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The Globe and Mail – Creation Theory: Scientists are Unlocking the Biological Secrets of Creativity

October 3, 2014

Whether it’s playing Schubert or dancing the tango, artistic expression has a tangible effect on the brain. A burgeoning field of research seeks to measure how we produce and experience the arts – and may even explain why we create them in the first place. Kate Taylor reports.   Read More at

Sentinel Bioactive Paper Network: Simple and Reliable New Test for E-coli – VIP Paper

September 26, 2014

As researchers push to make pathogen tests better, faster and cheaper, they sometimes forget one thing: simple is often best. Dr. Yingfu Li, Sentinel Bioactive Paper Network researcher at McMaster University, and his team have developed an easy, quick, cheap test for E. coli based on the well-known litmus test that everybody remembers from high school chemistry class. As far as they know, this is the first time the litmus test has been put into an entirely new use. Read more at:

Hamilton Spectator: Mac vaccine breakthrough a lifesaver

September 25, 2014

A new process developed by McMaster University researchers to safeguard vaccines is being hailed as a lifesaver for millions around the world.

The new development would allow live vaccines for serious illnesses such as diphtheria, tetanus and measles to be stored and shipped at room temperature. This would make life-saving vaccines more affordable and more available in remote areas of the globe.

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CTV News: Canadian researcher Stephen Scherer may snag Nobel Prize

September 25, 2014

TORONTO -- A Canadian researcher is being touted as a potential Nobel Prize winner by an organization that predicts which scientists are most likely to take home one of the coveted awards. Dr. Stephen Scherer, director of the Centre for Applied Genomics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, has been selected as a 2014 "Nobel-class" citation laureate in physiology or medicine by Thomson Reuters Intellectual Property & Science. The organization has correctly predicted 35 Nobel Prize winners since 2002. Read more:

Get rid of tipping? It might help restaurant culture

September 25, 2014

By Rosanna Tamburri, The Globe and Mail On a trip to New York last year, University of Guelph professor Michael von Massow got a first-hand view of how restaurant servers adjust the level of service they provide to customers based on the amount of tip they expect to receive.