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Deaf people feel their way to speech

Anyone who's done a bad Elvis impression knows that contorting your mouth makes talking feel wrong - never mind how ridiculous you sound. People who have lost their hearing use the same sense to retain their speech, new research suggests.

Published: 15 Sep 2008

An essential Quebec contribution to the most powerful particle collider

Wednesday, the excitement was palpable not only in the tunnel containing the world's most powerful particle collider, located on the Franco-Swiss border, but also within McGill University's physics department.

Published: 15 Sep 2008

Journal needs to adapt to the change in online format

In a letter to the editors of the Nature journals, McGill's Linda Cooper writes: "The scientific article in 2008 is on the cusp of change, with one foot in the past and one in the future. Science journals should shed the constraints of the old media and exploit the advantages of the new, to offer readers easy and enjoyable access to the scientific literature."

Published: 15 Sep 2008

Newsweek on Levitin

Neuroscientists may be the rock stars of 21st-century science, but how many of them actually have platinum records to their credit? There's at least one: Daniel Levitin, author of "This Is Your Brain on Music," the 2006 best seller that mixed serious science with discussions of "Ode to Joy" and "Super Freak."

Published: 15 Sep 2008

Kahnawake MD gets research award

Ann Macaulay had been working as an MD in Kahnawake for more than a decade when she began the research on diabetes that would reshape her career - and have an impact on the health of the Mohawk people. The Gazette's Peggy Curran profiles the McGill doctor named Family Medicine Researcher of the Year for 2008 by the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Published: 10 Sep 2008

Patent system seen stifling medical breakthroughs

An outdated intellectual property system is preventing lifesaving medicines and cutting-edge technologies from reaching those who need them the most, a leading expert on patents asserted yesterday

Published: 10 Sep 2008

Scientists start world's largest particle collider

International scientists, including researchers from McGill University, celebrated the successful start of their massive particle-smashing machine which aims to simulate the conditions of the "Big Bang" that created the universe.

Published: 10 Sep 2008

Canada weak on worker benefits: Report

Canada is perennially a top-10 finisher in United Nations rankings as one of the best countries in the world to live in. But a new McGill University study indicates that Canada lags behind many other countries on some basic worker benefits.

Published: 2 Sep 2008

Indigenous community in Panama to see carbon payments from forest conservation

The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), the Panama-based branch of the Smithsonian Institution, will offset its carbon dioxide emissions by working with an indigenous community to conserve forests and reforest degraded lands with native tree species. The agreement was announced Sunday.

Published: 21 Aug 2008

Personalized immunotherapy to fight HIV/AIDS

Dr. Jean-Pierre Routy and his team from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), in collaboration with Dr. Rafick Sékaly from the Université de Montréal, with ARGOS Therapeutics (North Carolina, US) an industrial partner, have designed a personalized immunotherapy for HIV-infected patients.

Published: 16 Aug 2008

A swim against tides to find Franklin's lost ships

Canadian researchers begin their efforts to find the remains of Sir John Franklin's catastrophic 1845 expedition, in a project that combines the historical romanticism associated with past explorers and the emerging importance of 21st-century polar science.

Published: 16 Aug 2008

Sing me something smart

When shopping for a mate, female zebra finches might choose males with the sweetest song because singing ability advertises intellectual prowess. Neeltje Boogert of McGill University found that the males who sang the most complex melodies were also quicker at solving a problem to find food.

Published: 15 Aug 2008

Heart attack victims should not give up on taking statins

Heart attack victims who give up taking statins afterwards double their risk of dying in the next year.

Published: 4 Aug 2008

Want to fight terrorism? Think globally, act locally

Militant Islam is under global scrutiny for clues to conditions that foster its rise, and to strategies for reversing that growth. But the key is not in Islamic doctrine, U.S. foreign policy or formal ties to various nations, as many analysts have asserted. It lies at the community level, with clan and local leaders. Opinion piece in the Globe by Carnegie scholar Khalid Mustafa Medani, who teaches

Published: 4 Aug 2008

Personality of the Week: Richard Gold


Each day, thousands of researchers work on the development of drugs or a vaccine for people affected by AIDS. Richard Gold of McGill, wants to bring people closer together with the aim of making the AIDS drugs more accessible to those in underprivileged countries. As the 17th International Conference on AIDS begins in Mexico City, La Presse and Radio-Canada name him "Personality of the week".

Published: 3 Aug 2008