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Campus - Health - 31.08.2021
A skin crawling treatment for acne?
Drawing inspiration from nature, a team of international scientists have invented a smart device for personalized skin care modeled after the male diving beetle. This tool collects and monitors body fluids while sticking to the skin's surface, paving the way for more accurate diagnostics and treatment for skin diseases and conditions like acne.

Life Sciences - Campus - 30.08.2021
Tracking genetically modified animals
McGill researchers have discovered a new way to track genetically modified animals using the artificial transgenes they leave behind in the environment. The discovery provides a powerful new tool to locate and manage genetically modified animals that have escaped or been released into the wild.

Life Sciences - Campus - 25.08.2021
Mice Can Learn Much Faster than Previously Thought
Your commute to work may seem like a mundane thing, but it is a great example of the complicated tasks our brains must carry out on a daily basis: navigation, memory, decision-making, sensory processing, and so on. Researchers often use animal models, such as mice, to study the neural processes underlying these behaviors.

Politics - Campus - 18.08.2021
Greater scientific expertise needed in Parliament to improve decision-making
A new academic study finds that an over-representation of MPs with social sciences backgrounds limits debate on STEM topics. Last updated on Wednesday 1 September 2021 Political parties need to put more effort into recruiting candidates with scientific backgrounds in order to increase 'cognitive diversity' among MPs, say the authors of a new academic study.

Life Sciences - Campus - 17.08.2021
Uncovering the relationship between lifestyle, personality and brain structure
Danilo Bzdok, a researcher at The Neuro, McGill's Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute, uses machine learning to identify patterns in human neurological and psychological data. One of his team's recent studies  analyzed personality profiles, demographic status and social lifestyle from a cohort of 40,000  UK Biobank  middle aged participants.

Chemistry - Campus - 09.08.2021
Lighting the way to improved biomaterials
Researchers from McGill University believe that they have found a way to improve the development of biomaterials that could be instrumental in drug delivery, tissue regeneration, nano-optics and nanoelectronics. The team, led by Hanadi Sleiman , Full Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in DNA Nanoscience in the Department of Chemistry, developed a method inspired by the way nature repairs defective materials in order to create sturdier forms.

Life Sciences - Campus - 02.08.2021
How headless hydra feel, react to prodding
Rice University lab maps neural networks, responses in tiny, jellyfish-like creatures Even the simplest creatures seem extraordinarily complex when you look beneath the surface. Fortunately, hydra make that part easy. Rice electrical and computer engineer Jacob Robinson and lead author and alumna Krishna Badhiwala of the university's Brown School of Engineering are taking advantage of the animal's transparency to do the hard part, manipulating the small, remarkably resilient creatures in just about every possible way to learn how they sense touch.

Campus - Social Sciences - 28.07.2021
Using AI to predict suicidal behaviours in students
How can we predict suicide risk in students, especially at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected many people's mental health? According to researchers from Montreal and France, self-esteem represents an important predictive marker of suicidal risk. The team from McGill University, University of Montreal, Inserm, and Université de Bordeaux is using artificial intelligence to identify factors that accurately predict suicidal behavior in students.

Life Sciences - Campus - 23.07.2021
’Feel Good’ Brain Messenger Can Be Willfully Controlled
Neuroscientists show that mice can learn to manipulate random dopamine impulses for reward From the thrill of hearing an ice cream truck approaching to the spikes of pleasure while sipping a fine wine, the neurological messenger known as dopamine has been popularly described as the brain's "feel good" chemical related to reward and pleasure.

Campus - 20.07.2021
Measuring creativity, one word at a time
Can you think of three words that are completely unrelated to one another? What about four, five, or even ten? According to an international team of researchers from McGill University, Harvard University and the University of Melbourne, this simple exercise of naming unrelated words and then measuring the semantic distance between them could serve as an objective measure of creativity.

Life Sciences - Campus - 08.07.2021
Cell structure previously associated with disease actually improves brain function
Researchers at McGill University have shown that a brain cell structure previously thought to be pathological in fact enhances cells' ability to transmit information and correlates with better learning on certain tasks. In a study published , the team investigated swellings that occur in the axons of Purkinje cells in the cerebellum.

Campus - Pedagogy - 08.07.2021
Understanding our perception of rhythm
Scientists have long known that while listening to a sequence of sounds, people often perceive a rhythm, even when the sounds are identical and equally spaced. One regularity that was discovered over 100 years ago is the Iambic-Trochaic Law : when every other sound is loud, we tend to hear groups of two sounds with an initial beat.

Health - Campus - 06.07.2021
Patently harmful: fewer female inventors a problem for women’s health
"Necessity is the father of invention," but where is its mother? According to a new study published in Science , fewer women hold biomedical patents, leading to a reduced number of patented technologies designed to address problems affecting women. While there are well-known biases that limit the number of women in science and technology, the consequences extend beyond the gender gap in the labour market, say researchers from McGill University, Harvard Business School, and the Universidad de Navarra in Barcelona.

Environment - Campus - 30.06.2021
Faecal records show Maya population affected by climate change
A McGill-led study has shown that the size of the Maya population in the lowland city of Itzan (in present-day Guatemala) varied over time in response to climate change. The findings, published recently in Quaternary Science Reviews , show that both droughts and very wet periods led to important population declines.

Life Sciences - Campus - 24.06.2021
First CRISPR/Cas9-based Gene Drive in Plants
New technology designed to breed more robust crops to improve agricultural yield and resist the effects of climate change With a goal of breeding resilient crops that are better able to withstand drought and disease, University of California San Diego scientists have developed the first CRISPR-Cas9-based gene drive in plants.

Campus - Politics - 23.06.2021
Powerful People are Less Likely to be Understanding When Mistakes are Made
Those with privilege are less aware of constraints others face and are more likely to punish subordinates, according to new UC San Diego research Those with power, such as the wealthy are more likely to blame others for having shortcomings and they are also less troubled by reports of inequality, according to recent research from the University of California San Diego's Rady School of Management.

Campus - 21.06.2021
Data breaches: Most victims unaware when shown evidence of multiple compromised accounts
It's been nine years since the LinkedIn data breach, eight years since Adobe customers were victims of cyber attackers and four years since Equifax made headlines for the exposure of private information of millions of people. The number of data breaches and victims has multiplied rapidly over the past decade or so, but aside from these well-publicized cases, most participants in a recent University of Michigan study remained unaware that their email addresses and other personal information had been compromised in five data breaches on average.

Campus - 18.06.2021
The secret to acquiring professional skills
The secret to acquiring professional skills
While it is important for students to work in groups during their studies, that is not enough for them to acquire many of the transversal skills needed in the professional world. A recent EPFL study highlights the need for engineering courses to explicitly address professional skills through a combination of theory and feedback.

Environment - Campus - 17.06.2021
'Doomsday Glacier' may be more stable than initially feared
’Doomsday Glacier’ may be more stable than initially feared
The world's largest ice sheets may be in less danger of sudden collapse than previously predicted, according to new findings led by the University of Michigan. The study, published in Science, included simulating the demise of West Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier, one of the world's largest and most unstable glaciers.

Environment - Campus - 15.06.2021
Mountain fires burning higher at unprecedented rates
Forest fires have crept higher up mountains over the past few decades, scorching areas previously too wet to burn, according to researchers from McGill University. As wildfires advance uphill, a staggering 11% of all Western U.S. forests are now at risk. "Climate change and drought conditions in the West are drying out high-elevation forests, making them particularly susceptible to blazes," says lead author Mohammad Reza Alizadeha , a PhD candidate at McGill University under the supervision of Professor Jan Adamowski.
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