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CREATE project to prepare graduates for high-skills work in surgical-devices industry

A team led by McGill University professor Jake Barralet will receive $1.65 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to provide nearly 90 students with cross-disciplinary training to prepare them for high-skill jobs in the surgical devices industry.

Classified as: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, NSERC, Collaborative Research and Training Experience, science and technology, surgical-devices industry, Jake Barralet, Greg Fergus, Science and Economic Development, Rosie Goldstein
Published on: 14 Apr 2016

By Chris Chipello, McGill Newsroom

Study reveals how wind patterns change along with sea-surface temperatures

Shifting winds may explain why long-term fluctuations in North Atlantic sea surface temperatures have no apparent influence on Europe’s wintertime temperatures. The findings, published in Nature Communications, could also have implications for how Europe’s climate will evolve amid global warming.

Classified as: global warming, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Nature Communications, Jaime Palter, shifting winds, ocean circulation, Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies, Québec-Océan, atlantic ocean
Published on: 15 Mar 2016

By Chris Chipello, McGill Newsroom

Astronomers for the first time detect repeat ‘fast radio bursts’ from same sky location

Astronomers for the first time have detected repeating short bursts of radio waves from an enigmatic source that is likely located well beyond the edge of our Milky Way galaxy. The findings indicate that these “fast radio bursts” come from an extremely powerful object which occasionally produces multiple bursts in under a minute.

Classified as: Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, nature, Canada Research Chairs Program, science and technology, Victoria Kaspi, Fast Radio Bursts, radio waves, Milky Way, FRB, Paul Scholz, Arecibo radio telescope, McGill High Performance Computing Centre, Max Planck, Lorne Trottier Chair in Astrophysics & Cosmology, Fonds de recherche du Québec
Published on: 2 Mar 2016

By Chris Chipello, McGill Newsroom

McGill researchers Elena Bennett and Yasser Gidi also honoured by NSERC

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has named McGill University astrophysicist Vicky Kaspi as this year’s recipient of the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, NSERC’s highest honour, in recognition of the excellence and influence of her research contributions.

Classified as: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, astrophysics, elena bennett, neutron stars, pulsars, Vicky Kaspi, society and culture, Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, Fast Radio Bursts, Yasser Gidi
Published on: 16 Feb 2016

By Cynthia Lee

Some drug regimens, such as those designed to eliminate tumors, are notorious for nasty side effects. Unwanted symptoms are often the result of medicine going where it’s not needed and harming healthy cells. To minimize this risk, researchers in Quebec have developed nanoparticles that only release a drug when exposed to near-infrared light, which doctors could beam onto a specific site. Their report appears in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Classified as: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Canada Research Chairs, infections, drug, health and lifestyle, tumor, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Marta Cerruti, UV light, Near-infrared, Canada Foundation for Innovation
Published on: 20 Jan 2016

Head movements play an important role in conveying emotions through speech and music. Let your head do the talking.

Classified as: Research, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, psychology, emotion, caroline palmer, lifestyle, gesture, movements, steven livingstone
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Published on: 27 Oct 2015

Researchers have discovered how to predict some cardiac arrhythmias several steps before they even occur. It’s a finding that could lead to an improved cardiac device, with equipment designed to detect when arrhythmias are about to occur and then act to prevent them.

Classified as: mathematics, CIHR, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, health, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, physiology, NSERC, cardiac devices, defibrillators, long qt syndrome, alvin shrier, leon glass, thomas quail, arrhythmias, alternans, dynamical transitions, heart and stroke foundation of canada
Published on: 28 Sep 2015

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) announced 78 Strategic Project Grants today at the University of New Brunswick, including 10 for McGill University researchers totaling nearly $4.7 million. 

Classified as: Research, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, NSERC, McGill News, Strategic Project Grants
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Published on: 10 Feb 2015

To build the computer chips of the future, designers will need to understand how an electrical charge behaves when it is confined to metal wires only a few atom-widths in diameter.

Classified as: physics, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Fonds Québécois de la Recherche sur la Nature et les Technologies, Hong Guo, Jesse Maassen, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Peter Grutter, nanoelectronics
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Published on: 6 Nov 2012