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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

Ozone compounds the greenhouse effect

A recovery of the depleted ozone layer would accelerate global climate warming, especially polar ice caps, according to an international research team.

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Published on : 13 Jun 2008

Homeless in the homeland

Yellowknifer Julia Christensen is garnering national recognition for her study of homelessness and housing in the North. Christensen recently received one of 15 prestigious Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships. Funded through the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, the scholarship consists of up to $200,000 in grants over three to four years.

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Published on : 10 Jun 2008

Québec Science honours Michel Tremblay and the McGill Cancer Centre

Magazine’s readers voted cancer breakthrough as Quebec’s “Discovery of the Year”

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Published on : 10 Jun 2008

Flushed to freedom

The Star's Peter Calamai reports in his "This week in Science" column that the Canadian and U.S. governments are trying to staunch the flood of aquatic invasive species into the St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes by cracking down on ships that pump out ballast water loaded with foreign stowaways. But there's another danger closer to home: private aquarium owners who flush fish down the toilet.

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Published on : 10 Jun 2008

Student draws hope, inspiration from resilient Kenyans

Jane Harbottle returned from an African studies excursion with images of Kibera, Kenya, that paint a grim portrait of life in the continent's second-biggest slum. But Ms. Harbottle's documentation of Kibera's misery could help to alleviate some of it. She has raised almost $27,000 for the Vision Sisters by her photographs and soliciting private donations in Vancouver. Ms. Harbottle worked with the

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Published on : 10 Jun 2008

McGill researcher named CIHR Chair in Public Health

A McGill epidemiologist has been named to one of 14 new Chairs in Public Health funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and several partner agencies.

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Published on : 03 Jun 2008

In a neuromusic state of mind

Third international conference examines interactions between music and the brain

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Published on : 03 Jun 2008

Big bangs: researchers uncover secrets of deadly supervolcanoes

McGill and UBC scientists explain process that can turn ordinary eruptions into global climatic disasters

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Published on : 29 May 2008

Two McGill doctoral students named Trudeau Scholars

Trudeau Foundation scholarships awarded to Geography and Political Science researchers

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Published on : 29 May 2008

McGill researchers net $30.5M in NSERC funding

Grants and scholarships to fund cutting-edge research in natural sciences and engineering

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Published on : 26 May 2008

Frigid gazing


A six-storey-high telescope at the South Pole could help unravel how the Universe evolved through its mid-life period. Matt Dobbs, a young cosmologist who has gone to the ends of the Earth to understand the mid-life evolution of the universe, is part of a seven university group that built, and is now operating, the largest-ever telescope at the South Pole.

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Published on : 25 May 2008