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McGill researchers discover the cause of an inherited form of epilepsy

McGill researchers have discovered the cause of an inherited form of epilepsy. The disease, known as double-cortex syndrome, primarily affects females and arises from mutations on a gene located on the X chromosome. Drs. Susanne Bechstedt and Gary Brouhard of the Dept of Biology have used a highly advanced microscope to discover how these mutations cause a malformation of the human brain.

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Published on : 21 Jun 2012

CBC - CBC Montrealer of the week

McGill astrophysicist Sebastien Guillot was CBCs Montrealer of the week. With a newly-instituted astro public outreach program, "he brings science and the stars a little closer to everyone."

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Published on : 08 Jun 2012

$29 million from NSERC to support McGill researchers

Whether it is for research into clean energy sources, the future of wireless communication or a better understanding of the processes involved in language learning, over 160 established McGill researchers and more than 80 graduate students will benefit from support from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) over the next five years.

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Published on : 06 Jun 2012

Loss of biodiversity increasingly threatens human well-being

Two decades of research indicate that our ecosystems are paying the price for “business as usual”

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Published on : 06 Jun 2012

The Guardian - Guitar zero

Scientific studies show it is never too late to learn new skills such as playing a musical instrument or speaking a language if you use the right techniques, writes psychologist Gary Marcus…

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Published on : 06 Jun 2012

McGill confers honorary degrees on Robert Wares and Julian Adams

Leaders in mining and pharmacology recognized at convocation ceremony

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Published on : 04 Jun 2012

McGill researcher helps NASA open a new window on the universe

Galactic Science Team Leader Victoria Kaspi ensures cutting-edge NuSTAR telescope points to the most exotic objects in the Milky Way

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Published on : 30 May 2012

Radio-Canada - Ce coeur qui bat

Les fibres musculaires du coeur sont assemblées en hélices pour donner un maximum d'efficacité lors des contractions du muscle, a découvert une équipe internationale de scientifiques à laquelle ont participé des chercheurs de l'Université McGill.

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Published on : 30 May 2012

Study provides new insights into structure of heart muscle fibres

Discovery could be used to help engineer artificial tissue

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Published on : 29 May 2012

CNN - Music: it's in your head, changing your brain

Scientists think of these annoying sound segments as "ear worms." They don't yet know much about why they happen, but research is making headway on what's going on.

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Published on : 28 May 2012

Globe and Mail - Learn French, Canada, it's good for you

The big news in Quebec universities is not just about tuition fees. It’s also about top-notch research. This month, ACFAS – l’Association francophone pour le savoir – held its 80th annual scientific congress in Montreal.

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Published on : 22 May 2012

Wired - Astronomers examine one of the largest clusters in universe

Astrophysicists from the McGill University in Quebec, Canada, have discovered two giant galaxies connected by a filament of stars which appear to be colliding. When combined, this supercluster of galaxies could be one of the largest structures in the universe.

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Published on : 19 May 2012

Herschel Space Observatory study reveals galaxy-packed filament

Finding provides unique opportunity to explore how galaxies and cosmic structure evolve

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Published on : 17 May 2012

Le Devoir - Le cerveau est bilingue

Professeur au Département de psychologie de l'Université McGill, Fred Genesee fait le point sur « les mythes et les malentendus entourant l'acquisition de deux langues chez l'enfant ».

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Published on : 05 May 2012

Montreal Gazette - Homeopathic remedies safe – but not risk free

(Chemistry professor Joe Schwarcz): Critics of homeopathy have been known to swallow entire bottles of homeopathic pills to make the point they contain nothing but sugar.

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Published on : 05 May 2012