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Physicists skirt thermal vibration, transfer signal

Using tiny radiation pressure forces -- generated each time light is reflected off a surface -- University of Oregon physicists converted an optical field, or signal, from one color to another. Aided by a "dark mode," the conversion occurs through the coupling between light and a mechanical oscillator, without interruption by thermal mechanical vibrations.

Published: 16 Nov 2012

Out of touch: E-reading isn't reading

(Andrew Piper, German and European literature prof at McGill and co-director of the literary lab Citelab. Author of Book Was There: Reading in Electronic Times, from which this is excerpted): "Amid the seemingly endless debates today about the future of reading, there remains one salient, yet often overlooked fact: Reading isn’t only a matter of our brains; it’s something that we do with our bodies.

Published: 16 Nov 2012

Use research, genetics to help mistreated children

Governments need to do a better job of tracking and pinpointing which of a myriad of social programs would best help children cope with abuse in their early years, says a study released Thursday. […] Niko Trocme, a social work professor at McGill University and panel member, said each year social agencies receive reports of potential maltreatment of about 200,000 children across Canada. Agencies estimate they provide services to only about 27 per cent of those kids, Trocme said.

Published: 16 Nov 2012

It's a crisis for Quebec women

Surgery wait times for deadly ovarian, cervical and breast cancers in Quebec are three times longer than government benchmarks, leading some desperate patients to shop around for an operating room. But that's a waste of time, doctors say, since the problem is spread across Quebec hospitals. And doctors are refusing to accept new patients quickly because they can't treat them, health advocates say. A leading Montreal gynecologist said that these days, she cannot look her patients in the eye because the wait times are so shocking.

Published: 14 Nov 2012

City honours veterans at McGill

Under overcast skies on the athletic grounds of McGill University, veterans, politicians and everyday folk, the overwhelming majority wearing a poppy over their hearts, gathered Sunday morning to remember the veterans who fought for Canada.

Published: 12 Nov 2012

McGill remembers brings digital light to the dark years

For years, one man clipped every article, stored every letter and carefully transcribed every promotion, every victory and every heartbreaking loss that touched the McGill University community during the Second World War. The man, R. C. Fetherstonhaugh, took on the task as an additional duty in the McGill War Records Office. In 1945, the gunfire ceased, and those left started moving on with their lives. A year later, Fetherstonhaugh died, and the records were carefully packed away – a relic of another time.

Published: 12 Nov 2012

Remembering McGill Redmen athletes killed in WWII

McGill University lost seven athletes from its two 1938 national championship teams in the Second World War. In 1938, McGill’s football Redmen captured the Yates Cup while the hockey Redmen won the Queen’s Cup. A number of the Redmen that year played on both championship teams. Shortly after their graduation in 1939, the Second World War was declared...

Read more at The Gazette

Published: 12 Nov 2012

Life at McGill for Elizabeth Waterston during WWII

Elizabeth Hillman Waterston started her first week at McGill University in 1939, during the first week of World War Two.  On campus, they were enjoying torchlight football parades and dances at the Ritz Carleton, while the war was gathering momentum  in Europe.

Read more at CBC (All In A Weekend)

Published: 12 Nov 2012

Identical twins are genetically different

Even though identical twins supposedly share all of their DNA, they acquire hundreds of genetic changes early in development that could set them on different paths, according to new research. The findings, presented Friday (Nov. 9) here at the American Society of Human Genetics meeting, may partly explain why one twin gets cancer while another stays healthy. The study also suggests that these genetic changes are surprisingly common. "It's not as rare as people previously expected," said study presenter Rui Li, an epidemiologist at McGill University.

Published: 12 Nov 2012

Joe Schwarcz: investigates 'good' and 'bad' in food

Once upon a time, we used to sit down to dinner and all that mattered was what the food tasted like. If it pleased the palate, we ate it. Oh, how times have changed! Now the dinner table has become a virtual laboratory where foods are evaluated in terms of being either “good” or “bad.” It makes sense. After all, food is the only raw material that ever enters our body, so we are what we eat.

Published: 12 Nov 2012

Lower costs lure American students to Canadian schools

More American teenagers are thinking about picking up a passport and heading abroad for their college years as a way of attending a top-rated school at a lower cost, Canadian and British college recruiters say… Even with extra fees for international students, colleges and universities in Canada, such as McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, can cost less than tuition at private colleges or out-of-state carges at public universities.

Published: 12 Nov 2012

The autism project: to get your child diagnosed

Neuroscientist Mayada Elsabbagh has spent her career unravelling the mysteries of the infant brain. She studies neural pathways. She uses high-tech sensors and infrared eye-trackers to examine the differences in babies’ brain signals when they gaze at a face or a rubber ball. The assistant professor at McGill University in Montreal has a PhD and a long list of credentials and cutting-edge studies to her name. Yet Elsabbagh cannot get her head around the disconnect she faces every day as an autism researcher.

Published: 12 Nov 2012

Generic oxycontin sparks unique fight; MDS divided

The epidemic of addiction and abuse spawned by OxyContin is well documented, prompting even its manufacturer to replace the narcotic painkiller with a pill it claims is harder to abuse. Now, with the patent expiring on the original drug in two weeks, some provincial health ministers have made an unprecedented request of the federal government: prohibit generic versions of the prototype from coming on the market and opening up a new, far-cheaper supply of so-called Hillbilly heroin.

Published: 12 Nov 2012

McGill studying the secrets of successful aging

Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won gold in the 100-metre sprint at the London 2012 Olympics, clocking a time of 10.75 seconds. Vancouver's Christa Bortignon's time for the same distance is 15.99 seconds. Fraser-Pryce is 25. Bortignon is 50 years her senior. This speedy West Coast septuagenarian also competes in the 200-metre sprint, hurdles, high jump, long jump and triple jump, and in the past year alone has earned eight world masters gold medals and set seven world records, boosting her number of world records into the double digits.

Published: 9 Nov 2012

Science Journalist Jay Ingram exposes a side of hockey

How light can you make a skate? How bendy can you make a composite stick before its shooting utility breaks? What’s the optimal time to pull a goalie? The hidebound world of hockey is resting more and more on the shoulders of science these days. (Scientists are even investigating whether leaner shoulder pads can help curb the curse of concussions). And when science is involved in a popular pursuit, you’ll usually find Jay Ingram nearby. … We do quite a bit on the design of skates. We went to the Bauer factory in St.

Published: 9 Nov 2012