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Science events at McGill Open House

The Faculty of Science will offer many exciting events during McGill Open House.

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Published on : 19 Jan 2009

Arts, Science Freshman students: info session on choosing your program

Do you have questions about choosing your departmental program? Are you entering U1 in the 2009-2010 academic year? The Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science are hosting an information session for freshman students - read more here.

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Published on : 19 Jan 2009

Our faces, not just our ears "hear" speech: McGill study

Neural processing of speech involves somatosensory input

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Published on : 19 Jan 2009

Debunking myths doesn't zap sci-fi's fun

McGill University's Freaky Fridays program, a series of science lectures followed by film screenings, is here to demystify science, dispel some of its more pervasive myths, and keep us terrified of an approaching scientific apocalypse. Started in 2006, the now-monthly series is organized by Ingrid Birker, McGill's science outreach co-ordinator.

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Published on : 13 Jan 2009

Welcome Sara -- McGill's oldest teenager

Sara is a Triceratopsian dinosaur that lived in Eastend, southern Saskatchewan, just over 65 million years ago. She was probably a teenager when she died but if she had lived to adulthood she would have weighed 10 tonnes. Excavated by the McGill vertebrate paleontology field course led by Dr. Hans Larsson, and then reconstructed in the Redpath Museum, Sara's skull measures close to 5 metres.

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Published on : 08 Jan 2009

Don't fix the economy. Change it

An opinion piece by Peter G. Brown of McGill and Geoffrey Garver: "Sticking with the economic model that is driving us toward ecological catastrophe will eventually kill us."

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Published on : 05 Jan 2009

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Holiday music is inescapable. McGill professor Daniel J. Levitin in the Wall St. Journal explains the ancient drive to listen to familiar songs, the psychological effects of music and why 'Little Drummer Boy' is so annoying.

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Published on : 13 Dec 2008

Quirks & quarks

Dr. Vicki Kaspi, a professor of physics at McGill, explores the irradiating effects of a giant gamma ray burst.

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Published on : 09 Dec 2008

Mutant worms

C. elegans, has always been a favourite of scientists. One of its fascinating tricks is that if times are tough, it can wait them out by entering a life-extending state called dauer. Dr Richard Roy, a professor of biology at McGill thinks it could have interesting implications for all sorts of issues in humans, including why we don't lose weight when we diet.

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Published on : 09 Dec 2008

Key to ‘curing’ obesity may lie in worms that destroy their own fat: McGill researchers

Usual metabolic process goes awry in recently discovered mutation, burning lipids instead of storing them

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Published on : 08 Dec 2008

Climate change - unlike the financial meltdown – is a long-haul crisis

In The Gazette, McGill research fellow James D. Ford and Assistant Prof. Lea Berrang-Ford, write (along with U of Guelph's Tristan Pierce): "The climate crisis has not gone away and even as the global economy slows down, emissions of greenhouse gases continue to rise fast. So fast that many scientists have identified the next few years as critical if we are to prevent dangerous climate change."

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Published on : 08 Dec 2008

HM, a memorable amnesiac, dies at 82

On Tuesday evening Henry Gustav Molaison — known worldwide only as HM, to protect his privacy — died of respiratory failure at a nursing home in Windsor Locks, Conn. HM was the famous patient of McGill neuroscientist Brenda Milner. In the 1950s, he had epilepsy surgery and could not form new memories but he could learn new tasks. Her work with him delineated memory formation.

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Published on : 05 Dec 2008

Trottier Symposium available as a webcast in both English and French

Did you miss attending the Trottier Symposium in person? No problem, check out the webcast! The webcast is now available in both English (original version) and French (simultaneous translation).

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Published on : 27 Nov 2008

Meet McGill's two newest Rhodes Scholars

Quebec City and Newfoundland students will head to Oxford next fall

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Published on : 26 Nov 2008