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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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Evidence of climate change washing up on Arctic shores

wallpaperbase.com Science Outreach’s Cutting Edge Lectures welcomed the University of Alberta’s Professor Marianne Douglas to McGill’s Redpath Museum last Thursday to present her research on climatic warming in the Canadian High Arctic. Her recent research suggests that environmental warming is occurring at an alarming rate in certain arctic regions.   “I think many people are… Keep Reading

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Drop the laptop!

The beginning of a new semester is typically similar to the beginning of semesters past. But this semester is particularly different for me, not only because it’s my last semester at McGill, but also because it’s the first semester at the beginning of which I have resolved to only take handwritten notes in class. After… Keep Reading

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7 gadgets to look for in 2011

1. Mitsubishi 92″ 3D HDTV Look for 3D televisions to start taking off in 2011. It may not be the biggest television to hit the market, (Mitsubishi is marketing a 155″ OLED TV), but it is one of the largest 3D TVs. While the TV is a rear-projector type television rather than an LED or… Keep Reading

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Phishing for a steal during the holidays

In the month between Black Friday and Boxing Day, people everywhere deck the Internet with their credit card numbers. Maybe this year Amazon’s servers will finally crash, but it’s more likely that you, or one of your friends, will have their identity stolen as a result of a careless online shopping spree. Online retailer traffic… Keep Reading

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Poetic programming

What if you could talk to your computer and it actually did what you asked it to do? McGill’s Michael Wagner and Harvard’s Katherine McCurdy hope that their three-year study, published in Cognition magazine this November, will help you do just that.   Poetry uses rhythm, syllable stressors, and speech intonation (all of which make… Keep Reading

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Suprising space savers

During exams, your apartment is probably going to end up looking like the site of a pipe bomb explosion. It also means you won’t have the time or money to make another trip to Ikea for assorted Scandinavian organizing junk. Instead, some ordinary household objects can be used to tidy up and manage the ever… Keep Reading

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Climatologists try their luck at predicting coming winter

Gabriela Gilmour For a few hours on the night of October 30, Montrealers got their first taste of snow this season. Though they might get a break for the next few weeks, students shouldn’t put their hats and mittens in deep storage.    This year, waters are cooler in the Eastern Pacific, a phenomenon known… Keep Reading

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Alcohol worse than crack, says British study

Alcohol is worse than heroin, according to a recent study by the British Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs. The study, conducted by David Nutt, a neuropsychopharmacology professor at the University of Bristol, along with Drs. Leslie King and Lawrence Phillips, ranks the harmful effects of alcohol and other addictive substances out of 100, with 100… Keep Reading

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Genius Bumblebees

paulandscruffy.wordpress.org One of the most challenging problems in theoretical computer science has been solved. Kind of. It was solved, moreover, not by researchers at MIT, Cal Tech, or Carnegie Mellon, but by bumblebees. Scientists researching the critters at Queen Mary and Royal Holloway  of the University of London noticed that the bees were able to… Keep Reading

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