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(CBC) Canadian researchers using a robotic device have determined that learning to talk changes the way people hear speech. Sazzad Nasir and David Ostry of the department of psychology at McGill University in Montreal used a device that puts pressure on a person's jaw to try to isolate the movements of talking from the sounds of language itself.
(New Scientist) Managing the polar bear's habitat could help save them. Opinion piece in New Scientist from McGill's Bruno Tremblay & colleague Stephanie Pfirman of Columbia.
(The Gazette, CBC) Lisa Jardine, author of Going Dutch: How England Plundered Holland’s Glory, has been awarded the Cundill International Prize in History, described as the world’s largest historical literature award for non-fiction.
(CP) Andrew Hendry, a biologist at McGill University, said while there are hopeful signs some countries might be altering the way they manage species and protect habitats, the overall picture remains grim. "Biodiversity is continuing and, in some places, it's worsening," Hendry said.
A Nova Scotia-born physicist who invented the Charge-coupled device 40 years ago has been awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in physics along with two American scientists. Willard S. Boyle, along with Charles K. Kao and George E. Smith, won the US $1.4 million prize on Tuesday.
A former McGill University undergrad is among three U.S.-based scientists who were awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine Monday. Jack W. Szostak, now of Harvard Medical School, shares the $1.4-million award with Elizabeth Blackburn of the University of California, San Francisco, and Carol W. Greider of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
The planetary meteorological system is still too unknown for us to contemplate modifying its parameters, according to Jacques Derome, professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. He warns that premature application of geo-engineering is dangerous and could lead to unforeseen impacts. - Impact Campus
Researchers say the grants, announced yesterday as part of the $2-billion Knowledge Infrastructure Program, will allow the university to attract great students and hang on to brilliant faculty, refurbish outmoded laboratories and acquire brain scanners that will provide psychiatrists the latest tools in the fight against mental illness. The Gazette, La Presse
Thirty-five research institutions, [including McGill] all members of the prestigious Association of American Universities, are posting university-produced news articles about their activities on a new Web site, Futurity.org. Items include news about science, society, and health.
Prof. Brenda Milner has won the International Balzan Prize for 2009. The prize is one million Swiss francs, or about $1 million Cdn, for her groundbreaking research into cognitive neuroscience and how we remember. CBC, The Gazette
Evolutionary biologist Andrew Hendry of McGill University. Hendry and Queens University biologist Ann McKellar combed through the scientific literature on body size and length in more than 200 species, from insects to fish to birds and, of course, humans. The results were published Tuesday in Public Library of Science ONE and picked up by Wired News.
Scientists are working to bring dinosaurs back to life and they think they’re getting close. Paleontologist and scientific advisor to Jurassic Park Jack Horner has the vision, and McGill University paleontologist Hans Larsson is working to make it happen.
Managers, to Henry Mintzberg's way of thinking, don't get enough respect. When they aren't dealing with interruptions, says Henry Mintzberg, they have three basic ways to exert their influence.