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Renaming announcement: Schulich Library of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering

Following the approval of the GD16-09 Renaming Proposal submitted to the Board of Governors on October 6, 2016, Dr. C.

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Published on : 21 Oct 2016

Expert: Hurricane Matthew

“Hurricane Matthew is poised to deliver a potentially catastrophic strike on Haiti beginning Monday, and poses a danger to eastern Cuba and Jamaica by Monday night.” (The Weather Network)

Published on : 06 Oct 2016

Aerosol emissions in East Asia driven by consumption in developed countries

Much of the influence on climate from air pollution in East Asia is driven by consumption in the developed countries of Western Europe and North America, according to research co-led by McGill University atmospheric scientist Yi Huang. In a paper published online this week in Nature Geoscience, Huang and colleagues from China, the U.S. and U.K. report that international trade shifts the climate impacts of aerosols -- solid or liquid particles suspended in air -- from net consuming countries to net producing countries.

Published on : 06 Sep 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

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

Grinding Chemicals Together in an Effort to be Greener

...In 2011, the mechanochemist Tomislav Friscic and his team used mechanochemical methods to make bismuth subsalicylate, the active ingredient of Pepto-Bismol, by grinding together bismuth oxide and salicylic acid. The method not only does away with solvents, but also uses bismuth oxide, a safe reagent, in lieu of toxic bismuth salts.

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Published on : 18 Jul 2016

June 2016 Convocation Kudos and Prizes

On behalf of the Faculty of Science and on the occasion of the recent Science Convocation ceremonies (June 6, 2016), Dean of Science Bruce Lennox offers congratulations to all graduating students, who received B.Sc., B.A. & Sc., Diploma, M.Sc., or Ph.D. degrees. In addition, the Faculty of Science is very proud to recognize the recipients of the Faculty’s and University’s most prestigious awards. These include:

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Published on : 16 Jun 2016

A molecular on/off switch for antibiotic resistance

McGill Newsroom Antibiotic resistance represents a major challenge in treating pathogenic bacterial infections. Now, researchers at McGill University have discovered a possible target for fighting back against resistant bacteria.

Published on : 09 Jun 2016

‘Baby talk’ can help songbirds learn their tunes

McGill Newsroom The research has implications for understanding human developmental disorders such as autism Adult songbirds modify their vocalizations when singing to juveniles in the same way that humans alter their speech when talking to babies. The resulting brain activity in young birds could shed light on speech learning and certain developmental disorders in humans, according to a study by McGill University researchers.

Published on : 31 May 2016

Converting cells to burn fat, not store it

McGill Newsroom McGill-led discovery could help fight obesity, metabolic disorders Researchers have uncovered a new molecular pathway for stimulating the body to burn fat – a discovery that could help fight obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Published on : 16 May 2016

New global guidelines for stem cell research

McGill Newsroom Guidance addresses key scientific, ethical, social, and policy challenges raised by new technologies and emerging areas of stem cell discovery and application

Published on : 12 May 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