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Science whiz's dream: a Nobel; Marymount student has a mess of medals, but makes time for other stuff, too... Though he just finished Grade 10, Abicumaran Uthamacumaran's already talking about continuing his research to the Ph. D. level. His life's goal is a Nobel Prize in medicine.
The Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education presented their annual Prix d'excellence awards last week, and several of the winners were magazines and magazine people. Headway, McGill's research magazine, took the top prize for Best Magazine. Edited by James Martin and designed by Carmen Jensen, it was praised by the CCAE judges as "adventurous" and "inventive."
In recent years, researchers around the world have been investigating the potential of virtual reality to help victims of stroke and other brain injuries. While it can't replace work with a physical therapist, it is still effective and far cheaper. But most importantly, because it's entertaining, patients are more likely to do the same exercises over and over again, which is crucial for recovery.
(Chemistry professor Joe Schwarcz's column in Sunday's Gazette): "I needed a couple of human guinea pigs. So I volunteered my teenage daughter Rachel and her friend Eden. (They said I could use their names because they want to be famous.) Their task was a simple one. They were to dissolve a little tablet on their tongue and then suck on a lemon wedge…"
In the era before vitamins and cod-liver oil, children suffering from rickets got the "sunshine cure" to rid them of the deforming condition caused by soft, weak bones... Now, an international study co-authored by McGill University researcher Brent Richards explains why sunshine and certain foods aren't always enough to ward off a Vitamin D deficiency.
A McGill transportation researcher studying how to encourage cyclists to be transit users (and vice versa) is gathering the public's opinion via an online survey. Better integration of the two modes of transport "would increase the attractiveness of alternative options and thus people would often opt to not take a car," Jacob Larsen told Metropolitan News.
(Op-ed by Law professor Payam Akhavan): En Iran, ce 12 juin marque le premier anniversaire des élections contestées qui ont incité des millions de personnes à manifester, lançant un appel sans précédent à la démocratie et aux droits de la personne...
A new way to measure electron movement may be a precursor to building better quantum computers ieee spectrum. A team of researchers at McGill University, in Montreal, has found a way that allows them to measure the movement of individual electrons going in and out of semiconductor structures called quantum dots—a trick that could help make future quantum computers possible.
A new study from the University of Calgary has found that bodychecking in peewee level hockey triples the risk of concussions and other injuries sustained by players age 11 and 12… The research, done in collaboration with McGill and Laval universities, will be published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Just before dawn on the morning of Jan. 19, 2009, a Los Angeles woman named Lauren Rosenberg was hit by a car while crossing a four-lane highway in Park City, Utah. Last month, more than a year after the accident, she filed a lawsuit against Google, claiming that the route for her walk had been suggested by Google Maps...
The landscape of the best and brightest universities is diverse and widespread. Using U.S. News and World Report data, determined which countries have the highest-rated universities in the world. Heading up the Canadian schools? 'Colleges like McGill University push Canada's ranking into a top echelon...'
"Researchers have discovered that methane-eating bacteria survive in a unique spring located on Axel Heiberg Island in Canada's extreme north. The subzero water is so salty that it doesn't freeze despite the cold, and it has no consumable oxygen in it. There are, however, big bubbles of methane that come to the surface..."
(Karl Moore, Desautels Faculty of Management): Innovation is the lifeblood of today’s global economy. What used to take five years to be adopted in advanced economies now takes two or three. New ideas are sourced in many countries, spread faster, and die a quicker death. All this puts greater pressure on Canada to be a critical source of innovation if we want to retain our standard of living...
After four years of anticipation and endless hours of training, soccer players from 32 countries are doing everything they can to play their best at the World Cup. Among their last-minute preparations in South Africa, the athletes are eating well and sleeping enough. They might also be abstaining from sex — or not...
The Gazette University City Blog: Kudos to Brassard, Doyon, Kaspi and Mysak -- Everybody gets a prize!
Convocations are pretty much over and the conventioneers have gone home. Graduates have turned in their gowns and are strapping bicycles to the roof and leaving battered chairs and mattresses in the lanes of the ghetto. Before everyone disappears, here's a short, belated update of this spring's big prize winners among top university researchers...