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Choosing to End It All

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Studies show that the way a person makes decisions is among the main factors that determines whether they are protected from or vulnerable to suicide. This particular trait is partially shared with family members. Therapies could be adapted to...
27-Aug-2015 1:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Harnessing the Butterfly Effect

Paper shows how to directly harness the atmosphere’s elephantine memory to produce temperature forecasts that are somewhat more accurate than conventional numerical computer models. This new method shows that the so-called pause in global warming...
18-Aug-2015 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Pesticides: More Toxic Than Previously Thought?

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Insecticides that are sprayed in orchards and fields across North America may be more toxic to spiders than scientists previously believed.
6-Aug-2015 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Waiting for Pleasure

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Researchers at McGill University have clearly identified, for the first time, the specific parts of the brain involved in decisions that call for delayed gratification. They demonstrated that the hippocampus (associated with memory) and the nucleus...
4-Aug-2015 9:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Our Elegant Brain: Motor Learning in the Fast Lane

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Researchers at McGill University have discovered that to learn new motor skills, neurons within the cerebellum engage in elegant, virtually mathematical, computations to quickly compare expected and actual sensory feedback. They then quickly...
3-Aug-2015 3:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Are Fish Getting High on Cocaine?

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Both prescription and illegal drugs such as morphine, cocaine and oxycodone have been found in surface waters in Canadian rivers. New research from McGill shows that wastewater discharged from wastewater treatment plants in the Grand River watershed...
23-Jul-2015 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Taking the Pain Out of Office Work

McGill kinesiology researcher Julie Cote is interested in finding ways to reduce or even prevent the kinds of muscular and skeletal stresses and pains that will affect one in ten office workers at some point in their careers.
7-Jul-2015 9:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Could Black Phosphorus Be the Next Silicon?

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When electrons move in a phosphorus transistor, they do so only in two dimensions, according to a study published in Nature Communications . The finding suggests that black phosphorus could help engineers surmount one of the big challenges for...
6-Jul-2015 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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