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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

Advanced egg-freezing technique as safe as IVF, research shows

Women who want to postpone motherhood to establish a career or find the right partner have been given new hope by McGill research that shows the safety of an advanced egg-freezing technique.

Published: 17 Jun 2008

An amphibious assault

Around the world, frogs and toads are falling victim to a loss of habitat, pesticides, pollution and an insidious, quick-acting fungus. And now they are going extinct faster than any other animals since the dinosaurs. McGill University zoologist David Green, one of Canada's foremost authorities on amphibian declines, comments

Published: 16 Jun 2008

Hockey theme's primal appeal

"I think Canadians have actually bonded to the [Hockey Night in Canada] theme song. They've experienced enough of a chemical reaction to it," says McGill neuroscientist Daniel Levitin. "I don't mean to make this sound spooky or mystical, but we know that when people hear music they like, and are familiar with, dopamine is released."

Published: 16 Jun 2008

Ozone compounds the greenhouse effect

A recovery of the depleted ozone layer would accelerate global climate warming, especially polar ice caps, according to an international research team.

Published: 13 Jun 2008

Flushed to freedom

The Star's Peter Calamai reports in his "This week in Science" column that the Canadian and U.S. governments are trying to staunch the flood of aquatic invasive species into the St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes by cracking down on ships that pump out ballast water loaded with foreign stowaways. But there's another danger closer to home: private aquarium owners who flush fish down the toilet.

Published: 10 Jun 2008

Student draws hope, inspiration from resilient Kenyans

Jane Harbottle returned from an African studies excursion with images of Kibera, Kenya, that paint a grim portrait of life in the continent's second-biggest slum. But Ms. Harbottle's documentation of Kibera's misery could help to alleviate some of it. She has raised almost $27,000 for the Vision Sisters by her photographs and soliciting private donations in Vancouver. Ms. Harbottle worked with the

Published: 10 Jun 2008

Homeless in the homeland

Yellowknifer Julia Christensen is garnering national recognition for her study of homelessness and housing in the North. Christensen recently received one of 15 prestigious Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships. Funded through the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, the scholarship consists of up to $200,000 in grants over three to four years.

Published: 10 Jun 2008

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