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Study reveals life’s outer limits in Antarctic valley

When Jacqueline Goordial first laid eyes on University Valley in Antarctica, it looked like the loneliest place on Earth. The Globe and Mail

Published: 19Jan2016

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: 20Jan2016

Cost burden of Quebec’s carbon market seen as modest

By Chris Chipello

The cost burden of Quebec’s carbon-pricing policy, is likely to be modest across income groups and industries, according to a McGill University research team.

The policy, which began to be implemented in 2013, provides a model for capping emissions “without undue hardship for the population,” the researchers conclude. If anything, they suggest, the program could be more aggressive in seeking to cut emissions. Their findings are reported in the December issue of Canadian Public Policy.

Published: 20Jan2016

‘Cultural genocide’ is a ‘mourning label’

That is the controversial argument put forth in a lecture Thursday night by Payam Akhavan, professor of law at McGill University, former United Nations war crimes prosecutor. National Post

Published: 18Jan2016

For healthy eating, U.S. guidelines don't go far enough

Column by Joe Schwarcz, director of McGill University’s Office for Science & Society. Montreal Gazette

Published: 18Jan2016

Dans les méandres d’Anonymous

L’anthropologue Gabriella Coleman a « habité » les coulisses du web pour comprendre et expliquer le fonctionnement de la nébuleuse Anonymous. La Presse

Published: 18Jan2016

9 trucs pour prévenir le pire

Il en est pour l’Alzheimer comme pour les maladies cardio-vasculaires, certains cancers, le diabète, ou l’hypertension: pour les prévenir, mieux vaut bien manger, ne pas fumer, faire de l’exercice, éviter l’embonpoint. Le Journal de Montréal

Published: 15Jan2016

Snow soaks up pollutants from engine exhausts

Scientists in Canada have shown that snow acts as a sink for nanosized particles and certain organic constituents from car exhausts. Chemistry World

Published: 15Jan2016

Getting proteins to dance the ‘YMCA’

What study author and McGill University biochemist Martin Schmeing said about the new findings. Stat News

Published: 15Jan2016