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Ottawa must improve research funding – or risk losing the innovation race

Op-ed by Suzanne Fortier, principal and vice-chancellor of McGill University; Meric Gertler, president of University of Toronto; Santa Ono, president and vice-chancellor of University of British Columbia. ...

Published: 22 Sep 2017

Air Canada open to ultra-low-cost air fares to compete in changing market

There have been a few attempts, and a few failures, when it comes to low-budget airlines in Canada. But it might be time for a success. That’s because Canadians are more used to the model now, says Karl Moore, associate professor at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University.  Read more: Global News

Published: 21 Sep 2017

Artificial human embryos are coming, and no one knows how to handle them

“This is a hot new frontier in both science and bioethics. And it seems likely to remain contested for the coming years,” says Jonathan Kimmelman, a member of the bioethics unit at McGill University, in Montreal, and a leader of an international organization of stem-cell scientists. Read more: Technology Review

Published: 20 Sep 2017

Astronomers discover pitch-black planet orbiting distant star

"It's definitely not something we'd thought of initially," Taylor Bell, a master's student in astronomy at McGill, and co-author of the paper, told CBC News. Read more: CBC News

Published: 19 Sep 2017

Facebook to open AI lab in Montreal headed by McGill professor

"On Friday, the social networking giant officially announced the opening of an artificial intelligence research lab in the city. The lab is headed by Joëlle Pineau, a McGill University professor who specializes in a field of artificial intelligence called reinforcement learning." Read more: Montreal Gazette

Published: 18 Sep 2017

Canadian brain-grab intensifies as Facebook hires two AI experts for new Montreal lab

Two of Canada's top artificial intelligence experts are joining Facebook Inc., the latest in a string of renowned Canadian academics in the hot technology field to go to work for Silicon Valley giants. Joelle Pineau, associate professor of computer science at McGill University and co-director of its Reasoning and Learning Lab, will lead a new Montreal-based AI lab for the Internet giant, which employs 105 researchers at similar labs in Paris, New York and Silicon Valley....

Published: 15 Sep 2017

Personal experience drove Payam Akhavan's crusade for human rights

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so you have to say something that’s worthwhile rather than just recycling the usual liberal clichés,” he said. “As for that first sentence, I chose it deliberately. This whole experience has been deeply humbling. I see it as a gift of acceptance, part of the work in progress of becoming a Canadian.” - Payam Akhavan ...

Published: 14 Sep 2017

Opinion: Montreal Protocol on CFCs holds lessons for climate action

Op-ed by Sébastien Jodoin, assistant professor in the Faculty of Law and Hamish van der Ven, assistant professor in the School of Environment and the Department of Political Science at McGill University.  ...

Published: 14 Sep 2017

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