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BIOLOGY PROFESSOR CATHERINE POTVIN IS A NEW BREED OF ACADEMIC: equal parts researcher and teacher, community activist, journalist, and even extreme adventurer. Read more>>


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MOTHER NATURE HAS BEEN DESIGNING DURABLE MATERIALS A LOT LONGER THAN HUMANS HAVE. The results are impressive — and instructive. Read more>>


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Game-based approaches to solving the real-world problems of genetic alignment and lazy eye. Read more>>


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In addition to being a full-time student at the Faculty of Law, Jonathan Elston is also an accredited mediator, tech whiz and entrepreneur. In December 2013, he launched an app and website called Mediate2Go.com.Read more>>


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IN THE FIRST LARGE-SCALE REVIEW OF 400 RESEARCH PAPERS about the neurochemistry of music, psychology professor Daniel Levitin and postdoctoral researcher Mona Lisa Chanda note that playing and listening to music have clear benefits for mental and physical health. Read more>>


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THE HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS—HIV—AFFECTS AN ESTIMATED 2.4 MILLION PEOPLE IN INDIA and the stigma and discrimination often associated with HIV interferes with proper diagnosis and treatment. Nitika Pant Pai, an assistant professor of medicine (clinical epidemiology), has developed an award-winning HIV screening strategy with an oral, over-the-counter self-test that detects the presence of HIV antibodies. [...]


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AH DOPAMINE, THAT FASCINATING NEUROTRANSMITTER linked to the brain’s reward pathways and implicated in everything from addiction to Parkinson’s disease. In a report published in the academic journal Appetite, researchers at the McGill-affiliated Douglas Mental Health University Institute say they are the first to connect a specific dopamine suppressing gene with a predisposition to childhood [...]


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MRI SCANS JUST GOT THE GOOGLE EARTH TREATMENT. BigBrain, the first 3D microstructural model of the entire human brain, allows users to zoom into the brain to see various cells the way we zoom into satellite images and see houses on a street. The interface is free and publicly available to researchers worldwide at bigbrain.loris.ca. [...]


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001// Seeking to answer questions about how birds got their wings, HANS LARSSON (Redpath Museum) and former graduate student ALEXANDER DECECCHI performed regression analyses on two datasets of fossil measurement. They found that the ratio of limb length to body size underwent a dramatic change when dinosaurs transitioned into birds 150 million years ago. These findings [...]


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In the same way that spring training is intended to whip baseball players into shape for the upcoming season, so can you put your brain through the paces and fend off dementia in old age with a new cognitive training project offered by the McGill Centre for Studies in Aging and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute.