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Radio-Canada: L'altruisme de l'écureuil

Thu, 2010-06-03 12:00

Il n'est pas rare d'assister à des bagarres d'écureuils dans les parcs. Territoriaux, ces rongeurs sont toutefois capables de gestes insoupçonnés : des chercheurs des universités de Guelph, McGill et d'Alberta ont en effet découvert que l'écureuil roux d'Amérique peut recueillir le bébé orphelin d'une mère disparue.

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The Telegraph: HRT patches may be safer than tablets researchers suggest

Fri, 2010-06-04 12:00

Hormone replacement therapy delivered through a skin patch instead of a tablet may be safer for women, doctors have suggested as research shows it does not increase the risk of stroke. A study has found that women who use low doses of HRT through a patch to combat the symptoms of the menopause are at no greater risk of suffering a stroke than those not using the medication...

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Nature: Polar projects

Wed, 2010-06-02 12:00

Conducting research at some of Earth's most remote locales requires more than just a willingness to travel. Katharine Sanderson offers a research guide… Teamwork and versatility are essential, says Lyle Whyte, a microbiologist from McGill University in Montreal, Canada...

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The Gazette: Worst retreat of arctic sea ice in thousands of years

Fri, 2010-06-04 12:00

A major international study of Arctic sea ice has concluded that the recent, record-setting retreat is the worst in thousands of years -- a conclusion that challenges skeptics' claims that the meltdown being witnessed in Canada's North is probably just the latest low ebb in a historical cycle of ice loss and regeneration...

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The Gazette: Assumptions go asunder as Gores split

Tue, 2010-06-01 12:00

Al and Tipper Gore’s announcement Tuesday that they would be separating after 40 years together underscores, yet again, a basic truism about any marriage, particularly political ones: You just never know. The point is made as vividly by the fraught political partnerships that remain intact — the Spitzers, the Clintons — as those that do not...

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Yahoo India News: Squirrels adopt orphaned relatives

Wed, 2010-06-02 12:00

Like humans, squirrels too have a softer side-the critters adopt orphaned relatives, says a new University of Guelph research. Led by Andrew McAdam, along with researchers from the University of Alberta and McGill University [Murray Humphries], the study revealed that red squirrels would adopt pups that have lost their mother...

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The Gazette: Busting the abortion myths

Wed, 2010-06-02 12:00

(Op-Ed by Margaret Somerville, Founding Director of Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law at McGill University): There are two such myths in Canada: One is that there is a general consensus on the issue and the other is that late-term abortions are rare. Both are wrong. It's an oft-repeated truism in ethics: "Good facts are essential for good ethics."

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The Gazette: Yes, we've still got game

Sat, 2010-05-29 12:00

Whenever people play the great game of hockey, Montreal shares in the victory. After all, the sport of ice hockey was born here. We probably had a hand in the invention of football, too. And don't forget tobogganing. Yes, even tobogganing. In fact, when you add it up, it's stunning how many major sports or games were invented or popularized in this city - and how many of us have no idea...

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24h Montréal: Une innovation québécoise: un fauteuil motorisé intelligent

Sun, 2010-05-30 12:00

Se déplacer à l’aide d’un fauteuil roulant motorisé peut s’avérer un véritable casse-tête pour certains. Le « fauteuil intelligent », une innovation technologique montréalaise, pourrait d’ici quelques années améliorer la qualité de vie de personnes à mobilité réduite, qui pourront alors guider vocalement leur engin...

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The Gazette: The beauty of the Fringe Fest

Sat, 2010-05-29 12:00

When two eager young McGill students, Kris Kieren and Nick Morra, founded the Montreal Fringe Festival in 1991, on a shoestring budget ($50,000), nobody could have predicted that the 20th edition would ever come to pass. Or that the attendance numbers would grow from 5,000 in 1991 to 55,000 by 2009, and the budget to a still-modest $400,000...

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