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Frigid gazing


A six-storey-high telescope at the South Pole could help unravel how the Universe evolved through its mid-life period. Matt Dobbs, a young cosmologist who has gone to the ends of the Earth to understand the mid-life evolution of the universe, is part of a seven university group that built, and is now operating, the largest-ever telescope at the South Pole.

Published: 25 May 2008

Expert on reasonable accommodations

Jacob Levy, Tomlinson Professor of Political Theory in McGill's Political Science department and a member of the school's Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, joined The Globe and Mail online to take questions on the recently released reasonable accommodations report.

Published: 22 May 2008

A policy of intolerance

In a web-exclusive comment in the Globe and Mail, law professor Payam Akhavan writes that the persecution of Baha'is is a litmus test for rights, and Iran is failing it.

Published: 21 May 2008

Still, a big rat

The largest rodent ever recorded might not have been as monstrous as was first suggested, a McGill scientist claims.

Published: 20 May 2008

A tough nut to crack

Virginie Millien, professor and curator of paleontology and zoology at the Redpath Museum, comments in The Gazette on why Montreal squirrels are grey while Toronto and Ottawa squirrels are black.

Published: 17 May 2008

China quake a new skirmish in an old battle

John Stix, an earthquake expert at McGill, comments in the Los Angeles Times on the earthquake that struck central China on Monday.

Published: 14 May 2008

Raw deal not so bad

Harriet Kuhnlein, professor of human nutrition at the Centre for Indigenous Peoples' Nutrition and Environment comments in the Washington Post on the diet of indigenous people in the remote far north.

Published: 14 May 2008

Breastfeeding may boost IQ

Children who were breastfed exclusively for the first three months of life or longer scored nearly six points higher on IQ tests at the age of 6 than children who weren't breastfed exclusively, McGill researchers have found.

Published: 13 May 2008

Mother's touch has the power to heal

A McGill study has shown that a cuddle truly does lessen babies' sufferings.

Published: 13 May 2008

We can grow our way out of famine

In an OpEd piece in The National, a new English-language daily in Abu Dhabi, Chandra Madramootoo, Dean of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at McGill writes that in the early 1960s, parts of the world, particularly Asia, were affected by back-to-back droughts that led to massive starvation, famine and deaths.

Published: 12 May 2008

Suburban housing is no good for frogs

McGill's David Green comments in La Presse on how residential construction is endangering the ongoing existence of the Western Chorus Frog.

Published: 12 May 2008

The Mont-Saint-Hilaire legacy: McGill celebrates 50 years of involvement

Neighbours, friends, and former employees at the Gault reserve's Centre de la Nature celebrated the 50th anniversary of this unique and irreplaceable site.

Published: 12 May 2008

Addressing the ball, positively


There might be help for golfers who routinely beat themselves up over poor shots and bad putting. It comes in a video game called Matrix developed by Dr. Mark Baldwin, a psychologist at McGill.

Published: 8 May 2008

Abuse alters genetics, McGill study shows

Suicide victims who suffered abuse as children - neglect, sexual, physical or emotional - show genetic changes in their brains, McGill researchers have reported.

Published: 7 May 2008

Rapid saliva test helps block HIV virus from mothers to children

Researchers at McGill have field-tested in India a rapid saliva test for HIV that was shown to be highly effective in preventing transmission of the virus from HIV-positive mothers to their children.

Published: 6 May 2008