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Montreal Gazette - What McDonald's chicken nuggets really contain

(Joe Schwarcz, director, McGill University Office for Science and Society): "…let me make clear that I am no fan of processed foods. The number of times I've eaten chicken nuggets can be counted on the toes of one chicken. But that's not because of any fear of multi-syllabic ingredients; it is the high fat and salt content that turns me off. So what are Chicken McNuggets really made of? Chicken!"

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Published on : 17 Jan 2011

Washington Post - Musical stairs: Listening to the secret music of metro's run-down escalators

There's a secret jazz seeping from Washington's aging Metro escalators - those anemic metal walkways that fill our transit system with a crooked approximation of Ornette Coleman. Like human breath pushing through polished brass, they honk and bleat and squawk and... why are you still wearing those earbuds?

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Published on : 17 Jan 2011

The Globe and Mail - When violence explodes in the workplace

The attack by a deranged gunman on U.S. congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in a Tucson crowd occurred in a public setting, but it was also a workplace disaster. Ms. Giffords and her staff - one of whom was among the six people killed, two of whom were among the 13 injured - were on the job when they were gunned down. Violence in the workplace isn't uncommon, even in Canada.

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Published on : 17 Jan 2011

Postmedia papers - Freezing the tick tick tock of the biological clock

Proponents of egg freezing say the technique is the greatest advance in female reproductive choice since the Pill. Critics say it is unproven and will only encourage women to push back motherhood to a point when the risks for mother and child are greater. Sharon Kirkey reports.

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Published on : 17 Jan 2011

Montreal Gazette - The painted brain: How our lives colour our mind

Can early traumatic experiences leave a mark like a splash of paint on the DNA in your brain, and cause mental illness later in life?

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Published on : 16 Jan 2011

Montreal Gazette - A way for families to 'make some sense of the loss'

When the Quebec Suicide Brain Bank learns about a potential candidate for brain donation, specially trained staff from the bank contact the family. A research assistant begins by establishing that the family member he is speaking to is not in crisis.

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Published on : 16 Jan 2011

Montreal Gazette - Donations fill the bank

For 30 years, the Quebec Brain Bank has been collecting brains and distributing the tissues to scientists eager to understand the origins of brain diseases, from dementia to depression…

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Published on : 16 Jan 2011

Montreal Gazette - Trail-blazing collaboration wasn't born in a laboratory

"Two scientists walk into a bar ..." It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but when Moshe Szyf and Michael Meaney met in Madrid, instead of a rotten punchline, they wound up with an intense and immensely productive collaboration that is changing the way scientists think about mental illness.

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Published on : 16 Jan 2011

Le Devoir - Héroïque peuple tunisien

Monia Mazigh, doctorante en finance de la Faculté de gestion de McGill et militante pour les droits de la personne, l'auteure est originaire de la Tunisie

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Published on : 15 Jan 2011

Montreal Gazette - Many consumers eager to embrace Target

The loss of an iconic Canadian brand name such as Zellers might bother some people, but many others are simply looking forward to it being replaced with a better shopping alternative…

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Published on : 15 Jan 2011

Montreal Gazette - Genome holds all the recipes we can cook

The human genome - the 3 billion chemical letters strung alongside one another like popcorn on a thread - has, historically, been thought of as the body's blueprint. Almost everyone thought DNA held all the information required for a single-celled embryo to develop into a human and not a bumblebee…

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Published on : 15 Jan 2011

Winnipeg Free Press - The Democracy Project: It's more out of duty than passion for politics

Research shows that women vote more than men - a relatively new trend that started in the 1970s. In the decades before the modern feminist movement took hold, turnout among women was about three or four percentage points lower than men. Today, the reverse is true. Turnout among women is three or four points higher and holding. That's the good news.

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Published on : 15 Jan 2011

Financial Post - The next urban legends; The best cities of the future will first have to go back to school to relearn how to design communities

Urban sprawl grew out of affluence, when, for the first time, significant numbers of households could aspire to home ownership, a car in the garage and a good-sized yard. In the 21st century, it's clear that large, far-flung cities are at best a mixed blessing.

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Published on : 13 Jan 2011

National Post - Critics blast new study that suggests ESP is real

A new U.S. study that suggests extrasensory perception—also known as ESP—may be real is causing a stir in academic circles ahead of its publication in a prominent journal of psychology.

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Published on : 10 Jan 2011

CBC, Reuters, et al. - Private ICU rooms could cut infection rates: study

Converting the intensive care units in hospitals to private rooms could greatly reduce rates of hospital-acquired infections, new research suggests.

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Published on : 10 Jan 2011