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Psychology - Campus - 30.03.2021
Cardiorespiratory fitness improves grades at school
Cardiorespiratory fitness improves grades at school
By confirming the link between children's cardiorespiratory fitness and their school results, researchers at the UNIGE underline the importance of physical education classes at school. Recent studies indicate a link between children's cardiorespiratory fitness and their school performance: the more athletic they are, the better their marks in the main subjects - French and mathematics.

Campus - Social Sciences - 29.03.2021
When parole, probation officers choose empathy, returns to jail decline
The new study suggests that empathy training for parole and probation officers helps deter their clients from reoffending. (iStockphoto) Heavy caseloads, job stress and biases can strain relations between parole and probation officers and their clients, upping offenders' likelihood of landing back behind bars.

Campus - 29.03.2021
Remote-friendly student project presentations enable creativity and risk-taking
Remote-friendly student project presentations enable creativity and risk-taking
In a two-year study that could help guide educators developing the post-pandemic new normal, student groups at the University of Michigan assigned to make video presentations showed more creativity and risk-taking than groups making conventional in-person presentations. "Given the importance of project-based learning, our study provides a way to turn virtual limitations into an advantage,” said Fei Wen, U-M associate professor of chemical engineering.

Campus - Social Sciences - 24.03.2021
Bilingual babies prefer baby talk - in any language
Babies prefer baby talk in any language, but particularly when it's in a language they're hearing at home, according to a new study including close to 700 babies on four continents. The research, which was published today in the journal Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science and included researchers from McGill University, showed that all babies respond more to infant-directed speech - baby talk -than they do to adult-directed speech.

Campus - Health - 11.03.2021
Air pollution: The silent killer called PM2.5
Millions of people die prematurely every year from diseases and cancer caused by air pollution. The first line of defence against this carnage is ambient air quality standards. Yet, according to researchers from McGill University, over half of the world's population lives without the protection of adequate air quality standards.

Campus - 04.03.2021
A mass exodus from California? Not exactly, says new Berkeley study
A mass exodus from California? Not exactly, says new Berkeley study
New research released today by the UC Berkeley California Policy Lab finds that, contrary to some news media reports suggesting a mass exodus from California, most moves in 2020 happened within the state.

Environment - Campus - 04.03.2021
Will climate change outpace species adaptation?
Many species might be left vulnerable in the face of climate change, unable to adapt their physiologies to respond to rapid global warming. According to a team of international researchers, species evolve heat tolerance more slowly than cold tolerance, and the level of heat they can adapt to has limits.

Environment - Campus - 22.02.2021
There is no one-size-fits-all road to sustainability on "Patchwork Earth"
In a world as diverse as our own, the journey towards a sustainable future will look different depending on where in the world we live, according to a recent paper published in One Earth and led by McGill University, with researchers from the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Physics - Campus - 19.02.2021
IBM's Quantum computer links two quantum revolutions
IBM's Quantum computer links two quantum revolutions
Using the IBM Q computer, physicists at EPFL have verified for the first time the tight relationship between quantum entanglement and wave-particle duality, showing that the former controls the latter in a quantum system. "It is possible to do experiments in fundamental physics on the remotely accessible IBM Q quantum computer ," says Marc-André Dupertuis, a physicist at EPFL's School of Basic Sciences.

Health - Campus - 17.02.2021
Viruses can ’hijack’ cellular process to block immune response
Research led by McGill University and Queen's University Belfast has found that viruses can 'hijack' an existing molecular process in the cell in order to block the body's antiviral immune response to a viral infection. The results of the study have been published in the journal Molecular Cell . As the current COVID-19 pandemic has proven, viral infection is a significant threat to the health of humans as well as livestock, pets, and plants.

Health - Campus - 15.02.2021
Kennedy Institute adds data scientist for COVID-19 research
Kennedy Institute adds data scientist for COVID-19 research
Anton Zhang '16 will manage projects using data from MD Anderson's D3CODE With so many questions still surrounding COVID-19, there is one certainty: Pandemic-related research is here to stay. "The research on it will last, and it's going to create a lot of impact,” said the Ken Kennedy Institute 's Anton Zhang '16.

Astronomy / Space Science - Campus - 10.02.2021
Astronomers uncover mysterious origins of ’super-Earths’
Mini-Neptunes and super-Earths up to four times the size of our own are the most common exoplanets orbiting stars beyond our solar system. Until now, super-Earths were thought to be the rocky cores of mini-Neptunes whose gassy atmospheres were blown away. In a new study published in The Astrophysical Journal , astronomers from McGill University show that some of these exoplanets never had gaseous atmospheres to begin with, shedding new light on their mysterious origins.

Campus - 09.02.2021
How accurate are first impressions on a first date?
The high stakes of first dates require would-be partners to make and interpret first impressions. But, can we rely on these first impressions to accurately assess someone's personality? According to researchers from McGill University , the answer is yes, although it may be more difficult than in more casual settings.

Social Sciences - Campus - 08.02.2021
Happiness really does come for free
Economic growth is often prescribed as a sure way of increasing the well-being of people in low-income countries, but a study led by McGill and the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technologies at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) suggests that there may be good reason to question this assumption.

Life Sciences - Campus - 03.02.2021
When the bloom is off: why do some plants produce small and unattractive flowers?
Picture a flower: what do you see? A bright and showy splash of contrasting colours? Well, not all plants produce flowers that are only like that. Some plant species actually produce two types: "normal" ones that look great, and "runts" that are small, never open and, rather than attract pollinating insects, instead pollinate themselves.

Campus - Economics / Business - 20.01.2021
How Fellow Students Improve Your Own Grades
Better grades thanks to your fellow students? A study conducted by the University of Zurich's Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics has revealed that not only the grade point average, gender and nationality peers can influence your own academic achievement, but so can their personalities. Intensive contact and interaction with persistent fellow students improve your own performance, and this effect even endures in subsequent semesters.

Environment - Campus - 20.01.2021
Methane emissions from abandoned oil and gas wells underestimated
Bubbles of methane gas in water around an unplugged oil/gas well in Pennsylvania . CREDIT: Mary Kang A recent McGill study published in Environmental Science and Technology finds that annual methane emissions from abandoned oil and gas (AOG) wells in Canada and the US have been greatly underestimated - by as much as 150% in Canada, and by 20% in the US.

Paleontology - Campus - 19.01.2021
Discovery of new praying mantis species from the time of the dinosaurs
Artist's interpretation of Labradormantis guilbaulti in liftoff among the leaves of a sycamore tree, Labrador, around 100 million years ago. The interpretation is based on fossils (for the wings) and living and extinct relatives (for the rest of the body). Fossilized sycamore leaves have been found in the same deposits as the mantis wings and show that this new insect species would have lived in a lush warm temperate forest during the Cretaceous.

Astronomy / Space Science - Campus - 18.01.2021
A ’super-puff’ planet like no other
The core mass of the giant exoplanet WASP-107b is much lower than what was thought necessary to build up the immense gas envelope surrounding giant planets like Jupiter and Saturn, according to a Canadian-led team of astronomers, including McGill University Professor Eve Lee. This intriguing discovery by Caroline Piaulet of the Université de Montréal under the supervision of Björn Benneke suggests that gas-giant planets form a lot more easily than previously believed.

Campus - Life Sciences - 15.01.2021
Well-built muscles underlie athletic performance in birds
Muscle structure and body size predict the athletic performance of Olympic athletes, such as sprinters. The same, it appears, is true of wild seabirds that can commute hundreds of kilometres a day to find food, according to a recent paper by scientists from McGill and Colgate universities published in the Journal of Experimental Biology .