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  Vitamin D and cancer Vitamin D is correlated with many health benefits, including lower cancer risk; but until now, the link has always been unclear. McGill researchers have uncovered a piece of the puzzle, explaining how the vitamin may help to prevent cancer. In a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National… Keep Reading

Giant marine sponge in the South Pacific. (
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Ocean may yield cystic fibrosis treatment

The Cystic Fibrosis Translational Research Centre at McGill University and the University of British Columbia are looking in unexpected places for potential cures—under the sea. Dr. David Thomas, Chair of McGill’s department of biochemistry and Canada Research chair in molecular genetics, focuses his research on investigating quality control of proteins. The researchers have discovered a… Keep Reading

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Taking a broader view of nicotine addiction

Over the past 20 years, scientists have completed hundreds of studies on the adverse effects of nicotine consumption—especially from cigarette usage. However, the progress made in lowering the fatalities and costs from the drug has been disappointing, given the amount of money put into these studies. Approximately 37,000 deaths and $4.4 billion in hospital fees… Keep Reading

Phone passwords are a simple data security measure. (
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CWTA creates blacklist for stolen mobile devices

By Sept. 2013, would-be thieves may not want to bother with cell phones and wireless devices. The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) is working with the Groupe Spéciale Mobile Association (GSMA) to create a global database—employing new strategies to fight cell phone theft. The groups hope these new strategies will eliminate any profit from selling… Keep Reading

Nanowires, like the one at center, could stimulate technological advances in computing. (
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Nano advances poised to change everyday technology

In the ‘nanoworld’ a human hair is huge: roughly 100,000 nanometres in diameter. Dr. Peter Grütter, a McGill University physics professor, has committed himself to understanding the miniscule realm of nanotechnology. Dr. Grütter’s group develops microscopes used for research in the emerging field of nanoelectronics—tiny computers that use the nanometre structure of various systems to… Keep Reading

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Why should I put plastic on my window in the winter?

In Montreal, the sound of ripping plastic is the first sign of spring, as the city tears off window coverings to let in the first warm breezes. Unfortunately, spring is a distant prospect, and the first cold breezes are just beginning their assault. The basic science behind window coverings is heat transfer, a branch of… Keep Reading

A dream catcher. (Sam Reynolds / McGill Tribune)
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Nightmares may be evolutionary survival tool

Nightmares have always been a dreaded human experience. In certain cultures, they were thought to be premonitions of the future. It was this ominous notion that prompted indigenous cultures to construct dream catchers. When a bad dream entered the dreamer’s sleep, the webbing of the dream catcher supposedly trapped this nightmare. The first light of… Keep Reading

Dr. Walter Willett thinks we drink too much milk. (Simon Poitrimolt/ McGill Tribune)
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Trottier Symposium serves up science to curious public

Last week, the McGill Office of Science and Society hosted the Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium, a lecture series that brings science to the public. Food: A Serving of Science featured four lectures on the science of diet and nutrition. The panelists explored topics ranging from fad diets to the enduring culinary misinformation spread by… Keep Reading

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McGill hockey lab has high impact on gear

Your professor could be testing the hockey gear that you bought this season. Researchers in the McGill Ice Hockey Research Group perform tests for some of the biggest companies on the market, and are involved in numerous projects involving the safety and efficiency of ice hockey equipment. One of the lab’s major projects is equipment… Keep Reading

The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine booth at the SUS grad school fair. (Simon Poitrimolt / McGill Tribune)
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Naturopathic medicine: health care boon or bane?

Last week, SUS hosted its annual Graduate and Professional Schools Fair. Some students were surprised to see the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and the Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine listed next to the McGill University Department of Human Genetics and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management. The Canadian College of Naturopathic… Keep Reading

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