Faculty of Science news
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."
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.
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).
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)