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Don’t Knock the Floppy

Different generations can’t understand each other when it comes to technology. When older professors discuss the joys of computer programming on punched cards, I nod periodically and feign interest, but secretly send texts under the table. Soon enough, however, it will be us spouting technological trivialities on the next generation’s deaf ears. In fact, it’s… Keep Reading

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Patents: from the McGill lab to the world market

At many universities, like McGill, the seeds of the next great invention could be awaiting discovery—in a student sketchbook, a lab notebook, or on the corner of a professor’s desk. While the allure of invention is strong, the high cost of obtaining a U.S. patent (usually between $20,000-100,000 and sometimes more) often has an inhibiting… Keep Reading

Super soldier ants dwarf worker ants. (flickriver.com)
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Freak ants reveal evolutionary truths to researchers

It turns out your high school science teacher was wrong. While evolution can seem like a random series of events, some researchers are arguing that there may be a non-random, or even predictable, aspect to the process. Ehad Abouheif, Canada research chair in evolutionary developmental biology, and associate professor of biology at McGill, conducts research… Keep Reading

Audrey Moores (chemistry.mcgill.ca)
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Audrey Moores: on a quest for ‘greener’ chemistry

Most people associate chemistry with toxic fumes and caustic materials. The Green Chemistry movement, which began in the 1990s, is working to change both the perception and the reality of the field.   Dr. Audrey Moores, an assistant professor in the McGill department of chemistry, focuses on green chemistry in her research. “What green chemistry… Keep Reading

Laurin Liu at the Science and Policy Exchange (Cassandra Rogers / McGill Tribune)
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Third annual Science and Policy Exchange

On Friday, Sept. 14, a group of graduate students, professors, policy-makers, and entrepreneurs gathered in the McGill Faculty Club ballroom to attend the third annual Science  and Policy Exchange. The conference featured panel speakers from government, industry, and academia. The sessions covered three topics: sustainable policymaking, the 2014 health care reform, and science literacy in… Keep Reading

Cigarette images may cause cravings for some. (thebetterwaytosmoke.com)
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Some smokers’ genes make it harder to kick the habit

According to Health Canada, approximately 37,000 deaths each year in Canada can be attributed to tobacco use, racking up $4.4 billion in hospital bills. Although the adverse health effects of smoking are well-known—thanks in part to the government’s anti-smoking campaigns—many have difficulty quitting, despite a variety of available cessation drugs. New research demonstrates that this… Keep Reading

A meme featured on IFLS. (facebook.com/IFeakingLoveScience)
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How social media is changing science

Early in 2011, Ichthyologist (fish biologist) Brian Sidlauskas led an expedition to catalogue biodiversity in a remote river in Guyana. His goal was to bring back over 5,000 fish. According to Guyana’s customs laws, in order remove specimens from the country, each must be documented and identified. This presented an obstacle for Sidlauskas, considering the… Keep Reading

An artist’s rendition of the Phoenix Cluster­—a recent black hole revelation. (www.space.com)
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Researchers discover new star cluster

While thousands of freshmen participated in “Discover McGill” as part of orientation last month, the McGill Physics Department took part in some exciting new discoveries of their own. 5.7 billion light years from our humble speck in the cosmos is a galaxy cluster 2.5 million billion times more massive than the sun; a band of… Keep Reading

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McGill unveils new and streamlined myCourses

McGill students are getting a new taste of a refined myCourses recipe this fall. The new myCourses is the product of a two-year process that included focus groups to assess the needs of the course site users, interviews with faculty and students, and finally, finding the right vendor to deliver the website. “It’s a long… Keep Reading

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Don’t panic

As the add/drop period comes to an end, students seem frantic to get those last spots in their desired classes. These 13 days of testing the waters provide a good sense of what the classes are like, but the pool can only hold so much. Instead of refreshing Minerva every second to see if there’s… Keep Reading

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