Profs Featured in Time Magazine, on CBC TV

April 12, 2011 - In the News

Prof. Massimo Marcone's recent study on natural aphrodisiacs is featured in Time magazine.

The food science professor, along with master’s student John Melnyk, conducted a scientific review of natural aphrodisiacs. For the research project, they examined hundreds of studies on commonly used consumable aphrodisiacs to investigate claims of sexual enhancement — psychological and physiological. Ultimately, they included only studies meeting the most stringent controls.

The results appear in the journal Food Research International. Since this research was released, it has received international media attention. In addition to the story in Time magazine, Marcone's research has appeared on the Fox News website and in the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and a number of other publications across the globe.

Research by biology professor Doug Fudge and Lawrence Szewciw, who completed a zoology master’s degree in 2009, was featured recently on CBC TV in Montreal on the science show Decouverte.

Baleen whales are among the largest creatures on the planet. Fudge and Szewciw, who is currently a PhD student in mechanical engineering at McGill University, wanted to learn more about how their unusual feeding structure helps sustain the mammals’ enormous size.

They studied the keratin-based feeding filter in baleen whales and found that calcium helps stiffen the keratin that makes up baleen. They’ve also helped to solve the puzzle of how whales immersed continuously in seawater can stiffen keratin that normally requires air-drying to harden into nail, hair, horn and other structures in land animals. Read more

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