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Management squeeze driving U.S. decline

Henry Mintzberg, McGill's John Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies, writes in an opinion piece in the the South China Morning Post: "Signs of the American economy's perilous condition are everywhere - from yawning fiscal and current-account deficits to plummeting home prices and a feeble U.S. dollar."

Published: 30 Jul 2008

Flirting with temptation

Temptation may be everywhere, but it's how the different sexes react to flirtation that determines the effect it will have on their relationships. Men may not see their flirtations with an attractive woman as threatening to another relationship while women do, according to findings from a study in the July issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Published: 24 Jul 2008

Rocking the Science World

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated a 15-kilometre stretch of Nova Scotia coastline as a world heritage site.

Published: 21 Jul 2008

Brains apart: the real difference between the sexes

Research is revealing that male and female brains are built from markedly different genetic blueprints, which create numerous anatomical differences.

Published: 21 Jul 2008

A boost for lazy eye

Correcting lazy eye in adults is supposed to be impossible, but researchers report they have been able to do that -- at least partially and temporarily -- by beaming magnetic pulses into the brain. New research from Dr. Ben Thompson, a post-doctoral fellow working with Dr. Robert Hess at the McGill Vision Research Unit, on amblyopia treatment in adults.

Published: 18 Jul 2008

Science advice in the public interest

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