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Engineer donates $12M to alma mater

Lorne Trottier, a 58-year-old engineer and inventor, is donating $12 million to McGill. The gift will allow the University to fund research chairs in two fields dear to Trottier's heart: astrophysics and cosmology in the science faculty, and aerospace engineering in the engineering faculty.

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Published on : 15 Nov 2006

Beyond books

McGill's libraries aren't what they used to be... New look, more gear, better service, same eclectic charm.

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Published on : 09 Nov 2006

Library with a conscience

Which library is McGill's "greenest"? Take one guess.

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Published on : 09 Nov 2006

Combining resources

The architectural mock-ups of the new Engineering Student Centre are so cool even the little figurines look happy.

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Published on : 26 Oct 2006

Intellectual property policy

"Canada should develop an intellectual property policy that lowers the cost to those conducting research and creation in Canada, making Canada an attractive location for investment in high technology industries," E. Richard Gold, director of McGill's Centre for Intellectual Property Policy, writes in the October issue of Policy Options.

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Published on : 19 Oct 2006

'There's a shortage of space in space'

Ram Jakhu, associate professor of law at McGill, says that the increasing number of satellites orbiting the planet is creating headaches for lawyers.

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Published on : 09 Oct 2006

The ethics of technology

Professor Margaret Somerville suggests we slow down the pace of technological change to let ethics catch up. This profile of the McGill ethicist runs in advance of her cross-Canada Massey Lectures.

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Published on : 08 Oct 2006

Ask an expert: Hitting the high notes

Stephen McAdams, CIRMMT director, fields the question as to whether it is possible for the human voice to shatter glass. He also tells us why marching soldiers get so out of synch as soon as they hit a bridge.

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Published on : 05 Oct 2006

Hooked on wireless

Remember when you were the talk of the block if your TV could get Gilligan's Island without manipulating the old rabbit ears for 20 minutes? Well, those days are long gone, as witnessed by the upgrading of McGill's wireless network. That explains the ear-to-ear grins on laptop users across the university.

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Published on : 05 Oct 2006

New Medical Simulation Centre opens: Safe-space training to provide better health care

McGill's brand new Medical Simulation Centre means that the next generation of health care professionals will get hi-tech training in technical skills.

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Published on : 21 Sep 2006

Nourishing bodies and minds: Faculty's second Soup and Science series a hit

How do you get 500 students to listen to a half-dozen mini presentations by profs? Why, offer free soup, of course.

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Published on : 21 Sep 2006

Evolution accelerated

Giant tortoises, dwarf elephants and little people. All examples of species that became very large or very small when they colonized islands. For years, it was assumed that evolution must speed up to produce such variety so rapidly. Now, Virginie Millien of McGill has found that mammals on islands evolve around three times as fast as their continental counterparts.

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Published on : 19 Sep 2006

International Car Free Day (September 22)

McGill and Montreal join approximately 1,500 cities worldwide in this event to raise awareness about the impact of transportation decisions on the health of both humans and the earth. LOWER CAMPUS WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL PARKING (except for disabled access). Circulation limited (as-needed basis).

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Published on : 08 Sep 2006