New theory on how Earth’s crust was created

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Conventional theory holds that all of the early Earth’s crustal ingredients were formed by volcanic activity. Now, however, McGill earth scientists Don Baker and Kassandra Sofonio have published a theory with a novel twist: some of the chemical components of this material settled onto Earth’s early surface from the steamy atmosphere that prevailed at the time. The experimental findings could guide search for exoplanets that may harbor life.

Bright future for self-charging batteries

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New technology developed by Hydro-Québec and McGill could one day make battery chargers obsolete.

Smart wheelchair gives users more autonomy

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In the 1950s, Canadian inventor George Klein built the first electric wheelchair – considered one of the greatest inventions in the history of Canadian science and engineering. Now Computer Engineering professor Joëlle Pineau is working on advancing Klein’s work with the next generation of user-friendly wheelchairs.

When children see war as better than peace

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For most people, the end of a war offers relief, hope, and an end to violence. This may not be the case for children born of wartime rape, however, who often endure continued brutality in the post-war period.

Power to the people

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Without electricity not much gets done these days. That’s why McGill’s best Artificial Intelligence brains are making the electrical grid smarter and more responsive, to avoid outages and accommodate increasing input into the grid from solar and wind power.

BUILD grant breathes life into lung disease research

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Supported by funding from Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd, Carolyn Baglole hopes to unravel the mystery of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a fatal lung disease that affects some 15,000 Canadians.

Improving memory with magnets

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The ability to remember sounds, and manipulate them in our minds, is incredibly important to our daily lives — without it we would not be able to understand a sentence, or do simple arithmetic. New research is shedding light on how sound memory works in the brain, and is even demonstrating a means to improve it.

Encouraging results for patients with aggressive brain cancer

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Based on recent information on the mechanisms of chemotherapy, a team of researchers of the McGill University Health Centre have developed a new clinical approach to increase the efficiency of treatment of malignant brain tumours that shows promising survival rates while reducing burden on health resources

Child marriage still widespread in sub-Saharan Africa

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Although child marriage has become less common in sub-Saharan Africa, more than one third of girls continue to marry before reaching their 18th birthday in over half of the 31 countries examined in a new study from McGill.

Wood stoves: Good for the soul, bad for the heart

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By comparing pollution data from three cities in British Columbia with hospital admissions, researchers from McGill and Health Canada found that rising concentrations of fine particulate air pollution caused by wood burning were associated with increased hospitalization for myocardial infarction.