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TORONTO STAR | Research says Tyrannosaurus rex was built for distance, not speed

Tyrannosaurus rex, one of the most feared predators in the Age of Dinosaurs, may have been built for endurance, not speed. A paper published Wednesday takes recent research on how mammals move and applies it to dinosaurs. Its conclusions support theories that the massive meat-eaters hunted in packs and opens a window into the ecology of the ancient forests they roamed.

Published: 14 May 2020

THE GLOBE AND MAIL | COVID-19 pandemic prompts urbanites to rethink 'grand bargain' of dense city living

The current pandemic will change cities, experts predict, the way infectious disease outbreaks influenced the development of urban centres in decades past. McGill University urban planning professor David Wachsmuth said cities have historically gone through cycles of densification and what he called “spaceification” — for example, after the Second World War when the federal government encouraged people to move from city centres to the “healthier” suburbs.

Published: 11 May 2020

CBC | A pioneer in the fight against HIV/AIDS, star Quebec researcher turns to quest for COVID-19 immunity

When Catherine Hankins first arrived in Montreal in 1986, she never expected she'd get into a spat with the provincial health minister. But eight months into a job in Montreal's public health department she made headlines for doing just that. The Alberta-born community medicine specialist had moved to Montreal just as a mysterious and little-understood new disease was terrorizing the gay community.

Published: 11 May 2020

PSYCHOLOGY TODAY | Happiness and the COVID Pandemic

« What has the science of happiness got to do with our current coronapocalypse? Plenty, of course. It is interesting that much of what is being discussed now about how to stay sane, connected, and even happy while locked up, or out of a job, is what economists studying “happiness” have been advocating for years.

Published: 5 May 2020

THE GLOBE AND MAIL | Canada’s immunity task force takes aim at pressing COVID-19 questions

After one week on the job, members of the federal government’s new immunity task force say they are coming to grips with a towering wall of uncertainty that obscures the true extent of COVID-19 in Canada.

Published: 4 May 2020

CBC | Health expert warns reopening provincial economies will be 'tricky'

Some provinces will begin reopening their economies next week, a move one public health expert described as a delicate experiment — because so little is known about how many people are immune to the COVID-19 virus, or how long such immunity might last. "This is all going to be tricky," said Dr. Catherine Hankins, who co-chairs the leadership group of the COVID-19 Immunity Task Force — part of the federal government's anti-pandemic research strategy.

Published: 4 May 2020

THE GLOBE AND MAIL | All eyes are on Quebec’s move to reopen schools as COVID-19 worries persist

The province may push back the dates of schools reopening, especially in Montreal, if the spread of the virus does not slow down, said Ciriaco Piccirillo, a professor in the department of microbiology and immunology and in the departement of medicine at McGill University.

Published: 4 May 2020

FORTUNE | Coronavirus is making clear there is no solidarity in the EU

« The European Union is in trouble. From the start, its countries haven’t been on equal footing. But COVID-19 has shone a stark light on the dissimilarities between its national economies. The crisis has also laid bare that EU members have significantly different views on what obligations they have to one another.

Published: 4 May 2020

USA TODAY | Arctic will see ice-free summers by 2050 as globe warms, study says

The Arctic Ocean will be ice-free in the summer within the next 30 years, a study says, which will result in "devastating consequences for the Arctic ecosystem," according to McGill University in Montreal. Sea ice is frozen ocean water that melts each summer, then refreezes each winter. The amount of summer sea ice in the Arctic has been steadily shrinking over the past few decades because of global warming.

Published: 23 Apr 2020

THE GLOBE AND MAIL | Universities, donors amass millions in grants for students struggling with financial implications of COVID-19

With jobs lost, internships evaporating and the prospect of summer employment fading, many students say they’re just trying to get through the first phase of the crisis without fumbling their final exams. Particularly for those who were already on the edge financially, the shift to remote learning has not been easy. For students who had relied on computers in school labs, for example, or campus internet connections, the rapid transition to online learning created expensive hurdles.

Published: 21 Apr 2020

CBC THE CURENT | Students raise $30,000 to thank health-care workers with 'a good, decent meal'

A group of medical students in Montreal have raised about $30,000 to deliver hot meals to health-care workers — in turn helping to support the local restaurants preparing them.

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Published: 13 Apr 2020

Forbes | BCG against Coronavirus: Less hype and more evidence, please

FORBES | BCG against Coronavirus: Less hype and more evidence, please

By Madhukar Pai

I was born and raised in India. On the day I was born, I am told I got my first jab, a vaccine called BCG (bacille Calmette-Guerin). Kids born in India today still get this vaccine.

Published: 12 Apr 2020

CNN | Birds that learn new behaviors less likely to go extinct, says study

Now, a new study has found that birds that are able to change their behavior in this way are less likely to become extinct than those that do not adapt.

Published: 7 Apr 2020

THE GLOBE AND MAIL | Is the COVID-19 pandemic keeping you up at night? Here’s expert advice on how to get some sleep

Keeping a routine is important for everyone, including children and adolescents, says pediatric sleep expert Reut Gruber, an associate professor in the department of psychiatry at McGill University. Your brain needs “zeitgebers” (time givers), or cues from the environment, to recognize day from night, she says. These zeitgebers include having breakfast and exposing yourself to daylight in the morning, for instance, Dr. Gruber says.

Published: 2 Apr 2020

THE GLOBE AND MAIL | Gairdner Awards honour eight explorers of how cells, genes and viruses work

A diverse group of eight scientists whose work has offered insight into how cells interact with each other and their environment, the genetic underpinnings of neurological disease and the transmission of the virus that causes AIDS, have been named this year’s winners of the Gairdner Awards — the country’s most prestigious biomedical research prizes.

Published: 1 Apr 2020


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