As more than 7,000 athletes gather in Colorado this week for the North American Indigenous Games, McGill's Waneek Horn-Miller, the most decorated athlete at the games and one of the world's best water polo players, describes how she could easily have called it quits after she was stabbed in the chest during the 1990 Oka standoff.
Neuroscientists at McGill have found that mice suffer elevated distress levels when they see a familiar mouse suffering. Researchers call this shared suffering "emotional contagion" and consider it a primitive and necessary precursor to human empathy. The study, by neuroscientist Jeffrey Mogil, was published in the journal Science.
Antonia Maioni, director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, writes in a major essay for the Conference Board of Canada that Stephen Harper's "open federalism" has raised both expectations among Quebecers and the stakes for a possible return to constitutional negotiations. "Although it is unfashionable to mention the 'C-word' these days, sooner or later the constitutional elephant in the room will have to be acknowledged," Ms. Maioni contends.
McGill scientists find mucus is the key to a bizarre mating ritual. By shooting a "love dart," the male snail is injecting its partner with a compound that ensures that more sperm survives. Dr. Ronald Chase and Katrina C. Blanchard's report in the Proceedings of the Royal Society is discussed in the New York Times.
A mechanical hexapod called Aqua is the latest in a series of seagoing robots being developed by a McGill research group. The goal? To develop an underwater vehicle that can autonomously explore and collect data in aquatic environments while surviving the harsh saltwater conditions and often turbulent waters of the open sea. Aqua's builders are tackling one of the most challenging topics in robotics: integrating vision and locomotion into an amphibious machine that can determine what it is "seeing," where it is, and where it is going.
McGill recently played host to its first high-performance camp for aboriginal teens who excel in sports. The three-day event, designed to interest youth in academics through sports, was organized by First Peoples' House at McGill.
Payam Akhavan, associate professor of International Law at McGill, says in an op-ed about the arrest of former University of Toronto professor Ramin Jahanbegloo by Iranian authorities: "Jahanbegloo's crime is that he advocates democracy and social progress through non-violence and cultural dialogue."
McGill professor Andrew Hendry's research on Darwin's finches on the Galapagos Islands is cited as an example of how human impacts can disrupt evolution.
Researchers from NASA and McGill test a specialized drill that, using only as much power as a light bulb, may help in the discovery of what lies beneath the surface of the moon and Mars.
Less than a century ago, a research assistant at McGill, Hans Selye, coined the word which today has come to be very familiar to us all. Interestingly, perhaps due to his lack of fluency in English, Selye later conceded that he had adopted the wrong term.