Faculty of Science news
Until November 23, 2008, in association with Canal Savoir and Canal U, select Mini-Science 2008 lectures are being telecast in France during the Fête de la science 2008 on the theme of Ciel et Terre (Sky and Earth).
Some of the latest research on Darwin's finches of the Galapagos Islands shows an unexpected pattern of natural selection that is allowing researchers a rare glimpse into what the early stages of speciation might look like. OEB Darwin fellow Andrew Hendry of McGill has a paper appearing in the current issue of Proceedings of the Royal Society.
Got a big question? Need a big answer? Ask a Trottier Symposium panellist! Now is your chance to ask four of the world’s leading economists and biologists what economic theory and evolution have to say about human development and ethics.
(New York Times): Researchers at McGill University have discovered a new state of matter that they say could greatly extend Moore's Law. The researchers say they've found a quasi-three-dimensional electron crystal that could enable them to harness quantum physics to make increasingly small computer chips. (see link for full story)
Canadian physicists say they have discovered a previously unknown state of matter that could have a momentous impact on creation of new electronic devices. McGill University researchers say the new state of matter, a quasi-three- dimensional electron crystal, is a material very much like those used in the fabrication of modern transistors.
Scientists have unearthed giant magnetic fossils, the remnants of microbes buried in 55-million-year-old sediment. The growth of these unusual structures during a period of massive global warming provides clues about how climate change might alter the behaviour of organisms. Dirk Schumann of McGill and his colleagues found the fossils in sediment taken from a borehole in Ancora, New Jersey.
Dr. Steven Pinker's October 17 keynote address for the 2008 Faculty of Science Undergraduate Research Conference, is now available as a webcast, along with the URC prize ceremony.