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Feeding the world while protecting the planet

International team of researchers designs global plan for sustainable agriculture

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Published on : 12 Oct 2011

Understanding the metabolism of the Arctic landscape

Thanks to a 4 year - $4 million grant from NSERC, the first Discovery Frontiers grant ever awarded, scientists from ten Canadian universities will now be able to collaborate with one another and with organizations from around the world to create a reference for the arctic land system. Geography professor Nigel Roulet will pursue his research into dissolved organic carbon in the Arctic waters.

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Published on : 23 Sep 2011

What songbirds have to ‘say’ about human speech

CFI has announced the winners of the most recent awards given out under the Leaders of Opportunity Fund. Among those who have received an award are biology professors Sarah Woolley and Jon Sakata. They are hoping to gain some insight into the neural basis of human communication disorders by studying how songbirds, such as zebra and Bengalese finches, learn how to sing.

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Published on : 02 Sep 2011

The grass is always greener

Recent study of grasslands shows that species variety more important to ecosystem services than previously thought

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Published on : 18 Aug 2011

Lifelong gap in health between rich and poor set by age twenty

Study led by McGill geography prof shows gap in health between rich and poor is set early and remains constant throughout our lifetimes

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Published on : 08 Jun 2011

Counting on bigger mining returns

Because of computational advances over the last decade, McGill Professor Roussos Dimitrakopoulos, has developed new modeling techniques for mine planning and production forecasting that take into account uncertainty in the supply of minerals. As a result, mining companies are getting a much higher return on investment and also more metal production from the same asset.

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Published on : 26 May 2011

McGill scientists answer questions at Quirks & Quarks roadshow

Ever wondered why geese honk when they fly overhead? Or whether identical twins are actually identical? Or why the monarch butterfly bothers to come back to Canada after wintering in Mexico? Or whether a black hole can eventually swallow an entire galaxy? Wonder no more. You can get the answers to these questions and more on the Quirks & Quarks Question Roadshow, which is being recorded a

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Published on : 18 May 2011

New sensor glove may help stroke patients recover mobility

McGill Mechanical Engineering undergrads develop tool that helps stroke patients learn as they play and cuts down on hospital visits too!

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Published on : 08 Apr 2011

New sensor glove may help stroke patients recover mobility

People who have strokes are often left with moderate to severe physical impairments. Now, thanks to a glove developed at McGill, stroke patients may be able to recover hand motion by playing video games.

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Published on : 06 Apr 2011

World's reef fishes tussling with human overpopulation

Scientists studied the global influence of human population on corals reefs and were surprised to find that highly diverse reef fish systems are the most vulnerable to human threats

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Published on : 06 Apr 2011