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In the first seven years of this century, around 19 million hectares of rainforest in the Legal Amazon region of Brazil were cut down. But the jury's out on the chief culprit behind this deforestation… Now a team from McGill University in Canada and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Colombia has discovered evidence that soy production is indirectly causing deforestation.
Bean stalks wending their way up a concrete wall at McGill University's downtown campus, tomato plants growing next to a community centre in Notre Dame de Grâce, basil and chard in the back yard of a St. Laurent duplex. They're all part of a wave of urban agriculture sweeping the island of Montreal.
A molecular switch, triggered by a signal, helps an organism instantly recognise a healthy and potential sex mate. "This mating decision is controlled by a simple chemical switch that converts an incoming pheromone signal into a cellular response," says study author Stephen Michnick, University of Montreal biochemistry professor.
A spooky-sounding technology is finding old, unmarked graves. Using hyperspectral imaging, scientists from McGill University have found unmarked animal graves with special cameras that measure changes in the light coming from soil and plants.
Harriet Brooks, as she was known before she married Pitcher, came of age when it was highly unusual for women to go to university, and rarer still for them subsequently to pursue careers at the highest levels of science and teaching. Brooks did so, but at a terrible cost.
The Gazette's Michelle Lalonde: "The only thing I resent more than paying over $100 for a decent pair of running shoes, is chucking them in the garbage after a year or so of training in them. Sure, the treads may be a little worn, but they would still be perfectly good for hiking around in. They don't belong at the dump."
Patents » That may be the reason Utah company was at center of lawsuit that rocked biotech industry… From the very beginning, there was "a degree of hostility toward Myriad due to the way the scientific race had proceeded," an associate professor of law at McGill University in Montreal wrote in a 2008 study of Myriad…
Patents » That may be the reason Utah company was at center of lawsuit that rocked biotech industry. From the very beginning, there was "a degree of hostility toward Myriad due to the way the scientific race had proceeded," an associate professor of law at McGill University in Montreal wrote in a 2008 study of Myriad.
McGill professor Andrew Piper participates in the panel Reading the World: The Future of the Book as part of the five-day Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival.
Dinosaurs may have roamed and mingled more freely in the western interior of North America than previously thought, according to a new study. PhD student Matthew Vavrek and Professor Hans Larsson of McGill University now report that dinosaur ranges were more extensive than previous estimates suggested.
Metformin, a safe and inexpensive drug widely used to lower blood glucose in Type 2 diabetics, may have a variety of other uses, researchers are finding. The newest, reported Monday at a Washington meeting of the American Assn. for Cancer Research, is to prevent lung cancer in smokers…
This week, Barack Obama held a world-wide summit to reduce nuclear risks caused by wars. In order to better understand how the materials for creating a nuclear bomb can be neutralized, The Press interviewed Dominic Ryan, a nuclear physicist at McGill Universite.
Volcano expert Dr. John Stix of McGill University held an online chat with Globe and Mail readers to discuss Iceland's spewing volcano and its ash cloud that grounded flights across Europe.
Shannon Lockhart, U3 World Religions and Biological Sciences, will be among 1,300 students, drawn from 318 schools in 83 countries, invited to Clinton Global Initiative University.
A final-year law student at McGill University has invoked the Greek god of law to help people find Canadian legal decisions easier online. Kent Mewhort worked on and off for about a year developing Nomus, the country's second free legal search engine. Mewhort, 28, said he was motivated to create a system that better ties together citations from judgments across the land.