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1st voter in N.H. town is McGill engineering student

One of the first voters in the United States to cast a ballot Tuesday in the presidential election was a McGill University engineering student in Montreal who got a lift from his mom to make it to the New Hampshire poll on time.

Published: 4 Nov 2008

The incredible inflexible moveable house

In a story in the Boston Globe on how we could save money, time, and the environment by making homes easy to remodel, and on how architects have been pressing for a new approach to home building, the work of McGill's Avi Friedman is highlighted.

Published: 27 Oct 2008

Pinching display lets you feel the data

(New Scientist): A device that pinches and stretches the skin on the fingertips, rather than prodding and poking it, could revolutionise the way blind people access graphs and maps. (see link for full story)

Published: 25 Oct 2008

Researchers find state of matter that may extend Moore's Law

(New York Times): Researchers at McGill University have discovered a new state of matter that they say could greatly extend Moore's Law. The researchers say they've found a quasi-three-dimensional electron crystal that could enable them to harness quantum physics to make increasingly small computer chips. (see link for full story)

Published: 25 Oct 2008

McGill physicists discover new state of matter

Canadian physicists say they have discovered a previously unknown state of matter that could have a momentous impact on creation of new electronic devices. McGill University researchers say the new state of matter, a quasi-three- dimensional electron crystal, is a material very much like those used in the fabrication of modern transistors.

Published: 23 Oct 2008

Ancient microbes made giant magnets

Scientists have unearthed giant magnetic fossils, the remnants of microbes buried in 55-million-year-old sediment. The growth of these unusual structures during a period of massive global warming provides clues about how climate change might alter the behaviour of organisms. Dirk Schumann of McGill and his colleagues found the fossils in sediment taken from a borehole in Ancora, New Jersey.

Published: 21 Oct 2008

Boning up on dinosaurs

Chantal Montreuil's dream was to work with animals - live ones, that is. But as a fossil technician at McGill University, it's her job to piece together the featured exhibit at this week's Meet the Triceratops event.

Published: 14 Oct 2008

Male pattern baldness pinpointed on DNA

A McGill University researcher has found a mysterious stretch of DNA that can make men lose their hair. The discovery could lead to new ways to prevent male pattern baldness or a quick genetic test to determine if a man is likely to hang on to his hair. But it also may help researchers better understand the human genome.

Published: 13 Oct 2008

Researchers question antibiotic link to C. Difficile

Infection with potentially deadly Clostridium difficile is often linked to antibiotic use, but new research suggests that other factors might be involved in the spread of the highly contagious superbug.

Published: 7 Oct 2008

McGill-Harvard study: weight linked to prostate cancer death

Excess bodyweight and high plasma concentrations of C-peptide (a marker of insulin secretion) in men who are subsequently diagnosed with prostate cancer are reliable indicators that they are more likely to die from their disease than those with lower levels, according to a collaborative study between Dr Michael Pollak of McGill and Dr Jing Ma of Harvard, and colleagues.

Published: 6 Oct 2008

Argentina dinosaur fossil find tightens evolutionary link with modern birds

The remains of a 30-foot-long predatory dinosaur discovered along the banks of Argentina's Rio Colorado is helping to unravel how birds evolved their unusual breathing system. McGill's Hans Larsson was part of the team that made the discovery, published Sept. 29 in the online journal PLos ONE and announced at a news conference in Mendoza, Argentina.

Published: 30 Sep 2008

The Stones Tour: If these old walls could talk

Ingrid Birker, the Redpath Museum's science outreach co-ordinator, has given this one-hour tour several times a year since 2002, shortly after the publication of What Building Stones Tell, Redpath's guidebook to "the fossils, rocks and minerals of Montreal buildings."

Published: 29 Sep 2008

World's oldest rocks found in Quebec

Canadian and U.S. researchers say they have found the oldest rocks in the world, along the Northern Quebec coast of Hudson's Bay. The rocks are estimated to be 4.28 billion years old, according to a team of researchers from McGill University, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C.

Published: 25 Sep 2008

Brain banks: Crucial for research, clamouring for donors

Brain banks. The work they do is not widely publicized — most people who consider signing donor cards think along the lines of organs such as the hearts and kidneys for transplant — but it's crucial for many researchers trying to understand the causes and characteristics of myriad diseases. The McGill Group for Suicide Studies, for example, uses brain tissue to investigate suicidal behaviour.

Published: 19 Sep 2008

McGill opens doors on new Life Sciences Complex

McGill University offered a sneak peek yesterday of its new Life Sciences Complex, a $73-million facility where 600 scientists in bio-medical, developmental biology and cancer research will be able to work together in state-of-the-art laboratories housed in four buildings.

Published: 17 Sep 2008