Faculty of Science

By Cynthia Lee

Some drug regimens, such as those designed to eliminate tumors, are notorious for nasty side effects. Unwanted symptoms are often the result of medicine going where it’s not needed and harming healthy cells. To minimize this risk, researchers in Quebec have developed nanoparticles that only release a drug when exposed to near-infrared light, which doctors could beam onto a specific site. Their report appears in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Classified as: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Canada Research Chairs, infections, drug, health and lifestyle, tumor, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Marta Cerruti, UV light, Near-infrared, Canada Foundation for Innovation
Published on: 20 Jan 2016

By Chris Chipello, McGill Newsroom

Study by McGill researchers assesses short-run impacts on households, industries

The cost burden of Quebec’s carbon-pricing policy, is likely to be modest across income groups and industries, according to a McGill University research team.

Classified as: environment, energy, science and technology, carbon market, carbon, carbon price, greenhouse, gas emission, carbon efficiency, permits, subsidies, decarbonisation, price floor
Published on: 20 Jan 2016

By Katherine Gombay, McGill Newsroom

Failure to find active microbes in coldest Antarctic soils has implications for search for life on Mars

Classified as: NASA, Mars, Antarctic, Arctic, lyle whyte, science and technology, microbial life, permafrost soil, Phoenix landing site, ecosystem
Published on: 19 Jan 2016

Gold nanoparticles have unusual optical, electronic and chemical properties, which scientists are seeking to put to use in a range of new technologies, from nanoelectronics to cancer treatments.

Classified as: DNA, Nature Chemistry, optics, nanoparticles, gold, Hanadi Sleiman, nanoelectric, crystals, optoelectronics
Published on: 7 Jan 2016

By Katherine Gombay, McGill Newsroom

Arctic peoples inherently able to adapt given changes to various non-climatic factors

Classified as: environment, Geography, climate change, stress, James Ford, Nature Climate Change, science and technology, adaptation
Published on: 6 Jan 2016

Drought and extreme heat events slashed cereal harvests in recent decades by 9% to 10% on average in affected countries – and the impact of these weather disasters was greatest in the developed nations of North America, Europe and Australasia, according to a new study led by researchers from McGill University and the University of British Columbia.

Classified as: Sustainability, nature, farming, food and sustainability, drought, cereal, weather disaster, Navin Ramankutty, Pedram Rowhani
Published on: 6 Jan 2016

Monkeys, Myths, and Molecules, Separating fact from fiction, and the science of everyday life

 

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Published on: 4 Jan 2016

On behalf of the Faculty of Science and on the occasion of Science Convocation ceremonies (November 10, 2015), Dean of Science Bruce Lennox offers congratulations to all graduating students, from B.Sc. to Ph.D., and also to the following prizewinners.

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Published on: 10 Nov 2015

 Gravitational effects, variations in Earth structure could damp rise in global sea levels

Classified as: climate change, west antarctica, antarctica, gravity, ice, ice sheets, warming, co2, emissions, natalya gomez, gravitational, geophysics
Published on: 10 Nov 2015

A McGill University-led group of researchers (TRAC3) are looking at whether progress is being made in designing initiatives and policies to reduce vulnerability to climate change across countries. Their aim is to contribute new ways of monitoring the global climate adaptation process.

Classified as: McGill University, climate change, climate, TRAC3, Nature Climate Change, UNFCCC, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Alexandra Lesnikowski, food & sustainability, science & technology
Published on: 9 Nov 2015

Congratulations to Professor Brigitte Vachon in the Department of Physics, who was awarded a Woman of Distinction Award yesterday from the YWCA of Montreal, in the Science and Technology Category. The Women of Distinction Awards highlight the accomplishments, commitment, determination and leadership of thirteen women who have helped generate positive and lasting change in their community.

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Published on: 30 Sep 2015

Prof. Bruce Lennox, Dean of Science, congratulates Professors Mathieu Blanchette (School of Computer Science), Matt Dobbs (Department of Physics), and Hans Larsson (Redpath Museum) from the Faculty of Science. They are three of forty-eight new members of The Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

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Published on: 22 Sep 2015

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