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P.O.V.: The world's water: An overview

The Founding Director, Brace Centre for Water Resources Management, and current Dean, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, gives us the lowdown on our favorite liquid.

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Published on : 20 Mar 2008

Dollar Bears

"How can $20 billion in Bear Stearns market value evaporate overnight? Though many are asking this question today, few are noticing the fact that, since 2002, trillions of dollars worth of business and U.S.-government debt value has evaporated. This happened because the Federal Reserve has neglected the dollar." McGill economist Reuven Brenner writes an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal on the US financial crisis.

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Published on : 18 Mar 2008

Estrogen and memory

Research by Dr. Barbara Sherwin of the department of psychology at McGill is cited in an article on a connection between estrogen levels and memory loss in older women. Professor Sherwin also comments for the story.

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Published on : 18 Mar 2008

Botox for newborns

Using a common cosmetic drug to treat hypersalivation at the Montreal Children's Hospital of the MUHC.

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Published on : 17 Mar 2008

Exchange program on climate change

Five students at Holy Trinity school in St. John's are hoping their environmental projects will land them a place on an Arctic tour as part of an international exchange program about climate change. One student from Holy Trinity will join other youth from schools in Britain, Brazil, Mexico, Germany and Ireland in a Russian research vessel, leaving Reykjavik on Sept. 7 with the 28 final students and spend 13 days cruising around Greenland and Baffin island, and docking in Iqualit. Two Canadian researchers will accompany the students, including Bruno Tremblay, an assistant professor in the department of atmospheric and oceanic sciences at McGill and Christopher Burn, from Carleton. Both scientists specialize in northern environments.

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Published on : 17 Mar 2008

Leaky black holes

A new study hints that black holes might not be as good at keeping secrets as researchers have long thought. A pair of physicists, including McGill's Patrick Hayden, has reexamined the time it would take for information to potentially escape from inside a black hole.

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Published on : 17 Mar 2008

Re-thinking our "dollar store" tuition policy

"In a globalized world, where we compete not just with the city or province next door but with institutions, cities and nations on the other side of the planet, we not only face immense challenges, but are offered significant opportunities." Heather Munroe-Blum, principal and vice-chancellor of McGill has an op-ed in the online version of The Gazette, adapted from an address given to the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations Monday, March 10.

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Published on : 17 Mar 2008

Disease diagnostics: Third-harmonic generation reveals malarial infection

Canadian researchers have developed a technique that relies on nonlinear optical effects to detect the existence and extent of the malaria parasite in human blood. The advance offers the promise of low-cost, self-contained, field-portable kits to diagnose the disease effectively in regions where it is endemic and qualified technicians are rare. A team led by Paul Wiseman, associate professor of chemistry and physics at McGill University has proposed a far less labour-intensive method to achieve the same result. It relies on the nonlinear optical effect known as third-harmonic generation.

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Published on : 14 Mar 2008

McGill University Health Centre Announces Important Support for Advancing INGAP as a Therapy for Type 1 Diabetes

Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg, a leading physician and scientist at MUHC sees his discovery, INGAP, building momentum in the lab and in the clinic for type 1 diabetes.

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Published on : 13 Mar 2008

Caspase-12: MUHC researcher finds new defense mechanism against intestinal inflammation

The body's first line of defence against pathogenic bacteria that we ingest may not be the immune system but rather the cells that line the intestine.

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Published on : 12 Mar 2008

Universities: Key Actors in the Global Economy

Strong universities will be essential to Quebec’s success in a globalized economy, McGill University Principal and Vice-Chancellor Heather Munroe-Blum told Montreal’s Council on Foreign Relations Monday.

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Published on : 10 Mar 2008

Enough! (For most of us)

While we shovel it, Ron Stewart studies it. Stewart is the director of McGill's Extreme Weather study group, and for him and his colleagues, our snowbound city is one big lab. "I enjoy a storm," Stewart enthused yesterday. "Looking at ice pellets on my sleeves on Wednesday, looking at the kind of crystals coming down - it's like a laboratory for me."

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Published on : 07 Mar 2008

Language experts disagree

McGill researcher Fred Genesee, one of the country's leading language experts, says the research is indisputable - the earlier a child begins studying French, the more likely it is to sink in. Genesee's advice, and that of other experts in the field, harshly contradicts recommendations in the highly controversial French second-language report released last week in New Brunswick by the Department of Education.

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Published on : 08 Mar 2008

Encouraging a Fair Vote

Conference to explore the role of the international community in strengthening electoral commissions

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Published on : 10 Mar 2008

Around campus

A lecture-heavy installment of Around Campus -- and every one of them a beaut!

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Published on : 06 Mar 2008