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Let's give the past a future

Sat, 2008-06-21 07:45

The new $75,000 Cundill prize in History may excite historians, Roger Hall says, but let's hope its greatest reward is in promoting Canadian history to the public.

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Vitrification may make postponing motherhood easier

Thu, 2008-06-19 12:00

Research out of McGill University suggests a new egg-freezing technique, called vitrification, is as safe as conventional in-vitro fertilization treatments and natural conception.

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Stomach-shrinking surgery cuts cancer risk

Thu, 2008-06-19 12:00

Obese patients who undergo stomach surgery to lose weight may reduce their risk of developing some cancers by as much as 80 per cent, according to a study by McGill researchers that provides new evidence eating less could play a critical role in warding off the disease.

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Advanced egg-freezing technique as safe as IVF, research shows

Tue, 2008-06-17 12:00

Women who want to postpone motherhood to establish a career or find the right partner have been given new hope by McGill research that shows the safety of an advanced egg-freezing technique.

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Adverse effects linked to medicinal marijuana

Tue, 2008-06-17 12:00

The use of medical marijuana to relieve pain and other disease symptoms can cause a huge range of adverse effects, say researchers with UBC and McGill. The study published in today's Canadian Medical Association Journal found the risk of suffering serious, adverse effects requiring hospitalization is not elevated in medicinal marijuana users, compared to non-users.

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Hockey theme's primal appeal

Mon, 2008-06-16 12:00

"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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An amphibious assault

Mon, 2008-06-16 12:00

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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Ozone compounds the greenhouse effect

Fri, 2008-06-13 12:00

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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Frigid gazing

Sun, 2008-05-25 12:00


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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Homeless in the homeland

Tue, 2008-06-10 12:00

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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