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Globe and Mail - Learn French, Canada, it's good for you

The big news in Quebec universities is not just about tuition fees. It’s also about top-notch research. This month, ACFAS – l’Association francophone pour le savoir – held its 80th annual scientific congress in Montreal.

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Published on : 22 May 2012

Wired - Astronomers examine one of the largest clusters in universe

Astrophysicists from the McGill University in Quebec, Canada, have discovered two giant galaxies connected by a filament of stars which appear to be colliding. When combined, this supercluster of galaxies could be one of the largest structures in the universe.

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Published on : 19 May 2012

Herschel Space Observatory study reveals galaxy-packed filament

Finding provides unique opportunity to explore how galaxies and cosmic structure evolve

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Published on : 17 May 2012

Le Devoir - Le cerveau est bilingue

Professeur au Département de psychologie de l'Université McGill, Fred Genesee fait le point sur « les mythes et les malentendus entourant l'acquisition de deux langues chez l'enfant ».

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Published on : 05 May 2012

Montreal Gazette - Homeopathic remedies safe – but not risk free

(Chemistry professor Joe Schwarcz): Critics of homeopathy have been known to swallow entire bottles of homeopathic pills to make the point they contain nothing but sugar.

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Published on : 05 May 2012

Biologists turn back the clock to understand evolution of sex differences

Prof. Ehab Abouheif, Dept. of Biology and a research team investigated which genes were being expressed during the development of antennae in male water striders. The antennae are used to grasp the females during mating. They then modified gene expression to see how this would be expressed in antennae development and success in mating. By doing so they were able to watch evolution in action.

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Published on : 03 May 2012

Ecosystem effects of biodiversity loss could rival impacts of climate change and pollution

Ecosystem effects of biodiversity loss could rival impacts of climate change and pollution

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Published on : 02 May 2012

Montreal Gazette - Joe Schwarz: Homeopathy relies on extreme dilution

When I dilute my chicken soup, its taste suffers. When I take one Aspirin tablet instead of two, my headache doesn’t resolve. When I use less detergent, my clothes do not come out as clean. Yet, in the topsy-turvy world of homeopathy, less is more.

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Published on : 28 Apr 2012

McGill strengthens academic ties with Brazil

McGill University is building on longstanding research collaborations with Brazil by announcing four partnership agreements with Brazilian universities. These agreements are being signed this week by Prof. Heather Munroe-Blum, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University.

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Published on : 27 Apr 2012

New study sheds light on debate over organic vs. conventional agriculture

Researchers at McGill, Univ. of Minnesota call for combining best of both approaches

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Published on : 25 Apr 2012

New York Times, BBC, et al. - Study points to roles for industry and organics in agriculture

Organic farming is widely perceived to be a healthy, more environmentally-friendly alternative to conventional agricultural techniques. But its role in providing for an increasingly crowded planet remains unclear with its merits hotly contested.

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Published on : 25 Apr 2012

Science (AAAS) - Of robots and cocktails

Scientists call it the "cocktail party problem." To understand the person talking to you in a noisy room, you've got to filter out all of the conversations, clinking glass, and other noises in the background.

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Published on : 09 Apr 2012

Montreal Gazette - Catalogue of fakes and counterfeits poses very real threats to humanity

(Chemistry professor Joe Schwarcz): Fake! Fake! Fake! Fake blueberries, fake cosmetics, fake fish, fake drugs, fake pesticides, fake science, fake experts. It is the Age of Fakery. Phony blueberries may not have a big impact on health, but counterfeit malaria drugs can have devastating consequences. And what's the motivation behind the extensive fakery? What else? Money...

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Published on : 07 Apr 2012

La Presse - Faut-il avoir peur du BHT?

Que met-on exactement dans notre assiette? Le Soleil se penche sur les aliments qui se retrouvent dans notre panier d'épicerie. De quoi se composent-ils? Comment les choisir? Valent-ils leur coût plus élevé? Sont-ils aussi bons qu'on le dit pour la santé? Un rendez-vous toutes les deux semaines.

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Published on : 04 Apr 2012

$7.6 million for the McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre

The McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre is pleased to announce that they have been awarded funding totalling $7.6 million over a two-year period from Genome Canada’s 2010 Competition. This award, a record for Québec, will fund the operations of the Innovation Centre as well as the services offered to scientific communities in Québec, the rest of Canada and around the world.

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Published on : 04 Apr 2012