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New Quebec budget includes $1M for agrifood innovation

McGill Newsroom Quebec’s recently unveiled provincial budget includes one new line-item that means a lot for McGill research.

Published on : 22 Mar 2016

City birds are smarter than country birds

By Cynthia Lee, McGill Newsroom Life in the city changes cognition, behavior and physiology of birds to their advantage Birds living in urban environments are smarter than birds from rural environments. But, why do city birds have the edge over their country friends? They adapted to their urban environments enabling them to exploit new resources more favorably than their rural counterparts, say a team of all-McGill University researchers.

Published on : 21 Mar 2016

Winds hide Atlantic variability from Europe’s winters

By Chris Chipello, McGill Newsroom Study reveals how wind patterns change along with sea-surface temperatures Shifting winds may explain why long-term fluctuations in North Atlantic sea surface temperatures have no apparent influence on Europe’s wintertime temperatures. The findings, published in Nature Communications, could also have implications for how Europe’s climate will evolve amid global warming.

Published on : 15 Mar 2016

Global shift in farmed fish feed raises new questions

By Cynthia Lee, McGill Newsroom A move toward plant-based feeds alters the environmental footprint of farm-raised seafood, may change levels of healthy fatty acids in these fish

Published on : 14 Mar 2016

Teens test their smarts in the Brain Bee

By Maya-Olivia Eyssen, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital Montreal high school students to take part in brain quiz.

Published on : 09 Mar 2016

"Smart soles" help patients recover from a broken hip

By Julie Robert, McGill University Health Centre Hip fractures are one of the most common injuries sustained by the elderly population following a fall.

Published on : 04 Mar 2016

Mysterious cosmic radio bursts found to repeat

By Chris Chipello, McGill Newsroom Astronomers for the first time detect repeat ‘fast radio bursts’ from same sky location Astronomers for the first time have detected repeating short bursts of radio waves from an enigmatic source that is likely located well beyond the edge of our Milky Way galaxy. The findings indicate that these “fast radio bursts” come from an extremely powerful object which occasionally produces multiple bursts in under a minute.

Published on : 02 Mar 2016

Michael W. Davidson, a Success in Microscopes and Neckwear, Dies at 65

"Mr. Davidson, who died on Dec. 24 at 65, used sophisticated microscopes to create stunning, psychedelic images of crystallized substances like DNA and hormones, and he contributed to Nobel Prize-honored research about the inner workings of cells. His images were on the covers of scientific journals and, as unlikely as it might seem, on neckwear" states the NY Times. Read the full New York Times article here.

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Published on : 01 Mar 2016

$2.4M from NSERC for five McGill researchers

By Katherine Gombay, McGill Newsroom McGill is proud to announce that five researchers have been awarded over $2.4 million in NSERC Strategic Partnership Grants for 2016.

Published on : 01 Mar 2016

Building living, breathing supercomputers

By Katherine Gombay, McGill Newsroom The substance that provides energy to all the cells in our bodies, Adenosine triphosphate (ATP), may also be able to power the next generation of supercomputers.

Published on : 26 Feb 2016

What makes the brain tick so fast?

By Chris Chipello, McGill Newsroom Surprisingly complex interactions between neurotransmitter receptors and other key proteins help explain the brain’s ability to process information with lightning speed, according to a new study.

Published on : 25 Feb 2016

Diabetes drug found not to cause pancreatic cancer

By Tod Hoffman, Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research The use of incretin-based drugs is not associated with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in the latest issue of the British Medical Journal (BMJ). The research was conducted by the Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effect Studies (CNODES), which used the health records of almost 1 million patients with types 2 diabetes.

Published on : 22 Feb 2016

The brain gives up more secrets

By Julie Robert, McGill University Health Centre A research team, led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in Montreal, has broken new ground in our understanding of the complex functioning of the brain.

Published on : 18 Feb 2016