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New York Times - Parasites: Learning a worm-killer's modus operandi

Researchers have finally discovered how ivermectin, one of the most important worm-killing drugs used in both humans and animals for decades, actually works.

Published: 16 Nov 2010

MSNBC - GPS addict? It may be eroding your brain

Three studies by McGill University researchers presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience on Sunday show that the way we navigate the world today may indeed affect just how well our brains function as we age — particularly the hippocampus, which is linked to memory.

Published: 15 Nov 2010

Globe and Mail - British church historian wins McGill Cundill Prize

British historian Diarmaid MacCulloch’s A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years is this year’s winner of the $75,000 Cundill Prize, an award for a history book administered by McGill University. The two runners-up, Giancarlo Casale’s The Ottoman Age of Exploration and Marla Miller’s Betsy Ross and the Makindg of America, each received $10,000.

Published: 15 Nov 2010

CTV - Has science found a way to ease traumatic memories?

A soldier shocked by the horrors of war can return home to find he or she can't stop the memories from flooding back in flashbacks that make it impossible to sleep and function. But what if there were a way to dull those memories?

Published: 14 Nov 2010

Montreal Gazette - Where would we be without polycarbonate?

Chemistry professor Joe Schwarcz: "You really have to do something major to have a street named after you. You can thrill the world with music, you can make an impact in politics, you can become a star athlete or, like Daniel Fox, you can invent a plastic. Dan Fox Drive in Pittsfield, Mass., is a tribute to the man who gave the world polycarbonate, a plastic that was to profoundly alter our lives…

Published: 13 Nov 2010

Le Devoir - Prix Wilder-Penfield : Mark Wainberg donne la vie en héritage

On peut affirmer sans l'ombre d'un doute que les travaux du biologiste Mark Wainberg ont contribué à sauver des millions de vies. Ce lauréat du prix Wilder-Penfield, remis dans le cadre des Prix du Québec, est entre autres l'un des concepteurs du 3TC, l'un des médicaments les plus utilisés dans le monde pour combattre le VIH/sida.

Published: 13 Nov 2010

Le Devoir - Prix Léon-Gérin : Nancy Adler impose l'art aux gens d'affaires

Professeure en gestion et en comportement organisationnel à la Faculté de gestion Desautels de l'Université McGill, Nancy J. Adler est aussi titulaire de la Chaire S.-Bronfman en gestion. Elle reçoit cette année le prix Léon-Gérin pour sa contribution aux sciences sociales.

Published: 13 Nov 2010

CBC - Tony Blair says religion has a place in politics but can't set policy

Religion must have a place in politics, even in avowedly secular states, but it should also be kept in its place, former British prime minister Tony Blair told a Montreal audience yesterday. "It's not that religious people should dictate policy, but they should have the right to speak in the public sphere," he said.

Published: 12 Nov 2010

New Scientist - Born to laugh, we learn to cry

Ever wondered how many of our everyday laughs, groans and sighs are instinctive rather than learned from our peers? It now seems that only expressions of laughter and relief are instinctive, whereas other emotional outbursts need to be learned from other people.

Published: 11 Nov 2010

Toronto Star - Maclean's 20th annual rankings

Three schools consistently lead the pack when it comes to higher education in Canada, according to Maclean's. The magazine's latest ranking of Canadian universities hits newsstands Thursday, with McGill, Mount Allison and Simon Fraser all returning to the top spot in their respective categories.

Published: 10 Nov 2010

The Globe and Mail - Quiet lessons for Canada

"This fall is a season of many anniversaries in Quebec: 15 years since the 1995 referendum, 40 years since the October crisis. But this year also is the anniversary of another event that had an even deeper and enduring impact on the province’s politics and society: the Quiet Revolution."

Published: 10 Nov 2010

Montreal Gazette - Sight of meat soothes savage breast

Results from a McGill University study, released Monday, suggest that men become less aggressive at the sight of meat. The results run counter to what Frank Kachanoff, a researcher with McGill's psychology department, anticipated.

Published: 9 Nov 2010

The Guardian - Tuition fees: One mother's advice to her son

As [UK] universities get a green light to triple fees, one mother details the (affordable) options for her son… "…You might get better value for money abroad. You're particularly fortunate as you hold a Canadian passport as well as a UK one. Three Canadian universities rank in the world's top 50 and, as of 2012, all will have significantly lower fees than their UK counterparts.

Published: 9 Nov 2010

Pravda - Robotic technology undermines reputation of Russian surgeons

"Robotic surgery will start to develop in Russia not earlier than in 2012, when robotic surgeons become available to just a few Russian medical institutions…"

Published: 8 Nov 2010

CBC - Youth in revolt

The gangster drama Exit 67 casts a light on Montreal's troubled Haitian community… Exit 67 probes the numerous social issues facing Montreal's growing Haitian community, like unemployment and family breakdown…

Published: 8 Nov 2010