Looking for love on a laptop

Posted on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 3:48 pm

You would think that anonymity would benefit women using online dating services, but according to research by McGill’s Jui Ramaprasad, it might actually put them at a disadvantage.

A computer’s perspective on how literature works

Posted on Monday, March 21, 2016 at 3:37 pm

Can a computer’s quantitative analysis shed light on some of the inner workings of literature? That’s the mission for McGill professor Andrew Piper and .txtLAB.

Speaking volumes without a word

Posted on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 8:13 pm

Want to convey how you’re feeling? It’s quicker to do it with a roar or a grunt than with words. McGill professor Mark Pell explains the findings of a recent research study.

The gift of you

Posted on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 7:44 pm

Want to buy great gifts for your loved ones? Assistant professor of psychology Lauren Human advises you to focus on your interests, not theirs.

Shutting down salmonella

Posted on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 2:52 pm

Food scientist Lawrence Goodridge is leading an ambitious research effort aimed at dramatically reducing the impact of salmonella, a bacteria that costs the Canadian economy $1 billion.

Simulating a world of high stakes

Posted on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 3:59 pm

by Patrick McDonagh How do medical students learn to be doctors? How do nursing students learn to be nurses? The answer seems straightforward. By going to university and studying under the guidance of experts. By going into hospitals and observing seasoned practitioners in action. But how do they learn to master a tricky medical procedure [...]

The brothels of 19th century Montreal

Posted on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 4:24 pm

In her new book, social historian Mary Anne Poutanen, BA’83, MA’86, explores the lives of prostitutes in Montreal two centuries ago.

Is suicide linked to risky behaviour?

Posted on Friday, October 9, 2015 at 4:27 pm

Research led by McGill’s Fabrice Jollant points to a potential connection between suicide vulnerability and high-risk decision-making in families.

Reacting to the rhythm

Posted on Friday, October 9, 2015 at 4:26 pm

by Andrew Mahon Is music truly universal? If so, you’d think that 40 Canadians in Montreal and 40 Mbenzele Pygmies in the Congo would have more or less the same response to, say, Bernard Herrmann’s frenzied score for the infamous shower scene in Psycho. A McGill/ Université de Montréal research team put that notion to [...]

The marvels of microbe poo

Posted on Friday, October 9, 2015 at 4:23 pm

By Mark Reynolds Fool’s gold — that deceptively glittering mineral that filled the matchbox treasuries of many an elementary school geologist — is a key to geological time, opening a door on climate from eons past. It is also made of poop. The sulfide that bonds with iron to create glittering pyrite comes from anaerobic microbe excrement. Boswell Wing, [...]