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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

Earlier global warming produced a whole new form of life

Researchers discover “giant” magnetofossils from microorganisms that thrived 55 million years ago

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Published on : 23 Oct 2008

McGill physicists find a new state of matter in a "transistor"

Could previously unknown type of electron crystal help the future of electronics?

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Published on : 21 Oct 2008

Ancient microbes made giant magnets

Scientists have unearthed giant magnetic fossils, the remnants of microbes buried in 55-million-year-old sediment. The growth of these unusual structures during a period of massive global warming provides clues about how climate change might alter the behaviour of organisms. Dirk Schumann of McGill and his colleagues found the fossils in sediment taken from a borehole in Ancora, New Jersey.

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Published on : 21 Oct 2008

Steven Pinker lecture available as a webcast

Dr. Steven Pinker's October 17 keynote address for the 2008 Faculty of Science Undergraduate Research Conference, is now available as a webcast, along with the URC prize ceremony.

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Published on : 20 Oct 2008

What is the Origin of Ethics?

Expert economists and evolutionary biologists debate the foundations of our moral instinct at the 2008 Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium

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Published on : 15 Oct 2008

Boning up on dinosaurs

Chantal Montreuil's dream was to work with animals - live ones, that is. But as a fossil technician at McGill University, it's her job to piece together the featured exhibit at this week's Meet the Triceratops event.

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Published on : 14 Oct 2008

Prof. D. Jakobson, co-winner of the Canadian Mathematical Society's 2008 G. de B. Robinson Award

Congratulations to Dr. Dmitry Jakobson of of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics who is a co-winner of the Canadian Mathematical Society's 2008 G. de B. Robinson Award.

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Published on : 09 Oct 2008

SeRIOus about Innovation: Research Innovation Office newsletter

RIO, the Research Innovation Office of the Faculty of Science, is pleased to offer its most recent newsletter online.

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Published on : 02 Oct 2008

Thanksgiving Holiday: Course Schedule Change

The normal Tuesday schedule of course activities is cancelled for December 2, 2008. In its place, all lectures, labs, conferences and other course-related activities that are normally held on Mondays will be held on Tuesday, December 2, 2008 as well. This change in schedule is to make up for activities that are cancelled on Monday, October 13 due to Thanksgiving Day.

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Published on : 02 Oct 2008

McGill garners 11 Canada Research Chairs and $10 million in funding

Explorations range from neurolinguistics to kidney disease

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Published on : 01 Oct 2008

Argentina dinosaur fossil find tightens evolutionary link with modern birds

The remains of a 30-foot-long predatory dinosaur discovered along the banks of Argentina's Rio Colorado is helping to unravel how birds evolved their unusual breathing system. McGill's Hans Larsson was part of the team that made the discovery, published Sept. 29 in the online journal PLos ONE and announced at a news conference in Mendoza, Argentina.

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Published on : 30 Sep 2008

The Stones Tour: If these old walls could talk

Ingrid Birker, the Redpath Museum's science outreach co-ordinator, has given this one-hour tour several times a year since 2002, shortly after the publication of What Building Stones Tell, Redpath's guidebook to "the fossils, rocks and minerals of Montreal buildings."

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Published on : 29 Sep 2008

McGill researchers find oldest rocks on Earth

Discovery of rocks as old as 4.28 billion years pushes back age of most ancient remnant of Earth’s crust by 300 million years

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Published on : 25 Sep 2008

World's oldest rocks found in Quebec

Canadian and U.S. researchers say they have found the oldest rocks in the world, along the Northern Quebec coast of Hudson's Bay. The rocks are estimated to be 4.28 billion years old, according to a team of researchers from McGill University, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C.

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Published on : 25 Sep 2008