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McGill University astronomer Kelly Lepo has a trick for seeing the eclipse with the help of nature. Place yourself underneath a leafy tree, she says, and watch the ground. The holes in the leaves acts as pinholes, projecting mini solar eclipses on the ground for you to see without crafting one out of a box.

Published on: 21 Aug 2017

Confused by NAFTA? You're not alone. McGill poli-sci professor Krzysztof Pelc joins host Rebecca Ugolini to take your questions and demystify the agreement, which is under renegotiation.

Find out more: CBC News

Classified as: cbc news, NAFTA, Krzysztof Pelc
Published on: 17 Aug 2017

This column originally appeared on STAT on August 16, 2017.

Someone high up in Eli Lilly and Company must be a “South Park” fan. When the company failed to ensure that the patents it filed on two blockbuster drugs, Zyprexa and Strattera, complied with Canadian law, it decided to “Blame Canada” rather than take responsibility for its error.

Published on: 16 Aug 2017

Jennifer Fishman, associate professor in the biomedical ethics unit of the social studies of medicine department at McGill University, said the ethical problems that arise from making women wait for an abortion are enormous.

"The idea that there is differential access to abortions across the provinces, given that abortion is funded and legal and a medical procedure covered under the Canada Health Act, which operates under principles of universality and accessibility, is incredibly problematic," Fishman said.

Classified as: cbc news
Published on: 15 Aug 2017

In an hour-long panel discussion with McGill University professor Gabriella Coleman, Jimmy Wales said Wikipedia's reputation has soared as people seek out neutral sources in an era of fake news and intense partisanship.

Read more: CTV News

Published on: 14 Aug 2017

Anja Geitmann is dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at McGill University, Jan Adamowski is a professor and director of McGill’s Integrated Water Resources Management Program and Julien Malard is a PhD student in Bioresource Engineering at McGill. 

Classified as: montreal gazette, clean water, First Nation's health, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Published on: 10 Aug 2017

The study by Canadian researchers Dr. Véronique Bohbot of Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montreal and Dr. Greg West, an associate professor at the French-language Université de Montréal, demonstrates that the way first-person shooter video game players use their brains to navigate within the game changes the impact various games have on their nervous system.

Read more: Radio-Canada International

Classified as: video games, Douglas Mental Health University Institute, Veronique Bohbot, nervous system, Radio-Canada International
Published on: 9 Aug 2017

Stephanie Chevalier said, for seniors, "The important point is to create three meal occasions with sufficient protein to stimulate muscle building and greater strength, instead of just one." Chevalier is an assistant professor of medicine at McGill University in Montreal.

Read more: The Daily Mail

Classified as: Stéphanie Chevalier, Daily Mail
Published on: 8 Aug 2017

And contrary to the Airbnb narrative that the online booking service is about regular people sharing their homes to help pay the mortgage, there has been disproportionately large growth of full-time, entire-home listings that belong to hosts with multiple Airbnb properties, according to a copy of a draft report prepared by the McGill University School of Urban Planning.

Read more: The Toronto Star

Classified as: Airbnb, School of Urban Planning, The Toronto Star
Published on: 8 Aug 2017

We learn more about the protests in Venezuela from Jose Mauricio Gaona. He is an O'Brien Fellow at McGill University.

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Published on: 7 Aug 2017

Céline Le Bourdais, the Canada research chair in social statistics and family change at McGill University in Montreal, cautions that the statistics on one-person households can be misleading.

Read more: The Globe and Mail

Classified as: census 2016, céline le bourdais, the globe and mail
Published on: 3 Aug 2017

Cindy Blackstock is professor of social work, McGill University, and executive director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada.

Classified as: truth and reconciliation commissions, First Nations Children, child welfare system, Cindy Blackstock, School of Social Work, The Toronto Star
Published on: 2 Aug 2017

Jose Mauricio Gaona is an O’Brien Fellow at McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, a Saul Hayes Fellow at McGill University’s Faculty of Law, and a Vanier Canada Scholar.

"Sunday’s election in Venezuela of a national constituent assembly does not represent the very beginnings of Mr. Maduro’s dictatorship, but its final ascension. In truth, the actions of Mr. Maduro’s government in the past 12 months are archetypical of a dictatorship, not a democracy."

Classified as: Jose Mauricio Gaona, Faculty of Law, Venezuela
Published on: 31 Jul 2017

"This guy thinks he is a bald eagle and I think that is what helped him survive," said David Bird, an emeritus professor of wildlife biology at McGill University who now lives in Sidney.

Read more: CBC News

Published on: 27 Jul 2017

What explains the populist moment in politics? A common explanation is that “people are frustrated that they’ve lost democratic control of their lives and their economies.” This would seem to explain both the support for Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in the United States and the various populist surges witnessed throughout Europe. But is it the best explanation? Jacob Levy is not so sure. 

Read more: The Washington Post

Published on: 26 Jul 2017