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The Mac vs. PC debate

Over the years there have been a number of lively computer debates, many of which remain unsettled. There’s Vim versus Emacs, C++ versus Java, and whether or not P is equal to NP. All of these arguments pale in comparison to the most disputed topic in both geek and non-geek circles: PC or Mac? This… Keep Reading

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Computing’s Future: It’s in the clouds

In one of the most rapidly changing industries in the world, the next major paradigm is rolling in: cloud computing. Much in the way the Internet altered our computing perspective, cloud computing is drastically changing the way people use their computers by increasing the speed and availability of data and computation. Today, when someone needs… Keep Reading

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Montre-apps

It can be hard to sift through the millions of applications available for your smartphone. There are apps for reading and writing and arithmetics, apps for games and gags, and managing your green. Since it can be overwhelming to sift through them on your own, here are some of the top apps for Montrealers. STM… Keep Reading

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Scientists use lasers to control worms’ minds

In a recent study, scientists from Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Georgia Institute of Technology discovered that by shining a laser on particular neurons, they were able to control worms, encouraging them to move in varying directions and lay eggs. The published article, which appeared in Nature Methods, shows how it can… Keep Reading

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Science research council gives $3 million donation to McGill

On January 20, 2011, seven McGill research teams received a total grant of $3 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s Strategic Project Grants program, which will be used over the next three years to “develop and enhance tools, models and mechanisms in fields of engineering and the environment.” These projects include the… Keep Reading

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Drop the laptop? Not so fast

For my first three years at McGill, I hand-wrote my notes in class. Every semester, I would restock my supply of coloured notebooks, labeling each with the proper course code. It worked well—I would go to class, write down everything the professor scrawled on the board, and then review it later. Last semester, though, I… Keep Reading

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Intel attempts to limit access to pirated flicks

It could soon become more difficult to watch the latest Hollywood flick on your personal computer using illegal technology. The war between media producers and Internet piraters has been waging for years, and is unlikely to end soon. However, recent developments in the hardware world have shown that Hollywood is willing to take the next… Keep Reading

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Study: Canadians mistaken about how healthy they are

Alice Walker A recent report on the health of Canadians commissioned by the CBC highlights some unpleasant truths about the country’s perception of health and wellness. Among the key findings of the report was the revelation that while 77 per cent of those surveyed believe that they generally live a healthy lifestyle, eat healthier than… Keep Reading

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For ICU patients, private rooms help cut infection rates

Panoramio.com Being admitted to a private room in a hospital’s intensive care unit can dramatically decrease the likelihood of a patient contracting an infection, a recent McGill study suggests. About one in three patients admitted to hospital ICUs contract some sort of infection, which increases the length of the average hospital stay by eight to… Keep Reading

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Music can be your aeroplane, study says

Those who experience euphoria when listening to their favourite music could be achieving the same pleasure as that which comes from good food, sex, or drugs, a McGill study has found. In a first in the field, neuroscience researchers at McGill have discovered a connection between the neurotransmitter dopamine, a chemical known for its rewarding… Keep Reading

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