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Is 'Back to the Future' scientifically possible?

Wed, 2015-10-21 15:44

It’s 'Back to the Future' day: “In Back to the Future Part II, Marty McFly travels to October 21, 2015, to save his children, yet to be born in Back to the Future's 1985.” (Source: CNN)

Journalists looking for comments can talk to Alex Maloney, professor of physics at McGill:

“Back to the Future was a great movie which brings up many interesting scientific issues.  Although Einstein's theory of general relativity seems to allow time travel under very special circumstances, it appears that the effects of quantum mechanics make time travel impossible.”
- Alex Maloney

Alex Maloney, Associate Professor of Physics & William Dawson Scholar, Department of Physics, McGill University
Expertise: Black holes, string theory, particle physics, cosmology and the emergence of space-time in quantum gravity.
Contact: Maloney [at] physics [dot] mcgill [dot] ca

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Discovery of the pentaquark

Fri, 2015-07-17 16:50

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Mars, too, has macroweather

But weather forecasting on the Red Planet is likely to be even trickier than on Earth
Thu, 2014-11-13 09:53

Weather, which changes day-to-day due to constant fluctuations in the atmosphere, and climate, which varies over decades, are familiar. More recently, a third regime, called “macroweather,” has been used to describe the relatively stable regime between weather and climate.

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Clerk, Pai named to RSC’s College of New Scholars

Inaugural members represent emerging generation of scholarly, scientific, artistic leadership in Canada
Tue, 2014-09-16 13:04

McGill University physicist Aashish Clerk and epidemiologist Madhukar Pai are among the inaugural members named today to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

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New DNA analysis technique promises speedier diagnosis

Cancer and pre-natal problem diagnoses hastened by breakthrough DNA analysis technique developed at McGill
Tue, 2014-08-05 10:13

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AstroMcGill Presents: Public Astro Night

Thu, 2014-06-19 20:30

This Thursday: "Gamma-ray Astronomy: The Atmosphere as a 3D Display", by Dr. Jean-François Rajotte. It will be followed by night-sky observations (weather permitting).

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New network in medical physics

Initiative funded by NSERC’s CREATE program seeks to bolster innovation in the development of technologies used for diagnosis and treatment of disease
Mon, 2013-08-12 11:01

A new network that is bringing together expertise from universities, government and industry is implementing a new vision for training the next generation of medical physicists. Ultrasounds, X-rays, MRIs and nuclear medicine are only a few examples of the essential contributions of medical physicists. The field of medical physics applies the principles of physics to medicine, from diagnosis to treatment, and seeks to quickly transform scientific discovery into clinical applications. Medical physicists are also clinical health care professionals providing service in fields such as radiation therapy, medical imaging, nuclear medicine or radiation protection, to name a few.

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Macroweather is what you expect

Between short-term weather and long-term climate, there is an intermediate 'macroweather' regime.
Tue, 2013-02-26 11:05

While short-term weather is notoriously volatile, climate is thought to represent a kind of average weather pattern over a long period of time. This dichotomy provides the analytical framework for scientific thinking about atmospheric variability, including climate change.

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25th Canadian Materials Science Conference

Sat, 2013-06-15 09:00 - Thu, 2013-06-20 09:00

In 2013, the 25th Canadian Materials Science Conference will be held at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, from June 17-19, 2013, with special courses running on June 15 and 16 and a poster session on June 19. This 25th CMSC will continue the tradition of being an important focal point of the Canadian materials science community and an excellent forum for academics and professionals to present their results and discuss advancements in a wide range of areas of materials science.

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