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Vertebrate biodiversity- a glimmer of hope

Vertebrate populations - from birds and fish to antelope - are not, in general, declining. Despite what has previously been thought and said.

Published: 18 Nov 2020

McGill celebrates 14 researchers on Highly Cited Researchers 2020 List

By Meaghan Thurston (Office of Research and Innovation)

Published: 18 Nov 2020

McGill researchers awarded $2.5M for COVID-19 infrastructure

Five projects led by McGill University researchers are included among the 79 receiving a total of $28 million in research infrastructure support through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Exceptional Opportunities Fund. The announcement was made today by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry during a news conference this morning.

Published: 6 Nov 2020

Detection of a short, intense radio burst in Milky Way could help resolve origins of mysterious phenomenon

New data from a Canadian-led team of astronomers, including researchers from the McGill Space Institute and McGill University Department of Physics, strongly suggest that magnetars - a type of neutron star believed to have an extremely powerful magnetic field - could be the source of some fast radio bursts (FRBs).

Published: 4 Nov 2020

Network science study of Montreal bilinguals could deepen understanding of real-world language use

Psychology researchers at McGill University have used network science – a mathematical technique for revealing connections and patterns – to gain novel insights into Montrealers’ experience of using French and English.

The unique approach has brought to light subtle differences as to which social settings Montreal bilinguals discuss certain topics and whether they use French, English or both languages to discuss those topics.

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Published: 8 Oct 2020

Royal Society of Canada medal and award winners

Four McGill researchers are among the sixteen eminent Canadian scientists, scholars and researchers that have been recognized by the Royal Society of Canada

Published: 15 Sep 2020

Free cloud storage for students via Microsoft OneDrive

Did you know... McGill students have access to 1 TB FREE personal file space on OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud file storage component of the Office 365 package.

Published: 10 Sep 2020

Origin of a complex life form revealed

Researchers from McGill University have revealed the steps by which two very distinct organisms – bacteria and carpenter ants – have come to depend on one another for survival to become a single complex life form. The study, published today in Nature, shows that the two species have collaborated to radically alter the development of the ant embryo to allow this integration to happen.

Published: 2 Sep 2020

Keeping the beat – it’s all in your brain

How do people coordinate their actions with the sounds they hear? This basic ability, which allows people to cross the street safely while hearing oncoming traffic, dance to new music or perform team events such as rowing, has puzzled cognitive neuroscientists for years. A new study led by researchers at McGill University is shining a light on how auditory perception and motor processes work together.

Published: 1 Sep 2020

What to expect when you’re learning remotely: Tips for incoming undergraduate students

Starting an undergraduate program is a big transition, accompanied by many uncertainties. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has added to the number of unknowns facing incoming students, through the switch from on-campus to online courses.

Recently, the Office of Science Education (OSE) and Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) hosted two panels to support U0 and U1 students admitted to the Faculties of Science and Engineering, as they prepare for their first year at McGill.

Published: 1 Sep 2020

A more sustainable way to make DNA-based medications

Scientists at McGill University have developed a solvent-free method for making oligonucleotides, short strands of DNA of growing significance in research and the pharmaceutical industry.

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Published: 24 Aug 2020

May the force be with you: detecting ultrafast light by its force

A McGill research team has developed a new technique to detect nano-sized imperfections in materials. They believe this discovery will lead to improvements in the optical detectors used in a wide range of technologies, from cell phones to cameras and fiber optics, as well as in solar cells.

Published: 5 Aug 2020

Cause-and-effect approach could help machines become better learners

For human beings, the ability to generalize – to extract broad principles from our experiences of the world and use these principles to help us make decisions in new situations – is an essential skill for navigating everyday life. But for those working in the field of artificial intelligence, getting machines to generalize in this way has been a notoriously difficult challenge.

Published: 15 Jul 2020

Remote delivery experiences and advice: Lessons learned from Winter 2020

On May 25, 2020, Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) and the Office of Science Education (OSE) at McGill University held a panel discussion on remote teaching for instructors in the Faculty of Science.

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Published: 14 Jul 2020

Remembering Henry Reiswig - the sponge specialist

Henry Reiswig, the former Biology professor and curator of Invertebrate Zoology at the Redpath Museum, died on July 4, 2020. You can read his obituary here:

His daughter Amy says: "He died in his lab in the garage, with microscope slides on the warmer, doing what he loved: science." 

Published: 7 Jul 2020

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