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Does Growing Soy Destroy Amazon Rainforest?

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.

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Published on : 19 Apr 2010

Montreal Gazette: Urban Agriculture Taking Root in Montreal Yards and Rooftops

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.

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Published on : 19 Apr 2010

Nature: Molecular Switch Helps Cell Instantly Recognise Sex Partner [in Yeast]

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.

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Published on : 19 Apr 2010

New Scientist: New Tech Sees Dead People

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.

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Published on : 19 Apr 2010

The Gazette: Woman Paid a High Price for her Short but Brilliant Scientific Career

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.

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Published on : 19 Apr 2010

The Gazette: McGill Athletics Launch Shoe Recycling PR

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."

Published on : 19 Apr 2010

St. Lake Tribune: Myriad Elicits a Genetics Tempest

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…

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Published on : 19 Apr 2010

St. Lake Tribune: Myriad Elicits a Genetics Tempest

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.

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Published on : 19 Apr 2010

The Gazette: Festival Shows Books Have Future

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.

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Published on : 19 Apr 2010

La Presse: How to neautralize nuclear bombs

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.

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Published on : 17 Apr 2010

The Gazette: Montreal students among 1,300 heading for meeting of minds in Miami

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.

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Published on : 16 Apr 2010

The Gazette: McGill student creates free legal search engine

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.

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Published on : 16 Apr 2010

Globe and Mail: What Iceland's volcano means for the world

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.

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Published on : 16 Apr 2010

Northern News Service: Shine a light on homelessness

McGill student, Julia Christensen is lauded for her work on homelessness in the North: "I would like to applaud the work of people like McGill University student Julia Christensen, formerly of Yellowknife, who has been working on her three-year doctorate study on homelessness..."

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Published on : 15 Apr 2010

Radio-Canada: A clearer picture of the brain

The collaborated efforts of the University of Montreal and McGill have allowed us, for the first time, to combine two techniques of cerebral imaging in order to trace a more detailed and precise picture of the brain of autism patients.

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Published on : 14 Apr 2010