A molecular switch, triggered by a signal, helps an organism instantly recognise a healthy and potential sex mate. "This mating decision is controlled by a simple chemical switch that converts an incoming pheromone signal into a cellular response," says study author Stephen Michnick, University of Montreal biochemistry professor.
Bean stalks wending their way up a concrete wall at McGill University's downtown campus, tomato plants growing next to a community centre in Notre Dame de Grâce, basil and chard in the back yard of a St. Laurent duplex. They're all part of a wave of urban agriculture sweeping the island of Montreal.
In the first seven years of this century, around 19 million hectares of rainforest in the Legal Amazon region of Brazil were cut down. But the jury's out on the chief culprit behind this deforestation… Now a team from McGill University in Canada and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Colombia has discovered evidence that soy production is indirectly causing deforestation.
Volcano expert Dr. John Stix of McGill University held an online chat with Globe and Mail readers to discuss Iceland's spewing volcano and its ash cloud that grounded flights across Europe.
A final-year law student at McGill University has invoked the Greek god of law to help people find Canadian legal decisions easier online. Kent Mewhort worked on and off for about a year developing Nomus, the country's second free legal search engine. Mewhort, 28, said he was motivated to create a system that better ties together citations from judgments across the land.
Shannon Lockhart, U3 World Religions and Biological Sciences, will be among 1,300 students, drawn from 318 schools in 83 countries, invited to Clinton Global Initiative University.
The Gazette: McGill grads Rachel Dokter, Yang Li and Sam Walker awarded Bill Gates scholarships to Cambridge
A music historian, a law student and a computational scientist from McGill are among five Canadians and 80 students worldwide awarded scholarships from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to study at the University of Cambridge next year.
Music can have a profound impact on us, and this Saturday Daniel Levitin, professor of psychology and neuroscience at McGill University in Montreal, will be in Dublin to participate in a workshop on music, the brain and health.
McGill student, Julia Christensen is lauded for her work on homelessness in the North: "I would like to applaud the work of people like McGill University student Julia Christensen, formerly of Yellowknife, who has been working on her three-year doctorate study on homelessness..."
Migraines. Cluster headaches. Heartbreak. Where does it hurt and what can you do to make it stop? Some of Montreal's top minds in the field of brain pain will try to make sense of what's going on in your aching head of yours at a Scientific Café Monday, April 19 at 7.