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Homing in on source of mysterious cosmic radio bursts

Astronomers have pinpointed for the first time the home galaxy of a Fast Radio Burst, moving scientists a step closer to detecting what causes these powerful but fleeting pulses of radio waves. FRBs, which last just a few thousandths of a second, have puzzled astrophysicists since their discovery a decade ago.

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Published: 4 Jan 2017

Fast track control accelerates switching of quantum bits

From laptops to cellphones, today’s technology advances through the ever-increasing speed at which electric charges are directed through circuits. Similarly, speeding up control over quantum states in atomic and nanoscale systems could lead to leaps for the emerging field of quantum technology.

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Published: 15 Dec 2016

Towards better hip replacements

By Katherine Gombay Some potentially good news for aging Baby Boomers: researchers believe that they have developed a hip replacement that will last longer and create fewer problems for the people who receive them than those currently in use. The secret? An implant that “tricks” the host bone into remaining alive by mimicking the varying porosity of real bones.

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Published: 2 Nov 2016

It’s what's underneath that counts

To the naked eye, ancient rocks may look completely inhospitable, but in reality, they can sustain an entire ecosystem of microbial communities in their fracture waters isolated from sunlight for millions, if not billions, of years. New scientific findings discovered the essential energy source to sustain the life kilometres below Earth’s surface with implications for life not only on our planet but also on Mars. 

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Published: 27 Oct 2016

Canada Foundation for Innovation provides $1.1M for CBRAIN computing platform at McGill

McGill University will receive more than $1.1 million for CBRAIN, one of the world’s most advanced computing platforms for brain research, through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) Cyberinfrastructure Initiative.   Marc Miller, Member of Parliament for Ville-Marie — Le Sud-ouest — Île-des-sœurs, made the announcement at McGill on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, the Minister of Science.   CBRAIN, a national ...
Published: 15 Sep 2016

Don’t scan so close to me

What does the 1960s Beatles hit “Girl” have in common with Astor Piazzolla’s evocative tango composition “Libertango”?

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Published: 15 Aug 2016

Hot ‘new’ material found to exist in nature

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Rare minerals from Siberia found to have same structure as some man-made metal-organic frameworks

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Published: 8 Aug 2016

Dot-drawing with drones

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Flying robots could someday help artists create outdoor murals

You may have heard of plans to use drones for delivering packages, monitoring wildlife, or tracking storms. But painting murals?

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Published: 4 Aug 2016

Search and rescue in the Arctic

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Minimum daily temperature -3 C increases need of search and rescues in Nunavut, affecting culturally valued hunting activities of Inuit

Search and rescue operations in Nunavut have more than doubled over the past decade. In the communities of the vast northern Canadian territory, it’s commonly felt that climate change is one factor making hunting riskier in the spring and fall. 

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Published: 3 Aug 2016

What hibernating toads tell us about climate

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24-year study of spring emergence of Fowler’s Toads creates model for predicting climate-change effects

The ability to predict when toads come out of hibernation in southern Canada could provide valuable insights into the future effects of climate change on a range of animals and plants.

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Published: 19 Jul 2016

New vision, model for genomic and clinical data sharing

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Published: 10 Jun 2016

Podcast: Pedro Valdes-Sosa

By the Media Relations Office, McGill Newsroom

Spotlight on neurosciences 

Neuroinformatics stands at the intersection of neuroscience and information science. One of the world leaders in this discipline is Prof. Pedro Valdes-Sosa, General Vice-Director for Research of the Cuban Neuroscience Center (CNEURO) which he co-founded in 1990.

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Published: 2 Jun 2016

‘Baby talk’ can help songbirds learn their tunes

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The research has implications for understanding human developmental disorders such as autism

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Published: 31 May 2016

Victor Phillip Dahdaleh supports neuroscience research

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Gift expands scholarship program at McGill with $3.5 million gift

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Published: 26 May 2016

Converting cells to burn fat, not store it

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McGill-led discovery could help fight obesity, metabolic disorders

Researchers have uncovered a new molecular pathway for stimulating the body to burn fat – a discovery that could help fight obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

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Published: 16 May 2016

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