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How to short-circuit the urge to splurge this holiday season

Ashesh Mukherjee is trying something new this holiday season. At a time of year when excessive shopping has become the norm, he plans to volunteer with a charitable organization that works with people in need. It's more than just a way to give back to his Montreal community. Dr. Mukherjee, associate professor of marketing at McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management, sees volunteering as an important way to recharge and reconsider what is important in a fast-paced digital age....

Published: 6 Dec 2017

We might absorb billions of viruses every day

In the experiment, just 0.1 percent of the total phages made it through. But based on their rate of travel, and the staggering number of them in the average human gut, the team estimated that our gut cells absorb around 31 billion phages every day....

Published: 5 Dec 2017

Reading like a Bureaucrat

Excerpt from Merve Emre's new book, Paraliterary: The Making of Bad Readers in Postwar America. She is an assistant professor of English at McGill University.

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Published: 4 Dec 2017

Birds, humans share communication link

John Sakata discusses his research on CTV News. 

Published: 4 Dec 2017

Montreal Police needs to do more to curb racial profiling

Dr. Myrna Lashley, assistant professor in psychiatry at McGill University discusses the report she authored and what efforts are being made to help fix the issues.

Watch the interview here: Global News

Published: 4 Dec 2017

Champlain Bridge: 'Hoping for no winter and no wind' with one year to go

However, Richard Shearmur, a geography professor with McGill University School of Urban Planning, has doubts about the project and fears taxpayers will be left with a hefty bill for extras. “I don’t think anyone can tell if it will be finished on Dec. 1, but it seems that the deadline will probably be missed,” Shearmur said. He blamed the public-private partnership (PPP) model chosen for the bridge. ...

Published: 1 Dec 2017

Good Reader, Bad Reader

Article by Merve Emre, assistant professor of English Literature at McGill University.

"Bad readers were not born, they were created. To know them is to understand literature and politics in postwar America."

Read more: Boston Review

Published: 29 Nov 2017

Lawyers expect legalizing cannabis will lead to more arrests and criminal cases

McGill University law professor Daniel Weinstock says he heartily recommends his students take up criminal law in order to take advantage of the country's new, strict cannabis laws. "There is going to be a steady stream of customers," Weinstock said, referring to the influx of people he estimates will be moving through the justice system. ...

Published: 29 Nov 2017

McGill aims to become carbon neutral by 2040

McGill University is planning to open an indoor bicycle centre with 350 parking spaces, showers and lockers as part of a plan to reduce its carbon footprint over the next three years and achieve carbon neutrality by 2040. Read more: Montreal Gazette

Published: 28 Nov 2017

Can computers pick stocks better than humans can? Investment firms think so

The fact that people program AI to analyze specific information is also a factor. What if they tell it to focus on the wrong data sets? And what happens if everyone's AI is looking at the same things? "The market would become perfectly efficient," says Sebastien Betermier, a finance professor at McGill University. "There would be nothing to predict anymore." ...

Published: 23 Nov 2017

RBC looks to get smart with Montreal artificial intelligence lab

While the Borealis labs work collaboratively, she said the contribution of McGill professor Jackie Cheung as an academic adviser will allow the Montreal lab to focus on his expertise of natural language processing.

Read more: CTV News

Published: 22 Nov 2017

How Canada can lead the world in innovating innovation

Op-ed by Richard Gold, James McGill professor at McGill University

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Published: 20 Nov 2017

Book about Siberian penal colonies wins US $75,000 Cundill history prize

British historian Daniel Beer was awarded the international Cundill History Prize at a gala in Montreal on Thursday for his book on Siberian penal colonies, The House of the Dead: Siberian Exile Under the Tsars. 

Read more: Montreal Gazette

Published: 17 Nov 2017

These are the melting glaciers that might someday drown your city, according to NASA

“The authors of this study have developed a tool to determine the sensitivity of sea level rise at specific coastal sites to melting from different sectors of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets,” said Natalya Gomez, a geoscientist at McGill University in Canada who studies sea level rise. “This tool will help to provide coastal planners with improved sea level projections as models and measurements of ice loss are refined.” ...

Published: 16 Nov 2017

The evolutionary reason why fish don't swim upside down

A group of African catfish have fully embraced upside-down life. Their behavior is the result of a bottom-dwelling fish adapting to take advantage of oxygen-rich water near the surface. A catfish’s mouth is on its underside, so it was likely easiest for the fish to simply turn upside down and treat the top of the water the same as it used to treat the bottom says Lauren Chapman, who studies fish respiration at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec....

Published: 14 Nov 2017

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