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

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 sheet changes during the most recent glacial cycle by a McGill-led team offers a clearer idea of the mechanisms that drive change than had previously existed and explains newly available geological records.

Published: 25 Nov 2020

Vertebrate biodiversity- a glimmer of hope

Vertebrate populations - from birds and fish to antelope - are not, in general, declining. Despite what has previously been thought and said.

Published: 18 Nov 2020

McGill celebrates 14 researchers on Highly Cited Researchers 2020 List

By Meaghan Thurston (Office of Research and Innovation)

Published: 18 Nov 2020

Blood mercury and plasma polychlorinated biphenyls concentrations in pregnant Inuit women from Nunavik: Temporal trends, 1992–2017

Thérèse Yéro Adamou, Mylène Riva, Gina Muckle, Elhadji Anassour Laouan Sidi, Mélanie Lemire, Pierre Ayotte

Blood mercury and plasma polychlorinated biphenyls concentrations in pregnant Inuit women from Nunavik: Temporal trends, 1992–2017

Sci Total Environ. 2020 Nov 15;743:140495.doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.140495.


Published: 10 Nov 2020

McGill researchers awarded $2.5M for COVID-19 infrastructure

Five projects led by McGill University researchers are included among the 79 receiving a total of $28 million in research infrastructure support through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Exceptional Opportunities Fund. The announcement was made today by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry during a news conference this morning.

Published: 6 Nov 2020

Detection of a short, intense radio burst in Milky Way could help resolve origins of mysterious phenomenon

New data from a Canadian-led team of astronomers, including researchers from the McGill Space Institute and McGill University Department of Physics, strongly suggest that magnetars - a type of neutron star believed to have an extremely powerful magnetic field - could be the source of some fast radio bursts (FRBs).

Published: 4 Nov 2020

Supersonic winds, rocky rains forecasted on lava planet

Among the most extreme planets discovered beyond the edges of our solar system are lava planets: fiery hot worlds that circle so close to their host star that some regions are likely oceans of molten lava.

Published: 3 Nov 2020

Bat-winged dinosaurs that could glide

Despite having bat-like wings, two small dinosaurs, Yi and Ambopteryx, struggled to fly, only managing to glide clumsily between the trees where they lived, according to a new study led by an international team of researchers, including McGill University Professor Hans Larsson.

Published: 22 Oct 2020

Virtual Tours in the news!

Our Virtual Tours are talked about in an article on The McGill Tribune! 

Read all about it here!

Created by Ingrid Birker of the Redpath Museum and Meghomita Das of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, this tour will take you on an exploration of the fossils found in Montreal on and around the campus.

Published: 14 Oct 2020

A new chapter for Environmental Studies at McGill

Landmark $15-million gift commitment from McGill alumnus Marc Bieler to the School of Environment will bolster environmental scholarship, research and outreach 

Scientists grappling with complex and seemingly unresolvable issues often refer to them as “wicked problems”. Arguably, some of the nastiest are those related to the deteriorating health of our environment.

Published: 14 Oct 2020

McGill receives $15-million gift commitment from agri-food entrepreneur Marc Bieler

As a man whose career as a successful agri-food entrepreneur has spanned sectors as diverse as cattle breeding, apple growing, maple syrup production and French vineyards, and who almost single-handedly built Quebec’s cranberry industry into one of the largest and most highly regarded in the world, Marc Bieler, DipAgr’58, BA’64, has always had a profound attachment to the land and a deep respect for the natural environment.

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Published: 14 Oct 2020

Network science study of Montreal bilinguals could deepen understanding of real-world language use

Psychology researchers at McGill University have used network science – a mathematical technique for revealing connections and patterns – to gain novel insights into Montrealers’ experience of using French and English.

The unique approach has brought to light subtle differences as to which social settings Montreal bilinguals discuss certain topics and whether they use French, English or both languages to discuss those topics.

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Published: 8 Oct 2020

The Future of Hydrogen as an Energy Source?

One of most active research areas nowadays is the use of solar energy to produce hydrogen by so-called “water-splitting” reactions. Dr. Butler has co-authored with colleagues from the U.K. and Pakistan a comprehensive review on this topic entitled “Recent Developments and Perspectives in CdS-based Photocatalysts for Water Splitting”.

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Published: 6 Oct 2020

Support from COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund

Many thanks to the Department of Canadian Heritage, under the Museums Assistance Program (MAP) for generous funding directly to the Redpath Museum!

We are grateful for this generous allocation of $14,083 to help us carry out our activities until the end of fiscal year 2021. 

Many thanks to Anthony Howell and Annie Lussier, both collection managers and curatorial staff at the Redpath Museum, for pulling together and submitting the grant application. 


Published: 25 Sep 2020

Royal Society of Canada medal and award winners

Four McGill researchers are among the sixteen eminent Canadian scientists, scholars and researchers that have been recognized by the Royal Society of Canada

Published: 15 Sep 2020


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