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Debunking nonsense with science, common sense

"Dr. Joe Schwarcz is well known for being able to bring science down to the understandable level, and in his latest book he asks and answers the question posed by my friend. Along the way, he exposes many misconceptions, urban myths and outright fallacies that have been spun about chemistry in recent years..."

Published: 31 Jan 2010

Music: Can it tune up your health?

It can soothe, trigger memories, temper pain, aid sleep & make the heart beat faster or slower. It, of course, is music... Just why music seems to have these effects, though, remains elusive. There's a lot to learn, said Robert Zatorre, a professor at McGill University in Montreal, where he studies the topic at the Montreal Neurological Institute.

Published: 31 Jan 2010

Africa's Continental Divide: Land disputes

Land, at the very heart of security and survival, looms behind most of the African conflicts we've all heard of and dozens of others we have not. … "In Africa, most of the population has no documents. They believe they own the land as a group because they have been there for millennia," says John Unruh, a land tenure expert at McGill University in Montreal.

Published: 31 Jan 2010

Inuit must adapt to climate change: Study

In a new study published in the Global Environmental Change journal, James Ford and colleagues have concluded that Inuit must adapt to coming environmental changes that are inevitable and unavoidable. Climate change, they report, is threatening many aspects of Inuit life, including access to food, the integrity of local infrastructure and the ability to maintain their traditional lifestyles.

Published: 30 Jan 2010

Video games could one day boost mental health: McGill prof

Canada.com: Video games already provide entertainment and diversion, but they may soon boost self-esteem and improve mental health.

Published: 6 Jan 2010

'Dreaming in Books' picked among Best Art Books of the Year

The New Republic: Assistant Professor Andrew Piper's new book, Dreaming in Books: The Making of the Bibliographic Imagination in the Romantic Age, (University of Chicago Press) was recently chosen by The New Republic as one of the Best Art Books of the Year.

Published: 4 Jan 2010

Geologist is a rock star!

Montreal Gazette: Robert Wares is giving back to his industry, his alma mater and, indirectly, to his academic mentor Williams-Jones, who is McGill's lone economic geology professor in the department of earth and planetary sciences.

Published: 30 Dec 2009

Canada's greatest gift to the world

Globe and Mail: Margaret Wente writes that this year's crop of Rhodes scholars shows this country is indeed a meritocracy. Focusing on two students including McGill PhD student Nithum Swain: "The Rhodes Scholarship isn't only about intellectual excellence. It's about leadership and public service. And what strikes you most about this generation of gifted twentysomethings is their desire to make th

Published: 23 Dec 2009

McGill Researchers Show Immune System Linked to Leprosy Susceptibility

(Modern Medicine) Researchers at McGill University performed a genome-wide association study linking innate immunity to leprosy infections.

Published: 17 Dec 2009

Best Books of 2009

McGill University professor Henry Mintzberg's book is chosen by The Globe and Mail as one of the best of 2009.

Published: 17 Dec 2009

Climate change costly for Inuit

A new study recommends the Federal Government should help Inuit pay for the increasing costs of climate change. It says Arctic climate change is already costing Canada’s Inuit more money, noting the costs of adapting are falling on Inuit families least able to shoulder them.

Published: 17 Dec 2009

McGill Named one of Canada's Top 25 Family-Friendly Employers

The December issue of Today's Parent profiles the 2010 winners of Canada's top 25 family-friendly employers, which include George Brown College, McGill University, and Simon Fraser University. … McGill was selected for its on-site daycare and alternative work options such as telecommuting.

Published: 17 Dec 2009

McGill Paleontologist Discovers Pygmy Sea Cow

An ancient pygmy sea cow isn't the kind of thing you find every day. More like every 45 million years. So when Karen Samonds, curator at McGill University's Redpath Museum and a paleontologist, discovered fossilized teeth and bits of skull embedded in sandstone and limestone rocks in the island nation off the east coast of

Published: 17 Dec 2009

Study says betting is as serious as drugs or unsafe sex

Youth gambling isn't as big a concern to Canadian parents as other activities like unsafe sex and drug use, according to a new study. Now, researchers are hoping to change that. The "Parents As Partners" study, released yesterday, is the first of its kind in the world to examine parental awareness of youth gambling, researchers said.

Published: 17 Dec 2009

McGill climate change researchers say different focus needed to reduce emissions

Isabel Galiana, PhD student and Christopher Green, professor in the Department of Economics at McGill University: "With the Copenhagen Conference under way, Canada's position on climate policy remains unclear.

Published: 17 Dec 2009