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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

The shape of things to come

For those involved in managing the fallout from environmental disasters such as oil spills, it is essential to have tools that predict how the oil will move. McGill Engineering professor George Haller has worked with Prof. Josefina Olascoaga,from the University of Miami to develop a method that does not simply track: it actually forecasts major changes in the way that oil spills will move.

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Published on : 12 Mar 2012

Nature, Scientific American - Gamers outdo computers at matching up disease genes

The hope that swarms of gamers can help to solve difficult biological problems has been given another boost by a report in the journal PLoS One, showing that data gleaned from the online game Phylo are helping to untangle a major problem in comparative genomics.

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Published on : 12 Mar 2012

McGill and Freie Universität Berlin team up

McGill University and Freie Universität Berlin have formally moved to enhance their research collaboration through a cooperation agreement that includes the exchange of faculty, staff and students, as well as joint research activities and publications.

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Published on : 09 Mar 2012

BBC - Earworms: Why songs get stuck in our heads

Music has a tendency to get stuck in our heads. You know the experience - a tune intrudes on your thoughts and plays, and replays, in a never-ending loop. It happened recently to me. So, as a science reporter, I thought I'd try to find out why.

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Published on : 06 Mar 2012

Globe and Mail, New York Times et al. - Climate change threatens outdoor hockey in Canada

Canada's favourite pastime is on its way to being an indoor-only sport in some areas of the country, a new study warns.

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Published on : 05 Mar 2012

CTV - Newsmaker: Dr. Joe Schwarcz on Oxycontin

As of last Thursday March 1, oxycontin is no longer manufactured in Canada. It's been replaced by a new drug called oxyneo which is supposed to be harder to abuse.

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Published on : 05 Mar 2012

The Scientist - Antarctic invasion

Invasive species threaten the most pristine place on Earth.

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Published on : 05 Mar 2012

Bloomberg - Scottish fossil trove shows when sea creatures started walking

Hundreds of fossils discovered in Scotland may show which creatures crawled out of the water to populate the land after a mass extinction 359 million years ago, according to research that also resets the timeline for animals with fingers and toes.

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Published on : 05 Mar 2012

Pond hockey heats up

Pond hockey heats up Outdoor skating threatened by rising temperatures

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Published on : 05 Mar 2012

Montreal Gazette - Sweet dreams: Losing weight on nightmarish Twinkie diet

(Chemistry professor Joe Schwarcz): The laws of thermodynamics will never be repealed. To lose weight you have to expend more calories than you take in. And as far as shedding pounds goes, it doesn't much matter how you cut calories.

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Published on : 03 Mar 2012

Red Orbit, PhysOrg - Scientists make new neutron star discovery

Researchers from several universities have detected all phases of thermonuclear burning in a neutron star for the first time. The team discovered the “model burster” star located close to the center of the galaxy in the global cluster Terzan 5.

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Published on : 02 Mar 2012

From extreme cold to mining returns, it’s all about math

NSERC honours McGill researchers for basic research, industry collaborations

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Published on : 28 Feb 2012

The beat goes on: the geometry that makes music pleasing

A research team led by neuroscientists Drs. Daniel Levitin and Vinod Menon, from McGill and Stanford Universities, analyzed the scores of close to 2,000 musical compositions written by more than 40 composers over the last 400 years in a large variety of Western musical genres. They discovered a mathematical formula governing the rhythmic patterns to which every single piece of music conformed.

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Published on : 20 Feb 2012

Register until April 4 for Mini-Science 2012: "OUCH! - The science of pain from onset to relief."

Register until April 4 for the Mini-Science 2012 series, presented by leading McGill scientists, starting with 'Dr. Joe' on the chemistry of pain and covering many major aspects of pain science, from molecular and neural pathways to the psychological modulation of pain.

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Published on : 17 Feb 2012