are tough, it can wait them out by entering a life-extending state called dauer. Dr Richard Roy, a professor of biology at McGill thinks it could have interesting implications for all sorts of issues in humans, including why we don't lose weight when we diet.

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Published on : 09 Dec 2008

Key to ‘curing’ obesity may lie in worms that destroy their own fat: McGill researchers

Usual metabolic process goes awry in recently discovered mutation, burning lipids instead of storing them

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Published on : 08 Dec 2008

Climate change - unlike the financial meltdown – is a long-haul crisis

In The Gazette, McGill research fellow James D. Ford and Assistant Prof. Lea Berrang-Ford, write (along with U of Guelph's Tristan Pierce): "The climate crisis has not gone away and even as the global economy slows down, emissions of greenhouse gases continue to rise fast. So fast that many scientists have identified the next few years as critical if we are to prevent dangerous climate change."

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Published on : 08 Dec 2008

HM, a memorable amnesiac, dies at 82

On Tuesday evening Henry Gustav Molaison — known worldwide only as HM, to protect his privacy — died of respiratory failure at a nursing home in Windsor Locks, Conn. HM was the famous patient of McGill neuroscientist Brenda Milner. In the 1950s, he had epilepsy surgery and could not form new memories but he could learn new tasks. Her work with him delineated memory formation.

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Published on : 05 Dec 2008

Trottier Symposium available as a webcast in both English and French

Did you miss attending the Trottier Symposium in person? No problem, check out the webcast! The webcast is now available in both English (original version) and French (simultaneous translation).

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Published on : 27 Nov 2008

Meet McGill's two newest Rhodes Scholars

Quebec City and Newfoundland students will head to Oxford next fall

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Published on : 26 Nov 2008

McGill law professor elected president of the Royal Society of Canada

Biology professor named to head RSC’s Academy of Science

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Published on : 20 Nov 2008

Mini-Science 2008 now in France for the Fête de la science 2008

Until November 23, 2008, in association with Canal Savoir and Canal U, select Mini-Science 2008 lectures are being telecast in France during the Fête de la science 2008 on the theme of Ciel et Terre (Sky and Earth).

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Published on : 19 Nov 2008

Worker ants of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your fertility

McGill researchers prove Darwin right about how evolution can affect a whole group

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Published on : 19 Nov 2008

Galapagos finches yield new evolutionary insights

Scientists from McGill and UMass Amherst see the seeds of speciation in progress

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Published on : 13 Nov 2008

New research on Darwin's finches

Some of the latest research on Darwin's finches of the Galapagos Islands shows an unexpected pattern of natural selection that is allowing researchers a rare glimpse into what the early stages of speciation might look like. OEB Darwin fellow Andrew Hendry of McGill has a paper appearing in the current issue of Proceedings of the Royal Society.

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Published on : 11 Nov 2008

Trailblazing pain pioneer Ronald Melzack to be inducted into Medical Hall of Fame

Developed groundbreaking “McGill Pain Questionnaire” and gate-control theory of pain

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Published on : 10 Nov 2008

Trottier Symposium available as a webcast

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Published on : 06 Nov 2008