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Search and rescue in the Arctic

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Minimum daily temperature -3 C increases need of search and rescues in Nunavut, affecting culturally valued hunting activities of Inuit

Search and rescue operations in Nunavut have more than doubled over the past decade. In the communities of the vast northern Canadian territory, it’s commonly felt that climate change is one factor making hunting riskier in the spring and fall. 

Published: 3Aug2016

Student Felix Lamy wins 'opportunity of a lifetime'

The Gatineau native and McGill University student was named the first Canadian winner of the Infiniti Engineering Academy competition on Thursday. That earns him a yearlong paid internship in Europe, with his time split evenly between the Infiniti Research Centre in Enstone, England, and the Renault Formula One racing team, which has its headquarters in Cranfield, England.

The Gazette 

Published: 30Jul2016

App enhances the world for blind, visually impaired

Autour combines GPS, Google Maps, public transit and other data with ambient sound to provide descriptions of businesses, landmarks and services near the user.

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CIRA news release

Published: 30Jul2016

PokemonGo discriminates based on bias in algorithm

"These games are built by humans and therefore they contain all the biases of humans." -- Geography professor Rene Sieber. CBC The Current

 

Published: 28Jul2016

McGill in global top 50 of Nature Index Rising Stars

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Ranks first in Canada for increase in high-quality research publications from 2012 to 2015

McGill University ranks first in Canada and 37th globally in the Nature Index 2016 Rising Stars supplement, which identifies institutions showing the most significant growth in high-quality scientific research publications over the past four years.

Published: 27Jul2016

Maintaining a healthy heart through bile acids

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Canadian discovery may soon lead to the prevention of cardiac fibrosis

Groundbreaking research from the University of Alberta and McGill University has opened the door towards the future prevention of cardiac fibrosis—a condition leading to heart failure for which there is currently no treatment.

Published: 27Jul2016

Writing data on atoms: researchers have found a way to write and retrieve data at the atomic level

A team of researchers in the Netherlands has developed the means to store data at the atomic level. This technique would allow 502 terabytes of data to fit into one square inch. According to the authors, "[t]ranslating the two-dimensional storage density presented here to three dimensions, would ... allow the storage of the entire US Library of Congress in a cube 100 µm wide." At the moment, the memory array can operate up to a temperature of 77 K (about -210 C), meaning that the technology would be restricted to data centres capable of maintaining such temperatures.

Published: 26Jul2016

From ore mining to data mining: the economy of Western Labrador diversifies for the 21st Century

An item in today's CBC News reports on towns in Labrador West that are repositioning their economies for the 21st Century. These local economies once relied on mining minerals but are now housing data centres. The cheaper power and cooler air of the area make them ideal for data warehousing, since such centres use a lot of electricity and cause machines to heat up. Great North Data, a company based out of St.

Published: 26Jul2016

Helping our school-age children sleep better

"Reut Gruber, a psychologist who is an associate professor in the department of psychiatry at McGill University, where she is director of the Attention Behavior and Sleep Lab, said that there is a close association between sleep and a wide range of cognitive functions, including attention, executive function and memory. When children go to school, 'they need to pay attention and plan and follow instructions, all of which fall under executive function, which is very much affected by sleep,' she said."

Published: 25Jul2016

Trump’s convention speech most negative in 40 years

Donald Trump’s speech Thursday night at the Republican National Convention was notable for its tone… That is the conclusion of a new analysis by McGill University [Political Science] PhD student Denver McNeney.  Washington Post 

Published: 23Jul2016

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