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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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CEOs leave RIM as company struggles to regain position

financialpost.com The Canadian technology firm Research in Motion (RIM), maker of the Blackberry smartphone, lost its two top executives on Jan. 22, amid the company’s continuing efforts to restructure in light of recent struggles. Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazardis acted as co-CEOs and co-chairmen of RIM for more than two decades, and will stay on… Keep Reading

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Neuroscientist Marc Tessier-Lavigne speaks at McGill

mskcc.org World-renowned neuroscientist and McGill alumnus Dr. Marc Tessier-Lavigne spoke to an audience of science undergraduates on Friday evening. Tessier-Lavigne was formerly executive vice president of research for the biotechnology firm Genentech, and is now president of The Rockefeller University, a prestigious university in Manhattan devoted to research in the biological sciences. The talk, hosted… Keep Reading

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