Birds with brains that are large in relation to their body size live longer than those with smaller brains, according to new research published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences today.
Seven Canadian university consortia, including CLUMEQ (Consortium Laval-Université du Québec-McGill and Eastern Quebec), will share $88 million in funding to create the first ever pan-Canadian network of high-performance computing (HPC) facilities.
McGill University astrophysicist Victoria Kaspi is the 2006 winner of the prestigious Steacie Prize in the Natural Sciences, awarded annually to a young scientist or engineer for notable contributions to research in Canada.
The ice sheet covering the North Pole and Arctic Ocean could recede and disappear completely in the summer months by 2040 if greenhouse gas emissions continue at the current rate. McGill's Bruno Tremblay worked on the study, to be published in the Dec. 12 issue of Geophysical Research Letters, with lead researcher Marika Holland of the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research and Cecilia Bitz of the University of Washington.
And the awards and accolades keep rolling in for McGill's famous stargazer. This time, astrophysicist Vicky Kaspi takes home the prestigious Steacie Prize in the Natural Sciences.
Inspired in part by his boyhood fascination with astronomy and space exploration, Lorne Trottier bestows a $12-million gift on the faculties of science and engineering to establish a pair of endowed chairs and provide fellowships to graduate students.
McGill researchers are at the forefront of a whole new kind of chemistry that relies on water instead of toxic solvents and turns CO2 into biodegradable plastic. You might say that they're saving the world, one molecule at a time.