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McGill in global top 50 of Nature Index Rising Stars

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Ranks first in Canada for increase in high-quality research publications from 2012 to 2015

McGill University ranks first in Canada and 37th globally in the Nature Index 2016 Rising Stars supplement, which identifies institutions showing the most significant growth in high-quality scientific research publications over the past four years.

Published: 27Jul2016

Maintaining a healthy heart through bile acids

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Canadian discovery may soon lead to the prevention of cardiac fibrosis

Groundbreaking research from the University of Alberta and McGill University has opened the door towards the future prevention of cardiac fibrosis—a condition leading to heart failure for which there is currently no treatment.

Published: 27Jul2016

Writing data on atoms: researchers have found a way to write and retrieve data at the atomic level

A team of researchers in the Netherlands has developed the means to store data at the atomic level. This technique would allow 502 terabytes of data to fit into one square inch. According to the authors, "[t]ranslating the two-dimensional storage density presented here to three dimensions, would ... allow the storage of the entire US Library of Congress in a cube 100 µm wide." At the moment, the memory array can operate up to a temperature of 77 K (about -210 C), meaning that the technology would be restricted to data centres capable of maintaining such temperatures.

Published: 26Jul2016

From ore mining to data mining: the economy of Western Labrador diversifies for the 21st Century

An item in today's CBC News reports on towns in Labrador West that are repositioning their economies for the 21st Century. These local economies once relied on mining minerals but are now housing data centres. The cheaper power and cooler air of the area make them ideal for data warehousing, since such centres use a lot of electricity and cause machines to heat up. Great North Data, a company based out of St.

Published: 26Jul2016

Helping our school-age children sleep better

"Reut Gruber, a psychologist who is an associate professor in the department of psychiatry at McGill University, where she is director of the Attention Behavior and Sleep Lab, said that there is a close association between sleep and a wide range of cognitive functions, including attention, executive function and memory. When children go to school, 'they need to pay attention and plan and follow instructions, all of which fall under executive function, which is very much affected by sleep,' she said."

Published: 25Jul2016

Trump’s convention speech most negative in 40 years

Donald Trump’s speech Thursday night at the Republican National Convention was notable for its tone… That is the conclusion of a new analysis by McGill University [Political Science] PhD student Denver McNeney.  Washington Post 

Published: 23Jul2016

On the Earth, for the Earth: Acting together for a cool planet

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Molson Stadium 475 avenue des Pins Ouest, Montreal, QC, H2W 1S4, CA

Hundreds of 2016 World Social Forum participants will meet to brainstorm new solutions to climate change. This is the wild idea of Henry Mintzberg, internationally renowned management academic.

Experts: US 2016 Presidential Elections

These McGill University experts are available to comment on the race for the White House:

Harold Waller, Dept. of Political Science, McGill University

He can speak about all aspects of the conventions and the election campaign. Particular themes involve electoral strategy, the significance of the vice-presidential choices, the characters of the two presidential candidates, and comparisons to previous presidential contests.

Published: 21Jul2016

Expert: Turkey (July 21, 2016)

"Turkey has banned all academics from leaving the country, cancelling their annual leave, as President Tayyip Erdogan's post-coup crackdown escalated to 'exceptional proportions'. One British academic at a state-run university in Istanbul told the Telegraph that foreign nationals had also been told to come back to work." (The Telegraph)

Published: 21Jul2016

The 2016 Gairdner National Program Lecture

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Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre, 3801 University Street, H3A 2B4
Professor Emmanuelle Charpentier, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin, Germany will deliver the 2016 Gairdner National Program Lecture entitled ‘The Transformative Genome Engineering CRISPR-Cas9 Technology: Mechanism

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