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Black Montrealers earning less than whites: McGill study

They can be just as educated, just as bilingual and in the same high-paying jobs as white people, but black Montrealers still earn substantially less than whites, a new McGill research project shows. "The data demonstrate that blacks have dramatically lower incomes than non-blacks ... at every age and even among university graduates," the study shows.

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Published on : 15 Nov 2008

New research on Darwin's finches

Some of the latest research on Darwin's finches of the Galapagos Islands shows an unexpected pattern of natural selection that is allowing researchers a rare glimpse into what the early stages of speciation might look like. OEB Darwin fellow Andrew Hendry of McGill has a paper appearing in the current issue of Proceedings of the Royal Society.

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Published on : 11 Nov 2008

Kyoto Prize awarded to Charles Taylor

Charles Taylor, a philosopher and emeritus professor at McGill University was presented with the Kyoto Prize from the Inamori Foundation on November 10. Taylor, researched the idea of cultural diversity and multiculturalism pointing to a world in which diverse, heterogeneous cultures coexist peacefully through mutual recognition, the foundation said.

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Published on : 11 Nov 2008

1st voter in N.H. town is McGill engineering student

One of the first voters in the United States to cast a ballot Tuesday in the presidential election was a McGill University engineering student in Montreal who got a lift from his mom to make it to the New Hampshire poll on time.

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Published on : 04 Nov 2008

The incredible inflexible moveable house

In a story in the Boston Globe on how we could save money, time, and the environment by making homes easy to remodel, and on how architects have been pressing for a new approach to home building, the work of McGill's Avi Friedman is highlighted.

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Published on : 27 Oct 2008

Pinching display lets you feel the data

(New Scientist): A device that pinches and stretches the skin on the fingertips, rather than prodding and poking it, could revolutionise the way blind people access graphs and maps. (see link for full story)

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Published on : 25 Oct 2008

Researchers find state of matter that may extend Moore's Law

(New York Times): Researchers at McGill University have discovered a new state of matter that they say could greatly extend Moore's Law. The researchers say they've found a quasi-three-dimensional electron crystal that could enable them to harness quantum physics to make increasingly small computer chips. (see link for full story)

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Published on : 25 Oct 2008

McGill physicists discover new state of matter

Canadian physicists say they have discovered a previously unknown state of matter that could have a momentous impact on creation of new electronic devices. McGill University researchers say the new state of matter, a quasi-three- dimensional electron crystal, is a material very much like those used in the fabrication of modern transistors.

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Published on : 23 Oct 2008

Ancient microbes made giant magnets

Scientists have unearthed giant magnetic fossils, the remnants of microbes buried in 55-million-year-old sediment. The growth of these unusual structures during a period of massive global warming provides clues about how climate change might alter the behaviour of organisms. Dirk Schumann of McGill and his colleagues found the fossils in sediment taken from a borehole in Ancora, New Jersey.

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Published on : 21 Oct 2008

Boning up on dinosaurs

Chantal Montreuil's dream was to work with animals - live ones, that is. But as a fossil technician at McGill University, it's her job to piece together the featured exhibit at this week's Meet the Triceratops event.

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Published on : 14 Oct 2008

Male pattern baldness pinpointed on DNA

A McGill University researcher has found a mysterious stretch of DNA that can make men lose their hair. The discovery could lead to new ways to prevent male pattern baldness or a quick genetic test to determine if a man is likely to hang on to his hair. But it also may help researchers better understand the human genome.

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Published on : 13 Oct 2008

Researchers question antibiotic link to C. Difficile

Infection with potentially deadly Clostridium difficile is often linked to antibiotic use, but new research suggests that other factors might be involved in the spread of the highly contagious superbug.

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Published on : 07 Oct 2008

McGill-Harvard study: weight linked to prostate cancer death

Excess bodyweight and high plasma concentrations of C-peptide (a marker of insulin secretion) in men who are subsequently diagnosed with prostate cancer are reliable indicators that they are more likely to die from their disease than those with lower levels, according to a collaborative study between Dr Michael Pollak of McGill and Dr Jing Ma of Harvard, and colleagues.

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Published on : 06 Oct 2008

Argentina dinosaur fossil find tightens evolutionary link with modern birds

The remains of a 30-foot-long predatory dinosaur discovered along the banks of Argentina's Rio Colorado is helping to unravel how birds evolved their unusual breathing system. McGill's Hans Larsson was part of the team that made the discovery, published Sept. 29 in the online journal PLos ONE and announced at a news conference in Mendoza, Argentina.

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Published on : 30 Sep 2008

The Stones Tour: If these old walls could talk

Ingrid Birker, the Redpath Museum's science outreach co-ordinator, has given this one-hour tour several times a year since 2002, shortly after the publication of What Building Stones Tell, Redpath's guidebook to "the fossils, rocks and minerals of Montreal buildings."

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Published on : 29 Sep 2008