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Republicans—and some liberals—downplay the significance of the president’s outbursts. But his words are quietly radicalizing both the left and right, with untold consequences for the future of policy. [...] But Trump’s words are his substance. “Politics is persuasion as well as coercion,” the political scientist Jacob Levy wrote last week, rightly arguing that Trump has “changed what being a Republican means.”
The Atlantic

Classified as: Trump, American politics, jacob levy
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Published on: 20 Feb 2018

L’entrepreneuriat sur les campus est en effervescence aux États-Unis comme au Canada. Montréal n’échappe pas à la frénésie. Notre journaliste André Dubuc a fait la tournée des universités. Voici ce qu’il a vu et entendu.
La Presse +

Classified as: André Dubuc
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Published on: 20 Feb 2018

Ottawa has announced a new fund to connect all Canadian brain scientists. Fifteen universities across the country doing research into the hundreds of different types of brain diseases and disorders will join the $10 million platform. The Brain Canada Foundation said the federal funding will allow the creation of the Canadian Open Neuroscience Platform, which will be based at Montreal's Neurological Hospital. [...] Dr.

Classified as: Alan Evans, neuroscience, Montreal Neurological Institute & Hospital
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Published on: 20 Feb 2018

Allan Downey, an assistant professor of history at McGill University, says lacrosse touches all aspects of life in many Indigenous cultures and helps explain everything from how the world came to be to self-identity.
Tapestry (CBC)

Classified as: Indigenous, lacrosse, Allan Downey
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Published on: 19 Feb 2018

The public conversation overlooks how the entirety of Colten’s life, as an Indigenous person, was lived without justice.
By Veldon Coburn, a PhD candidate at Queen’s University’s political science department, studying Indigenous identity, policy and politics, and teaches Indigenous issues at McGill University. 
Policy Options

Classified as: veldon coburn, Indigenous Studies
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Published on: 19 Feb 2018

Two Montreal professors —Damon Matthews from Concordia and Lawrence Mysak from McGill — have studied the impact of climate change on outdoor hockey in Canada. Their 2012 research, which looked at weather data from 1951 to 2006, concluded that if the skating season continues to shrink, outdoor shinny in southern Canada may disappear within a few decades.

Montreal Gazette

Classified as: hockey, lawrence mysak, Damon Matthews
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Published on: 19 Feb 2018

At the AAAI meeting, Peter Henderson, a computer scientist at McGill University in Montreal, showed that the performance of AIs designed to learn by trial and error is highly sensitive not only to the exact code used, but also to the random numbers generated to kick off training, and to “hyperparameters”—settings that are not core to the algorithm but that affect how quickly it learns.
Science

Classified as: Artificial intelligence, Peter Henderson
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Published on: 19 Feb 2018

Vijaya Raghavan, Professor, McGill University, which is one of the collaborators of the project, said that promoting the consumption of small millets was not only key for addressing malnutrition related issues, but also to address climate change.
The Hindu

Classified as: Vijaya Raghavan, climate change, malnutrition
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Published on: 16 Feb 2018

Avec le déploiement du réseau 5G, qui sera nettement plus rapide que le 4G, l’implantation de l'Internet des objets se fera « très rapidement », soutient Tho Le-Ngoc, titulaire de la Chaire de recherche du Canada en communication à large bande. Le professeur au Département de génie électrique et informatique de l'Université McGill donne aussi l’exemple d’une entreprise qui ferait voler des drones et qui offrirait de prendre des photos sur demande.
Radio-Canada

Classified as: internet, 5g
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Published on: 16 Feb 2018

In 1989, McGill University graduate student and systems administrator Alan Emtage needed an efficient way to find files spread across multiple servers. He created a program to hunt through the servers for specific content he requested. Emtage’s personal timesaver got a big promotion when his boss recognized its potential. The McGill team expanded the program — known as Archie, a shortened form of “archive” — into the world’s first search engine.
Discover Magazine

Classified as: Alan Emtage, archie
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Published on: 14 Feb 2018

At Montreal’s McGill University, neuropsychologist Robert Zatorre has a test that suggests a noticeable difference in musical cognition between musicians and non-musicians. “We play a tune in one key,” he explains, “and then repeat it at a different key, and ask if it’s the same or if a note has been changed. What we find is that people with musical training are inclined to do better. If you study people who don’t have training, you’ll find some people who are just as good as the musicians, but others who are just awful at it.”

Classified as: Robert Zatorre, Neuropsychology
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Published on: 14 Feb 2018

Jacob T. Levy, a political theorist at McGill University, convincingly made the case for the real-world impact of Trump’s words in a recent essay for the Niskanen Center. 

The New Republic

Classified as: Trump, jacob levy, Niskanen Center, American politics
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Published on: 13 Feb 2018

They found that the drones combined with the computer algorithm wasn't just a decent substitute for ecologists' eyes, it actually got closer to the real number of birds on the ground. It's a compelling argument for using drones in research, said David Bird, an ornithologist at McGill University in Canada who edits a scientific journal dedicated to drone studies. Population tallies are a crucial piece of ecological information. "Biologists love to count wildlife," he said.

Classified as: drones, technology
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Published on: 13 Feb 2018

"Largely unknown by Canada’s decision-makers in government, industry and even the general public, their work is unheralded by ribbon-cutting ceremonies. Their relative obscurity in Canada, then and now, appears to be the preoccupation of how budgetary decisions are made as opposed to a consideration of talent and merit" reports John Bergeron, Emeritus Robert Reford Professor and Professor of Medicine at McGill.

The Conversation

Classified as: science and technology, John Bergeron
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Published on: 12 Feb 2018

Sylvain Baillet, chercheur à l'Institut neurologique de Montréal, étudie la mémoire de travail auditive, cette mémoire qui nous permet de retenir les derniers sons entendus pendant quelques secondes - une faculté importante qui nous permet entre autres de suivre une conversation. Il a noté que la stimulation magnétique a amélioré cette forme de mémoire chez ses sujets.

Electrons libres

Classified as: Sylvain Baillet, Montreal Neurological Institute
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Published on: 12 Feb 2018

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