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Montreal Gazette - Trail-blazing collaboration wasn't born in a laboratory

"Two scientists walk into a bar ..." It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but when Moshe Szyf and Michael Meaney met in Madrid, instead of a rotten punchline, they wound up with an intense and immensely productive collaboration that is changing the way scientists think about mental illness.

Published: 16 Jan 2011

Montreal Gazette - Genome holds all the recipes we can cook

The human genome - the 3 billion chemical letters strung alongside one another like popcorn on a thread - has, historically, been thought of as the body's blueprint. Almost everyone thought DNA held all the information required for a single-celled embryo to develop into a human and not a bumblebee…

Published: 15 Jan 2011

Winnipeg Free Press - The Democracy Project: It's more out of duty than passion for politics

Research shows that women vote more than men - a relatively new trend that started in the 1970s. In the decades before the modern feminist movement took hold, turnout among women was about three or four percentage points lower than men. Today, the reverse is true. Turnout among women is three or four points higher and holding. That's the good news.

Published: 15 Jan 2011

Le Devoir - Héroïque peuple tunisien

Monia Mazigh, doctorante en finance de la Faculté de gestion de McGill et militante pour les droits de la personne, l'auteure est originaire de la Tunisie

Published: 15 Jan 2011

Montreal Gazette - Many consumers eager to embrace Target

The loss of an iconic Canadian brand name such as Zellers might bother some people, but many others are simply looking forward to it being replaced with a better shopping alternative…

Published: 15 Jan 2011

Financial Post - The next urban legends; The best cities of the future will first have to go back to school to relearn how to design communities

Urban sprawl grew out of affluence, when, for the first time, significant numbers of households could aspire to home ownership, a car in the garage and a good-sized yard. In the 21st century, it's clear that large, far-flung cities are at best a mixed blessing.

Published: 13 Jan 2011

BBC, et al. - Music 'releases mood-enhancing chemical in the brain'

Ever had goosebumps or felt euphoric chills when listening to a piece of music? If so, your brain is reacting to the music in the same way as it would to some delicious food or a psychoactive drug such as cocaine, according to scientists.

Published: 10 Jan 2011

Québec Science - Palmarès Québec Science (French)

A new nanotech catalyst has earned McGill chemists Chao-Jun Li, Audrey Moores and colleagues a spot on Quebec Science’s list of the Top 10 discoveries of 2010.

Published: 10 Jan 2011

Montreal Gazette - Dementia on the brain

McGill aging researcher Jens Pruessner talks to The Gazette's Charlie Fidelman about factors that can lead to or help prevent dementia, a disease that affects an increasing number of people as they age. Would it be possible, ultimately, to prevent dementia? If old-age diseases could be abolished, what would we die of?

Published: 10 Jan 2011

West Island Gazette - Pointe Claire teen honoured for her work with Free the Children

Even though she’s only 19-years-old, Kimberly Fortin has worked to benefit Free the Children for more than seven years. And even though the Pointe Claire teen never expected her work with Cedar Park’s Youth in Action group of Free the Children to garner any recognition, she was nevertheless recently recognized as one of Canada’s Top Ten Teen Philanthropists.

Published: 10 Jan 2011

National Post - Critics blast new study that suggests ESP is real

A new U.S. study that suggests extrasensory perception—also known as ESP—may be real is causing a stir in academic circles ahead of its publication in a prominent journal of psychology.

Published: 10 Jan 2011

CBC, Reuters, et al. - Private ICU rooms could cut infection rates: study

Converting the intensive care units in hospitals to private rooms could greatly reduce rates of hospital-acquired infections, new research suggests.

Published: 10 Jan 2011

CTV - Fainstat's last gift was himself

Michael Fainstat's decision to donate his body to McGill University for dissection and training of medical students reflected a life that was devoted to public service and pragmatic as well as principled action.

Published: 9 Jan 2011

Globe and Mail - Dr. Brinkley's Stem Lotion & Magic Elixir

It's a global gold rush - clinics and cosmetics companies offering miraculous results using stem cells. They sound too good to be true, and that's probably because they're not true, scientists say. Worse, no one knows the health risks.

Published: 8 Jan 2011

CTV - Dozens of pigeons found dead on farm near Quebec City

Reports of dead birds falling from the sky have made headlines across the world this week, and now authorities are investigating a similar mystery near Quebec City after a farmer found about 80 dead pigeons on his property… David Bird, a McGill wildlife biologist, doesn't expect the lab results will be all that dramatic.

Published: 7 Jan 2011