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Provocative new Montreal study probes link between breast cancer and air pollution

Air pollution has already been linked to a range of health problems. Now, a ground-breaking new study suggests pollution from traffic may put women at risk for another deadly disease.

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Published on : 06 Oct 2010

Striding toward a new dawn for electronics

A team of McGill University researchers have reported how to visualize and study the process of energy transport along one single conductive polymer molecule at a time, a key step towards bringing exciting new applications to market.

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Published on : 28 Sep 2010

Your body recycling itself – captured on film

Proteins are made up of a chain of amino acids, and scientists have known since the 1980s that first one in the chain determines the lifetime of a protein. McGill researchers have finally discovered how the cell identifies this first amino acid – and caught it on camera.

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Published on : 13 Sep 2010

Listening to ancient colours

A team of McGill chemists have discovered that a technique known as photoacoustic infrared spectroscopy could be used to identify the composition of pigments used in art work that is decades or even centuries old.

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Published on : 02 Sep 2010

A breakthrough in tuberculosis research

“It’s a global health disaster waiting to happen, even here in Canada, but this new paradigm in TB research may offer an immediate opportunity to improve vaccination and treatment initiatives,” explains Dr. Maziar Divangahi

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Published on : 29 Jul 2010

Quantum move toward next generation computing

Physicists at McGill University have developed a system for measuring the energy involved in adding electrons to semi-conductor nanocrystals, also known as quantum dots – a technology that may revolutionize computing and other areas of science.

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Published on : 11 May 2010

Nature: Molecular Switch Helps Cell Instantly Recognise Sex Partner [in Yeast]

A molecular switch, triggered by a signal, helps an organism instantly recognise a healthy and potential sex mate. "This mating decision is controlled by a simple chemical switch that converts an incoming pheromone signal into a cellular response," says study author Stephen Michnick, University of Montreal biochemistry professor.

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Published on : 19 Apr 2010

McGill web partner Futurity expands to U.K.

The research news Web site Futurity, featuring discoveries from McGill and 45 other research universities in North America, has gained seven new partners in the U.K.

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Published on : 04 Mar 2010

Habitat corridors maintain biodiversity and healthy ecosystems in fragmented landscapes

Preserving habitat corridors, thin strips of remnant habitat linking disconnected areas of natural habitat, to create habitat networks is a promising conservation strategy that can sustain biodiversity and ecosystem processes, according to a new McGill University-led study.

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Published on : 03 Mar 2010

Seeing the hidden services of nature

Following an intense study of agricultural ecosystems near Montreal, a new tool that enables the simultaneous analysis and management of a wide range of ecological services has been developed by Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne of McGill University’s Department of Geography, Elena Bennett of the McGill School of Environment, and Garry Peterson of the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University.

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Published on : 02 Mar 2010

Prestigious Sloan Fellowship awarded to McGill astrophysicist

McGill University Astrophysicist Matt Dobbs has been awarded a prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship. Dobbs, a Canada Research Chair in Astro-particle Physics, investigates a big subject: the origins and evolution of the universe.

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Published on : 01 Mar 2010

Nanotech discovery may green chemical manufacturing

A new nanotech catalyst developed by McGill University Chemists Chao-Jun Li, Audrey Moores and their colleagues offers industry an opportunity to reduce the use of expensive and toxic heavy metals.

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Published on : 16 Feb 2010

Media advisory: McGill launches Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science

The United Nations declared 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity, a celebration of life on Earth and of the value of biodiversity for all. McGill University is proud to launch the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science, bringing together eight academic institutions, in collaboration with the Montreal Botanical Garden and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

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Published on : 12 Feb 2010

McGill discovery offers hope in diabetes

Another step on the road to a cure for diabetes may give hope to the world’s 171 million diabetes sufferers, thanks to collaboration between teams from McGill University and the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF).

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Published on : 10 Feb 2010

McGill agreement in India places Quebec at heart of climate-change research

Principal Heather Munroe-Blum signed a research memorandum of understanding with Dr. P.P. Bhojvaid, Vice-Chancellor of TERI University in India, placing Quebec at the heart of climate-change research. The signing was also attended by Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chancellor of TERI University, Premier of Quebec Jean Charest and Quebec Minister for International Relations Pierre Arcand.

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Published on : 05 Feb 2010