More from McGill In The Headlines


FINANCIAL POST | Cracks in the sidewalk: How will experimental city-building techniques fare in the real world?

Experts are skeptical about how all the experimental city-building techniques will fare in the real world, and they wonder what the consequences will be if one or more of the new technologies doesn’t work as intended. Multiple experts in urbanism across North America who spoke to the Financial Post all essentially said the same thing: They’re curious to see how the Sidewalk Toronto project plays out, but they’d be fighting the idea if it were happening in their backyard, because it gives

Published: 2 Jul 2019

PURPLE MUSEUM | The benefits of boredom

Daniel Levitin, a behavioral neuroscientist at McGill University, said that when people try to pay attention, they tend to pay attention to several different things at once. These interrupted thought processes can have a tangible (and negative) neurological effect on the brain.

Published: 2 Jul 2019

MONTREAL GAZETTE | Hope for people with fibromyalgia from Montreal-based researchers

A Montreal-based research team has shown that the composition of the microbiome, the complex mixture of microorganisms that populate our gastrointestinal tract, is altered in people with fibromyalgia. Their paper was published online this month in the journal Pain and will appear in print.

Published: 26 Jun 2019

WIRED | How a PTSD expert developed a viable cure for heartbreak

Alain Brunet, a psychologist who has studied PTSD for decades, has developed a therapy to heal what he calls “romantic betrayal”.

Published: 26 Jun 2019

NATURE | Build Science in Africa

Africa’s population is projected to nearly quadruple over the next century1. And that is following a staggering increase over just seven decades — from 200 million people in 1950 to 1.25 billion in 20182. 

Published: 26 Jun 2019

CTV | Montreal marine biologist brings new eco-friendly watering stations to Osheaga

While Montreal’s numerous festivals provide ample opportunity for fun during the summer, they can also have a negative impact on the environment. A Montreal marine biologist is behind a new project aimed at reducing the amount of plastic in the oceans.

Rachel Labbe-Bellas, McGill almuni, has teamed up with Evenko to bring The Green Stop, an environmentally-friendly water refill stations, to this year’s Osheaga.

Published: 25 Jun 2019

THE STAR | Three hundred long-term rentals back on market in Vancouver thanks to new Airbnb rules

Just over 300 homes that were being rented on Airbnb full time were likely returned to Vancouver’s long-term rental market in the first four months of the city’s new regulations coming into force, according to new research from McGill University.

Published: 25 Jun 2019

CBC | Cree language and culture keepers celebrate McGill graduation

A room full of Cree students wearing red celebrated their graduation from McGill University Saturday in Pikogan, Que., with a lot of emotion, pride and a deep commitment to strengthening the Cree language and culture, one child at a time.

They were part of a large graduating class of close to 60 students — more than 45 of them with a 60-credit teaching certificate in First Nations and Inuit Education, Language and Culture from McGill's Department of Education.

Published: 25 Jun 2019

SCIENCE NEWS | How seafood shells could help solve the plastic waste problem

Lobster bisque and shrimp cocktail make for scrumptious meals, but at a price. The food industry generates 6 million to 8 million metric tons of crab, shrimp and lobster shell waste every year. Depending on the country, those claws and legs largely get dumped back into the ocean or into landfills. In many of those same landfills, plastic trash relentlessly accumulates. Some scientists think it’s possible to tackle the two problems at once. 

Published: 20 Jun 2019

MACLEANS | Is that my plastic bag in the Mariana Trench?

Until Victor Vescovo landed his submersible there recently, no human had been to the seabed’s deepest point at the very bottom of the fearsome Mariana Trench, nearly 11 km below the surface of the Pacific Ocean. But Vescovo found more than shy marine life and vast untouched landscapes in the ocean’s most remote trough. Within minutes of reaching bottom, he also found trash.

Published: 19 Jun 2019

MORNINGSTAR | Combatting the Toxicology Skills Crisis

Each year, tens of thousands of North Americans experience intentional and unintentional poisonings and overdoses from both prescription drugs and other widely available chemicals and substances that can result in serious illness and even death.

Published: 19 Jun 2019

BUSINESS KOREA | Samsung Electronics Betting on Neural Processing Unit

Samsung Electronics has unveiled a plan to develop a neural processing unit (NPU), an artificial intelligence-based semiconductor that resembles a human brain, as part of its efforts to become the global leader in system semiconductors by 2030.

Published: 19 Jun 2019

PSYCHOLOGY TODAY | What Will World Happiness Look Like in 2050?

According to Chris Barrington-Leigh, Ph.D., an associate professor at McGill University, jointly appointed at the Institute for Health and Social Policy and the School of Environment; the scope of possible changes in biotechnology, artificial intelligence, and the political world order makes for an impossibly complex prediction task, even without the huge uncertainties in environmental changes that will beset us.

Published: 18 Jun 2019

THE GLOBE AND MAIL | Do you live in Canada’s happiest province?

McGill University economist Christopher Barrington-Leigh has studied happiness in Quebec, tracking it for more than two decades for a paper published in the academic journal Canadian Public Policy in 2013. The data, from 1985 – when Quebec ranked extremely low in terms of overall happiness – to 2008 revealed a significant and near-steady increase in life satisfaction.

Published: 17 Jun 2019

CBC | McGill launches new mandatory online course on sexual violence and consent

As an answer to Quebec's new requirements for sexual violence prevention, McGill University has developed its online course which will be mandatory for all students and staff. The law countering sexual violence on campus was passed in December 2017, after a series of sexual assaults were reported at the student residences at Université Laval in Quebec City.

Published: 17 Jun 2019