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McGill gets $1.65 M from NSERC for training project

McGill Newsroom 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.

Published on : 14 Apr 2016

Winds hide Atlantic variability from Europe’s winters

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.

Published on : 15 Mar 2016

Mysterious cosmic radio bursts found to repeat

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.

Published on : 02 Mar 2016

Astrophysicist Vicky Kaspi wins top Cdn science prize

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.

Published on : 16 Feb 2016

Fight tumors and infections with targeted drugs

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.

Published on : 20 Jan 2016

Our head movements convey emotions

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

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Published on : 27 Oct 2015

Predicting arrhythmias so as to prevent them

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.

Published on : 28 Sep 2015

McGill researchers get $4.7M in NSERC project grants

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. 

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Published on : 10 Feb 2015

Study reveals challenge for chip designers of future

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.

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Published on : 06 Nov 2012