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How to build an igloo

When building an igloo for six hours in minus 54 degrees, Dylan Clark adheres to this ratio: For every second his hand is exposed to the cold, it takes 10 minutes back in the glove to warm it. “It’s hard to describe how cold it is,” he says of the northernmost Canadian Arctic. Dylan Clark is a master’s student working with the Climate Change Adaptation Research Group at McGill University. ...

Published: 2 Nov 2016

Data Science suggests that Shakespeare may have had a famous co-author on three of his plays

The title page of the new Oxford edition of Shakespeare's three Henry VI plays will, for the first time ever, include the words "by William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe". Most people have heard of Shakespeare's hunchback king Richard III.

Published: 1 Nov 2016

Cheese and seafood among irritants threatening to cause stink during CETA ratification

"People have got the idea that investor-state arbitration is a taint to domestic sovereignty... That is completely false. All you get is an order to pay damages." Armand de Mestral, Faculty of Law. Read more: Financial Post  

Published: 1 Nov 2016

Understanding ‘Clintipathy’: A pathological hatred of the Clintons

« News of the FBI’s investigation of more Hillary Clinton emails isn’t just a bombshell—it’s a guided missile to her Achilles heel: her trust gap with the American people. » Op-ed by Gil Troy, professor of history. Read more: TIME

 

 

Published: 31 Oct 2016

Opinion: Alberta's biofuels policies belong in the history books

« Alberta will soon have an economy-wide carbon price. Over time, it will reduce the province’s greenhouse gas emissions and drive the innovation and cost reductions crucial for the future prosperity of the oil and gas sector. » Op-ed coauthored by Chris Ragan, associate professor of economics at McGill University. ...

Published: 31 Oct 2016

CETA trade- on again, off again, now back on?

Analysis, and prospects for eventual signing, from Armand De Mestral, professor emeritus at Montreal’s McGill University in the Faculty of Law. Read more: Radio-Canada International

Published: 28 Oct 2016

The real- and growing- effects of fake pills

There is a placebo effect for both the patient who receives a placebo and the one who receives a real drug, according to Jeffrey Mogil, a professor in the department of psychology at McGill University.

Read more: CNN

Published: 27 Oct 2016

Unregulated 'internet of things' industry puts us all at risk

"Back in the 1970s, for much of the 1980s, and even into the 1990s, it was hard to foresee just how integrated this far-flung global infrastructure would become with every aspect of our lives and thus have deep security implications." Gabriella Coleman, the Wolfe chair in scientific and technological literacy at McGill.

Read more: CBC News

Published: 26 Oct 2016

How this Montreal grad student plans to finish school with zero debt

When Olivia White goes job hunting in a few years’ time after she graduates, she will be bringing a unique set of skills to the table. That’s because the 24 year old, who is pursuing an MA in urban planning at McGill University, has spent the last five years tree planting in northern B.C., a gruelling job that requires a lot of resilience.

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Published: 25 Oct 2016

Thorn in the side of war criminals, ayatollahs and dictators

Montreal law professor Payam Akhavan has risked life in conflict zones in globetrotting crusade for human rights

Read more: Toronto Star 

Published: 22 Oct 2016

Hillary Clinton Should Embrace Her Centrism

(By Gil Troy, professor of history at McGill University, a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution and the author of The Age of Clinton: America in the 1990s) When I say to my students, “Donald Trump promises to…” they all shout “make America great again!”—even if most hate him. When I say “And Hillary promises…” I get a few “Stronger Together” replies, but mostly awkward silence. After three debates and 30 years in politics, Hillary Clinton’s political identity remains mysterious.

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Published: 21 Oct 2016

A Tale of Two Sexes

Men and women are not created equal — women have a higher risk of some musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) than men. That was the message that Dr. Julie Côté, associate professor and chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at McGill University in Montreal, delivered during a keynote speech at the 9th International Scientific Conference on the Prevention of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders, held in Toronto on June 23.

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Published: 21 Oct 2016

From election campaigns to dishonest monkeys: Why we're hard-wired to lie

According to McGill University's Victoria Talwar, there are two main categories of lies: deceptions that are motivated by self-interest and lies that are designed to benefit others. CBC News

Published: 21 Oct 2016

What are 'new cities' and why they matter for development

“The creation of world class cities comes at extremely high human costs.” Sarah Moser, director of the urban studies program at McGill who headed the study. Devex

Published: 19 Oct 2016

Striking Balance: Mont Saint-Hilaire

Episode 3 of TVO documentary “Striking Balance” tells the story of the history of Mont St. Hilaire and surrounding area, including McGill - Gault Nature Reserve - Mont St. Hilaire and the people involved in its conservation, including McGillians in the Monteregie Connection project. TVO Docs

Published: 19 Oct 2016

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