An analysis of temperature data since 1500 all but rules out the possibility that global warming in the industrial era is just a natural fluctuation in the earth’s climate, according to a new study by McGill physics professor Shaun Lovejoy.
Whole-genome sequencing programs for newborbs – which involve drawing a few drops of blood from a newborn’s heel – have been in place since the late 1960s, and are credited with having saved thousands of lives by identifying certain disorders that can be treated effectively when caught early enough. As the technology is becoming increasingly affordable and reliable, researchers at McGill say making whole-genome sequencing part of routine screening programs for newborns raises ethical, legal and social issues that should be weighed carefully.
Young men who have suffered from depression early in life are more vulnerable than women to spending many hours in front of a screen later on in life.
Unlike many winter-weary Montrealers, microbiologist Lyle Whyte isn’t one to complain about frigid climes, having conducted the bulk of his research up at McGill’s High Arctic Station for the past 14 years. In fact, his wealth of experience working in extreme cold temperatures recently helped him land a spot on an elite team of scientists handpicked by the European Space Agency (ESA) to work on the ambitious ExoMars 2018 project, specifically as a member of the Landing Site Selection Working Group. The mission? To find life on Mars.
Rate of change in the thickness of the brain’s cortex is an important factor associated with a person’s change in IQ, according to a collaborative study by scientists in five countries including researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro – McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre. The study has potentially wide-ranging implications for the pedagogical world and for judicial cases in which the defendant’s IQ score could play a role in determining the severity of the sentence.
Public health physician David Buckeridge uses checkout grocery data from Montreal neighbourhoods as tool to combat unhealthy food choices and encourage healthier diets.
A new study by McGill researchers shows climate change has put a freshwater lid on the Antarctic ocean, trapping warm water in the deepest regions of the ocean. The new work may help explain a scientific mystery: the recent discovery that Antarctic Bottom Water, which fills the deepest layer of the world ocean, has been shrinking over the last few decades.
Is biodiverse agriculture an anachronism? Or is it a vital part of a food-secure future? Given the need to feed an estimated 2.4 billion more people by the year 2050, the drive toward large-scale, single-crop farming around the world may seem inexorable.
A new study by McGill will examine whether vaccinating only one partner in a couple against the human papillomavirus (HPV) can help prevent transmission of HPV to the unvaccinated partner. The study aims to determine the efficacy of an HPV vaccine in reducing transmission of genital, anal, and oral HPV infection in unvaccinated sexual partners of vaccinated individuals.
The groundwater footprint. If you haven’t heard that term yet, read on, because it soon could become as familiar as “carbon footprint.”