Highlights / McGill

Sports

University picks new sports teams name, replaces controversial one

In the wave of controversy that has swept North American sports team names, another well-known long-standing name has been dropped. The latest to do so is one of Canada’s oldest and respected institutions, McGill University in Montreal and today they »

Environment & Animal Life, Internet, Science & Technology

Improving drones to study bats, birds and insects

A team at McGill University is looking to increase and improve the use of drones to study wildlife, specifically bats, birds and insects. The team has long been studying the use of drones for the observation of birds, but it »

Health, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Obesity and aging: study finds obesity can speed aging

One might think that obesity and the effects of aging are two relatively unrelated health issues. A new study however shows that in fact obesity has many similar effects on the body function as those that occur due to aging. »

Health, Internet, Science & Technology

New technique greatly improves amputees’ quality of life

A new technique to improve the lives of amputees was performed for the first time in Quebec recently. It involves a titanium rod inserted into the femur and extending outside the body. A prosthesis is then attached to the rod. »

Health, International, Internet, Science & Technology

When a common medical research tool is not entirely accurate

Medical research into the complex and detailed field of cell function, genetics, and related diseases use antibodies to detect where proteins are in the cell and their number.  Proteins are biomolecules that translate information from an organism’s genes into the »

Economy, Health, Society

Premium tea: Are you drinking microplastics?

It what may be a surprising if not alarming study, drinkers of premium teas could be ingesting substantial amounts of microplastics. The study from McGill University in Montreal examined the use of so-called “silken” teabags instead of typical paper teabags. »

Health, Internet, Science & Technology

Training brain surgeons with VR and AI

It’s a technology that is revolutionising surgical training. When a surgeon starts to work on you, you’d like them to be experienced. Typically though that comes with practice. Now as in the airline industry, that practice and dealing with unexpected »

Economy, Society

Airbnb and effect on rental housing market

Looking to rent an apartment or home and finding options limited and costs rising quickly? A new study seems to confirm earlier studies that suggest Airbnb and other short-term rental services are the cause. The latest report from McGill University »

International, Politics

Iran-US tensions, cranked up another two notches

World oil prices climbed today on the news that Iran shot down a U.S. drone in a further incident in the latest escalation of tensions between the two countries. The U.S. has already accused Iran of attaching mines to oil »

Health, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Cannabis: the young developing mind and later depression and suicidal tendencies

A new study finds an apparent association between consuming cannabis when young and a later incidence of depression and suicidal tendencies in young adults. Lead author of the study is Dr Gabriella Gobbi (PhD, M.D.). She is a professor of »