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THE GAZETTE | Soy milk the best plant-based dairy drink: McGill Study

Among plant-based milks, soy milk is the best nutritionally, according to a team of researchers at McGill University. Faced with the ever-growing popularity of these plant-based dairy drinks, and in the face of increasingly diversified offering on grocery-store shelves, the researchers have sorted out the list.

The Gazette

Published: 30 Jan 2018

NYT | Report slams Airbnb in NYC for raising cost of housing

A report from critics of Airbnb says the vacation rental website is driving up rental prices and reducing housing availability in New York City. The analysis published Monday comes from a researcher at McGill University in Montreal and was commissioned by the Hotel Trades Council, a union of hotel workers...

More at: New York Times

Published: 30 Jan 2018

NEWSWEEK | Living on Mars: New, miniature device is able to detect life and sequence DNA

Researchers from McGill University in Canada used three different devices to detect life in the Canadian High Arctic. One of the devices detects changes in color when nutrient sources were altered by microbes and another gadget assessed microbial colonization, according to Air & Space Magazine....

Published: 29 Jan 2018

100 Years Ago: 'In Flanders Fields' poet John McCrae dies

The Canadian doctor, soldier and poet who wrote 'In Flanders Fields' died on 28 January 1918 after falling ill in France. Author Chris Dickon reflects on  Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae's life and legacy.

Centenary News



Published: 27 Jan 2018

C&En MAGAZINE | Shaking up gold and palladium

Mechanochemical method developed by Tomislav Friščić and team makes noble metal compounds without solvents or harsh reagents 

C&En Magazine


Published: 24 Jan 2018

BLOOMBERG | Scientists Don't Fear a New Crispr Snag

I talked this over with McGill University medical ethicist Jonathan Kimmelman, who specializes in the risks of medical experiments and has written a book about them centered on the Jesse Gelsinger case. Of course, he says, money isn’t the only thing that might prevent medical researchers from being perfectly objective -- there’s the desire to be heroes, to beat rivals, and to help patients....

Published: 23 Jan 2018

NEWSWEEK | Distant 'Hot Jupiter' planet Corot-28 has strange winds that astronomers can't explain

“We’ve previously studied nine other hot Jupiter, giant planets orbiting super close to their star. In every case, they have had winds blowing to the east, as theory would predict,” said Nicolas Cowan, McGill University astronomer, in a press release. “But now, nature has thrown us a curveball.”Newsweek

Published: 23 Jan 2018

STAT News | How well can you predict the outcome of clinical trials? Not as well as you may think

In unpublished research, McGill bioethicist Jonathan Kimmelman and colleagues asked cancer experts to forecast the probability of more than a dozen clinical trials hitting their primary endpoint. They found that the predictions overall were not very accurate, and if anything were too pessimistic. Stat News  

Published: 22 Jan 2018

NEW SCIENTIST | New CRISPR method could take gene editing to the next level

The CRISPR genome-editing method may just have become even more powerful. Uri David Akavia’s team at McGill University in Canada has managed to repair mutations in 90 per cent of target cells using CRISPR – the best success rate yet. New Scientist  

Published: 22 Jan 2018

NEWSWEEK | Neutron star merger keeps glowing brighter and scientists can't explain why

Newsweek | “Usually when we see a short gamma-ray burst, the jet emission generated gets bright for a short time as it smashes into the surrounding medium—then fades as the system stops injecting energy into the outflow,” said McGill University astrophysicist Daryl Haggard in a statement. “This one is different; it’s definitely not a simple, plain-Jane narrow jet.”


Published: 19 Jan 2018

GLOBE AND MAIL | Studies overestimate prevalence of depression, article shows

"No one gains by coming up with inaccurate and exaggerated estimates," says lead author Dr. Brett Thombs, a professor in the department of psychiatry at McGill University. "What we do need to understand is what the burden is out there, how many people [have depression], and then we need to really advocate strongly to make sure those people get better care."

Published: 19 Jan 2018

MOTHERBOARD | Fast radio bursts are a sci-fi dream with an astrophysical source

"We found something that is clearly in an extreme place and the extreme location may create a phenomenon that is one of the biggest astrophysical mysteries of recent times," offered study co-author Victoria Kaspi, a professor at McGill University and leading voice on pulsars and neutron stars, in a statement. 

Vice (Motherboard)

Published: 19 Jan 2018

APTN | McGill medical students get closer look at indigenous approach to healthcare

Some medical students at McGill University in Montreal are getting a firsthand look at what working in an Indigenous community is like. It’s through a new program that includes a grassroots approach to healthcare.


Published: 19 Jan 2018

Being bilingual may help autistic children study says

The study, published in Child Development, has found new reasons to believe that Autistic children who are bilingual have increased cognitive flexibility compared to children that are monolingual. According to Professor Aparna Nadig, the senior author of the paper, from McGill University, this research has been a long time coming…

Published: 19 Jan 2018

McGill Professor helped coin the term 'Bomb Cyclone'

McGill University meteorology professor John Gyakum, along with the revered late Massachusetts Institute of Technology meteorologist Fred Sanders, first coined the term in a paper they published in 1980. They used the phrase to describe powerful cyclones that get their energy from rapid drops in pressure caused by hot and cold temperatures colliding.

Published: 4 Jan 2018