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The indestructible deconstructed

A group of McGill scientists were recognized for their cutting-edge research, an example of innovation at its finest. “Innovations are the solutions that no one else would think of,” Don Sheppard, professor of microbiology and immunology and researcher, told The McGill Tribune. Québec Science Magazine recently recognized Sheppard and his team for their revolutionary work on… Keep Reading

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‘Big Brother’ now a tool to study linguistics

After moving to a new place, some people’s accents change readily while others stay more or less the same for the rest of their lives. McGill University linguist and Assistant Professor Morgan Sonderegger recently spearheaded a study that explores the science behind accent dynamics. Some studies on accents have analyzed only one conversation with a… Keep Reading

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McGill labs find new ways to target resistant bacteria

In 1945, Alexander Fleming, made famous for his discovery of penicillin, warned that excessive antibiotic use would likely result in bacteria developing resistance. The term is often in the headlines, but what exactly is antibiotic resistance? It is generally defined as microorganisms developing the ability to somehow prevent the intended effects of the antibiotic. That… Keep Reading

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Biochemist Nahum Sonenberg favours the prepared mind

McGill Biochemistry Professor Nahum Sonenberg likes asking simple questions. He believes that every problem can be broken down into pieces and put together like a puzzle to answer a bigger issue. “Always ask a simple question to get a simple answer,” Sonenberg said. “If you […] want to look at the mechanism by which cancer… Keep Reading

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Going back to the elements

On Nov. 4, as part of Redpath Museum’s Mini-Science series, McGill Assistant Professor Audrey Moores from the Department of Chemistry discussed her research on nanoparticles in the context of green chemistry.  Moores began by posing a fundamental question to the audience: “What is sustainability?” From a pure materials  science perspective, it is ending the overuse… Keep Reading

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Paralyzed man walks using brain-wave systems

Researchers from the University of California, Irvine, successfully created a system of artificial electrical signals to circumnavigate a paraplegic man’s spinal injury. The man’s name undisclosed for privacy reasons. As a result, the 26-year-old was able to walk for the first time in five years, making him the first paraplegic to walk without relying on… Keep Reading

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