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A guide to professional social media sites

Social media has taken on a new, interactive role beyond its origins as a tool to connect with new and old friends. Facebook now lets users join favourite celebrities’ pages, Twitter lets us know what they’re up to at any given moment, and Instagram can show us what they ate for breakfast (through filters, no… Keep Reading

From the macroscopic to the microscopic level, fish scales are designed to protect. (photos provided by Barthelat’s lab)
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Fish scales serve as new model for protective armour

Imagine a hockey player preparing himself for a game and donning his socks, skates… and fish scale shoulder pads. This is not as outlandish as it seems—researchers are using fish scales as the model for a new wave of stronger protective armour. Since 2006, Francois Barthelat—associate professor of mechanical engineering at McGill and associate member… Keep Reading

A micrograph of an ovarian tumor (blog.netbio.com).
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Researchers unmask genetic nature of ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer is the fifth-most diagnosed cancer among Canadian women, accounting for four per cent of all new cases. Tragically, 75 per cent of these new cases prove terminal within five years of their diagnosis. Although it is often compared to breast cancer, ovarian cancer is, in fact, more deadly, because detection usually occurs at… Keep Reading

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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

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