Newsroom - Science and Technology https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/channels_item/26 en Canadian astronomers determine Earth’s fingerprint in hopes of finding habitable planets beyond the Solar System https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/187513 <p>Two McGill University astronomers have assembled a “fingerprint” for Earth, which could be used to identify a planet beyond our Solar System capable of supporting life.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2019 18:32:43 +0000 McGill University Glitch in Neutron Star Reveals Its Hidden Secrets https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/185538 <p>If parts of the neutron star interior start to move outwards, the star spins faster. This is called a “glitch,” and it’s providing astronomers with a brief insight into what lies within these mysterious objects.</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2019 14:29:45 +0000 McGill University Puzzling shapes: unlocking the mysteries of plant cell morphology  https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/185016 <p>The discovery of the mechanics and molecular mechanism that dictate cell shape formation in plants by a team of McGill researchers offers new clues about the fundamental processes governing tissue formation in multicellular organisms. </p> <p>Plants are made of cells that come in a wide array of shapes and sizes, each of which is closely related and essential to the function of a specific tissue. </p> Mon, 05 Aug 2019 20:38:21 +0000 McGill University Newly discovered Labrador fossils give clues about ancient climate https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/183892 <p>The discovery of fossilized plants in Labrador, Canada, by a team of McGill directed paleontologists provides the first quantitative estimate of the area’s climate during the Cretaceous period, a time when the earth was dominated by dinosaurs. The specimens were found in the Redmond no.1 mine, in a remote area of Labrador near Schefferville, in August 2018. Together with specimens collected in previous expeditions, they are now at the core of a recent study published in Palaeontology.</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2019 14:40:22 +0000 McGill University Government of Canada Promotes Equity and Invests in Discovery Research at McGill https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/177135 <p>In conjunction with a $35 million <a href="https://reporter.mcgill.ca/nserc-awards-35m-to-mcgill-led-research-projects/">research funding announcement</a> to support 128 researchers through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) <a href="http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Professors-Professeurs/Grants-Subs/DGIGP-PSIGP_eng.asp">Discovery Grants program</a>, Canada’s Minister of Science and Sport, Kirsty Duncan, was on campus today to sign the <a href="http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/NSERC-CRSNG/EDI-EDI/Dimensions_Dimensions_eng.asp">Dimensions Charter.</a></p> Wed, 10 Jul 2019 17:57:21 +0000 McGill University McGill University’s Centre of Genomics and Policy Receives Funding to Create Ethics and Governance Resources for the Human Cell Atlas Initiative https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/168516 <p>The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, and the Klarman Family Foundation today announced $468,860 in collaborative funding to support ethical biomedical research and responsible data sharing for the Human Cell Atlas (HCA), an international effort to map all cells in the human body. The Centre of Genomics and Policy (CGP) at McGill University will help guide and inform the approach and governance of data sharing to assist participating investigators to collect and share data.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2019 19:53:03 +0000 McGill University To study invasive predators, watch the prey https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/166887 <p> Wed, 05 Jun 2019 19:09:01 +0000 McGill University Detecting bacteria in space https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/164254 <p>Scientists at the University of Montreal and McGill University have pioneered and tested a new genomic methodology which reveals a complex bacterial ecosystem at work on the International Space Station.</p> <p>Until now, relatively little was known about the different types of microbes found on the space station. The new approach enables researchers to identify and map different species inside the ISS, which will ultimately help safeguard astronauts’ health and be key to future long-term space travel.</p> Wed, 22 May 2019 18:24:35 +0000 McGill University Widespread permafrost degradation seen in high Arctic terrain https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/164247 <p>Rapid changes in terrain are taking place in Canada’s high Arctic polar deserts due to increases in summer air temperatures.</p> Wed, 22 May 2019 17:50:07 +0000 McGill University Children in Quebec are not diagnosed early enough with type 1 diabetes https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/162710 <p>Elwyn was a healthy 13 month-old toddler when she started drinking water from the bathtub. Over time, she became increasingly thirsty and demanded more and more breast milk. For her parents, this seemed like typical behaviour related to a growth spurt. One day, however, they noticed that she was abnormally weak and rushed her to the emergency department. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and had already developed a life-threatening complication of the disease known as diabetic ketoacidosis.</p> Tue, 14 May 2019 17:04:33 +0000 McGill University A Governor General’s Innovation Award for AI Pioneer Joelle Pineau  https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/162523 <p><em>By Meaghan Thurston </em></p> Mon, 13 May 2019 18:39:36 +0000 McGill University NSERC awards $3.7M to McGill-led research projects https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/160586 <p>On May 3, the <a href="http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/index_eng.asp">Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)</a> announced the recent recipients of the NSERC Strategic Partnership Grants program. Six McGill-led projects in the Faculty of Engineering and one in the Faculty of Medicine are receiving more than $3.7 million to conduct research in collaboration with a supporting organization.</p> Fri, 03 May 2019 13:11:34 +0000 McGill University Astronomers Capture First Image of a Black Hole https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/157147 <p>The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) — a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international collaboration — was designed to capture images of a black hole. Today, in coordinated press conferences across the globe, EHT researchers reveal that they have succeeded, unveiling the first direct visual evidence of a supermassive black hole and its shadow.</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2019 10:14:13 +0000 McGill University Evolution, illustrated https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/138214 <p>What do you get when you put together several tons of steel plates, hundreds of mice, a few evolutionary and molecular biologists and a tiny Nebraska town near the South Dakota border?</p> <p>Would you believe one of the most complete pictures ever of vertebrate evolution?</p> Fri, 01 Feb 2019 15:47:54 +0000 McGill University COMMENTARY: ‘CRISPR babies’: What does this mean for science and Canada? https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/134997 <p>In the wake of the announcement in China last November of the first ‘CRISPR babies’, Prof. Bartha Knoppers and researcher Erika Kleiderman from McGill’s Centre of Genomics and Policy (CGP) have published a commentary article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal on the use of CRISPR gene-editing techniques.</p> Wed, 23 Jan 2019 19:14:50 +0000 McGill University Men and women remember pain differently https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/130874 <p>Scientists increasingly believe that one of the driving forces in chronic pain—the number one health problem in both prevalence and burden—appears to be the memory of earlier pain. Research published today in <i>Current Biology</i> suggests that there may be variations, based on sex, in the way that pain is remembered in both mice and humans.</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2019 19:25:48 +0000 McGill University Wild African monkeys are infected with the bacterium causing yaws in humans https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/83796 <p><em>By Katherine Gombay</em></p> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 15:49:49 +0000 McGill University Nuclear pasta, the hardest known substance in the universe https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/83778 <p>A team of scientists has calculated the strength of the material deep inside the crust of neutron stars and found it to be the strongest known material in the universe.</p> <p>Matthew Caplan, a postdoctoral research fellow at McGill University, and his colleagues from Indiana University and the California Institute of Technology, successfully ran the largest computer simulations ever conducted of neutron star crusts, becoming the first to describe how these break.</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:38:49 +0000 McGill University Carbon reserves in Central American soils still affected by ancient Mayan deforestation https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/73091 <p><span>Deforestation is suspected to have contributed to the mysterious collapse of Mayan civilization more than 1,000 years ago. A new study shows that the forest-clearing also decimated carbon reservoirs in the tropical soils of the Yucatan peninsula region long after ancient cities were abandoned and the forests grew back.</span></p> <p>The findings, published in the journal <em>Nature Geoscience,</em> underscore how important soils and our treatment of them could be in determining future levels of greenhouse gases in the planet’s atmosphere.</p> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 15:49:25 +0000 McGill University “Citizen Science” field observations yield updated predicted distributions for rare species https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/69714 <p>Online “citizen science” data initiatives may be able to help map the distribution of rare species in the wild, according to a study published August 8 in the open access journal <em><a href="http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0201094">PLOS ONE</a></em> by Yifu Wang of McGill University and colleagues. </p> Wed, 08 Aug 2018 14:25:22 +0000 McGill University Chirality switching in biomineral structures https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/65874 <p align="left">Researchers at McGill University have discovered a mechanism by which helical biomineral structures can be synthesized to spiral clockwise or counterclockwise using only either the left-handed or right-handed version of a single acidic amino acid.</p> Wed, 01 Aug 2018 14:10:40 +0000 McGill University Billion-year-old lake deposit yields clues to Earth’s ancient biosphere https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/58963 <p>A sample of ancient oxygen, teased out of a 1.4 billion-year-old evaporative lake deposit in Ontario, provides fresh evidence of what the Earth’s atmosphere and biosphere were like during the interval leading up to the emergence of animal life. </p> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:05:54 +0000 McGill University Products derived from plants offer potential as dual-targeting agents for experimental cerebral malaria https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/32983 <p>Malaria, a life-threatening disease usually caused when parasites from the Plasmodium family enter the bloodstream of a person bitten by a parasite-carrying mosquito, is a severe health threat globally, with 200 to 300 million cases annually and 445,000 deaths in 2016.</p> <p>With pregnant women and children most vulnerable from infection, complications including anemia and cerebral malaria, the most severe neurological complication from malaria, are responsible for approximately 25% of the infant mortality rate in some regions of Africa.</p> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:49:29 +0000 McGill University How viruses disarm the immune system https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/32932 <p>How do viruses that cause chronic infections, such as HIV or hepatitis C virus, manage to outsmart their hosts’ immune systems?</p> <p>The answer to that question has long eluded scientists, but <a href="http://www.cell.com/immunity/abstract/S1074-7613(18)30006-2">new research from McGill University</a> has uncovered a molecular mechanism that may be a key piece of the puzzle. The discovery could provide new targets for treating a wide range of diseases.</p> Mon, 05 Feb 2018 15:53:43 +0000 McGill University McGill research team studies how calcium compounds accumulate in the arteries https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/32911 <p><span>Team leader Marta Cerruti, using the tools of the Canadian Light Source, has examined the mineralized arteries of genetically modified laboratory mice and found that the pathway in the body that leads to what laypeople call “hardening of the arteries” is not what medical experts previously assumed.</span></p> Wed, 31 Jan 2018 16:07:08 +0000 McGill University Epigenetic alteration of a vitamin B12 processing gene shines new light on our understanding of rare diseases https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/32909 <p>Rare hereditary recessive diseases were thought to be expressed in offspring only when both parents carry a mutation in the causal gene, but a new study is changing this paradigm. An international research team led by scientists at the University of Lorraine in France along with McGill University and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in Canada discovered a new cause of a rare condition known as<em> cblC</em>, that they named “epi-<em>cblC</em>”. They reported it in patients from Europe and the United States.</p> Tue, 30 Jan 2018 19:16:41 +0000 McGill University A greener way to make ketones https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/32897 <p>Researchers at McGill University have discovered a new, more environmentally friendly way to make ketones, an important chemical ingredient in pharmaceuticals.  While ketones are found in a wide range of useful chemicals, they are commonly prepared through energy-intensive, multi-step technologies that create significant chemical waste.  In an article published online last month in <em>Nature Chemistry</em>, the McGill scientists demonstrate how carbon monoxide, a widely available by-product of combustion, can instead be used to form high-energy chemicals that react directly with benzene to</p> Fri, 26 Jan 2018 20:22:13 +0000 McGill University Canadian brain bank network to advance research on Alzheimer’s disease https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/32886 <p>More than 400,000 Canadians aged 65 and over live with diagnosed dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, which accounts for approximately 70 percent of cases. The cause of this degenerative brain disease is largely unknown and no effective treatment exists. The disease has a devastating effect on individuals and their families.</p> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:07:54 +0000 McGill University A ‘hot Jupiter’ with unusual winds https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/32859 <p>The hottest point on a gaseous planet near a distant star isn’t where astrophysicists expected it to be – a discovery that challenges scientists’ understanding of the many planets of this type found in solar systems outside our own.</p> <p><span>Unlike our familiar planet Jupiter, so-called hot Jupiters circle astonishingly close to their host star -- so close that it typically takes fewer than three days to complete an orbit.  And one hemisphere of these planets always faces its host star, while the other faces permanently out into the dark.</span></p> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:53:02 +0000 McGill University New technique for finding life on Mars https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/32856 <p>Researchers demonstrate for the first time the potential of existing technology to directly detect and characterize life on Mars and other planets. The study, published in <a href="https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmicb.2017.02594/full?utm_source=G-BLO&amp;utm_medium=WEXT&amp;utm_campaign=ECO_FMICB_20180119_mars">Frontiers in Microbiology</a>, used miniaturized scientific instruments and  new microbiology techniques to identify and examine microorganisms in the Canadian high Arctic — one of the closest analogs to Mars on Earth.</p> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:16:00 +0000 McGill University Neutron-star merger yields new puzzle for astrophysicists https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/32839 <p>The afterglow from the distant neutron-star merger <a href="//www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/channels/news/latest-gravitational-wave-detection-opens-new-era-astronomy-278031">detected last August</a> has continued to brighten – much to the surprise of astrophysicists studying the aftermath of the massive collision that took place about 138 million light years away and sent gravitational waves rippling through the universe.</p> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:56:53 +0000 McGill University Better data for governments https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/32675 <p>Today, the <a href="http://govex.jhu.edu/">Center for Government Excellence (GovEx)</a><u>,</u> part of Johns Hopkins University, and GeoThink, a part of <a href="https://www.mcgill.ca/">McGill University</a>, launched a new <a href="http://datastandards.directory/">open data standards directory</a> that will identify standards for open data regularly shared by governments. The directory will ensure reliability and coordinated information for many city government data sets on services ranging from public safety, to building permits, to public transit, and budgets.</p> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:59:50 +0000 McGill University RI-MUHC scientist takes HIV self-testing global with HIVSmart!™ https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/32342 <p><em>By Julie Robert</em></p> Tue, 26 Sep 2017 15:50:59 +0000 McGill University McGill researcher to head Facebook’s new Montreal AI lab https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/32290 <p><span>Facebook is opening a new Artificial Intelligence Research Lab in Montreal — FAIR Montreal. This is the company’s first research and development investment in Canada, and only its fourth AI research lab in all. Prof. Joelle Pineau, from the School of Computer Science and co-director of McGill’s Reasoning &amp; Learning Lab, will head the new Montreal AI lab while maintaining her academic position at the university.</span></p> Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:49:12 +0000 McGill University NASA's Hubble Captures Blistering Pitch-Black Planet https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/32288 <p>NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has observed a planet outside our solar system that looks as black as fresh asphalt because it eats light rather than reflecting it back into space. This light-eating prowess is due to the planet's unique capability to trap at least 94 percent of the visible starlight falling into its atmosphere.</p> Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:13:06 +0000 McGill University Sticky when wet: strong adhesives for wound healing https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/32116 <p> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:16:51 +0000 McGill University Brains are more plastic than we thought https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/32081 <p>Practice might not always make perfect, but it’s essential for learning a sport or a musical instrument. It's also the basis of brain training, an approach that holds potential as a non-invasive therapy to overcome disabilities caused by neurological disease or trauma.</p> <p>Research at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University (The Neuro) has shown just how adaptive the brain can be, knowledge that could one day be applied to recovery from conditions such as stroke.</p> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:32:12 +0000 McGill University A more sustainable way to refine metals https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/31385 <div>A team of chemists in Canada has developed a way to process metals without using toxic solvents and reagents. The system, which also consumes far less energy than conventional techniques, could greatly shrink the environmental impact of producing metals from raw materials or from post-consumer electronics.</div> <div> </div> Tue, 06 Jun 2017 17:56:20 +0000 McGill University New theory on how Earth’s crust was created https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/28078 <p>More than 90% of Earth’s continental crust is made up of silica-rich minerals, such as feldspar and quartz. But where did this silica-enriched material come from? And could it provide a clue in the search for life on other planets?</p> Wed, 03 May 2017 22:40:34 +0000 McGill University Access to cutting-edge research equipment, laboratories and tools https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/26740 <p><span>At the University of New Brunswick this morning, The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, announced $51,968,051 for 223 projects at 39 universities across the country, including over $4.5 million across 14 projects at McGill, through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI)<strong> John R. Evans Leaders Fund</strong>. The Fund was established to help universities like McGill innovate, as well as to attract and retain top research talent, by giving them access to cutting-edge research equipment, laboratories and tools.</span></p> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:18:08 +0000 McGill University Mouse Model Could Shed New Light on Immune System Response to Zika Virus https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/26736 <p>A new mouse model with a working immune system could be used in laboratory research to improve understanding of Zika virus infection and aid development of new treatments, according to a study published in <em>PLOS Pathogens</em>.</p> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:56:02 +0000 McGill University Protective wear inspired by fish scales https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/26640 <p>They started with striped bass. Over a two-year period the researchers went through about 50 bass, puncturing or fracturing hundreds of fish scales under the microscope, to try to understand their properties and mechanics better. “The people at the fish market must have wondered what we were up to,” says François Barthelat smiling ruefully.” He teaches in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering at McGill, and is one of a growing number of scientists who look to nature for inspiration as they search for solutions to engineering problems they see around them today.</p> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:40:07 +0000 McGill University Homing in on source of mysterious cosmic radio bursts https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/26520 <p>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.</p> Tue, 03 Jan 2017 17:25:53 +0000 McGill University Fast track control accelerates switching of quantum bits https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/26503 <p>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.</p> Thu, 15 Dec 2016 17:32:26 +0000 McGill University Towards better hip replacements https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/26354 <p><span><em>By Katherine Gombay</em><br /> 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.</span></p> <p><span>Interestingly, the key factor that distinguishes the new implant is that is LESS rather than more solid than those in current use, while still being just as strong.</span></p> Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:52:16 +0000 McGill University It’s what's underneath that counts https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/26333 <p>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. </p> Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:36:05 +0000 McGill University Canada Foundation for Innovation provides $1.1M for CBRAIN computing platform at McGill https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/26181 <div>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.</div> <div> </div> <div>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.</div> <div> </div> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:08:52 +0000 McGill University Don’t scan so close to me https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/26076 <p><span>What does the 1960s Beatles hit “Girl” have in common with Astor Piazzolla’s evocative tango composition “Libertango”?</span></p> <p><span>Probably not much, to the casual listener. But in the mind of one famously eclectic singer-songwriter, the two songs are highly similar. That’s one of the surprising findings of an unusual neuroscience study based on brain scans of the musician <strong>Sting</strong>.</span></p> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:35:34 +0000 McGill University Hot ‘new’ material found to exist in nature https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/26070 <p><strong><em>McGill Newsroom</em></strong></p> <p><em>Rare minerals from Siberia found to have same structure as some man-made metal-organic frameworks</em></p> <p>One of the hottest new materials is a class of porous solids known as metal-organic frameworks, or MOFs. These man-made materials were introduced in the 1990s, and researchers around the world are working on ways to use them as molecular sponges for applications such as hydrogen storage, carbon sequestration, or photovoltaics.</p> Mon, 08 Aug 2016 14:10:57 +0000 McGill University Dot-drawing with drones https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/26057 <p><strong><em>McGill Newsroom</em></strong></p> <p><em>Flying robots could someday help artists create outdoor murals</em></p> <p>You may have heard of plans to use drones for delivering packages, monitoring wildlife, or tracking storms. But painting murals?</p> <p><span>That’s the idea behind a project in Paul Kry’s laboratory at McGill University’s School of Computer Science. Prof. Kry and a few of his students have teamed up to program tiny drones to create dot drawings – an artistic technique known as stippling.</span></p> Thu, 04 Aug 2016 15:17:38 +0000 McGill University Search and rescue in the Arctic https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/26045 <p><strong><em>McGill Newsroom</em></strong></p> <p><em>Minimum daily temperature -3 C increases need of search and rescues in Nunavut, affecting culturally valued hunting activities of Inuit</em></p> <p>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. </p> Mon, 01 Aug 2016 13:55:17 +0000 McGill University What hibernating toads tell us about climate https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/26023 <p><a href="https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom"><strong><em>McGill Newsroom</em></strong></a></p> <p><em>24-year study of sp</em><em>ring emergence of Fowler’s Toads creates model for predicting climate-change effects</em></p> <p>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.</p> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 06:15:31 +0000 McGill University New vision, model for genomic and clinical data sharing https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/25949 <p><a href="//www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/"><strong><em>McGill Newsroom</em></strong></a></p> Thu, 09 Jun 2016 14:02:38 +0000 McGill University Podcast: Pedro Valdes-Sosa https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/25933 <p><strong><em>By the Media Relations Office, <a href="https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom">McGill Newsroom</a></em></strong></p> <p><em>Spotlight on neurosciences </em></p> <p>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.</p> Thu, 02 Jun 2016 13:49:13 +0000 McGill University ‘Baby talk’ can help songbirds learn their tunes https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/25902 <p><strong><em>McGill Newsroom</em></strong></p> <p><em>The research has implications for understanding human developmental disorders such as autism</em></p> <p><span>Adult songbirds modify their vocalizations when singing to juveniles in the same way that humans alter their speech when talking to babies. The resulting brain activity in young birds could shed light on speech learning and certain developmental disorders in humans, according to a study by McGill University researchers.</span></p> Tue, 31 May 2016 14:46:05 +0000 McGill University Victor Phillip Dahdaleh supports neuroscience research https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/25888 <p><a href="//www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/"><strong><em>McGill Newsroom</em></strong></a></p> <p><em>Gift expands scholarship program at McGill with $3.5 million gift</em></p> <p><span>$3.5 million gift from McGill alumnus and long-time university supporter, Victor Phillip Dahdaleh, will make a major contribution to the field of brain research at the University and provide expanded support to the Victor Dahdaleh-Clinton Foundation Scholarship program.  </span></p> Thu, 26 May 2016 17:18:53 +0000 McGill University Converting cells to burn fat, not store it https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/25830 <p><strong><em><a href="https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom">McGill Newsroom</a></em></strong></p> <p><em>McGill-led discovery could help fight obesity, metabolic disorders</em></p> <p>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.</p> Mon, 16 May 2016 13:23:49 +0000 McGill University Key mechanism identified in brain tumor growth https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/25765 <p><em><strong><a href="//www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/fr">McGill Newsroom</a></strong></em></p> <p><em>Discovery offers hope for more effective treatments of deadly glioblastomas</em></p> <p>A gene known as OSMR plays a key role in driving the growth of glioblastoma tumors, according to a new study led by a McGill University researcher and published in the journal <em>Nature Neuroscience</em>.</p> <p>Glioblastoma is the most aggressive type of brain tumor in adults. Unfortunately, there are no effective treatments for the disease. On average, patients succumb just 16 months after diagnosis.</p> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 15:14:36 +0000 McGill University Alzheimer’s disease : It takes two (proteins) to tango https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/25746 <p>For years, neuroscientists have puzzled over how two abnormal proteins, called amyloid and tau, accumulate in the brain and damage it to cause Alzheimer's disease (AD). Which one is the driving force behind dementia? The answer: both of them, according to a new study by researchers at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute.</p> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:20:26 +0000 McGill University $1.2 M for McGill from CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/25730 <p><strong><em><a href="https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom">McGill Newsroom</a></em></strong></p> <p><em>To support six research projects in fields from neuroscience to food safety and Arctic ecosystems</em></p> Fri, 15 Apr 2016 15:34:05 +0000 McGill University McGill gets $1.65 M from NSERC for training project https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/25719 <p><a href="https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom"><strong><em>McGill Newsroom</em></strong></a></p> <p><em>CREATE project to prepare graduates for high-skills work in surgical-devices industry</em></p> <p>A team led by McGill University professor Jake Barralet will receive $1.65 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to provide nearly 90 students with cross-disciplinary training to prepare them for high-skill jobs in the surgical devices industry.</p> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 13:59:10 +0000 McGill University A new discovery in the human auditory system https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/25663 <p><strong><em>By Shawn Hayward, <a href="https://www.mcgill.ca/neuro/">Montreal Neurological Institute</a></em></strong></p> <p><em>Discovery will inform further research into hearing disorders and brain training</em></p> <p>Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital at McGill University have made an important discovery about the human auditory system and how to study it, findings that could lead to better testing and diagnosis of hearing-related disorders.</p> Wed, 06 Apr 2016 15:14:13 +0000 McGill University City birds are smarter than country birds https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/25518 <p><strong><em>By Cynthia Lee, <a href="//www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/">McGill Newsroom</a></em></strong></p> <p><em>Life in the city changes cognition, behavior and physiology of birds to their advantage</em></p> <p>Birds living in urban environments are smarter than birds from rural environments.</p> <p>But, why do city birds have the edge over their country friends? They adapted to their urban environments enabling them to exploit new resources more favorably than their rural counterparts, say a team of all-McGill University researchers.</p> Thu, 17 Mar 2016 14:52:28 +0000 McGill University Mysterious cosmic radio bursts found to repeat https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/25420 <p><em><strong>By Chris Chipello, </strong><a href="https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom"><strong>McGill Newsroom</strong></a></em></p> <p><em>Astronomers for the first time detect repeat ‘fast radio bursts’ from same sky location</em></p> <p>Astronomers for the first time have detected repeating short bursts of radio waves from an enigmatic source that is likely located well beyond the edge of our Milky Way galaxy. <span>The findings indicate that these “fast radio bursts” come from an extremely powerful object which occasionally produces multiple bursts in under a minute.</span></p> Wed, 02 Mar 2016 16:03:23 +0000 McGill University From backyard pool chemical to nanomaterial https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/25406 <p><b><i>By Chris Chipello, <a href="https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom">McGill Newsroom</a></i></b></p> <p>Could a cheap molecule used to disinfect swimming pools provide the key to creating a new form of DNA nanomaterials?</p> Mon, 29 Feb 2016 16:17:13 +0000 McGill University Want to rewire a neuron? You’ve got to take it slow https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/25175 <p><em><strong>By Katherine Gombay, </strong></em><em><strong><a href="//www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/">McGill Newsroom</a></strong></em></p> <p><em>New technique offers potential to reconnect neurons of people with central nervous system damage</em></p> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 15:02:11 +0000 McGill University Cost burden of Quebec’s carbon market seen as modest https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/25104 <p><strong><em>By Chris Chipello, <a href="//www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/">McGill Newsroom</a></em></strong></p> <p><em>Study by McGill researchers assesses short-run impacts on households, industries</em></p> <p>The cost burden of Quebec’s carbon-pricing policy, is likely to be modest across income groups and industries, according to a McGill University research team.</p> Tue, 19 Jan 2016 17:57:44 +0000 McGill University Nearing the limits of life on Earth https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/25096 <p><em><strong>By Katherine Gombay, </strong><strong><a href="//www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/">McGill Newsroom</a></strong></em></p> <p><em>Failure to find active microbes in coldest Antarctic soils has implications for search for life on Mars</em></p> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 17:11:06 +0000 McGill University Human sounds convey emotions better than words do https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/25070 <p><strong><em>By Katherine Gombay, <a href="https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom">McGill Newsroom</a></em></strong></p> <p><em>Brain uses “older” systems/structures to preferentially process emotion expressed through vocalizations</em></p> Mon, 11 Jan 2016 16:59:10 +0000 McGill University Overcoming hurdles to Arctic climate change adaptation https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/25049 <p><strong><em>By Katherine Gombay, <a href="https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom">McGill Newsroom</a></em></strong></p> <p><em>Arctic peoples inherently able to adapt given changes to various non-climatic factors</em></p> Tue, 22 Dec 2015 19:03:31 +0000 McGill University Could metal particles be the clean fuel of the future? https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/node/25013 <p><a href="//www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/files/newsroom/bergthorson1.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="//www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/files/newsroom/bergthorson1.jpg" /></a></p> <p>Can you imagine a future where your car is fueled by iron powder instead of gasoline?</p> <p>Metal powders, produced using clean primary energy sources, could provide a more viable long-term replacement for fossil fuels than other widely discussed alternatives, such as hydrogen, biofuels or batteries, according to a study in the Dec. 15 issue of the journal <em>Applied Energy</em>.</p> Mon, 07 Dec 2015 21:44:35 +0000 McGill University