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Trouble in the sky?

Karl Moore on Bombardier-Boeing dispute.  Watch the video: CTV News



Published: 13 Sep 2017

New telescope could solve mystery of deep-space Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs)

Because of its large collecting area, wide observational bandwidth and cylindrical design, CHIME can see some thousand times more sky at any given moment, Victoria Kaspi, an astrophysicist and director of McGill University’s Space Institute in Montreal, told me. “Once CHIME is fully operational, it can do this 24/7, whereas other telescopes have many different observing programs,” said Kaspi. ...

Published: 12 Sep 2017

Astronomers find fast-spinning 'clocks in the sky' using gaming tech

The discovery was made using radio telescopes at the Low-Frequency Array (LOFAR) in the Netherlands. Ziggy Pleunis, co-author of the findings published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, who is now a PhD student at McGill University, told CBC News.

Read more: CBC News

Published: 11 Sep 2017

Canada's largest radio telescope unveiled in British Columbia

The radio telescope is a joint project of scientists from Canadian universities including the University of British Columbia, the University of Toronto, McGill University and the National Research Council of Canada. The large structure is nestled in the mountains of B.C. at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory near Penticton.

Read more: CBC News

Published: 8 Sep 2017

Why linguists watched the same season of 'Big Brother' for 6 years

"New scientific developments may explain your friend's irritating British accent she picked up after studying abroad in London. McGill University linguist Morgan Sonderegger and colleagues Max Bane and Peter Graff published a new study in the journal Language that examines how accents can change in a group of people living in a confined environment over three months." ...

Published: 7 Sep 2017

Can war games help us avoid real-world conflict?

It's all been choreographed by Jim Wallman and Prof Rex Brynen, of McGill University, in Montreal, who has also done these kind of games with the US military. Prof Brynen says in recent years there's been a "major resurgence of war gaming as a serious analytical and training tool in both the US and UK". Read more: BBC News

Published: 7 Sep 2017

Witchcraft and 19 other unique courses offered at Canadian universities

Science and MuseumsWhere: McGill University

The details: Partnering with the Redpath Museum in Montreal, students explore natural history collections, and learn how they are created, maintained and used in scientific research. Read more: Global News

Published: 6 Sep 2017

Losing and gaining public goods

Article by Jacob T. Levy

Published: 6 Sep 2017

McGill professor introducing Canada's slave history at Harvard

"In America’s collective imagination, Canada is not associated with slavery. That perception will be challenged at Harvard University this fall, where McGill professor Charmaine Nelson will be teaching about the black diaspora as the William Lyon Mackenzie King Chair for Canadian Studies."  Read more: Montreal Gazette

Published: 5 Sep 2017

McGill pilots new bursary program for students coming from foster care

As a child growing up in and out of the Ontario foster care system, Arisha Khan never thought she'd attend a university. "As a former youth in care I wouldn't think that I have the capacity to go to McGill," she told CBC's Daybreak. But that's just what she did. Now going into her fourth year in McGill University's International Development and Social Entrepreneurship program, Khan had to overcome a lot to get to where she is. ...

Published: 5 Sep 2017

Cancer's invasion equation

"I talked to Anthony Ricciardi, Professor of Invasion Ecology at McGill University, in Montreal. Ricciardi, a biologist, grew up on the banks of Lake Saint-Louis, which bulges out from the St. Lawrence River—the route through which the mussels metastasized to the Great Lakes."  Read more: The New Yorker

Published: 5 Sep 2017

The overwhelming gender bias in 'New York Times' book reviews

"A team of five undergraduate researchers at McGill University analyzed over 10,000 reviews in the New York Times Book Review, tracking metrics including the gender of authors whose books were reviewed, the gender of review writers, the reviewed book's genre and themes, and the most frequently appearing words in reviews....

Published: 30 Aug 2017

Erosion alarm for Herschel Island in the High Arctic

"This year scientists on Herschel Island just off the Yukon coast in the Beaufort Sea recently expressed concern about unusual and extensive erosion there. Wayne Pollard is a professor at McGill University, Montreal, in the Department of Geography, and Director of McGill Arctic Research Stations. He says there should however be some context  given to this recent concern expressed about the state of erosion on Herschel Island." ...

Published: 30 Aug 2017

McGill, Concordia team up to create 'net zero energy' home

Imagine a household that produces as much if not more electricity than it consumes. Now imagine that home in Montreal — harsh winters and all. That’s what a group of students and staff from Concordia and McGill universities is working toward. Students from undergraduate to PhD levels are teaming up to build what is called a “net zero energy” home....

Published: 30 Aug 2017