Latest University of Montreal Stories

How Plastic Solar Panels Work
2014-07-01 03:15:11

University of Montreal Findings open the way to greater efficiencies and use This news release is available in French. Scientists don't fully understand how 'plastic' solar panels work, which complicates the improvement of their cost efficiency, thereby blocking the wider use of the technology. However, researchers at the University of Montreal, the Science and Technology Facilities Council, Imperial College London and the University of Cyprus have determined how light beams excite...

2014-04-25 10:07:07

Scientists discover that modifications to the RNA of the powerhouses in each of your body's countless cells might be influencing your fitness Although our chromosomes are relatively stable within our lifetimes, the genetic material found in our mitochondria is highly variable across individuals and may impact upon human health, say researchers at the University of Montreal and its affiliated CHU Sainte-Justine Hospital. Genomes are changing, not just from generation to generation, but even...

2014-04-01 13:18:52

Extreme summer heat in Montreal may have an effect on early-term deliveries When temperatures reach 32°C or higher over a period of four to seven days, the risk of early-term delivery is 27% higher than on typical summer days, according to a study led by Nathalie Auger of the University of Montreal's Department of Social and Preventive Medicine. The study involved data from 300,000 births that took place in Montreal between 1981 to 2010 with summer temperatures recorded by Environment...

Nightmares Bad Dreams Not Always Fear Driven
2014-01-28 09:20:20

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study by researchers at the University of Montreal has looked at the differences between nightmares and bad dreams and found that fear does not always play a major role in either type of unpleasant dream. "Physical aggression is the most frequently reported theme in nightmares. Moreover, nightmares become so intense they will wake you up. Bad dreams, on the other hand, are especially haunted by interpersonal conflicts," the...

Understanding How To Address Childhood Aggression
2014-01-21 08:41:15

University of Montreal The development of physical aggression in toddlers is strongly associated genetic factors and to a lesser degree with the environment, according to a new study led by Eric Lacourse of the University of Montreal and its affiliated CHU Sainte-Justine Hospital. Lacourse's worked with the parents of identical and non-identical twins to evaluate and compare their behavior, environment and genetics. "The gene-environment analyses revealed that early genetic factors were...

2013-11-29 13:17:21

In light of new research, Dr. Andre Lacroix suggests genetic screening to find 'silent carriers' Genetic research that will be published tomorrow in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests to Dr. André Lacroix, professor at the University of Montreal, that clinicians' understanding and treatment of a form of Cushing's syndrome affecting both adrenal glands will be fundamentally changed, and that moreover, it might be appropriate to begin screening for the genetic mutations that cause...

2013-11-25 12:50:11

Chemical banned by the US 3 decades ago hurts seniors' cognitive performance Although PCBs have been banned in the United States since 1979, University of Montreal and CHU Sainte-Justine researcher Maryse Bouchard has found that higher levels of the toxin was associated with lower cognitive performance in seniors. There is a significant association between PCB levels and cognitive abilities among individuals aged 70 to 84 years; the correlation was also detected to a lesser extent among...

2013-11-25 10:02:42

Deficiency of asparagine synthetase caused by rare genetic disorder affects brain development Asparagine, found in foods such as meat, eggs, and dairy products, was until now considered non-essential because it is produced naturally by the body. Researchers at the University of Montreal and its affiliated CHU Sainte-Justine Hospital found that the amino acid is essential for normal brain development. This is not the case for other organs. "The cells of the body can do without it because...

2013-11-13 10:53:16

Parents' strategy to love their children depends on more than blood ties Contrary to common belief, parents do not generally treat their stepchildren less favorably than their own. Until now, many researchers believed in the so-called "Cinderella effect." It states that it is biologically inevitable that parents care less for stepchildren because they do not spread their genes. However, researchers have discovered an important exception. If there is a reasonable chance of increasing wealth...

pregnant exercise boosts baby brain
2013-11-11 15:01:00

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For years, doctors have been advising expectant mothers to refrain from physical exertion, if possible. However, a new study presented on Sunday at the “Neuroscience 2013” conference in San Diego has found regular physical exercise during pregnancy can actually boost the brain development of a newborn child. In the study, researchers at the University of Montreal and its affiliated CHU Sainte-Justine children's hospital found that...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'