Freaky Friday: This Wormy World, Revisited - Exploring the gruesome truth about our world and its most powerful natural enemies
By Victor Frankel (Ph.D. candidate, Biology McGill)
By Joaquin (Quim) Madrenas, Canada Research Chair in Human Immunology, Department of Microbiology & Immunology [Professor Madrenas’ website]. This Freaky Friday honours Dr. Madrenas TedX talk which uses music, art and history as tools to learn about Infectious Diseases. It will also explore the impact of these diseases on music, art and history. Followed by the film about the Pulitzer award winning musical RENT.
(2001). Meet Dr. Hazel Barton and Nancy Aulenbach. These women are compelled to push their limits in hostile environments. They are cavers who risk fatal danger for the thrill of discovery. Barton and Aulenbach are extreme athletes and extreme scientists - scientists who gather their data in treacherous places where few dare to follow. In this documentary they travel to caves in Arizona, Greenland and Mexico searching for discoveries that may lead to cures for human disease.
Version originale en français. Patrice Fortier est un agriculteur qui a étudié en art. Dans son jardin, on retrouve des espèces de plantes anciennes desquelles il extrait les semences pour les vendre et perpétuer de « nouvelles » variétés. En cultivant minutieusement ces spécimens uniques, il rêve de les transformer en oeuvres d'art. Il fait des tableaux avec des carottes, des perruques avec des fleurs et des contes avec des patates. Il va même jusqu'à forcer l'hybridation de deux spécimens ou à polliniser lui-même ses plantes afin que l'espèce reste pure.
In a number of cities around the world, residents have transformed previously derelict sites, ignored corners and over-grown verges into green and productive vegetable plots
Published on July 30, 2014 | Environmental Research Web
For example, in York, UK, an "edible map" reveals that there is garlic mustard and horseradish growing in abundance alongside the river, and plums will be available on a tree in a street in Osbaldwick by August.
Living in a city puts everything at your fingertips: From fashion and movies to social movements and political experiments, residents of urban areas experience most everything before it trickles through the suburbs and into rural communities.
Published on July 29, 2014 | Yahoo! News
by: Willy Blackmore
Cutting Edge Lecture in Science: What our data says about us: Insights into human behavior from social media
By Derek Ruths (Assistant Professor, School of Computer Science, McGill)
Global temperatures between 1998 and 2013 indicate a slowdown in global warming, but this was due to natural cooling fluctuation and not due to any decrease in greenhouse gas emissions. This has been proved by statistical analysis of the temperatures, conducted by McGill University physics professor Shaun Lovejoy.
(Exerpt from Jayalakshmi K, International Business Times)
McGill Student Jakub Dzamba desigs cricket incubator to feed growing interest in insect farming
Published on July 23, 2014 | Journal Metro
by: Mathais Marchal