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HINDU | ‘Holistic policy needed to promote small millets’

Vijaya Raghavan, Professor, McGill University, which is one of the collaborators of the project, said that promoting the consumption of small millets was not only key for addressing malnutrition related issues, but also to address climate change.The Hindu

Published: 16 Feb 2018

RADIO CANADA | Voici comment la révolution du 5g va changer vos vies

Avec le déploiement du réseau 5G, qui sera nettement plus rapide que le 4G, l’implantation de l'Internet des objets se fera « très rapidement », soutient Tho Le-Ngoc, titulaire de la Chaire de recherche du Canada en communication à large bande. Le professeur au Département de génie électrique et informatique de l'Université McGill donne aussi l’exemple d’une entreprise qui ferait voler des drones et qui offrirait de prendre des photos sur demande....

Published: 16 Feb 2018

DISCOVER | 20 things you didn't know about ... Engines

In 1989, McGill University graduate student and systems administrator Alan Emtage needed an efficient way to find files spread across multiple servers. He created a program to hunt through the servers for specific content he requested. Emtage’s personal timesaver got a big promotion when his boss recognized its potential. The McGill team expanded the program — known as Archie, a shortened form of “archive” — into the world’s first search engine....

Published: 14 Feb 2018

PLAYBILL | Does music make you smarter?

At Montreal’s McGill University, neuropsychologist Robert Zatorre has a test that suggests a noticeable difference in musical cognition between musicians and non-musicians. “We play a tune in one key,” he explains, “and then repeat it at a different key, and ask if it’s the same or if a note has been changed. What we find is that people with musical training are inclined to do better....

Published: 14 Feb 2018

NEW REPUBLIC | Trump’s words will leave a lasting mark

Jacob T. Levy, a political theorist at McGill University, convincingly made the case for the real-world impact of Trump’s words in a recent essay for the Niskanen Center. 

The New Republic

Published: 13 Feb 2018

NEWSWEEK | Thousands of rubber ducks prove drones and computers can successfully count wild animals

They found that the drones combined with the computer algorithm wasn't just a decent substitute for ecologists' eyes, it actually got closer to the real number of birds on the ground. It's a compelling argument for using drones in research, said David Bird, an ornithologist at McGill University in Canada who edits a scientific journal dedicated to drone studies. Population tallies are a crucial piece of ecological information. "Biologists love to count wildlife," he said....

Published: 13 Feb 2018

THE CONVERSATION | Canada’s unsung female heroes of life sciences

"Largely unknown by Canada’s decision-makers in government, industry and even the general public, their work is unheralded by ribbon-cutting ceremonies. Their relative obscurity in Canada, then and now, appears to be the preoccupation of how budgetary decisions are made as opposed to a consideration of talent and merit" reports John Bergeron, Emeritus Robert Reford Professor and Professor of Medicine at McGill.

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Published: 12 Feb 2018

TELE-QUEBEC | La stimulation magnétique renforce la mémoire

Sylvain Baillet, chercheur à l'Institut neurologique de Montréal, étudie la mémoire de travail auditive, cette mémoire qui nous permet de retenir les derniers sons entendus pendant quelques secondes - une faculté importante qui nous permet entre autres de suivre une conversation. Il a noté que la stimulation magnétique a amélioré cette forme de mémoire chez ses sujets.

Electrons libres

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Published: 12 Feb 2018

RADIO-CANADA | L’Université McGill acquiert les archives personnelles de Jean Drapeau

L'Université McGill a récemment acquis les archives personnelles de l'ex-maire de Montréal Jean Drapeau. Hugo Lavoie, chroniqueur urbain à Gravel le matin, a pu les consulter. Christopher Lyons, le bibliothécaire de livres rares de l’Université McGill, a découvert par hasard les archives personnelles de Jean Drapeau au Salon du livre ancien de Montréal, au kiosque d’un bouquiniste. Celui-ci exposait des photos du Stade olympique de Montréal en construction.

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Published: 12 Feb 2018

GAZETTE | RBC eyes AI opportunities in Montreal as the banking market changes

First launched in Toronto and Edmonton in 2016, Borealis AI is RBC’s AI research lab. The Montreal location will be at the corner of St-Urbain and St-Zotique Sts, where an area formerly dominated by textile factories is being turned into an AI hub. The bank has partnered with Jackie Cheung, a McGill University professor, who will serve as its academic adviser.

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Published: 8 Feb 2018

WASHINGTON POST | The weight of the words

Jacob Levy offers a deeply thoughtful meditation on Trump’s use of language — on the power it has exerted over Republican voters and the GOP Congress, and on the folly of imagining that his words alone won’t do serious damage to American political life, as long as he is constrained from acting.

The Washington Post

Published: 8 Feb 2018

24 MATINS | Et si Alzheimer n’était pas une maladie complètement neurodégénérative?

Pour le professeur Salah El Mestikawy de l’université McGill à Montréal, “La plupart de ces baisses n’apparaissent qu’aux stades les plus tardifs de la maladie, à tel point que cette perte pourrait aussi bien être une conséquence de la maladie plutôt que sa cause”.

24 MATINS

Published: 8 Feb 2018

CBC | Medicine is a calling, not a business: Henry Mintzberg

Henry Mintzberg says we need to approach challenges in the field of health care in a radically different way.

CBC

Published: 5 Feb 2018

RADIO CANADA | Protection des écosystèmes urbains

Partout au monde, l’extension des villes transforme le paysage et fragmente les écosystèmes. Selon l’écologue montréalais Andrew Gonzalez, 70% des forêts de la planète sont à moins d’un kilomètre d’activité humaine, elles sont donc interrompues par des routes, ou des villes. Ce scientifique cherche à présent le meilleur moyen pour reconnecter les forêts urbaines.

Radio-Canada

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Published: 5 Feb 2018

EOS | A New Massive Open Online Course on Natural Disasters

Since 2000, McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, has offered a course with the simple title of “Natural Disasters.” The course, which teaches students the scientific principles underpinning hurricanes, tornadoes, avalanches, and more, has proven quite popular among the students; attendance has grown from about 50 to more than 600.

Earth and Space Science News

Published: 1 Feb 2018

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