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Diversity in Design

Frustrated by the lack of hands-on experience you’re getting out of your degree? Thankfully, the Faculty of Engineering is home to a diverse set of student-run design teams for you to get that needed experience! Whether you’re into flying amongst the clouds or all about burning that sweet gasoline, chances are McGill has something for

Montreal students innovating solar housing

In a recent talk at TEDxOrangeCoast, Solar Decathlon Director Richard King asserted: “Solar is the energy you live by. […] Think about the energy you use around your house. Can solar provide all that?” Solar Decathlon is an international competition initiated by the U.S. Department of Energy, in which teams of university students compete to

Time to start tapping?

How much stuff are you carrying with you every day you go out? I assume you’ve got a wallet, heroically trying to organize credit cards and frustrating coins. Then there’s your key ring, which includes keys you can’t identify and will probably never need. Finally, there’s always the constant juggling of your phone, tablet, and

Smartwatches are Scary

The Pebble smartwatch may have been around for a while, but it is only with the release of Android Wear last summer, and more recently the Apple Watch, that the smartwatch is really starting to pick up steam. With Apple entering the wearable market, smartwatches have gone from being a techy “niche” gadget to something

You and Research Would Be Best Friends

The first time you pick up a research paper in most fields, you might be bombarded by a wave of unfamiliar terms and symbols. If you pursue these terms, following paper trails, their mystery evaporates. Research shouldn’t be a particularly arcane or difficult art. The researching community also isn’t that hard to enter. So if

Bioengineering at McGill: What you need to know about McGill’s next Engineering Program

Since it was founded in 2012, the Department of Bioengineering has been working tirelessly on instating its own undergraduate program. While we may not see it just yet, it is slowly advancing through numerous academic and administrative requirements and will eventually see the light of day. As Bioengineering becomes more present, a quick tour of

What is Google doing with Hardware?

On January 13th, Google shocked the tech world by announcing that it would be purchasing Nest Labs for a staggering $ 3.2 billion. This makes Nest Google’s second most expensive company purchase to date, after the acquisition of Motorola Mobility in 2011 ($ 12.5 billion). Nest Labs is the company behind the Nest Learning Thermostat,

A Revolution in Hardware Reviewing

Sometimes, an innocuous question can lead to a revolution. Back in the fall of 2010, Scott Wasson, one of the writers for The Tech Report ( was talking with Ramsom Koay from Thermaltake. Koay asked a very simple question: “Why does anyone need a faster video card, so long as a cheap one will produce

The Adblock Plus Debate

As we continue to swim in a sea of never ending content, where music, television and news are all instantaneously, effortlessly and often freely available to us, it isn’t surprising that Adblock Plus, the free service that aims to save consumers from annoying ads online, is now the world’s most popular browser plug-in, with more