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The surprising Swiss-Army-knife-like functions of a powerful enzyme

Blue-green algae (AKA cyanobacteria) have a superpower which likely helps them be highly successful as invaders of waterways. They have an extraordinary ability to store energy and nitrogen in their cells for times of need. But how exactly they do so remains only partly understood.

Published: 30 Sep 2022

Predicting the next volcanic eruption, plus other stories

Predicting the next volcanic eruption

Volcanic eruptions can be tricky to predict. Magma stored below volcanoes contains dissolved gases, including carbon dioxide, which escape to the surface and can be sampled at different times (before, after or during) an eruption to provide clues about the next one.  

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Published: 28 Sep 2022

CFI invests $3.9 M in McGill research

Announced today by the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, 15 McGill researchers received a total of $3.9 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund (CFI JELF). The Quebec government will provide matching funds for these awards.

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Published: 21 Sep 2022

A new understanding of the neurobiology of impulsivity

While not all impulsive behaviour speaks of mental illness, a wide range of mental health disorders which often emerge in adolescence, including depression and substance abuse, have been linked to impulsivity. So, finding a way to identify and treat those who may be particularly vulnerable to impulsivity early in life is especially important.

Published: 21 Sep 2022

Quebec study on long COVID seeking participants

Purpose is to understand post-COVID symptom evolution and impact on patients’ lives

As of Sept. 20, 2022, there have been more than 1.1 million cases of COVID-19 in Quebec. It is estimated that 10 to 30 per cent of cases will have lingering symptoms after the acute illness. This means that as many as 330,000 Quebecers may experience what’s become known as long COVID, or post-COVID-19 syndrome.

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Published: 20 Sep 2022

Sea level rise: rapid and unstoppable unless Paris Agreement targets met

Image Caption: The Mackenzie River Delta on the Beaufort Sea, a low-lying region in the Canadian Arctic that is vulnerable to rising seas in a warming climate. CREDIT: Nadia and Harold Gomez

Published: 16 Sep 2022

Exercise may be key to developing treatments for rare movement disorder

Spinal cerebellar ataxia 6 (SCA6) is an inherited neurological condition which has a debilitating impact on motor coordination. Affecting around 1 in 100,000 people, the rarity of SCA6 has seen it attract only limited attention from medical researchers. To date, there is no known cure and only limited treatment options exist.

Published: 16 Sep 2022

Three McGill Professors Receive Royal Society of Canada Medals

Three McGill researchers have been honoured with prestigious medals from the Royal Society of Canada (RSC). Associate Professor Daryl Haggard of the Department of Physics was awarded the Rutherford Memorial Medal in Physics—named after one of McGill's most famous radiation physicists—for her pioneering studies of neutron stars and black holes.

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Published: 13 Sep 2022

Muscle discovery, aging and memory, plus other stories

Muscle discovery may lead to better drugs

The smallest constituents of muscles, myosin and actin, may be targeted to contribute to more effective treatment methods against heart and muscle diseases, say a group of international researchers at McGill University and Linnaeus University.

Published: 8 Sep 2022

Ten students at McGill University receive Canada’s largest Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) scholarship

Ten students have been named McGill University’s recipients of the prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarships, Canada’s premier Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) scholarships.

Created by McGill alumnus Seymour Schulich, BSc’61, MBA’65, DLitt’04, the Schulich Leader Scholarships are awarded to entrepreneurial-minded students who’ve demonstrated academic excellence and display leadership, charisma and creativity.

Published: 6 Sep 2022

Fifteen McGill researchers and scholars honoured by the Royal Society of Canada

Today, The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) announced 102 new Fellows and 54 new Members of the College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists. Among the 2022 cohort are fifteen McGill researchers and scholars, including eleven RSC Fellows and four new Members, who will be inducted at the RSC Celebration of Excellence and Engagement on November 25, 2022, in Calgary, Alberta.

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Published: 6 Sep 2022

Spiders caught in a web of Internet lies

It’s no secret that the internet and social media fuel rampant spread of misinformation in many areas of life. A collective of researchers, including Catherine Scott, Postdoctoral Fellow in McGill University’s Lyman Lab, have explored this phenomenon as it applies to news about spiders. The verdict?

Published: 1 Sep 2022

McGill launches Sylvan Adams Sports Science Institute to advance world-leading research into sports science and human performance

A $29-million gift from Quebec-born entrepreneur Sylvan Adams will launch an exciting venture for McGill’s Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education in the Faculty of Education, ushering in a new era of world-leading research and discovery in sports science, with the long-term goal of improving elite human performance, and promoting healthier living across the human lifespan.

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Published: 31 Aug 2022

New research pavilion will advance understanding of extreme weather events and ecosystem effects

The new Adaptable Earth Observation System (AEOS) research facility at the Gault Nature Reserve in Mont-Saint-Hilaire is open for business for those conducting cutting-edge research on extreme weather conditions. It also serves as a lab for advanced ecological research.

Published: 29 Aug 2022

Moshe Safdie, one of the world’s most acclaimed and influential architects, gifts his professional archive to McGill University

Moshe Safdie, the renowned architect behind some of the world’s most celebrated buildings, has donated his professional archive to his alma mater, McGill University, and pledged his personal apartment at Habitat 67 to ensure that it remains a resource for the University and the public at large.

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Published: 23 Aug 2022


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