Highlights

  • Recognizing the Fabric of our Nation
    I received a phone call the other day. It was Denis Maxwell, a much-loved professor from the Department of Biology. Over the course of the conversation, he shared a thought he had as he scanned the cultural mosaic of faces in his classroom the previous day.

  • Atoms in ancient minerals tell a smashing history 
    Every planet has its secrets, especially the events of its youth billions of years ago. However, patterns of atoms in tiny fragments of ancient crystals can reveal some of those secrets – the date of events such as giant meteorite impacts. Researchers from Western University and the University of Portsmouth made the discovery using the 150-km (93-mile) wide Sudbury crater as a test site.

  • Cancer diagnosis without an invasive biopsy? Yes, please
    Is it cancer or is it a benign tumor? That question is often answered by invasive techniques like biopsies that involve needles or tubes to reach and remove a piece of tissue for closer study. However, accurately diagnosing and treating cancer may soon be possible without a biopsy, thanks to researchers at Western University in London, Ontario.

  • New research opens a window on eye health
    Researchers at Western University in London, Ontario have found that early vision loss in mice helps anticipate and predict age-related diseases that typically appear much later in life. For an aging population facing vision-related diseases like macular degeneration and glaucoma, that’s good news.

  • Polymer's 'domino' delivery shows potential for cancer treatment
    Researchers at Western University are among many looking for ways to offer hope to patients and their families. One promising area of research uses biodegradable polymers in a drug delivery system that more precisely targets cancer cells and selectively releases drugs to attack them.

  • Roll call for animals more accurate with statistics
    Whale sharks carry an identifier as unique as your fingerprint: a pattern of spots behind the gills on the left or right side. In theory, this makes visually identifying and counting the world’s largest fish simple.

  • High Performance Memory
    What’s remarkable about the ultrathin flash memory device Dr. Giovanni Fanchini holds in his hand isn’t the size but its composition.