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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

McGill alumnus Victor Goldbloom dies at 92

By Cynthia Lee, McGill Newsroom A distinguished McGill alumnus, Victor Goldbloom, died Monday night at age 92. A pediatrician by academic training, Goldbloom graduated from McGill with a BSc in 1944, an MD in 1945 and a DipEd in 1950. In 1992, McGill presented him with an honorary degree in recognition of his many years of service to Montreal, Quebec and Canadian society.

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Published on : 16 Feb 2016

Astrophysicist Vicky Kaspi wins top Cdn science prize

By Chris Chipello, McGill Newsroom McGill researchers Elena Bennett and Yasser Gidi also honoured by NSERC The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has named McGill University astrophysicist Vicky Kaspi as this year’s recipient of the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, NSERC’s highest honour, in recognition of the excellence and influence of her research contributions.

Published on : 16 Feb 2016

Vulnerability to depression linked to noradrenaline

By Bruno Geoffroy, Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal First-ever connection between noradrenergic neurons and vulnerability to depression

Published on : 15 Feb 2016

Same gene can encode proteins with divergent functions

By Cynthia Lee, McGill Newsroom It’s not unusual for siblings to seem more dissimilar than similar: one becoming a florist, for example, another becoming a flutist, and another becoming a physicist.

Published on : 11 Feb 2016

McGill launches Masters of Management in Finance

By Leilani Ku, Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management is launching a new twelve-month Masters of Management in Finance (MMF).

Published on : 11 Feb 2016

Common gene variant influences food choices

By Katherine Gombay, McGill Newsroom If you’re fat, can you blame it on your genes? The answer is a qualified yes. Maybe. Under certain circumstances. Researchers are moving towards a better understanding of some of the roots of obesity.

Published on : 09 Feb 2016

25 Canada Research Chairs for McGill

Twenty-five outstanding McGill researchers are being awarded Canada Research Chairs (CRC), as announced today by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, at the University of British Columbia.

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Published on : 09 Feb 2016