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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

Did you miss attending the Trottier Symposium in person? No problem, check out the webcast!

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Published on : 06 Nov 2008

Prof. H. Sleiman, winner of the Canadian Society for Chemistry's 2009 Strem Chemicals Award for Pure or Applied Inorganic Chemistry

Congratulations to Dr. Hanadi Sleiman from the Department of Chemistry!

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Published on : 06 Nov 2008

Prof. G. Cosa, winner of the 2009 Inter-American Photochemical Society's Young Investigator Award

Congratulations to Dr. Gonzalo Cosa from the Department of Chemistry!

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Published on : 05 Nov 2008

Got a big question? Ask a Trottier Symposium panellist!

Got a big question? Need a big answer? Ask a Trottier Symposium panellist! Now is your chance to ask four of the world’s leading economists and biologists what economic theory and evolution have to say about human development and ethics.

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Published on : 29 Oct 2008

Researchers find state of matter that may extend Moore's Law

(New York Times): Researchers at McGill University have discovered a new state of matter that they say could greatly extend Moore's Law. The researchers say they've found a quasi-three-dimensional electron crystal that could enable them to harness quantum physics to make increasingly small computer chips. (see link for full story)

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Published on : 25 Oct 2008

McGill physicists discover new state of matter

Canadian physicists say they have discovered a previously unknown state of matter that could have a momentous impact on creation of new electronic devices. McGill University researchers say the new state of matter, a quasi-three- dimensional electron crystal, is a material very much like those used in the fabrication of modern transistors.

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Published on : 23 Oct 2008