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LA Times - Saved by the (sax's) bell

(Op-ed by McGill’s Dan Levitin): "When I was 8, we lived in a small, dusty Northern California town built around pear and walnut orchards. The town had no library and no bookstore but two stores that sold barbed wire and three that sold liquor. Being 8 in that rural, conservative town meant playing football and getting into fistfights because that's what boys did..."

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Published on : 16 Mar 2011

Globe and Mail - The rise of the 'book tune': just hum that novel again, will you?

Think of a book you read last month or last year. Do you remember it well enough to write a reasonably detailed summary without looking at the text? Well-established memory research suggests that you probably retain only about 2 per cent of a book you read a month ago, even if you loved it.

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Published on : 16 Mar 2011

Globe and Mail - Talking Management: The Tim Hortons franchise model

Karl Moore of the Desautels Faculty of Management, Talking Management for the Globe and Mail speaks to Don Schroeder, who is the CEO of one of Canada’s great iconic brands, Tim Hortons.

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Published on : 16 Mar 2011

New York Times - Coffee, the new shaky commodity

(Brian Cowan, associate professor of history and classical studies at McGill University. He is the author of "The Social Life of Coffee: The Emergence of the British Coffeehouse."): I love coffee, and I have gone to extraordinary lengths to obtain good coffee.

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Published on : 16 Mar 2011

Montreal Gazette - Winning doesn't come easy

'Every year it gets harder and harder,' Martlets coach says of yet another national title Two days after winning a third Canadian Interuniversity Sport women's hockey championship in four years, McGill Martlets head coach Peter Smith was already back in his office planning for next season.

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Published on : 16 Mar 2011

Montreal Gazette (blog) - Mini-Science kicks off today

McGill's popular Mini-Science lecture series gets underway March 16th with Dr. Joe Schwarcz talking about the role of chemicals in everyday life, for better or worse. The spring series, which focuses on chemistry will also feature presentations by magican/neurochemist Amir Raz, as well as Scott Bohle, Donald Smith, Paul Wiseman, Ariel Fenster and David Harpp.

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Published on : 15 Mar 2011

Big Think - Mind Matters: Brain science's "Family tree"

"Ideas grow out of experience, in science as elsewhere. Pascal's gambling focussed his attention on probability, for example, and French brewers gave Pasteur a reason to study fermentation. That's why I'm fascinated by Neurotree, a volunteer-run website for brain and behavior researchers that tracks their "academic genealogy."

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Published on : 14 Mar 2011

Montreal Gazette - Montreal, Vancouver would crumble in major quake

Vancouver and Montreal are in active earthquake zones. And because both are full of buildings that are not up to modern seismic standards, they would sustain heavy damage in a major tremor which is sure to occur some day. “We're playing catch-up here in Quebec, and we have a long way to go,” said Denis Mitchell, a professor in the department of Civil Engineering at McGill...

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Published on : 14 Mar 2011

World Architecture News - Take a seat

Innovative pavilion design from McGill School of Architecture reconsiders use of public space furniture in Montreal. The ContemPLAY pavilion is meant as a multi-generational artifact that gathers the ideas of contemplation and playing in a single clear gesture.

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Published on : 14 Mar 2011

Montreal Gazette, Globe and Mail, et al. - Martlets celebrate third hockey title

The McGill Martlets reclaimed the national crown with a 5-2 decision over the St. Francis Xavier X-Women Sunday at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport women's hockey championship.

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Published on : 14 Mar 2011

Globe and Mail - Playing heads-up business

An iconic Canadian enterprise with its roots in Kitchener, Ont., in the 1920s, hockey equipment maker Bauer fell into U.S. hands in 1995 when Nike Inc. bought its parent company. Last week, with a $75-million initial public offering on the Toronto Stock Exchange of 33 per cent of the equity of Bauer Performance Sports Ltd., part of the company returned to Canadian hands.

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Published on : 14 Mar 2011

MTU - Clarkson claims top spot in clean snowmobile challenge

Clarkson University won the overall competition in the 12th Annual Clean Snowmobile Challenge held over the past week at Michigan Technological University’s Keweenaw Research Center (KRC). [...] McGill University took second place in the zero emissions category.

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Published on : 13 Mar 2011

Wall Street Journal, Ottawa Citizen - Schulich student Philippe Sly wins Met Opera audition

Eight promising young singers, chosen from nearly 1,500 who entered district and regional competitions, got a chance to perform from the stage of the Metropolitan Opera on Sunday afternoon.

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Published on : 13 Mar 2011

canoe.ca - Des universitaires dans la peau des sans-abri

Les volontaires de Concordia, HEC, McGill et l’UQAM logeront tous dans un camp de fortune sur le campus de leur école, à l’extérieur. Ils doivent quêter durant leur temps libre, argent qui viendra en aide aux jeunes sans-abri.

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Published on : 13 Mar 2011

Montreal Gazette - Immersion needs a political push: expert

For Fred Genesee, there's a familiar ring to the apprehension over the Quebec government's plans to boost English immersion in Grade 6 in French schools. "All the concerns that the English-speaking community had about immersion 40 years ago are re-surfacing," said Genesee, a McGill University psychology professor.

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Published on : 12 Mar 2011