Global warming ‘pause’ since 1998 reflects natural fluctuation

Research and Discovery

Statistical analysis of average global temperatures between 1998 and 2013 shows that the slowdown in global warming during this period is consistent with natural variations in temperature, according to research by McGill physics professor Shaun Lovejoy.

Radio-burst discovery deepens astrophysics mystery

Research and Discovery

The discovery of a split-second burst of radio waves by scientists using the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico provides important new evidence of mysterious pulses that appear to come from deep in outer space. The finding by an international team of astronomers that includes McGill’s Vicky Kaspi marks the first time that a so-called “fast radio burst” has been detected using an instrument other than the Parkes radio telescope in Australia.

Trocmé to head School of Social Work

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McGill’s School of Social Work has announced the appointment of Dr. Nico Trocmé as its new Director, effective July 1, replacing the previous Director, Dr. Wendy Thomson who is moving to England to take up a senior post in municipal government.

Scientists find key piece in brain tumour puzzle

Research and Discovery

Scientists have shown that a member of the protein family known as SUMO is a key to why tumour cells multiply uncontrollably, especially in the case of glioblastoma, the most common and lethal brain cancer.

A breakthrough for organic reactions in water

Research and Discovery

Green-chemistry researchers at McGill have discovered a way to use water as a solvent in one of the reactions most widely used to synthesize chemical products and pharmaceuticals. The findings mark a potential milestone in efforts to develop organic reactions in water.

A tiny molecule may help battle depression

Research and Discovery

Levels of a small molecule found only in humans and in other primates are lower in the brains of depressed individuals, according to researchers at McGill and the Douglas Institute. This discovery may hold a key to improving treatment options for those who suffer from depression.

Major upgrade of McTavish Reservoir closes Rutherford Park

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Montreal in the summer is a festival of festivals. The Jazz Festival, the Just for Laughs Festival, a host of film festivals and, of course, the ubiquitous construction festival. Include a new addition to the latter – a major overhaul of the McTavish Reservoir. Work started on June 9 and is slated for completion in December of this year, to be followed by an extensive renovation of the park that will continue until 2016.

Fly girls ready to takeoff

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Having received her Engineering degree on May 29, Annie Wen is flying pretty high. But she’s soaring even higher than your typical McGill graduate – about 10,000 feet higher – because she is one-third of the Montreal Flyers, a team of three young women pilots from McGill who will take part in the Air Race Classic (ARC) from June 16 – 19.

Melatonin makes old bones stronger; research on elderly rats may have implications for osteoporosis

Research and Discovery

“Old rats are tedious to work with,” says Faleh Tamimi, a professor in the School of Dentistry. “They get sick a lot and that means they also cost a lot more. But if you’re interested in aging and diseases like osteoporosis they’re an essential part of the process.” Tamimi is the leader of a McGill team which has just discovered that supplements of melatonin make bones stronger in elderly rats and therefore, potentially, in humans too.

The amazing mace

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Ceremonial maces aren’t just symbols of a governing body, they’re works of art. When the Principal of the University of Edinburgh discovered that McGill didn’t have a mace, he put the students in his School of Design to work. Now the finely crafted fruit of their creativity is about to make its McGill debut.