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‘Blue-green algae’ proliferating in lakes

Global study shows increase in potentially toxic algae accelerating since mid-1900s
Thu, 2015-02-26 07:54
Photo courtesy of: Dr. Ron Zurawell, Ph.D., P.Biol. Limnologist/Water Quality Sp

The organisms commonly known as blue-green algae have proliferated much more rapidly than other algae in lakes across North America and Europe over the past two centuries – and in many cases the rate of increase has sharply accelerated since the mid-20th century, according to an international team of researchers led by scientists at McGill University.

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Building tailor-made DNA nanotubes step by step

New, block-by-block assembly method could pave way for applications in opto-electronics, drug delivery
Mon, 2015-02-23 13:35

Researchers at McGill University have developed a new, low-cost method to build DNA nanotubes block by block – a breakthrough that could help pave the way for scaffolds made from DNA strands to be used in applications such as optical and electronic devices or smart drug-delivery systems.

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Epigenetic study tabs genes linked to allergies, asthma

Findings could provide targets for drugs to treat these conditions
Wed, 2015-02-18 17:46

Researchers from Canada, the UK, Sweden and the US have discovered more than 30 genes that strongly affect an antibody involved in allergies and asthma. Some of the genes could provide targets for drugs to treat those conditions, according to the international team’s study, published online in Nature on Feb. 18.

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Can you judge a man by his fingers?

Study finds link between relative lengths of index and ring fingers in men and behaviour towards women
Wed, 2015-02-18 09:28

Maybe you should take a good look at your partner’s fingers before putting a ring on one. Men with short index fingers and long ring fingers are on average nicer towards women, and this unexpected phenomenon stems from the hormones these men have been exposed to in their mother’s womb, according to a new study by researchers at McGill University. The findings might help explain why these men tend to have more children.

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Communicating emotions

Tue, 2015-02-24 08:41

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McGill researchers get $4.7M in NSERC project grants

Funding to support research, training with potential to strongly enhance economy, environment .
Tue, 2015-02-10 15:33

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) announced 78 Strategic Project Grants today at the University of New Brunswick, including 10 for McGill University researchers totaling nearly $4.7 million. 

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Pick a card, any card

Researchers show how magicians sway decision-making
Mon, 2015-02-09 10:14

Magicians have astonished audiences for centuries by subtly, yet powerfully, influencing their decisions. But there has been little systematic study of the psychological factors that make magic tricks work.

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Invasive Species in the Great Lakes by 2063

New study shows the vulnerability of the basin to future invaders – and calls for regulations to mitigate this threat
Thu, 2015-01-29 10:12

The Great Lakes have been invaded by more non-native species than any other freshwater ecosystem in the world. In spite of increasing efforts to stem the tide of invasion threats, the lakes remain vulnerable, according to scientists from McGill University and colleagues in Canada and the United States. 

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Current nutrition labeling is hard to digest

Study compares four types of nutrition labels, the least effective being the one currently required in Canada and the US.
Tue, 2015-01-20 10:45

Current government-mandated nutrition labeling is ineffective in improving nutrition, but there is a better system available, according to a study by McGill University researchers published in the December issue of the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.

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Systems crucial to stability of planet compromised

New data and assessments suggest that resilience of the planet is now at risk
Thu, 2015-01-15 14:24

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