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Sex in plants requires thrust

Plant sex relies on a combination of prodding and a lot of communication and guidance suggests a study published in the September 2018 issue of Technology. Read more: https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/article/sex-plants-requires-thrust

Published: 24 Sep 2018

Barry Eidlin wins Canadian Sociological Association Early Investigator Award

Assistant Professor Barry Eidlin was named the winner of the 2018 Early Investigator Award from the Canadian Sociological Association. It is awarded annually to a sociologist who is deemed to "have made significant research contributions in the early stages of their career.” In announcing the award, the CSA Research Advisory Subcommittee noted that it was"tremendously impressed with Dr. Eidlin’s research and publication record at this early stage of his career....

Published: 24 Sep 2018

A $3.5-million gift to McGill aims to level playing field for female athletes

McGill alumni and long-time Athletics benefactors Sheryl Kerr (BCom'67) and David Kerr (BSc'65) are chalking up another important "assist" for Team McGill with a $3.5-million gift to create the Kerr Family Women in Sport program. This "WIS" initiative aims to advance the role of women as athletes, coaches and decision-makers by increasing the number of full-time female coaches and helping female athletes become future leaders. ...

Published: 20 Sep 2018

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions

The 4th Industrial Revolution topped the agenda at The World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of New Champions as leaders met to shape the impact and use of sci & tech on geopolitical, economic & social agendas. McGill Principal Suzanne Fortier co-chaired the Meeting which took place in Tianjin, People’s Republic of China

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Published: 20 Sep 2018

McGill University to partner with Xebec to develop Power-to Gas process for renewable energy storage

McGill University today announces it will co-develop with Xebec Adsorption Inc. (TSXV: XBC) a prototype reactor to produce Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) using the Power-to-Gas (P2G) process which combines electricity generated by renewable sources and CO2 generated from waste. The project is being partially funded by a Collaborative Research and Development grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)....

Published: 20 Sep 2018

Do we trust people who speak with an accent?

You are in a strange neighbourhood, your cell phone’s dead, and you desperately need to find the closest garage. A couple of people on the street chime in, each sending you in opposite directions. One person sounds like a local and speaks in a nonchalant manner, while the other uses a loud, confident voice but speaks with a strong accent. Who are you going to trust?...

Published: 19 Sep 2018

New insight into aging

Plasticity is enhanced but dysregulated in the aging brain

They say you can’t teach old dogs new tricks, but new research shows you can teach an old rat new sounds, even if the lesson doesn’t stick very long.

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Published: 19 Sep 2018

Nuclear pasta, the hardest known substance in the universe

A team of scientists has calculated the strength of the material deep inside the crust of neutron stars and found it to be the strongest known material in the universe.

Matthew Caplan, a postdoctoral research fellow at McGill University, and his colleagues from Indiana University and the California Institute of Technology, successfully ran the largest computer simulations ever conducted of neutron star crusts, becoming the first to describe how these break.

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Published: 18 Sep 2018

New means to fight ‘un-killable’ bacteria in healthcare settings

Scientists at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) have identified new means of fighting drug-tolerant bacteria, a growing global threat as menacing as drug-resistant microbes. Little is known about the mechanisms leading to tolerance, a strategy that makes bacteria “indifferent” to antibiotics and almost “un-killable,” which results in chronic infections extremely difficult to treat and cure.

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Published: 13 Sep 2018

Eleven McGill scholars honoured by the Royal Society of Canada

Today, the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) announced the induction of 89 new Fellows, five of which are McGill researchers and scholars. The RSC also announced 52 new members to the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, including six McGill scholars. The new cohorts of Fellows and Members will be formally inducted into the RSC in November, in Halifax.

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Published: 11 Sep 2018

New cities may make millions more vulnerable to climate change

A forthcoming study of over a hundred new cities being built around the world suggests developers and planning authorities are doing very little to make their projects resilient to climate change. On the contrary, a boom in new city projects in coastal areas – including some on reclaimed land in the sea – appears to fly in the face of the danger of rising sea levels and more frequent extreme weather events.

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Published: 10 Sep 2018

Complete make-over in fight of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis

Several new medicines have been found to be more effective than traditional ones used to treat multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), according to a new international collaborative study led by Dr. Dick Menzies, senior scientist at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in Montreal....

Published: 7 Sep 2018

Life-saving epinephrine underused during anaphylaxis outside of hospital, study finds

Fewer than half of adults and children experiencing food-induced anaphylaxis use their epinephrine autoinjector (EAI) before being treated at a hospital emergency room, according to a new Canadian study.

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Published: 7 Sep 2018

Daring to explore with physician astronaut David Saint-Jacques

By Diane Weidner, Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning

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Published: 4 Sep 2018

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