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The latest supercomputer
Put away your palm pilots, there's a new kid on the block -- and he's fast. McGill's newest piece of computing hardware is the fastest of its kind in the country. The multi-processor system can chew through 400 billion operations a second. This ain't your Dad's Commodore 64.
The green womb
For the fortieth anniversary of Silent Spring Sandra Steingraber spoke at McGill about everyone's first environment: the womb. Dubbed "the next Rachel Carson," Steingraber explained how toxins in our environment can affect unborn children.
Ottawa treaty five years on
They've killed far more civilians than either poison gas or biological weapons, yet landmines continue to be used around the world. A recent conference at McGill looked at how far we've come and where we have to go, five years after the signing of the Ottawa treaty that prohibited these weapons.
Concentrating on media
As president and publisher of Le Soleil, Alain Dubuc knows all about media concentration -- he went to his paper after it was bought by Power Corp. In a McGill Institute for the Study of Canada lecture, Dubuc dismissed fears that media ownership in Canada is too concentrated.
Sharing the wealth of knowledge
The three university students are going back to elementary school. McGill students Samuel Vaillancourt and Joel Thibert founded Horizons, where high school students go to elementary schools to help less fortunate kids with their schoolwork -- and give them motivation to finish their education.
King of sound
A McGill music degree can take you places -- from recording with Yo-Yo Ma to accepting not one, but three Grammy awards. Sound engineer Richard King returned to McGill to talk about Surround Sound -- and being surrounded by sound for a living.
Teaching an old DNA new tricks
DNA has been doing pretty well for the last few eons -- faithfully replicating its double helix through the ages, quietly minding its own business. Chemistry professor Hanadi Sleiman wants to shake things up -- with funky new DNA boxes and triangles with flashy metal accessories. The result could be a revolutionary nanotechnology.
Psychology student Kristen Bussandri has a gift idea to heat up the cold winter months -- an even dozen handsome young men to grace your wall for the upcoming year. Even better, proceeds from the Men of Montreal calendar, featuring seven McGill students, will go to the McGill Cancer Centre.
Principal's curtain call
Bernard Shapiro is leaving McGill after many years. The principal mulls over his nearly nine years here, what he's learned and achieved, as well as spills the beans on future plans and his love of opera.
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