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Montreal's Neuro and AI community at heart of 'open science' movement

Montreal's world-famous brain research centre is in the middle of conducting an experiment on what could be its most ambitious subject: itself. Since 2016, McGill University's Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital has been transforming into what is touted as the first research centre of its kind in the world dedicated to the principles of open science....

Published: 30 Aug 2017

What's warping the faces of monkeys in Uganda?

Researchers began to wonder if pesticides in the farmland that surrounds the Sebitoli area were a culprit. “That was one possibility,” says Colin Chapman, an author of the study and a professor in the Department of Anthropology at McGill University, “And it was a possibility we could look into.” Read more: The Verge

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Published: 28 Aug 2017

Why labelling President Trump as mentally ill is wrong

Op-ed by Rob Whitley, Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at McGill University and a research scientist at the Douglas Hospital Research Centre

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Published: 28 Aug 2017

Two paths for the personal essay

Article by Merve Emre, Professor in the Department of English "More than a fad and more than a form, we might think of the personal essay as a contract between reader and writer." Read more: Boston Review

Published: 25 Aug 2017

The misplaced arguments against Black Lives Matter

Jacob Levy, a political philosopher, argues that BLM is “one of the most significant political mobilisations in defence of freedom” in decades. Its supporters oppose police brutality, mass incarceration, America’s drug war, police militarisation and civil-forfeiture abuses. Read more: The Economist

Published: 24 Aug 2017

Can you sweat out toxins?

No one will ever be able to conduct a large enough study to link such low levels of chemicals with health problems, said Joe Schwarcz, a professor of chemistry at McGill University in Montreal. “It’s not figure-outable,” he said. Read more: The New York Times

Published: 23 Aug 2017

Anti-immigrant protests in Canada shaped by more than just U.S. events: experts

Laura Madokoro, a history professor at McGill University, noted that Vancouver saw widespread anti-immigrant sentiment during the 1907 riots, which may make the city more vigilant of rising tensions, and more proactive in speaking out. “There has been a great awareness in Vancouver about the city’s past,” she said, noting since then, community groups have worked to raise awareness against discrimination. ...

Published: 22 Aug 2017

Solar eclipse in Montreal: when and how to watch

McGill University astronomer Kelly Lepo has a trick for seeing the eclipse with the help of nature. Place yourself underneath a leafy tree, she says, and watch the ground. The holes in the leaves acts as pinholes, projecting mini solar eclipses on the ground for you to see without crafting one out of a box.

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Published: 21 Aug 2017

NAFTA: Everything you wanted to know

Confused by NAFTA? You're not alone. McGill poli-sci professor Krzysztof Pelc joins host Rebecca Ugolini to take your questions and demystify the agreement, which is under renegotiation. Find out more: CBC News

Published: 17 Aug 2017

Opinion | Eli Lilly’s odyssey to use a fake rule and fake news to protect bad patents

This column originally appeared on STAT on August 16, 2017.

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Published: 16 Aug 2017

Advocates say Nova Scotia has some of highest barriers to abortion

Jennifer Fishman, associate professor in the biomedical ethics unit of the social studies of medicine department at McGill University, said the ethical problems that arise from making women wait for an abortion are enormous.

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Published: 15 Aug 2017

Wikipedia founder talks fake news, need for neutrality at Montreal event

In an hour-long panel discussion with McGill University professor Gabriella Coleman, Jimmy Wales said Wikipedia's reputation has soared as people seek out neutral sources in an era of fake news and intense partisanship. Read more: CTV News

Published: 14 Aug 2017

Opinion: Clean water for First Nations must be a national priority

Anja Geitmann is dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at McGill University, Jan Adamowski is a professor and director of McGill’s Integrated Water Resources Management Program and Julien Malard is a PhD student in Bioresource Engineering at McGill. 

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Published: 10 Aug 2017

Playing action video games may be bad for your brain, study finds

The study by Canadian researchers Dr. Véronique Bohbot of Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montreal and Dr. Greg West, an associate professor at the French-language Université de Montréal, demonstrates that the way first-person shooter video game players use their brains to navigate within the game changes the impact various games have on their nervous system.

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Published: 9 Aug 2017

Eating protein at all three meals could help seniors stave off muscle decline

Stephanie Chevalier said, for seniors, "The important point is to create three meal occasions with sufficient protein to stimulate muscle building and greater strength, instead of just one." Chevalier is an assistant professor of medicine at McGill University in Montreal. Read more: The Daily Mail

Published: 8 Aug 2017

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