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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

Killam Fellowships Program Info Session

ATTENTION MCGILL UNDERGRADS! INTERESTED IN STUDYING IN THE U.S.? Killam Fellowships Program Info Session: Thursday, September 25th, at 1:00 p.m. Room 1041, 688 Sherbrooke Street West

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Published on : 22 Sep 2008

Nobel Laureate Carl E. Wieman lectures on science education and physics

The Department of Physics at McGill University and the Tomlinson Project in University-Level Science Education (T-PULSE), are pleased to welcome Professor Carl E. Wieman, University of British Columbia, and University of Colorado, to deliver two lectures about science education and physics.

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Published on : 17 Sep 2008

McGill opens doors on new Life Sciences Complex

McGill University offered a sneak peek yesterday of its new Life Sciences Complex, a $73-million facility where 600 scientists in bio-medical, developmental biology and cancer research will be able to work together in state-of-the-art laboratories housed in four buildings.

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Published on : 17 Sep 2008

Love and infidelity: how our brains keep us from straying

McGill researcher John Lydon and colleagues study exploring how automatic psychological mechanisms kick into action when the eye starts to wander, helping resist temptation and strengthening the relationship -- even without us being aware of it.

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Published on : 16 Sep 2008

McGill celebrates new era of life sciences research in Canada

Life Sciences Complex will foster collaboration, generate next wave of biomedical breakthroughs, thanks to public-private partnership

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Published on : 16 Sep 2008

McGill Life Sciences Complex delivers cutting-edge research

The creation of the McGill University Life Sciences Complex heralds the beginning of what promises to be an exciting era in life sciences research, one that is destined to pioneer new scientific breakthroughs, change the theory and practice of medicine, and improve human life for generations to come.

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Published on : 16 Sep 2008

McGill Life Sciences Complex - Fact Sheet

The Life Sciences Complex (LSC) encompasses two new facilities, the Francesco Bellini Life Sciences Building and the Cancer Research Building, as well as the existing McIntyre Medical Sciences Building and Stewart Biological Sciences Building.

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Published on : 16 Sep 2008

Newsweek on Levitin

Neuroscientists may be the rock stars of 21st-century science, but how many of them actually have platinum records to their credit? There's at least one: Daniel Levitin, author of "This Is Your Brain on Music," the 2006 best seller that mixed serious science with discussions of "Ode to Joy" and "Super Freak."

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Published on : 15 Sep 2008

Deaf people feel their way to speech

Anyone who's done a bad Elvis impression knows that contorting your mouth makes talking feel wrong - never mind how ridiculous you sound. People who have lost their hearing use the same sense to retain their speech, new research suggests.

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Published on : 15 Sep 2008

An essential Quebec contribution to the most powerful particle collider

Wednesday, the excitement was palpable not only in the tunnel containing the world's most powerful particle collider, located on the Franco-Swiss border, but also within McGill University's physics department.

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Published on : 15 Sep 2008