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Olfactory perception influenced by background and semantic information

When two people smell the same thing, they can have remarkably different reactions, depending on their cultural background. Researchers at the Neuro have found that even when two cultures share the same language and many traditions, their reactions to the same smells can be different.

Published: 21Nov2016

In the Trump era, Canada can be a beacon for innovators

Innovation is less about technology than it is about people and institutions. This is the good news for Canada in the wake of Donald Trump’s election. As the United States becomes less welcoming and tolerant, Canada can use the election outcome to escape the innovation morass into which it has fallen. History teaches us that building tolerant places where people and views collide and combine – backed by smart public policy – lies at the heart of innovation.

Published: 18Nov2016

APEC Peru 2016 (Nov. 19-20)

Prime Ministrer Trudeau will attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, the year-long hosting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Peru, which will culminate on 19–20 November 2016 in Lima. (APEC)

Published: 18Nov2016

Experts: South Africa and others leave the ICC

“Even as the International Criminal Court (ICC) suffered a blow from yet another country turning against it, Canada is continuing its fight to save it with a campaign of lobbying pressure and promised solutions.” (The Globe and Mail)

Published: 18Nov2016

The Work of the Dead wins Cundill Prize in Historical Literature

The winner of the 2016 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature at McGill was announced tonight at a gala awards dinner held in Toronto. Now in its ninth year, the Cundill Prize is one of the world’s most lucrative international awards for a nonfiction book. The Work of the Dead/ The Invention of Science/ The Invention of Nature took home the top prize of US$75,000.

Published: 18Nov2016

Study yields surprising insights about people found not criminally responsible of crimes

“A lot of what the general public, decision- and policy-makers know about mentally ill persons in conflict with the law is through popular media portrayals. Whether it be the news, TV shows, or movies which are often sensationalistic. We know from research that individuals with mental illness are generally more likely to be victims of violence rather than perpetrators of violence.” Dr. Anne Crocker, associate professor at the Department of Psychiatry and researcher with the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. 

Published: 17Nov2016

International Human Epigenome Consortium studies mark major step forward for epigenetics research

One of the great mysteries in biology is how the many different cell types that make up our bodies are derived from a single cell and from one DNA sequence, or genome. We have learned a lot from studying the human genome, but have only partially unveiled the processes underlying cell determination. The identity of each cell type is largely defined by an instructive layer of molecular annotations on top of the genome – the epigenome – which acts as a blueprint unique to each cell type and developmental stage.

Published: 17Nov2016

‘Arrival’ raises profile of linguists, making them almost cool

“A lot of people don’t know what linguists do, or even that we exist, apart from some idea that we just translate lots of languages.” Jessica Coon, associate professor of linguistics who consulted on the film. 
Read more: The Washington Post

 

Published: 16Nov2016

Canadians differ from Trump on view of public health care, poll shows

Antonia Maioni, a political-science professor at McGill University who has written extensively about health care, said Wednesday that she and her colleagues recently conducted their own poll about Canadian and American attitudes on health care. It found that there is much more polarization in the U.S. than in Canada around the issue of public funding.
Read more: The Globe and Mail

Published: 15Nov2016

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