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Twenty-twelve gadget watch

Whether it’s finally meeting a New Year’s resolution, or a potential new season of Arrested Development, 2012 has something in store for everyone. Many look forward to the new technology released in the coming year. Here are some predictions for what to look out for in 2012. Phones The smartphone market has become highly segmented… Keep Reading

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[email protected] – Research Profiles

Sometimes research on the tiniest things can have the biggest impact, a fact that has driven the computer industry for the last 50 years. Professor Nathaniel Quitoriano, head of the Semiconductor Nanostructures Lab in the department of mining and materials engineering at McGill, researches silicon and other semiconductor materials on the nanoscale. “We study semiconductors—types… Keep Reading

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The McGill Electric Snowmobile Team

McGill Electric Snowmobile Team In the age of electric cars, there is less focus on regulating emissions from other vehicles. From Sea-Doos to Ski-Doos, the small vehicle market is largely immune to the hybrid revolution. The McGill Electric Snowmobile team, a group of 12 undergraduate engineering students, is looking to change that by building a… Keep Reading

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[email protected] – Research Profiles

Jörg Kienzle The term ‘video game’ means different things to different people. For some, it brings back suppressed high school memories. For others, it’s on the Friday night agenda. For a group of computer science and software engineering professors and students at McGill, however, a video game research project is just another day at work.… Keep Reading

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The contributions of a great technological innovator

note005.blogspot.com Two weeks ago, one of the greatest pioneers of the 21st century technology industry passed away. He was responsible for some of the most important technological innovations, and his work moulded the computer world into its current state. Dennis Ritchie was one of the greatest innovators of his time. Ritchie’s death came only one… Keep Reading

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Hooked on overfishing

Rob Smith Rob Smith   As the global population continues to rise—and with it the demand for food—increasing pressure is being placed on our oceans. The saying goes, ‘there are plenty of fish in the sea,’ but the abundance of seafood in our supermarkets is deceptive.  According to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), global seafood… Keep Reading

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Einstein’s theory under fire

  One of the brightest scientists of all time may have made some mistakes. Recent research conducted at CERN suggests that it could be possible for particles to travel faster than the speed of light, something Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity specifically prohibits. This finding, if correct, pokes a hole in one of the most… Keep Reading

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3G at the top of the world

“Because it’s there,” was George Mallory’s response when asked why he wanted to climb Mount Everest. Mallory, an English mountaineer, took part in one of the first three British expeditions to Everest in the early 1920s. 90 years later, climbing has come much farther than anyone might have imagined: 3G service has finally managed to… Keep Reading

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Going back to school in the cool

Coming back to Montreal after a long summer can stir up mixed emotions. It’s great to see friends and roommates again, and there’s OAP and Frosh. However, nobody likes the inevitable late nights at McLennan or midterms in September. We’ve compiled a list of toys and tools to help ease you back into the scholarly… Keep Reading

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Rustock Botnet Takedown

If you typically stock up on “V1aGr4” and “C!AL!$” from suppliers who email you individually, expect to have a bit more trouble over the coming weeks. Last week, Microsoft shut down the largest source of spam emails on the Internet, the Rustock botnet. A botnet is a large collection of computers which have been commandeered,… Keep Reading

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