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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

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

Journal needs to adapt to the change in online format

In a letter to the editors of the Nature journals, McGill's Linda Cooper writes: "The scientific article in 2008 is on the cusp of change, with one foot in the past and one in the future. Science journals should shed the constraints of the old media and exploit the advantages of the new, to offer readers easy and enjoyable access to the scientific literature."

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Published on : 15 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

Scientists start world's largest particle collider

International scientists, including researchers from McGill University, celebrated the successful start of their massive particle-smashing machine which aims to simulate the conditions of the "Big Bang" that created the universe.

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Published on : 10 Sep 2008

McGill number theorist and earth scientist to receive Royal Society of Canada awards

Williams-Jones and Darmon honoured for extraordinary achievement in their fields

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Published on : 08 Sep 2008

Six McGill scholars to be inducted as RSC Fellows

McGill University is proud to announce that six of its researchers have been elected as Fellows to the RSC: The Academies of Arts, Humanties and Sciences of Canada in recognition of their outstanding scholarly, scientific and artistic achievements.

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Published on : 08 Sep 2008

McGill physicists to help launch world's most powerful particle accelerator

Vast physics experiment will recreate conditions in the Universe just after the Big Bang

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Published on : 04 Sep 2008

CFCAS and McGill announce new air quality and climate change research

Research part of efforts to help Canada mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change

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Published on : 26 Aug 2008

Indigenous community in Panama to see carbon payments from forest conservation

The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), the Panama-based branch of the Smithsonian Institution, will offset its carbon dioxide emissions by working with an indigenous community to conserve forests and reforest degraded lands with native tree species. The agreement was announced Sunday.

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Published on : 21 Aug 2008

A swim against tides to find Franklin's lost ships

Canadian researchers begin their efforts to find the remains of Sir John Franklin's catastrophic 1845 expedition, in a project that combines the historical romanticism associated with past explorers and the emerging importance of 21st-century polar science.

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Published on : 16 Aug 2008

Sing me something smart

When shopping for a mate, female zebra finches might choose males with the sweetest song because singing ability advertises intellectual prowess. Neeltje Boogert of McGill University found that the males who sang the most complex melodies were also quicker at solving a problem to find food.

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Published on : 15 Aug 2008

Rocking the Science World

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated a 15-kilometre stretch of Nova Scotia coastline as a world heritage site.

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Published on : 21 Jul 2008