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City birds are smarter than country birds

By Cynthia Lee, McGill Newsroom

Life in the city changes cognition, behavior and physiology of birds to their advantage

Birds living in urban environments are smarter than birds from rural environments.

But, why do city birds have the edge over their country friends? They adapted to their urban environments enabling them to exploit new resources more favorably than their rural counterparts, say a team of all-McGill University researchers.

Published: 21Mar2016

How introverts can successfully manage extroverts

Op-ed by Karl Moore, associate professor at the Desautels Faculty of Management. The Globe and Mail

Published: 16Mar2016

Islamic art inspires stretchy, switchable materials

"In conventional materials, when you pull in one direction it will contract in other directions," said Dr Ahmad Rafsanjani, from McGill University in Montreal. "But with 'auxetic' materials, due to their internal architecture, when you pull in one direction they expand in the lateral direction." BBC News

Published: 16Mar2016

Le génie mécanique pour réparer les coeurs

Souvent méconnu, le rôle de l'ingénieur en mécanique dans le domaine de la santé est pourtant crucial. Toufic Azar, jeune diplômé de l'Université McGill, est en train d'en faire de nouveau la démonstration en mettant au point un produit qui pourrait sauver des vies. Les Affaires

Published: 15Mar2016

Why scientists are growing dinosaur parts on chickens

In Jurassic Park, dinosaurs were brought back to life after scientists grabbed their DNA from a bug encased in amber. Not a bad idea, but in real life, 66-million-year-old DNA would be way too degraded to be of much use, says Hans Larsson, a paleontologist at McGill University. “Maybe there is a way, but we haven’t found it yet.” Vice Motherboard

Published: 15Mar2016

Changing location of bus stops could speed up traffic

The placement of a bus stop on the far side of an intersection instead of the near side can have a big impact on regular traffic, explained Ahmed El-Geneidy of the McGill School of Urban Planning. CTV News


Published: 15Mar2016

Nous ne sommes pas tous égaux face à la dépression

La vulnérabilité à la dépression: entrevue avec Bruno Giros, professeur et chercheur en psychiatrie. Radio-Canada

Published: 14Mar2016

Make daylight saving time less painful by avoiding naps

CBC's Daybreak spoke with Dr. Nancy Low, clinical director of the Mental Health Service at McGill University, to get some tips on easing the transition. CBC News

Published: 14Mar2016

Winds hide Atlantic variability from Europe’s winters

By Chris Chipello, McGill Newsroom

Study reveals how wind patterns change along with sea-surface temperatures

Shifting winds may explain why long-term fluctuations in North Atlantic sea surface temperatures have no apparent influence on Europe’s wintertime temperatures. The findings, published in Nature Communications, could also have implications for how Europe’s climate will evolve amid global warming.

Published: 15Mar2016

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