science

Why guillemot chicks leap from the nest before they can fly

Published: 9Mar2017

Before they have the wing span to actually permit them to fly, young guillemots (also known as murres) leap hundreds of metres off towering cliffs and flutter down towards the sea, guided by their...

Targeting the biological clock could slow the progression of cancer

Published: 16Feb2017

Does the biological clock in cancer cells influence tumour growth? Yes, according to a study conducted by Nicolas Cermakian, a professor in McGill University’s Department of Psychiatry....

The making of Antarctica

Published: 31Jan2017

One of the big mysteries in the scientific world is how the ice sheets of Antarctica formed so rapidly about 34 million years ago, at the boundary between the Eocene and Oligocene epochs....

Bacteria control levels of dangerous pollutant in seabirds

Published: 16Dec2016

Despite ongoing global pollution, researchers have discovered that levels of mercury in seabirds off the coast of B.C. have remained relatively stable over the past 50 years. Surprisingly, mercury...

Gene discovered to cause rare, severe neurological disease

Published: 28Nov2016

Researchers have linked a debilitating neurological disease in children to mutations in a gene that regulates neuronal development through control of protein movement within neuronal cells. 

Major ALS Research Funding Announced

Published: 24Nov2016

By Shawn Hayward, Montreal Neurological Institute...

Researchers identify gene associated with intracranial aneurysm in French-Canadian population

Published: 31Oct2016

Scientists have identified a gene in the French-Canadian population that predisposes them to the development of intracranial aneurysm (IA), a potentially life threatening neurological condition...

It’s what's underneath that counts

Published: 27Oct2016

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...

Why some dental implants work and others don’t

Published: 25Oct2016

Each year, about 500,000 North Americans get dental implants. If you are one of them, and are preparing to have an implant, it might be a good idea to start taking beta blockers, medication that...

Science and the media

Published: 11Oct2016

There is widespread worry today about the health effects of just about everything around us -- from the food we eat and water we drink, to the plastics we use and medications we take. A journalist...

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