Research

Happiness really does come for free

Published: 8Feb2021

Economic growth is often prescribed as a sure way of increasing the well-being of people in low-income countries, but a study led by McGill and the Institute of Environmental Sciences and...

Identifying Canada’s key conservation hot spots highlights problem

Published: 5Jan2021

To stop biodiversity loss, Canada recently committed to protecting 30% of its land and sea by 2030. But making conservation decisions about where to locate new protected areas is complicated. It...

Methane emissions from abandoned oil and gas wells underestimated

Published: 20Jan2021

Bubbles of methane gas in water around an unplugged oil/gas well in Pennsylvania. CREDIT: Mary Kang

LSD may offer viable treatment for certain mental disorders

Published: 26Jan2021

Researchers from McGill University have discovered, for the first time, one of the possible mechanisms that contributes to the ability of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) to increase social...

Discovery of new praying mantis species from the time of the dinosaurs

Published: 19Jan2021

Artist’s interpretation of Labradormantis guilbaulti in liftoff among the leaves of a sycamore tree, Labrador, around 100 million years ago. The interpretation is based on fossils (for the wings)...

Well-built muscles underlie athletic performance in birds

Published: 15Jan2021

Muscle structure and body size predict the athletic performance of Olympic athletes, such as sprinters. The same, it appears, is true of wild seabirds that can commute hundreds of kilometres a day...

As oceans warm, large fish struggle

Published: 13Jan2021

Warming ocean waters could reduce the ability of fish, especially large ones, to extract the oxygen they need from their environment. Animals require oxygen to generate energy for movement, growth...

Big data offers promise of better groundwater management in California

Published: 9Dec2020

To ensure that California’s groundwater is sustainably managed in the future and over the long-term, current state definitions of what constitutes groundwater may need to be revised, according to...

Ice sheets on the move: how north and south poles connect

Published: 25Nov2020

Over the past 40,000 years, ice sheets thousands of kilometres apart have influenced one another through sea level changes, according to research published today in Nature. New modelling of ice...

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