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Nature - Canada: Quebec's research ambitions

The biopharmaceutical industry has long been a staple of Quebec's science community, but it hasn't fared as well as optics and photonics. Clusters of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, including spin-offs and multinationals, have assembled around Montreal.

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Published on : 02 Mar 2011

Montreal Gazette - McGill's Charmaine Nelson explores ebony roots

Black History should not begin and end with Black History month. Charmaine Nelson, a professor of art history at McGill, is the editor of Ebony Roots, Northern Soil: Perspectives on Blackness in Canada.

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Published on : 02 Mar 2011

Times of India, Scienceblog - Moderate sleep loss impairs vigilance and sustained attention in children with ADHD

A new study in the March 1 issue of the journal Sleep indicates that the ability of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to remain vigilant and attentive deteriorated significantly after losing less than one hour of nightly sleep for a week.

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Published on : 02 Mar 2011

Toronto Star - Siddiqui: Iran will be a tougher nut to crack

The 2011 Arab Awakening had a Persian beginning, in Iran’s Twitter Revolution of 2009. That uprising against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s rigged presidential election was brutally beaten back by the clerical regime. But it’s back in the streets and facing yet another crackdown. Can it topple the ruling ayatollahs? In the long run, yes.

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Published on : 02 Mar 2011

Financial Post - Canada needs its own GAO

(Opinion piece by Economics professor William Watson): "Among the many millions of words he wrote, not all of them wrong, John Kenneth Galbraith once reflected on the carelessness great wealth permitted: If post-war Britain had been run on the same management principles that applied in post-war Washington, the empire would have been bankrupt in a week."

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Published on : 02 Mar 2011

The Scientist - Environmental impact: Research in behavioural epigenetics seeks evidence that links experience to biochemistry to gene expression and back out again

Moshe Szyf, a pharmacologist at McGill University who was one of the first to relate DNA methylation patterns to behavior, sees epigenetic processes as “the adaptive mechanism of the genome”—an essential mechanism for pruning down the wide range of all possible behaviors permitted by genes, selecting those that fit an individual’s environment.

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Published on : 01 Mar 2011

Times of India - Planning, visualising improve eating habits

If you want to improve the way you eat, the best way to do so is to first make an action plan and then visualise yourself carrying it out, researchers say.

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Published on : 28 Feb 2011

CTV.ca - Akhavan on the Middle East

Payam Akhavan, a professor of international law at McGill University says it is important for the international community to respond quickly to the violence against protesters in Libya and hold Libyan leader Moammar Ghadafi accountable.

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Published on : 26 Feb 2011

Montreal Gazette - 'Floss or die': Alarmist, yes, but also true

(Chemistry prof. Joe Schwarcz): "The headline that appeared roughly 20 years ago in a number of newspapers, including The Gazette, was short and powerful. "Floss or Die!" Here we go again, I remember thinking, more inane fear mongering. Well, as it turns out, the headline may have been over the top, but we now know that there is a significant connection between poor oral health and heart disease.

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Published on : 26 Feb 2011

Forbes - Does winning an Oscar extend your life? Scientists disagree

It’s got to be one of the most cocktail-party-worthy scientific studies ever: a 2001 article in the Annals of Internal Medicine that showed actors and actresses who won Academy Awards lived four years longer than mere nominees.

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Published on : 26 Feb 2011

La Presse - Des résidus de pesticides dans 20% des fruits et légumes

Des résidus de pesticides ont été retrouvés dans 21% des fruits et légumes testés par l'Agence canadienne d'inspection des aliments, de 2002 à 2005. Mais il est inutile de paniquer, selon l'Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ), qui a révélé ces données début février.

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Published on : 25 Feb 2011

Discovery News - Moss: The breakfast of champions

It's not just carbon dioxide that feeds a forest. Trees also depend on nitrogen to grow. And the best buffet of nitrogen comes from moss-loving bacteria.

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Published on : 24 Feb 2011

Gizmag, et al. - Silver-coated paper could be used for water purification

Silver is well-known for its antibacterial qualities, which has led to the use of silver nanoparticles in devices such as an experimental water filtration system developed by Stanford University.

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Published on : 24 Feb 2011

New Scientist - Pitch perfect

The uncanny ability to recognise any note has long been associated with musical genius. But the real mystery is why we can't all do it…

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Published on : 23 Feb 2011

Montreal Gazette - When appetite fails, certain foods can succeed; Gentle meals and protein help in times of illness

All kinds of factors affect our appetite, from illness, medication and nausea to solitude - and even normal aging. We need to eat to keep our strength up. We know that. But when you don't feel like eating, knowing that you should and actually bringing yourself to eat can be two different things…

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Published on : 23 Feb 2011