Faculty of Science

Marine species in St.Lawrence Estuary endangered by rapid drop in levels of oxygen

Published: 26Nov2021

Concentrations of dissolved oxygen in the deep waters of the Lower St. Lawrence Estuary (LSLE) have dropped by over 50% over the past two years. The consequences for many marine species, who depend...

Why are some birds more intelligent than others?

Published: 1Aug2022

If you’ve ever seen a starling peck open a garbage bag or a grackle steal your dog pellets, you get a sense that some birds have learned to take advantage of new feeding opportunities – a clear...

Real-time alert system heralds new era in fast radio burst research

Published: 4Jan2022

McGill University scientists have developed a new system for sharing the enormous amount of data being generated by the CHIME radio telescope in its search for fast radio bursts (FRBs), the...

Dopamine plays key role in songbird mating

Published: 23Nov2021

In humans, the dopamine system has been tied to rewards and pleasurable sensations. As well as to memory and learning. A recent study from McGill University, published in Current Biology, suggests...

Preventing “Alien” Invasions

Published: 2Dec2021

The search of life beyond our world is an exciting venture that may yield an enormous discovery in the not-too-distant future. However, space agencies around the world, including NASA and the...

How mussels make a powerful underwater glue

Published: 7Oct2021

The mussels’ beards (which cooks remove before preparing them) are made up of byssal threads and are used to help keep the mussels tethered in place. At the end of each thread is a disc-shaped...

Global sand and gravel extraction conflicts with half of UN Sustainable Development Goals

Published: 27Aug2021

Sediment mining in the Goyain River in northern Bangladesh. The sand taken from these beds is used for buildings and infrastructure in nearby towns and cities CREDIT: Jim Best

Six McGill students receive Canada's largest science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) scholarships

Published: 26Aug2021

Six students from across Canada have been named recipients of the country’s largest undergraduate scholarship program, Schulich Leader Scholarships, and will begin their studies this September, in...

Cell structure previously associated with disease actually improves brain function

Published: 8Jul2021

Researchers at McGill University have shown that a brain cell structure previously thought to be pathological in fact enhances cells’ ability to transmit information and correlates with better...

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