These fins are made for walkin’

Posted on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 11:32 am

by Shannon Palus, BSc’13 Hans Larsson, BSc’94, and his research team raised fish to walk on land. The fish in question are Senegal bichirs — long eel-like fish that resemble the creatures that first walked on land 400 million years ago. Together with post-doc students Emily Standen and Trina Du, BSc’11, Larsson, McGill’s Canada Research Chair in Vertebrate [...]

Uncovering the hidden injury

Posted on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 11:25 am

by Diana Kwon Unlike broken limbs or torn ligaments, concussions can easily go unnoticed — especially if the person who just suffered one is reluctant to mention any symptoms. In a recent survey of 469 varsity athletes in Montreal conducted by McGill researchers, 78 per cent of athletes who believed they had experienced concussions admitted they didn’t [...]

More wolves on Wall Street

Posted on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 11:19 am

by Mark Reynolds After the turmoil of the 2008 crash, it seemed there was no space for another smudge on the reputation of the financial markets. Yet research by Patrick Augustin suggests that a surprisingly large number of mergers and acquisitions spur “abnormal” activity on the options market consistent with insider trading. Augustin, an assistant [...]

Children of the ice storm

Posted on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 10:56 am

by Mark Reynolds Many of the people who experienced the 1998 Quebec ice storm still have lingering concerns that the cold and darkness from the weeks-long blackout that hit parts of the province might return. Even some Quebeckers with no memory of the event at all were affected in ways we are only beginning to [...]

Tiny beads of trouble

Posted on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 10:51 am

by Shannon Palus, BSc’13 Two years ago, Anthony Ricciardi was investigating an invasive species of clams in the St. Lawrence River, scooping them up with a steel grab – a device reminiscent of the little crane that picks up handfuls of candy in arcade games. Along with the bottom-burrowing creatures, Ricciardi, an associate professor affiliated [...]

Uncovering the many faces of Anonymous

Posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 10:34 am

In her new book, McGill professor Gabriella Coleman takes readers behind the Guy Fawkes mask to explore the intricacies and motivations of the notorious Anonymous hacker group.

A promising new approach to Alzheimer’s

Posted on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 2:33 pm

The cure for Alzheimer’s disease has been maddeningly elusive. But a recent discovery by McGill researcher Judes Poirier points to a new strategy with huge potential.

“Where are the hidden cameras?” How culture affects mental illness

Posted on Monday, August 11, 2014 at 10:10 pm

Ian Gold, BA’84, MA’87, and Joel Gold, MDCM’95, explore a peculiar delusion that causes people to believe that they’re the stars of a reality TV show.

The combative economist

Posted on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 10:56 am

Tom Naylor says his new book, Counterfeit Crime: Criminal Profits, Terror Dollars, and Nonsense, is his “angriest and most cynical” to date. And for the consistently controversial economics professor, that’s saying something.

Spare the rod, thinner the child?

Posted on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 11:53 am

According to a recent study by McGill researcher Lisa Kakinami, there seems a link between parenting practices and the risk of childhood obesity.