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McGill hockey lab has high impact on gear

Your professor could be testing the hockey gear that you bought this season. Researchers in the McGill Ice Hockey Research Group perform tests for some of the biggest companies on the market, and are involved in numerous projects involving the safety and efficiency of ice hockey equipment. One of the lab’s major projects is equipment… Keep Reading

The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine booth at the SUS grad school fair. (Simon Poitrimolt / McGill Tribune)
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Naturopathic medicine: health care boon or bane?

Last week, SUS hosted its annual Graduate and Professional Schools Fair. Some students were surprised to see the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and the Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine listed next to the McGill University Department of Human Genetics and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management. The Canadian College of Naturopathic… Keep Reading

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This Week in Research

HIV Vaccine Researchers at the University of Western Ontario and Sumagen Canada are one step closer to creating a marketable HIV vaccine. Last week, Dr. Chil-Yong Kang successfully completed the first phase of human clinical trials. The vaccine SAV001-H, is a genetically modified, killed whole-virus vaccine. First, the virus is genetically altered so that it… Keep Reading

Mozart may have had an ASD. (www2.bon.de)
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The tentative link between autism and genius

Jacob Barnett is only 13, but he is set to become a paid atrophysics researcher at Indiana Unversity-Purdue University Indianapolis. He believes that he is close to disproving Einstein’s theory of relativity. Matthew Savage is now 20, but he was solving complex mathematical problems at the age of six, and by the age of 12… Keep Reading

The blood-brain barrier. (http://911stroke.info/)
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McGill lab uses novel technology to model human body

While most McGill students are likely more interested in finding free food than understanding the biological processes that allow them to digest it, researchers at McGill are using new technologies to examine digestion, and other important physiological processes. To determine exactly how the body digests without using human test subjects, Professor Satya Prakash of the… Keep Reading

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Open Access offers antidote to overpriced journals

To students leaving the academic world, the cost of information may come as a shock. Without access to the extensive collections of the McGill library, journal articles cost around 30 dollars per view. The library pays thousands of dollars per journal subscription. In 2011, McGill paid $12,224,900 for journals and research database access; thisrepresents more… Keep Reading

The cross-section of a hurricane, with arrows showing the direction of wind. (hurricanescience.org)
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Researchers seek to unfog mysteries of hurricanes

Last week, Hurricane Sandy caused massive storms as far north as New England and Southern Ontario. Sandy’s aftermath is still making headlines across the East Coast. Like many hurricanes and storms, Sandy’s early development seemed erratic and unruly; sources from the American Global Forecast System and other organizations in North America differed on predictions for… Keep Reading

The Moa bird of New Zealand. (cfzaustralia.com)
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This week in research

Flightless Birds Flightless birds are an evolutionary puzzle. The most befuddling aspect of these seemingly-related animals is their dispersion across far corners of the earth, because, well, they’re flightless. Two opposing ideas seek to explain the far-reaching origins of these birds. In one, Charles Darwin suggested that a common ancestor flew to new locations, where… Keep Reading

As leaves stop producing chlorophyll, they begin to change colour. (www.mooseyscountrygarden.com)
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Why leaves change colour during the fall

There is always a sense of child-like wonder that is evoked by staring at that vibrant, multi-coloured silver maple en route to work. Indeed, why trees change their colour during the fall is the kind of question a father might have to answer for his curious five-year-old daughter. Yet changing leaves is such a basic… Keep Reading

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Global epigenetics project granted millions in funding

Last week, scientists came one step closer to understanding the human body on a new level—down to each type of body tissue and its specific stages of phenotypic development. Through Genome Canada and the Government of Quebec, the Government of Canada finalized an agreement to supply $41 million towards epigenetic research—the study of changes in… Keep Reading

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