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Ram Jakhu, associate professor of law at McGill, says that the increasing number of satellites orbiting the planet is creating headaches for lawyers.
McGill took top place among Canada's universities in the Times Higher Education Supplement's survey of the world's best universities, ranking 21st, three spots higher than last year. The University of Toronto was 27th, while the University of British Columbia tumbled 12 spots to finish in a tie for 50th.
Professor Margaret Somerville suggests we slow down the pace of technological change to let ethics catch up. This profile of the McGill ethicist runs in advance of her cross-Canada Massey Lectures.
McGill has launched a new medical simulation centre, the first fully integrated system of its kind in Canada. At least 2,000 students a year, as well as hundreds of medical staff, will use the $6-million facility.
McGill researchers say they found sperm banks are unpopular, even with cancer patients facing treatments that might make them infertile. The study, led by MUHC researcher Dr. Peter Chan, highlights the need to improve doctor-patient communication about the benefits of sperm banking and the need for accurate and personalized information about the high risk of infertility associated with treatment for testicular cancer and Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Using thermal imaging for the first time to measure arousal rates, a new McGill study shows that women become sexually aroused as quickly as men do. The study, by McGill psychology prof and director of the Sex and Couple Therapy Service of the Royal Victoria Hospital, Irv Binik, and grad student Tuuli Kukkonen, shatters the long-held myth that men get excited faster than women.
Reut Gruber, a child psychologist and sleep researcher at the Douglas Hospital, conducts major studies of children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder to see whether improving the quality of their sleep enhances their ability to learn and listen.
For decades, there have been attempts to draw a direct line between genes and/or environmental factors and mental illness with no success. Psychiatrists now realize that there is something else in between. That something may be epigenetic imprinting. The Economist looks at the work of Moshe Szyf and Michael Meaney.
Giant tortoises, dwarf elephants and little people. All examples of species that became very large or very small when they colonized islands. For years, it was assumed that evolution must speed up to produce such variety so rapidly. Now, Virginie Millien of McGill has found that mammals on islands evolve around three times as fast as their continental counterparts.
A few years ago, researchers like McGill's Moshe Szyf were scoffed at for their ideas. Today Szyf, a professor of pharmacology at McGill, and a few others are mini-celebrities in the increasingly accepted field of epigenetics. The study of epigenetics postulates that there is a "second code" of programming on top of our DNA, a code that -- unlike DNA -- can change during our lifetimes.
Daniel Levitin, associate professor at McGill and one of the world's leading experts in cognitive music perception, is interviewed by Wired magazine about his new book, "This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession."
Two decades ago, Barbara Sherwin, professor of psychology and obstetrics and gynecology at McGill, conducted testosterone studies on women. Testosterone was demonstrated to clearly boost women's arousal and desire. European authorities have finally approved a testosterone patch for women to deal with libido problems but the Food and Drug Administration has yet to comment on the future of its testosterone patch in the U.S.
Dr. Mark Wainberg writes that HIV/AIDS kills 5,000 people each day -- a body count far higher than the number of individuals who have died in recent military conflicts anywhere in the world, and also higher than the number of deaths attributable to any natural disaster in recent memory. Yet HIV/AIDS no longer receives the attention it once did. (Wainberg will co-chair the AIDS conference in Toronto beginning August 13.)
A new technique that uses radar beams to track wet air could lead to more accurate and timely warnings of severe thunderstorms and flash floods. Frédéric Fabry of McGill developed the idea behind the method.
On May 10, 1996, Dr. Stuart Hutchison was just 100 metres from the top of Everest when he turned back. Within hours, eight climbers would die. Bestsellers (Into Thin Air) have debated that deadly day, yet few have heard from the lone Canadian on the climb. McGill grad Hutchison, MD'86, talks to the Ottawa Citizen about climbing, summit fever and morality on the mountainside.