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Bob McDonald's latest columns.
September 5, 2014 10:44 AM
This summer, lose the gadgets and let nature entertain you
June 20, 2014 12:44 PM
Canada needs to take a long-term approach to oil and its alternatives
June 13, 2014 11:54 AM
Let's go to Mars, but make sure it's for the right reasons
June 6, 2014 12:07 PM
If we found aliens, how would we talk to them?
May 30, 2014 8:49 AM
Why losing glaciers matters
May 23, 2014 11:38 AM
Cold War chill returning to space
May 16, 2014 11:25 AM
Looking for life on Mars - with high-tech lawn darts
May 9, 2014 12:15 PM
Astronomers Without Borders spread the word about science
May 2, 2014 8:31 AM
Sending humans to Mars: Nice idea, but fraught with risks
April 25, 2014 12:08 PM
Can we really cut our dependence on coal as an energy source?
April 17, 2014 12:05 PM
Erosion of Canada's parkland: The loss of the last sanctuaries
April 11, 2014 12:09 PM
U.S.-Russia tension heating up in space
April 4, 2014 11:55 AM
Climate change report: The good and bad news for Canada
March 28, 2014 9:42 AM
Why you should care about the birth of the universe
March 21, 2014 9:16 AM
How Formula One racing is becoming more environmentally friendly
March 14, 2014 10:14 AM
Why Earth needs a defence system against incoming asteroids
March 7, 2014 12:27 PM
Fukushima radiation scare in Pacific pales compared to acidification
February 28, 2014 11:14 AM
50 years after Big Bang theory, we're still not sure what happened
February 21, 2014 12:13 PM
Olympic medals from space carry a warning for us all
February 14, 2014 10:41 AM
A little fear can go a long way for Olympic athletes
February 7, 2014 11:21 AM
Hawking's black hole 'blunder' shows how little we know about gravity
January 31, 2014 12:30 PM
How you can help wake up a sleeping spacecraft
January 16, 2014 4:12 PM
Organic batteries put clean-electricity future within sight
January 10, 2014 9:28 AM
Space will be a hive of activity in 2014
January 3, 2014 11:01 AM
Bob McDonald: My personal list of top science stories of 2013
December 20, 2013 8:35 AM
Water on Mars ... again
December 13, 2013 12:37 PM
Take a ride on the supertanker superhighway
December 6, 2013 11:15 AM
ISON shows how unpredictable comets can be
November 29, 2013 12:43 PM
Reimagining JFK's vision for space
November 22, 2013 12:24 PM
Typhoon Haiyan: Sign of what's to come with climate change?
November 15, 2013 10:44 AM
Olympic torch goes to space - but without the flame
November 8, 2013 1:49 PM
Chris Hadfield and a Canadian dream
November 1, 2013 8:05 AM
How to see the moon or Mars, from the comfort of Earth
October 25, 2013 11:46 AM
Climate change in Arctic leading to rise in adventure tourism
October 18, 2013 2:56 PM
Canadian space pioneer Bruce Aikenhead turns 90
October 11, 2013 12:46 PM
What message should we deliver to aliens?
October 3, 2013 11:41 AM
IPCC report reinforces climate change reality
September 27, 2013 1:10 PM
What do you do with a slightly used space telescope?
September 20, 2013 10:50 AM
Researchers stand up for science, plan rallies coast to coast
September 12, 2013 3:05 PM
World's space colonization plan has great vision, no money
September 6, 2013 9:04 AM
Summer: Time to get feet wet, hands dirty and a taste of nature
June 27, 2013 7:05 PM
Decline of birds a flying shame
June 21, 2013 3:59 PM
After Hadfield, who's the next Canadian in space?
June 13, 2013 11:39 AM
World Oceans Day sheds light on our blighted seas
June 7, 2013 11:35 AM
Young and old can learn a lot from each other
May 31, 2013 11:07 AM
Hollywood and physicists still don't really get gravity
May 27, 2013 7:56 AM
Chris Hadfield: The gravity of gravity
May 17, 2013 8:24 AM
Chris Hadfield's fall from space
May 10, 2013 1:32 PM
Glimmer of hope even as planet hits CO2 climate milestone
May 3, 2013 12:08 PM
Celebrating 60 years of DNA
April 26, 2013 2:31 PM
Crowdsourcing the space program
April 19, 2013 12:52 PM
Failure of Radarsat a success for Canada
April 12, 2013 11:56 AM
Elusive dark matter still elusive, but Canada is on it
April 5, 2013 1:02 PM
Creature comforts matter on the road to space
March 28, 2013 3:45 PM
Science and pseudo-science on the ocean floor
March 22, 2013 10:10 AM
Captain Canada (colonel, actually) takes charge of the ISS
March 15, 2013 12:03 PM
Spelunking in space
March 8, 2013 12:42 PM
Report shows more science needed to manage water for agriculture
March 1, 2013 10:21 AM
Canada to search for near-Earth asteroids
February 22, 2013 12:50 PM
Loss of Arctic ice, loss of scientific integrity
February 15, 2013 2:54 PM
Asteroids and astronauts, not a good mix
February 8, 2013 2:43 PM
Hadfield brings science down to Earth for kids
February 1, 2013 2:49 PM
Two approaches to dealing with climate change
January 25, 2013 2:19 PM
Up close with a space shuttle
January 18, 2013 2:01 PM
Adapting to life in space
January 11, 2013 2:20 PM
End of Kyoto and bilge
January 4, 2013 2:56 PM
Chris Hadfield: Following the dream
December 20, 2012 1:35 PM
Self-taught astronomer and science popularizer dies
December 14, 2012 4:24 PM
The Black Marble: Humanity at night
December 7, 2012 1:58 PM
Polar ice lost, supertanker wins
November 30, 2012 3:38 PM
Citizen science: Britain's success story
November 23, 2012 3:30 PM
Maya people say doomsday predictions are an insult to culture
November 15, 2012 1:11 PM
Obama, climate change and Canada
November 9, 2012 11:41 AM
Wave of information missing after B.C. tsunami
November 2, 2012 12:31 PM
Science on trial
October 26, 2012 12:53 PM
Canada wins Dodo Award
October 19, 2012 11:43 AM
The Jasper Dark Sky Festival
October 12, 2012 10:35 AM
The ups and downs of space
October 5, 2012 1:55 PM
World Rivers Day: It's time to dive in and get involved
September 28, 2012 12:40 PM
My virtual spacewalk
September 21, 2012 10:45 AM
Canada and creative climate accounting
September 14, 2012 3:43 PM
Silent Spring still relevant, 50 years later
September 7, 2012 3:18 PM
Neil Armstrong, reluctant hero
August 29, 2012 8:08 AM
35 years, and both Voyager and I are still running
August 23, 2012 9:14 AM
Watch for Mars landing this summer, featuring Canadian technology
June 22, 2012 10:48 AM
Rio '92 was about science, Rio +20 is about consumption
June 15, 2012 3:29 PM
SpaceX got it right when things went wrong
June 1, 2012 1:03 PM
Government to shut down unique fresh water research area
May 25, 2012 9:48 AM
Underground lab may solve cosmic mystery
May 18, 2012 3:52 PM
Robots in space are worth every penny
May 11, 2012 1:46 PM
Canadian science writers given freedom of speech award - in Canada
May 4, 2012 2:40 PM
Asteroid Klondike?
April 27, 2012 11:59 AM
The space shuttles belong in a museum, it's time for a fresh look at space
April 20, 2012 11:03 AM
Poor choice of materials made Titanic more vulnerable
April 13, 2012 8:46 AM
Fight NDD, get your kids outside
April 5, 2012 4:16 PM
Federal budget's bid to spur innovation neglects the basics
March 30, 2012 1:35 PM
Planetary science loses with NASA's fixation on manned missions
March 23, 2012 5:30 PM
Humanoid robots get the attention but DEXTRE does the work
March 16, 2012 3:58 PM
Government blind to benefits public sees in PEARL Arctic research
March 9, 2012 12:54 PM
Planets, Moon to put on celestial show
March 2, 2012 2:11 PM
Polar lab closure deals another blow to Canada's scientific reputation
March 1, 2012 4:56 PM
Einstein, a loose cable and good science
February 24, 2012 12:26 PM
Canadian science on show in Vancouver
February 17, 2012 9:03 AM
Glacier Discovery Walk: Will the visitor centre enhance the view?
February 10, 2012 2:46 PM
Touching the oldest water on Earth
February 3, 2012 5:03 PM
Weathering a solar storm
January 27, 2012 11:40 AM
Bacteria helped Gulf oil spill, but it's not so easy in Arctic
January 20, 2012 1:04 PM
Star Trek tricorder challenge: Let's boldly innovate
January 13, 2012 1:11 PM
Astronomical apocalypse not
January 6, 2012 5:20 PM
Bob McDonald's top science stories of 2011
December 22, 2011 10:05 AM
It's not a 'god' particle
December 16, 2011 11:02 AM
Greening Canada's electricity grid from the ground up
December 9, 2011 11:29 AM
Canada an embarrassment at climate talks
December 1, 2011 2:19 PM
Old folks' perspective on the environment
November 24, 2011 7:52 AM
Water, water - not everywhere
November 18, 2011 12:30 PM
Elusive Mars
November 11, 2011 4:35 PM
Asteroid 2005 YU55: Another close call for Earth
November 4, 2011 8:57 AM
Neolithic seas: It's time to seriously farm the oceans
October 28, 2011 3:35 PM
New study shows Climategate scientists were right
October 21, 2011 3:12 PM
Peering through the ice and back in time
October 14, 2011 11:25 AM
Big hole in ozone layer, bigger hole in government policy
October 7, 2011 12:28 PM
Red flag rising
September 30, 2011 3:26 PM
The sky shouldn't continue to fall
September 23, 2011 11:49 AM
NASA'S new rocket: Finally going somewhere
September 16, 2011 10:06 AM
Will self-driving cars make drivers less capable?
September 9, 2011 9:48 AM
Let's not abandon the space station
September 2, 2011 2:32 PM
Russian rocket crash makes NASA nervous
August 26, 2011 2:23 PM
We can' t continue to ignore the failing health of our oceans
June 23, 2011 9:43 AM
Nuclear power: What now?
June 17, 2011 3:38 PM
Environment Week turns 40
June 10, 2011 10:22 AM
Green energy: From the ground up
June 3, 2011 3:12 PM
End of Mars mission: Way beyond warranty
May 27, 2011 1:33 PM
Inspiration from Kennedy's Moon speech
May 20, 2011 3:10 PM
Prairie flooding: Lake Agassiz fills yet again
May 13, 2011 10:01 AM
Six planets align, no panic
May 6, 2011 2:22 PM
Final shuttle flight: Finally, some science
April 29, 2011 2:13 PM
Big questions and big weddings
April 28, 2011 1:14 PM
Gulf oil spill anniversary: What's still lurking beneath the waves?
April 21, 2011 1:21 PM
Environment falls off election agenda
April 15, 2011 3:30 PM
50 years of humans in space: where are we now?
April 8, 2011 9:40 AM
Radiation: How risky is the risk?
April 1, 2011 4:14 PM
NRC is going for the money, but forgetting the basics may not pay off
March 25, 2011 5:37 PM
Japan's nuclear success
March 18, 2011 4:01 PM
Two earthquakes, only one tsunami
March 11, 2011 5:16 PM
Living on shaky ground
March 4, 2011 4:12 PM
Future and past, together in space
February 25, 2011 12:32 PM
The methane monster under Arctic ice
February 18, 2011 10:01 AM
Putting space money in the wrong place
February 11, 2011 1:27 PM
China thinks 'green' nuclear with thorium plan
February 4, 2011 12:49 PM
Another Sputnik moment?
January 28, 2011 4:17 PM
The cool side of climate science
January 21, 2011 4:28 PM
We see what we look for
January 14, 2011 4:06 PM
2011: International Year of Chemistry
January 6, 2011 4:32 PM
Double darkness
December 17, 2010 11:45 AM
Dragons tales and solar sails
December 10, 2010 4:08 PM
Life as we don't know it
December 3, 2010 1:41 PM
A waste of time in Cancun?
November 26, 2010 4:09 PM
Minor heavenly bodies, major impacts
November 19, 2010 1:43 PM
Signposts in time
November 12, 2010 9:24 AM
Time for climate scientists to stand firm
November 5, 2010 4:28 PM
One-way to Mars: Would you go?
October 29, 2010 11:48 AM
Canada gets 3 bad environmental report cards
October 22, 2010 12:48 PM
Chile mine rescue: Untold story of an underground social experiment
October 15, 2010 2:08 PM
Vatican official against Nobel Prize for IVF: Conflict or debate?
October 8, 2010 11:55 AM
Yin yang planet
October 1, 2010 3:38 PM
Da Vinci's winged dream - almost
September 24, 2010 1:03 PM
Change at the top, but no change in climate science
September 17, 2010 8:46 AM
Canadian youth shine in Stockholm
September 10, 2010 12:17 PM
Chris Hadfield: Commanding his dreams
September 3, 2010 3:37 PM
Face to face with professor Stephen Hawking
June 24, 2010 4:18 PM
G20 in space?
June 23, 2010 1:10 PM
The real Miss Universe
June 18, 2010 3:45 PM
Entrepreneurs in space
June 4, 2010 4:01 PM
Oil-soaked icebergs?
May 28, 2010 12:44 PM
Where are the women scientists?
May 21, 2010 3:44 PM
Newton's apple falls up
May 14, 2010 3:57 PM
Chocolate mousse: Recipe for disaster
May 7, 2010 12:48 PM
Another failed protocol
April 30, 2010 3:51 PM
Volcanic ash: Human, not natural disaster
April 23, 2010 12:01 PM
The real R2D2: NASA preps Robonaut 2 for work in space
April 16, 2010 11:14 AM
It's not a missing link
April 9, 2010 4:15 PM
Canadian science underground
March 26, 2010 3:18 PM
Ice science continues
March 19, 2010 4:07 PM
A slightly longer trip back to the beginning of time
March 12, 2010 4:43 PM
Shake rattle and roll: Tipping the Earth
March 5, 2010 3:22 PM
What to do with a killer whale
February 26, 2010 4:20 PM
Fight or flight response at the Olympics
February 18, 2010 4:36 PM
Launch of Shuttle Endeavour: History in the making
February 12, 2010 1:43 PM
Will the G7 ministers see the Arctic ice? Probably not
February 5, 2010 12:39 PM
Shuttle for sale, U.S. has nowhere to go
January 29, 2010 4:25 PM
Spooky aftershocks
January 22, 2010 1:42 PM
Haiti: Bracing for the next one
January 14, 2010 2:38 PM
International Year of Biodiversity
January 8, 2010 3:40 PM
Earth: A planetary ornament
December 21, 2009 6:20 PM
Copenhagen summit: Eyes wide shut
December 18, 2009 12:28 PM
A new telescope that looks down
December 14, 2009 7:47 AM
350 years of science, now under siege
December 7, 2009 12:28 PM
Climate science still sound
November 27, 2009 4:44 PM
Energy-efficient homes: Small changes, big gains
November 20, 2009 1:07 PM
Silent running: A more sensible spaceship
November 13, 2009 4:03 PM
Oil sands leave dirty footprints on world's environmental stage
November 12, 2009 5:00 PM
Canada rising to NASA's space elevator challenge
November 6, 2009 4:10 PM
Yes, the space program is worth the money
October 30, 2009 2:10 PM
NASA re-invents itself with Ares 1-X -- sort of
October 23, 2009 12:49 PM
Be a scientist for a day
October 16, 2009 12:29 PM
He’s no clown
October 9, 2009 4:10 PM
Ardipithecus Ramidus: She looked more like us
October 5, 2009 8:29 AM
Moon musings: No green cheese, but maybe ice cream
September 25, 2009 11:47 AM
See change: Time for the south to get serious about northern climate issues
September 18, 2009 3:56 PM
NASA: All dressed up, no space to go
September 11, 2009 2:10 PM
Science Rocks – again!
June 25, 2009 8:00 PM
The space age: 40 years of discovering ourselves
June 25, 2009 7:50 PM
Shuttle astronauts: How close they come
June 19, 2009 8:23 AM
Three bodies, two arms in space: Go Canada
June 5, 2009 5:41 PM
Reliable Russian technology
May 29, 2009 6:56 PM
Selling science: Headline hype and a vanishing breed
May 22, 2009 4:36 PM
Great week for fundamental science
May 15, 2009 10:06 PM
Firecrackers and warp drive
May 8, 2009 3:54 PM
This is how the ice crumbles
May 1, 2009 4:31 PM
Another blow for climate change skeptics
April 24, 2009 12:36 PM
Another Earth Day, Canadian scientists concerned
April 17, 2009 5:10 PM
A lesson from G20
April 6, 2009 7:47 AM
Mission to Mars: Life in a tin can
April 3, 2009 3:09 PM
Lake Agassiz fills again
March 27, 2009 4:54 PM
World Water Forum: A commodity more precious than oil
March 23, 2009 8:32 AM
Four thousand years of math, why can’t we count?
March 13, 2009 4:12 PM
Loss of satellite, loss of perspective
February 27, 2009 5:50 PM
Times they are a-changin’
February 19, 2009 5:24 PM
Vatican: Darwin Wins Over Intelligent Design
February 17, 2009 8:38 AM
Looking evolution in the face
February 6, 2009 4:05 PM
One comment about nukes, a critical mass of mail
February 2, 2009 7:55 AM
Smart people in the White House
January 23, 2009 5:17 PM
No plastic, please
January 16, 2009 5:09 PM
Earth from Apollo 8: Our first self-portrait
December 23, 2008 10:53 AM
Canadians follow in Galileo’s footsteps
December 19, 2008 7:46 AM
Science rocks!
December 18, 2008 3:23 PM
Aloha All Electric
December 12, 2008 4:29 PM
A little bit of knowledge can be dangerous
November 28, 2008 4:25 PM
Happy tin anniversary, Space Station
November 21, 2008 1:22 PM
Planning for The Big One
November 17, 2008 7:18 AM
Canadian science after Obama
November 10, 2008 11:24 AM
Deflating some misconceptions about wind power
October 31, 2008 3:55 PM
Asian space race: Keep the kids interested
October 24, 2008 4:55 PM
If I had $300 million
October 16, 2008 3:56 PM
The true meaning of the environment
October 14, 2008 8:45 AM
China's long march to the moon
September 26, 2008 3:50 PM
Hybrid hype
September 19, 2008 4:09 PM
When did we become afraid of adventure?
September 12, 2008 4:08 PM
Arctic irony
September 5, 2008 4:24 PM
Bob McDonald on hiatus
June 27, 2008 4:41 PM
Weather floods Iowa; wait for the climate floods
June 20, 2008 1:33 PM
GM: Great quality, wrong product
June 6, 2008 5:40 PM
From the German point of view: Canada’s hypocritical stance on climate change
May 30, 2008 3:59 PM
Complaining about the weather … on Mars
May 23, 2008 3:28 PM
It’s about the ice, not the bears
May 16, 2008 4:07 PM
P.E.I. not so green any more
May 9, 2008 4:45 PM
The Butterfly Effect and the St. John River
May 2, 2008 12:19 PM
Go with the flow: Invisible green power
April 25, 2008 3:39 PM
Black holes: The Canadian connection
April 18, 2008 4:41 PM
Keeping Canada's space business in business
April 11, 2008 4:20 PM
Earth Hour: one week later
April 4, 2008 4:23 PM
Super swimsuit: Science in all the wrong places?
March 27, 2008 5:01 PM
Arthur C. Clarke 1917-2008
March 20, 2008 1:46 PM
Amazing Moons and a Postcard from Mars
March 17, 2008 10:28 AM
'New Government' adds insult to former National Science Advisor injury
March 7, 2008 4:19 PM
Budget for science, or at least one kind of science
February 29, 2008 4:26 PM
Red moon rising
February 25, 2008 12:01 PM
The real Auto Show
February 22, 2008 4:23 PM
Blasting the spy satellite: The secret’s out
February 19, 2008 7:59 AM
Cold climate? Don’t be fooled
February 11, 2008 8:51 AM
No science in the PM’s ear: Canada dismisses National Science Adviser at its peril
January 25, 2008 8:04 AM
Nano means small, but its impact is huge
January 17, 2008 2:37 PM
MDA deal: We keep the flag, they get the technology
January 11, 2008 7:48 AM
Happy Holidays
December 21, 2007 12:49 PM
Scientists see, but leaders blind
December 14, 2007 4:01 PM
The new space race
December 13, 2007 7:27 AM
Steel Rail Blues
December 3, 2007 9:20 AM
A little physics with your football
November 23, 2007 4:10 PM
More monkey business
November 16, 2007 5:24 PM
Washoe's legacy: Talking to the relatives
November 9, 2007 4:44 PM
Pumpkins in space
November 1, 2007 4:09 PM
How about the oceans?
October 29, 2007 7:51 AM
Two Women Space Commanders: What Took so Long?
October 25, 2007 5:20 PM
Clean car capacity
October 19, 2007 4:20 PM
Nuke necessity: think small
October 12, 2007 4:41 PM
Biofuel Bind
October 3, 2007 3:56 PM
The legacy of Sputnik
September 28, 2007 2:30 PM
It happened in Peru; it will happen again
September 21, 2007 4:27 PM
Mars or bust?
September 20, 2007 3:12 PM
30 Years and a Day
September 6, 2007 4:35 PM
If it’s broke, keep fixing it
June 22, 2007 1:15 PM
Whitest White, Bluest Blue
June 16, 2007 12:07 AM
Smothered in smog
June 1, 2007 5:03 PM
Star Wars: 30 years of bad science
May 25, 2007 3:38 PM
Grueling Gridlock
May 18, 2007 4:46 PM
The Aussie-Canuck connection: Parallel perils
May 11, 2007 11:38 AM
Astronaut Dreams
May 4, 2007 5:05 PM
Carbon Conundrum
April 13, 2007 9:15 AM
Hailstones and Hallelujahs
March 30, 2007 4:05 PM
World Water Day came and went — again
March 23, 2007 4:49 PM
Red flag rising on the moon
March 19, 2007 9:03 AM
Take your carbon and stuff it
March 9, 2007 4:26 PM
Polar peril
March 1, 2007 4:32 PM
Fall from space grace
February 8, 2007 2:50 PM
Hubble blinded — again
February 1, 2007 4:44 PM
A kick in the pants from Jupiter
January 19, 2007 1:53 PM
Catch a comet
January 11, 2007 5:14 PM
Space station shakin’
December 21, 2006 1:15 PM
Mars: A river runs through it
December 8, 2006 2:18 PM
Saved or sentenced by science?
December 7, 2006 4:30 PM
Product placement in space
November 24, 2006 4:58 PM
Following fusion's future
November 24, 2006 3:33 PM
Heads up Sunday night
November 17, 2006 3:25 PM
Missing its own birthday party
November 15, 2006 4:50 PM
Neanderthal brains?
November 10, 2006 4:13 PM
Pushing the edge by bending the rules — again
November 9, 2006 4:32 PM
Are we Neanderthals?
November 3, 2006 4:04 PM
Vino vitae!
November 3, 2006 3:13 PM
Catching the messenger
November 3, 2006 12:08 PM
Reflections on elephants
October 31, 2006 7:04 PM
Space station or space science?
October 27, 2006 1:35 PM
It really is rocket science
October 27, 2006 12:38 PM
What's the buzz?
October 26, 2006 5:23 PM
Lying down on the job
October 24, 2006 5:43 PM
Hey Dude, Where’s The Driver?
October 6, 2006 4:04 PM
Quirks Goes to Sea
October 4, 2006 2:27 PM
Excuses from Evolution
October 2, 2006 3:17 PM
The Real Stuff of Space Flight
September 28, 2006 4:45 PM
Postcards from the edge of space
September 21, 2006 4:45 PM
Rings around the Earth and Saturn
September 21, 2006 4:15 PM
The Magic Flute meets the Magic Mushroom
September 19, 2006 9:39 PM
Blogging Biomass - Part II
September 19, 2006 4:27 PM
Biomass and the dismal science
September 15, 2006 12:39 PM
Robots roam where humans can't go
September 13, 2006 10:37 PM
Inventive Ideas
September 12, 2006 4:58 PM
The trials of travel
September 12, 2006 2:09 PM
You've got hoax mail
September 8, 2006 6:44 PM
Climate Change — Tripping over Tipping Points
September 8, 2006 4:10 PM
The e-nose knows
September 7, 2006 3:57 PM
Save the Planetary Nine!
September 7, 2006 3:34 PM
Physics anyone? U.S. Open edition
September 6, 2006 4:49 PM
Trading a microphone for a stethoscope
September 6, 2006 1:57 PM
Some sinister studies
August 31, 2006 4:04 PM
Breaking rocks on the cold moon
August 31, 2006 3:11 PM
Welcome to the (science) machine
August 28, 2006 12:51 PM