Searching for signs of alien life in our own solar system

Published: 13 July 2023

Scientists have long been captivated by the possibility of discovering evidence for extraterrestrial life in the universe. While many of the world’s largest telescopes are pointed toward distant...

What areas should Canada protect to save species at risk of extinction? 

Published: 5 April 2023

At the recent COP 15 conference in Montreal, Canada committed to protecting 30% of its land by 2030, but which areas are most crucial to protect for at-risk species such as the spotted turtles? In...

Cutting down on social media to improve teens and young adults’ body image  

Published: 5 April 2023

Teens in North America are spending several hours per day on screens, and there’s growing concern over how social media may affect their mental health.

One step closer to developing a potentially ultraprotective sunscreen from our own melanin

Published: 8 May 2023

A new discovery about the structure of melanin has brought scientists one step closer to developing a new, potentially ultra-protective sunscreen derived from a biological substance found in nearly...

Towards reducing biodiversity loss in fragmented habitats

Published: 22 March 2023

When natural habitats are cleared to make way for cities, roads and agriculture, this often leaves behind “islands” of fragmented habitat that can place species at risk of extinction. Species are...

A second chance to protect wetlands

Published: 8 February 2023

Wetlands are among the most threatened ecosystems in the world. A new study, published in Nature, has found that the loss of wetland areas around the globe since 1700 has likely been overestimated....

How our own identity impacts how we judge others

Published: 8 February 2023

How does our own identity impact how we perceive and judge others? Research from McGill University has found that those who are most likely to be stereotyped based on their combined racial and...

A new understanding of reptile colouration

Published: 3 February 2023

Snakes and mice don’t look alike. But much of what we know about skin colouration and patterning in vertebrates generally, including in snakes, is based on lab mice. However, there are limits to...

To infinity and beyond: $26 million to propel space research at McGill University and Université de Montréal to the outer limits

Published: 21 November 2022

The McGill Space Institute (MSI) and the Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx) at Université de Montréal are at the forefront of the exhilarating pace of space research, helping to advance...


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