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New study sheds light on debate over organic vs. conventional agriculture

Researchers at McGill, Univ. of Minnesota call for combining best of both approaches

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Published on : 25 Apr 2012

New York Times, BBC, et al. - Study points to roles for industry and organics in agriculture

Organic farming is widely perceived to be a healthy, more environmentally-friendly alternative to conventional agricultural techniques. But its role in providing for an increasingly crowded planet remains unclear with its merits hotly contested.

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Published on : 25 Apr 2012

Science (AAAS) - Of robots and cocktails

Scientists call it the "cocktail party problem." To understand the person talking to you in a noisy room, you've got to filter out all of the conversations, clinking glass, and other noises in the background.

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Published on : 09 Apr 2012

Montreal Gazette - Catalogue of fakes and counterfeits poses very real threats to humanity

(Chemistry professor Joe Schwarcz): Fake! Fake! Fake! Fake blueberries, fake cosmetics, fake fish, fake drugs, fake pesticides, fake science, fake experts. It is the Age of Fakery. Phony blueberries may not have a big impact on health, but counterfeit malaria drugs can have devastating consequences. And what's the motivation behind the extensive fakery? What else? Money...

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Published on : 07 Apr 2012

$7.6 million for the McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre

The McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre is pleased to announce that they have been awarded funding totalling $7.6 million over a two-year period from Genome Canada’s 2010 Competition. This award, a record for Québec, will fund the operations of the Innovation Centre as well as the services offered to scientific communities in Québec, the rest of Canada and around the world.

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Published on : 04 Apr 2012

La Presse - Faut-il avoir peur du BHT?

Que met-on exactement dans notre assiette? Le Soleil se penche sur les aliments qui se retrouvent dans notre panier d'épicerie. De quoi se composent-ils? Comment les choisir? Valent-ils leur coût plus élevé? Sont-ils aussi bons qu'on le dit pour la santé? Un rendez-vous toutes les deux semaines.

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Published on : 04 Apr 2012

Darwin in the genome

A current controversy raging in evolutionary biology is about whether adaptation to new environments is the result of many genes, each of relatively small effect, or just a few genes of large effect. A new study published in Molecular Ecology by McGill biologist Andrew Hendry and a colleague from Basel University strongly supports the first “many-small” hypothesis.

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Published on : 03 Apr 2012

UPI - Genome's involvement in adaptation seen

An organism's adaptation to new environments involves many genes, Canadian researchers say, a finding that may settle a long-standing evolutionary argument.

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Published on : 03 Apr 2012

South Pole Telescope data shedding light on dark energy

Results provide fresh support for Einstein’s cosmological constant

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Published on : 02 Apr 2012

Canada.com - Scientists play down price tag on invasive species in Great Lakes

A new U.S. report says foreign species carried into the Great Lakes by ships are causing tens of millions of dollars in damage to the ecosystem. However, Canadian experts are questioning the figures, saying you cannot easily put a price on damages caused by invasive species.

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Published on : 29 Mar 2012

Tomlinson Scientist Awards: Profs. X. Liu, A. Hendry, and K. Nader

Congratulations to Professors Xue Liu (Computer Science), Andrew Hendry (Redpath Museum), and Karim Nader (Psychology), winners of the 2011-2012 Tomlinson Scientist Awards.

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Published on : 22 Mar 2012

Montreal Gazette - Gluten-free snap, crackle, pop draws attention to celiac disease

(Chemistry professor Joe Schwarcz): The malt flavouring is gone! Celiac sufferers are no longer limited to listening to the snap, crackle and pop of Rice Krispies!

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Published on : 17 Mar 2012

Montreal Gazette - Hydro-Québec's $1-billion battle

Provincial utility is preparing to defend itself in front of the Régie de l'énergie against critics who say its proposed smart meters are a health hazard and won't deliver on promised savings.

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Published on : 17 Mar 2012

Nine McGill researchers appointed Canada Research Chairs

Nine McGill researchers were among the 132 newly awarded or renewed Canada Research Chairs just announced by the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology. The McGill CRCs work in fields ranging from social statistics and family change to the cognitive neuroscience of attention and expectation.

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Published on : 14 Mar 2012

Fielding questions about climate change

In a study published in Nature, Alfonso Mucci, of the Department of Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences worked with colleagues from Concordia University to study the chemical makeup of sediment samples from oceans around the world to show how iron oxides can remove carbon dioxide from our atmosphere.

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Published on : 14 Mar 2012