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TV broadcasts: Mini-Science 2008

Until August 31, select lectures from Mini-Science 2008 are being broadcast on Canal Savoir. Learn about ecology, evolution, and extinction from world-class experts.

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Published on : 21 Jul 2008

Men and women programmed differently when it comes to temptation: McGill researchers

Temptation may be everywhere, but it's how the different sexes react to flirtation that determines the effect it will have on their relationships.

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Published on : 15 Jul 2008

Science advice in the public interest

A blue-ribbon scientific panel has waved a yellow flag in front of a rapidly expanding number of products containing nanomaterials, cautioning that the tiny substances might be able to penetrate cells and interfere with biological processes.

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Published on : 10 Jul 2008

McGill study shatters myths about postmenopausal pain during sex

Using hormone replacement therapy to alleviate painful sexual intercourse in post-menopausal women is not effective for a significant proportion of sufferers, according to a review study by McGill doctoral candidate Alina Kao

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Published on : 10 Jul 2008

McGill professor joins leadership of national synchrotron research facility

Mark Sutton, Ernest Rutherford Professor of Physics, named Vice-Chair of Canadian Light Source

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Published on : 10 Jul 2008

Einstein is 'relatively' right, yet again

Taking advantage of a unique cosmic configuration, McGill researchers have measured an effect predicted by Albert Einstein's theory of General Relativity in the extremely strong gravity of a pair of superdense neutron stars.

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Published on : 07 Jul 2008

Eleven McGillians appointed to Order of Canada

Governor General Michaëlle Jean recently announced 75 new appointments to the Order of Canada, including a number of recipients with significant McGill connections.

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Published on : 04 Jul 2008

Einstein was right, McGill astrophysicists say

Observations of unique twin-pulsar star system show effects of general relativity

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Published on : 03 Jul 2008

Playing mind games

McGill psychology professor Mark Baldwin's MindHabits Trainer, is subject of a full-page article on the front of the 'Living' section in the Washington Times. MindHabits is a mental well-being computer game that trains the brain to think - automatically, with no meditation or medication needed - positive thoughts.

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Published on : 25 Jun 2008

Japanese companies rush to get robots into homes

Four of Japan's leading technology companies have joined forces with the goal of getting robots into hundreds of thousands of homes around the world so they can help out with everyday activities. "I think many people would like to have a robot that could help them get up if they fall down, assuming no one else is there," Gregory Dudek, a computer science professor at McGill told CTV News.

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Published on : 23 Jun 2008

Invasion of the Chinook

Chinook, or king salmon, reached South America some 25 years ago as people tried to farm them there, says Cristián Correa of McGill. Now a broad survey of records and stream visits finds chinook reproducing on their own in at least 10 Andean watersheds that empty into the Pacific and three Atlantic watersheds. The study is reported in the June Biological Invasions.

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Published on : 20 Jun 2008

Science writing courses (graduate)

Need help with your science writing? If you're like most scientists, explaining your research to others can be challenging. To help you communicate your ideas to specialists and non-specialists alike, Prof. Linda Cooper offers two intensive graduate seminar courses.

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Published on : 19 Jun 2008

Dr. Jason Hessels: 2008 CAGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award

Congraulations to Dr. Jason Hessels, Ph.D. ’07, who has won the 2008 CAGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award in the engineering, medical sciences and natural sciences category.

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Published on : 19 Jun 2008

An amphibious assault

Around the world, frogs and toads are falling victim to a loss of habitat, pesticides, pollution and an insidious, quick-acting fungus. And now they are going extinct faster than any other animals since the dinosaurs. McGill University zoologist David Green, one of Canada's foremost authorities on amphibian declines, comments

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Published on : 16 Jun 2008

Hockey theme's primal appeal

"I think Canadians have actually bonded to the [Hockey Night in Canada] theme song. They've experienced enough of a chemical reaction to it," says McGill neuroscientist Daniel Levitin. "I don't mean to make this sound spooky or mystical, but we know that when people hear music they like, and are familiar with, dopamine is released."

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Published on : 16 Jun 2008