Arctic beetles may be ideal marker of climate change

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McGill researchers believe that Arctic beetles may prove to be ideal markers of climate change, since any changes in climate that affect the soil, plants and animals on which the beetles depend are likely to be quickly reflected in changes in the beetle communities.

McGill prof: We need smart tolls on our bridges

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Montreal, like other cities, needs to consider “congestion pricing” – putting a price on traffic congestion the way provinces should be putting a price on carbon, says Economics Professor Christopher Ragan, Chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, a McGill-based think-tank developing practical policies to improve economic performance and the environment.

Road trip! Chem-E Car off to finals in Salt Lake City

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After a stellar performance at the AIChE Northeastern Student Regional Competition in Boston earlier this month, McGill’s Chem-E Car qualified for the North American finals in Salt Lake City, Utah.

What’s that? Did you say free hearing screening?

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According to Statistics Canada, more than 1 million Canadians reported having some sort of hearing-related disability, more than 50 per cent greater than the number of people reporting problems with their eyesight. Free hearing screenings will be available to the public (including children over three years old) on Friday, March 20, and Tuesday, March 24.

Exploring social innovation in the Quartier de l’innovation

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University campuses across Canada are recognizing the power of social innovation to create impactful change within and beyond their campus borders, and McGill is striving to lead the pack with the Quartier de l’innovation (QI). The QI district is composed of four distinct neighborhoods – Pointe-St-Charles, St-Henri, Griffintown and Little Burgundy – each possessing its own unique characteristics and challenges. This sector is also home to a dynamic social economy as well as numerous non-profit organizations. Since McGill and ÉTS launched the QI in 2013, McGill has initiated several social innovation projects.

Hot Button Issues forum sparks weighty debate

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McGill’s first Hot Button Issues forum provided a variety of ethical case studies for discussion at various tables. Topics ranged from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to the use of big data; dual-use research, where results could be used for good or evil purposes; the ethics of programming driver-less cars that need to make decisions autonomously in the case of an impending accident; bio security; and military robots.

JGH sports medicine doctor launches on-line physical activity course

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In an effort to make physical inactivity as socially unacceptable as smoking in public buildings or driving under the influence of alcohol, Dr. Ian Shrier has embarked on an ambitious “massive open online course” (MOOC) on sports and exercise. The ten-module course, called The Body Matters, launches on Wednesday, February 25. Already 21,000 people from 176 different countries who are interested in learning about, and improving their participation in, physical activity are registered.

Building ties across the globe

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Five McGill Law students spent their fall exchange semester in Asia and all five say they return to Canada with new understandings of what it means to study and practice law.

100 undergrads join the fight against superbugs

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Some experts say that superbugs, antibiotic-resistant bacteria that make infections increasingly difficult to treat, pose one of the greatest threats to human health worldwide. But with big pharma producing fewer new antibiotics, who is going to jump into the fray? A global network of determined undergraduates, that’s who.

Children who get their ZZZs have better chance at getting A’s

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Making sure school-aged kids get to sleep at a regular hour is often a struggle for parents. But a study by researchers at McGill and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute suggests it’s well worth the effort: the researchers found that a good night’s sleep is linked to better performance in math and languages – subjects that are powerful predictors of later learning and academic success.