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Gaming camera could aid MS treatment

McGill Newsroom 3D depth-sensing camera shown to measure walking difficulties A commonly used device found in living rooms around the world could be a cheap and effective means of evaluating the walking difficulties of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. The Microsoft Kinect is a 3D depth-sensing camera used in interactive video activities such as tennis and dancing. It can be hooked up to an Xbox gaming console or a Windows computer.

Published on : 15 Aug 2016

Don’t scan so close to me

What does the 1960s Beatles hit “Girl” have in common with Astor Piazzolla’s evocative tango composition “Libertango”? Probably not much, to the casual listener. But in the mind of one famously eclectic singer-songwriter, the two songs are highly similar. That’s one of the surprising findings of an unusual neuroscience study based on brain scans of the musician Sting.

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Published on : 15 Aug 2016

Hot ‘new’ material found to exist in nature

McGill Newsroom Rare minerals from Siberia found to have same structure as some man-made metal-organic frameworks One of the hottest new materials is a class of porous solids known as metal-organic frameworks, or MOFs. These man-made materials were introduced in the 1990s, and researchers around the world are working on ways to use them as molecular sponges for applications such as hydrogen storage, carbon sequestration, or photovoltaics.

Published on : 08 Aug 2016

DJI and McGill Go Live with Fish + Forest Project

DJI is proud to present, together with Canada's McGill University and Brazil's Federal University of Pará - Altamira Campus, the Fish + Forest Project. Tune in to watch a special livestream from the Amazonian Xingu River in northern Brazil, a home to up to 600 unique species of fish, many found nowhere else, narrated by experts in the river's flora and fauna.You will also have the opportunity to ask questions live on Twitter.

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Published on : 05 Aug 2016

Dot-drawing with drones

McGill Newsroom Flying robots could someday help artists create outdoor murals You may have heard of plans to use drones for delivering packages, monitoring wildlife, or tracking storms. But painting murals? That’s the idea behind a project in Paul Kry’s laboratory at McGill University’s School of Computer Science. Prof. Kry and a few of his students have teamed up to program tiny drones to create dot drawings – an artistic technique known as stippling.

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Published on : 04 Aug 2016

En route for Rio!

McGill Newsroom Three athletes are among a 23-member entourage of McGill University students and graduates headed to Rio de Janeiro to serve in an official capacity at the Summer Olympic Games, Aug. 5-21. 

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Published on : 03 Aug 2016

Search and rescue in the Arctic

McGill Newsroom Minimum daily temperature -3 C increases need of search and rescues in Nunavut, affecting culturally valued hunting activities of Inuit Search and rescue operations in Nunavut have more than doubled over the past decade. In the communities of the vast northern Canadian territory, it’s commonly felt that climate change is one factor making hunting riskier in the spring and fall. 

Published on : 03 Aug 2016

Depression screening in children and adolescents

McGill Newsroom Researchers find tools inaccurate and advise against routine screening in this age group

Published on : 02 Aug 2016

Adverse effects and incretin-based drugs for diabetes

McGill Newsroom Extensive population-based studies on a popular group of drugs used to treat type 2 diabetes revealed no association with acute pancreatitis, but increased risk of bile duct and gallbladder disease

Published on : 01 Aug 2016

McGill in global top 50 of Nature Index Rising Stars

McGill Newsroom Ranks first in Canada for increase in high-quality research publications from 2012 to 2015 McGill University ranks first in Canada and 37th globally in the Nature Index 2016 Rising Stars supplement, which identifies institutions showing the most significant growth in high-quality scientific research publications over the past four years.

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Published on : 27 Jul 2016

Maintaining a healthy heart through bile acids

McGill Newsroom Canadian discovery may soon lead to the prevention of cardiac fibrosis Groundbreaking research from the University of Alberta and McGill University has opened the door towards the future prevention of cardiac fibrosis—a condition leading to heart failure for which there is currently no treatment.

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Published on : 27 Jul 2016

Preventable deaths of children with HIV

McGill Newsroom Reducing opportunistic infections such as TB in children with HIV could save both lives and money

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Published on : 19 Jul 2016

What hibernating toads tell us about climate

McGill Newsroom 24-year study of spring emergence of Fowler’s Toads creates model for predicting climate-change effects The ability to predict when toads come out of hibernation in southern Canada could provide valuable insights into the future effects of climate change on a range of animals and plants.

Published on : 19 Jul 2016