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Reuters Health: Complete recovery from personality disorder tough

For people suffering from borderline personality disorder, securing friends and a job may be harder than getting relief from symptoms, states a new study…

Published: 22 Apr 2010

La Presse: A la merci des volcans

Opinion de John Stix, volcanologue de réputation internationale, professeur à l'université McGill: "Le volcan Eyjafjallajökull est entré en éruption le 20 mars quand il a commencé à émettre de la lave par des fissures. Cette première activité s'est produite dans une zone du volcan qui n'est pas recouverte de glace. A partir du 14 avril, de nouvelles fissures sont apparues quelques kilomètres plus

Published: 21 Apr 2010

Smithsonian Magazine: How our brains make memories

Surprising new research about the act of remembering may help people with post-traumatic stress disorder. Science writer Greg Miller has an in depth look at the work of McGill psychology professor Karim Nader. He also looks at the work being done by Alain Brunet on memory reconsolidation at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute.

Published: 20 Apr 2010

The Gazette: Late-life dynamo

When 91-year old Olga Kotelko walked through the crowd of young men at the McGill gym and started pumping iron, she caused quite a stir. By the time she was on her sixth rep of perfectly executed bench presses, most of the testosterone set had racked their weights and were staring in awe...

Published: 20 Apr 2010

Does Growing Soy Destroy Amazon Rainforest?

In the first seven years of this century, around 19 million hectares of rainforest in the Legal Amazon region of Brazil were cut down. But the jury's out on the chief culprit behind this deforestation… Now a team from McGill University in Canada and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Colombia has discovered evidence that soy production is indirectly causing deforestation.

Published: 19 Apr 2010

Montreal Gazette: Urban Agriculture Taking Root in Montreal Yards and Rooftops

Bean stalks wending their way up a concrete wall at McGill University's downtown campus, tomato plants growing next to a community centre in Notre Dame de Grâce, basil and chard in the back yard of a St. Laurent duplex. They're all part of a wave of urban agriculture sweeping the island of Montreal.

Published: 19 Apr 2010

Nature: Molecular Switch Helps Cell Instantly Recognise Sex Partner [in Yeast]

A molecular switch, triggered by a signal, helps an organism instantly recognise a healthy and potential sex mate. "This mating decision is controlled by a simple chemical switch that converts an incoming pheromone signal into a cellular response," says study author Stephen Michnick, University of Montreal biochemistry professor.

Published: 19 Apr 2010

New Scientist: New Tech Sees Dead People

A spooky-sounding technology is finding old, unmarked graves. Using hyperspectral imaging, scientists from McGill University have found unmarked animal graves with special cameras that measure changes in the light coming from soil and plants.

Published: 19 Apr 2010

The Gazette: Woman Paid a High Price for her Short but Brilliant Scientific Career

Harriet Brooks, as she was known before she married Pitcher, came of age when it was highly unusual for women to go to university, and rarer still for them subsequently to pursue careers at the highest levels of science and teaching. Brooks did so, but at a terrible cost.

Published: 19 Apr 2010

The Gazette: McGill Athletics Launch Shoe Recycling PR

The Gazette's Michelle Lalonde: "The only thing I resent more than paying over $100 for a decent pair of running shoes, is chucking them in the garbage after a year or so of training in them. Sure, the treads may be a little worn, but they would still be perfectly good for hiking around in. They don't belong at the dump."

Published: 19 Apr 2010

St. Lake Tribune: Myriad Elicits a Genetics Tempest

Patents » That may be the reason Utah company was at center of lawsuit that rocked biotech industry… From the very beginning, there was "a degree of hostility toward Myriad due to the way the scientific race had proceeded," an associate professor of law at McGill University in Montreal wrote in a 2008 study of Myriad…

Published: 19 Apr 2010

St. Lake Tribune: Myriad Elicits a Genetics Tempest

Patents » That may be the reason Utah company was at center of lawsuit that rocked biotech industry. From the very beginning, there was "a degree of hostility toward Myriad due to the way the scientific race had proceeded," an associate professor of law at McGill University in Montreal wrote in a 2008 study of Myriad.

Published: 19 Apr 2010

The Gazette: Festival Shows Books Have Future

McGill professor Andrew Piper participates in the panel Reading the World: The Future of the Book as part of the five-day Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival.

Published: 19 Apr 2010

Fox News: North American dinosaurs were one big happy family

Dinosaurs may have roamed and mingled more freely in the western interior of North America than previously thought, according to a new study. PhD student Matthew Vavrek and Professor Hans Larsson of McGill University now report that dinosaur ranges were more extensive than previous estimates suggested.

Published: 19 Apr 2010

LA Times Blogs: Metformin: New 'wonder drug' may help prevent lung cancer in smokers

Metformin, a safe and inexpensive drug widely used to lower blood glucose in Type 2 diabetics, may have a variety of other uses, researchers are finding. The newest, reported Monday at a Washington meeting of the American Assn. for Cancer Research, is to prevent lung cancer in smokers…

Published: 19 Apr 2010