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Speakers discuss green careers

On Wednesday, March 14, three professionals in environment-related fields offered career advice to students interested in pursuing similar careers after graduation. The professional panel session was part of the Career Planning Services’ (CaPS) Green Careers Week, a three-day event featuring over 15 different non-government organizations and a dozen speakers from the field of environment.  Geneviève… Keep Reading

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Montreal students launch UniYu

A group of Montreal students have launched a new university-centric website which encourages students to share advice on professors, classes, and student groups. The site, called UniYu, launched a beta version last week. Unlike existing online resources, which often only focus either on note-sharing or course advice, UniYu hopes to unite a range of information… Keep Reading

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Nature Medicine editor talks science journalism

Last Wednesday, Elie Dolgin (BSc ’03), the associate news editor at the prestigious journal Nature Medicine, returned to McGill to speak about science journalism and reflect on his time at McGill. “I did my undergrad in this very building. If you go upstairs, you’ll see one of the window boxes-I did this one on carboniferous… Keep Reading

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Hänsch emphasizes importance of precision

On March 1, the McGill physics department  hosted a public lecture by Nobel laureate Dr. Theodor W. Hänsch of the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics, as part of this year’s Anna I. McPherson lecture series. During his talk, called “Passion for Precision,” Hänsch discussed the importance of precise measurements in his field, and his lifelong pursuit… Keep Reading

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Raspberry Pi is a lot of computer for very little money

raspberrypi.org When the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced in the late 2000s that they intended to create a capable computer for only $25, most people said they were crazy. The idea of a desktop computer in the double-digit price range was unheard of back in 2006, and indeed it still seems somewhat absurd. Last Wednesday, the… Keep Reading

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Forum held to critically analyze autism-vaccine link

On Feb. 15, McGill’s department of psychology hosted “Critical Thinking and the Vaccination Debate,” a forum designed to present a range of topics and case studies to help students critically analyze the issue. Dr. Amir Raz of McGill’s psychology department set the stage for a highly contested debate on autism and its presumed causal link… Keep Reading

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Genetic breakthrough made in childhood brain cancer

chemgapedia.de Dr. Nada Jabado, an associate professor of pediatrics at McGill, recently led an international cohort of scientists in search of the genetic factors behind the onset of childhood brain cancer. The study, published in Nature, uncovered two important mutations that affect the regulation of the genome. Glioblastoma multiforme, a type of brain tumor, is… Keep Reading

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McGill research sheds light on hidden genetic potential

Groundbreaking research at McGill is shedding light on the importance of environmental stress on evolution. Researchers led by Professor Ehab Abouheif, a Canada Research Chair in Evolutionary Developmental Biology, recently created “supersoldiers” of the ant genus Pheidole morissi in the lab. The “super” ants sport huge, oblong, heads and ultra-sharp mandibles. They measure about three… Keep Reading

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SOPA migrates north

The fight between the entertainment industry and illegal file sharers has moved north of the border, with Bill C-11 set to reach the floor of Canadian Parliament this week. Bill C-11 is the latest iteration in a series of proposed amendments to Canada’s Copyright Act which aim to provide more powerful tools in governing copyright… Keep Reading

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St. Lawrence river may hold clues to the ocean’s future

A paper that was first drafted in a bar in Mont-Joli has been recognized by Quebec Science Magazine as one of the top 10 discoveries in 2011. The paper, written by McGill earth and planetary science professor Alfonso Mucci, is the result of a study on water quality in the St. Lawrence.  Mucci compared historical… Keep Reading

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