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A blue-ribbon scientific panel has waved a yellow flag in front of a rapidly expanding number of products containing nanomaterials, cautioning that the tiny substances might be able to penetrate cells and interfere with biological processes.

Published: 10 Jul 2008

Putting down roots in the city

This BBC story looks to McGill for an example of one good solution to food shortages and higher food prices: "In 2007, a visionary group of academics and students at McGill University in Montreal created the Edible Campus.

Published: 10 Jul 2008

Bright bugs point to good drugs

Coverage from the CBC and The Telegraph on how five scientists — including three affiliated with McGill — tested the idea that certain tropical beetles or butterfly larvae were more likely to be found on plants that contain useful chemicals.

Published: 10 Jul 2008

Einstein is 'relatively' right, yet again

Taking advantage of a unique cosmic configuration, McGill researchers have measured an effect predicted by Albert Einstein's theory of General Relativity in the extremely strong gravity of a pair of superdense neutron stars.

Published: 7 Jul 2008

The South must stand on its own

Philip Oxhorn, director of the McGill Centre for Developing-Area Studies, writes in an opinion piece in The Ottawa Citizen: The tragedy of Zimbabwe makes as clear a case as any that the global South must step out from the shadow of colonialism and solve its own problems.

Published: 28 Jun 2008

Science of strikeouts

Even the best baseball hitter eyeing a fastball does not swing at what he sees. The neurons and neural connections that make up our sensory systems are far too slow for this to work. Work by Richard A. Andersen of the California Institute of Technology, his colleagues Grant Mulliken of MIT and Sam Musallam of McGill, offers the first neural evidence that voluntary limb movements are guided by our

Published: 26 Jun 2008

ADHD gene doesn't predict response to drugs

Canadian researchers report that a gene variant that seems to affect the severity of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder did not help them predict which patients are likely to respond to a class of drugs widely used to treat the disorder. The study was conducted by McGill's Ridha Joober, assoc. professor psychiatry & human genetics and team from the Douglas Mental Health University Institute.

Published: 25 Jun 2008

Playing mind games

McGill psychology professor Mark Baldwin's MindHabits Trainer, is subject of a full-page article on the front of the 'Living' section in the Washington Times. MindHabits is a mental well-being computer game that trains the brain to think - automatically, with no meditation or medication needed - positive thoughts.

Published: 25 Jun 2008

Japanese companies rush to get robots into homes

Four of Japan's leading technology companies have joined forces with the goal of getting robots into hundreds of thousands of homes around the world so they can help out with everyday activities. "I think many people would like to have a robot that could help them get up if they fall down, assuming no one else is there," Gregory Dudek, a computer science professor at McGill told CTV News.

Published: 23 Jun 2008

Let's give the past a future

The new $75,000 Cundill prize in History may excite historians, Roger Hall says, but let's hope its greatest reward is in promoting Canadian history to the public.

Published: 21 Jun 2008

Charles Taylor wins Kyoto prize

Charles Taylor, world-renowned McGill philosophy professor has won the Kyoto Prize, one of the world's biggest cash awards. His Kyoto Prize citation extols his construction of a philosophy that "actively pursues the harmonious co-existence of diverse cultures."

Published: 21 Jun 2008

Invasion of the Chinook

Chinook, or king salmon, reached South America some 25 years ago as people tried to farm them there, says Cristián Correa of McGill. Now a broad survey of records and stream visits finds chinook reproducing on their own in at least 10 Andean watersheds that empty into the Pacific and three Atlantic watersheds. The study is reported in the June Biological Invasions.

Published: 20 Jun 2008

Stomach-shrinking surgery cuts cancer risk

Obese patients who undergo stomach surgery to lose weight may reduce their risk of developing some cancers by as much as 80 per cent, according to a study by McGill researchers that provides new evidence eating less could play a critical role in warding off the disease.

Published: 19 Jun 2008

Vitrification may make postponing motherhood easier

Research out of McGill University suggests a new egg-freezing technique, called vitrification, is as safe as conventional in-vitro fertilization treatments and natural conception.

Published: 19 Jun 2008

Adverse effects linked to medicinal marijuana

The use of medical marijuana to relieve pain and other disease symptoms can cause a huge range of adverse effects, say researchers with UBC and McGill. The study published in today's Canadian Medical Association Journal found the risk of suffering serious, adverse effects requiring hospitalization is not elevated in medicinal marijuana users, compared to non-users.

Published: 17 Jun 2008