Contributors from this year

Apr 9, 2013

Our contributors make this paper possible. Thank you! We love you. Mayaz Alam Rebecca Alter Mido Assran Emilio Assuncao Rebecca Babcock Hrant Bardakjian Max Berger Justin Berot-Burns Anand Bery Priyanka Biljani Ilia Blinderman Matt Bobkin Anna Bock Tara...

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Ideas spark at interface of physics, biology

Leigh MillerDec 3, 2012

Humming away in the Rutherford Physics building, a long cold walk from Stewart Bio, is a computer that can predict one of the fundamental processes in biology: how vertebrae form. Paul François, associate professor in the department of physics, and associate member of the department of biology, is one researcher applying physics to biology problems. “There is a current boom in this field, at...

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This Week in Research

Leigh Miller and Caity HuiDec 3, 2012

  Vitamin D and cancer Vitamin D is correlated with many health benefits, including lower cancer risk; but until now, the link has always been unclear. McGill researchers have uncovered a piece of the puzzle, explaining how the vitamin may help to prevent cancer. In a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from the departments of medicine...

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Weekly Crossword

Leigh MillerNov 26, 2012

The answers are available here!

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Trottier Symposium serves up science to curio...

Leigh MillerNov 19, 2012

Last week, the McGill Office of Science and Society hosted the Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium, a lecture series that brings science to the public. Food: A Serving of Science featured four lectures on the science of diet and nutrition. The panelists...

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Naturopathic medicine: health care boon or ba...

Leigh MillerNov 12, 2012

Last week, SUS hosted its annual Graduate and Professional Schools Fair. Some students were surprised to see the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and the Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine listed next to the McGill University Department of Human...

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This Week in Research

Leigh MillerNov 12, 2012

HIV Vaccine Researchers at the University of Western Ontario and Sumagen Canada are one step closer to creating a marketable HIV vaccine. Last week, Dr. Chil-Yong Kang successfully completed the first phase of human clinical trials. The vaccine SAV001-H, is a...

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Open Access offers antidote to overpriced jou...

Leigh MillerNov 5, 2012

To students leaving the academic world, the cost of information may come as a shock. Without access to the extensive collections of the McGill library, journal articles cost around 30 dollars per view. The library pays thousands of dollars per journal subscription. In 2011, McGill paid $12,224,900 for journals and research database access; thisrepresents more than 30 per cent of the Library...

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This week in research

Leigh MillerOct 30, 2012

Flightless Birds Flightless birds are an evolutionary puzzle. The most befuddling aspect of these seemingly-related animals is their dispersion across far corners of the earth, because, well, they’re flightless. Two opposing ideas seek to explain the...

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Christie Rowe: earthquake hunter

Leigh MillerOct 16, 2012

Christie Rowe is an earthquake hunter. The Wares Faculty Scholar and assistant professor of earth and planetary science at McGill travels the world studying fossilized earthquakes— earthquakes that occur deep in the earth’s crust, but eventually leave a...

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FEATURE: Free Education Goes Online

Leigh MillerSep 11, 2012

Many McGill students see recorded lectures as an invitation to take courses from the comfort of their sweatpants and couch. While many students just don’t want to get out of bed, professors at Stanford and educational researchers are thinking bigger: why...

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