ICYMI: 2023 research round up


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Published: 21 Dec 2023

The stomach bug that may raise your risk of Alzheimer’s disease

A common stomach bacteria found in two thirds of the world population may be linked to a higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease, new research suggests.

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Published: 20 Dec 2023

McGill launches Canada Award to offset tuition increase for Canadian undergraduate students

McGill University is launching a $3,000 Canada Award to offset tuition increases for Canadian undergraduate students from outside Quebec in certain disciplines. Approximately 80% of new Canadian students from outside Quebec coming to McGill will be eligible for the new award.

Published: 19 Dec 2023

McGill University divests from direct holdings in Carbon Underground 200 fossil-fuel companies; announces new socially responsible investment commitments

McGill University will divest from all direct holdings in fossil-fuel companies listed in the Carbon Underground 200 (CU200) for implementation in 2024 and completion in 2025 – one of eight commitments announced today in Phase 2 of the University’s results-driven socially responsible investment strategy.

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Published: 15 Dec 2023

McGill calls on Premier Legault to reverse decision, citing devastating effects on Quebec and the University

McGill is calling on Premier François Legault to immediately reverse the government measures released today and go back to the drawing board.

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Published: 14 Dec 2023

Tuition for Canadian students outside Quebec

Bishop’s, Concordia and McGill universities are submitting to the Quebec government an enhanced version of their proposal, Proposed improvements to the new tuition model for students outside Quebec

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Published: 10 Dec 2023

The John Peters Humphrey archive added to the Canada Memory of the World Register

To mark the 75th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (December 10, 1948), McGill University and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO are pleased to announce the addition of the archives of John Peters Humphrey to the Canada Memory of the World Register.

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Published: 7 Dec 2023

What skin piercings can teach us about environmental change

In a new study from McGill University, researchers bring science into an unexpected setting: a tattoo parlor. In this first characterization of the human piercing microbiome, the uniquely human cultural practice of piercing serves as a model system to help us better understand how biological communities (re)assemble after catastrophic environmental disturbances.

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Published: 4 Dec 2023

A first look inside Li-ion batteries

What if you could charge your electric vehicle in the same amount of time it takes to fill a tank of gas?

In a new paper published today in Joule, researchers from McGill University and the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) announced the development of a novel method that enables researchers to peer inside Li-ion batteries and, for the first time, track the physical processes that take place in both the liquid and solid parts of the battery cells as they happen.

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Published: 4 Dec 2023

Made-to-order diagnostic tests may be on the horizon

McGill University researchers have made a breakthrough in diagnostic technology, inventing a ‘lab on a chip’ that can be 3D-printed in just 30 minutes. The chip has the potential to make on-the-spot testing widely accessible.  

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Published: 29 Nov 2023

The world needs more empathy—here is how science can harness it

In a world grappling with deep-seated division and social upheaval, empathy has become more critical than ever.

But science suggests when it comes to evoking empathy, our imagination is more powerful than we previously thought. A new study, led by McGill researchers, reveals how the different ways to experience empathy affect our willingness to help others.

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Published: 28 Nov 2023

Unlocking the secret strength of marine mussels

How do you create strong, yet quick-release connections between living and non-living tissues? This is a question that continues to puzzle bioengineers who aim to create materials that bond together for advanced biomedical applications.

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Published: 27 Nov 2023

More than a meteorite: New clues about the demise of dinosaurs

What wiped out the dinosaurs? A meteorite plummeting to Earth is only part of the story, a new study suggests. Climate change triggered by massive volcanic eruptions may have ultimately set the stage for the dinosaur extinction, challenging the traditional narrative that a meteorite alone delivered the final blow to the ancient giants.

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Published: 24 Nov 2023

Q&A: How can Canada best meet its commitment to protecting 30% of its land by 2030?

At last year’s COP15 conference in Montreal, the Government of Canada set the goal of conserving 30 percent of the country’s land and water by 2030.

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Published: 22 Nov 2023


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