At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be much common ground between the study of astrophysics and research into microvasculature. The same thought occurred to Sachi Elkerton, a third year Physics and Astronomy student, when she was interviewed by Dr. Aaron Ward of the London Regional Cancer Centre for her science internship.
In the airport, predictable networks get a passenger’s luggage checked in, get them through security, get them on the plane and coordinate the plane’s takeoff from a clear runway. Similarly, your brain’s networks communicate with each other so that you can simultaneously walk, talk and think about lunch.
But what happens when expected information isn’t there?
The advent of ethical robotics
Aimee van Wynsberghe is helping shape the 'humans behind the robots'.
Western News - Diet discovery shifts thinking on prehistoric bear - Newly discovered information into the inflexible diet of one group of prehistoric bears has scientists rethinking how the creatures lived and what caused the large mammals’ extinction some 25,000 years ago.
Western News - Fulbright award turns up heat on plant study - By the time you read this, Joseph Stinziano will already be in Albuquerque, N.M., honing in on the secrets of boechera depauperata – a heat-tolerant plant that can thrive in temperatures as high as 40 degrees Celsius. Stinziano, a PhD candidate in Biology, will spend the remainder of the academic year at the University of New Mexico, as one of 15 Canadian Fulbright Students studying south of the border.
Daily Mail - Earth is not as unique as we thought: Materials as old as the solar system have the same chemistry as our planet - It has long been thought that the chemistry of our planet is unique. This was because studies looking into the composition of meteorites, which formed from the same gas and dust Earth was made of, found our planet had more of of a particular isotope than anything else. But a new study has overturned this idea, by looking at different objects in the asteroid belt.
Western Media Release - New discovery shatters previous beliefs about Earth’s origin - A new study led by Western University’s all-star cosmochemist Audrey Bouvier proves that the Earth and other planetary objects formed in the early years of the Solar System share similar chemical origins – a finding at odds with accepted wisdom held by scientists for decades.
National Post - Study finds that massive, prehistoric bears may have gone extinct because they were vegan - For hundreds of thousands of years, relatives of common European brown bears roamed from Northern Spain in the west to Russia’s Ural mountains in the east. The beasts were huge — 1.7 metres tall at the shoulder, and 3.7 metres long — but unlike today’s bears, the Ursus spelaeus, more commonly known as a cave bear, was vegan, and that may be why, 25,000 years ago, it went extinct.
London Free Press - BugsR4Girls goes viral after Ontario girl teased for fascination with bugs - Sophia Spencer loves bugs — any bugs, all bugs. And now, legions of scientists and new fans from around the world are applauding the almost-eight-year-old’s passion after learning on Twitter that her classmates had called her “weird.”
New study shows traffic noise can affect brain and learning ability in birds - An international study led by researchers at Western University’s Advanced Facility for Avian Research (AFAR) has shown that birds living in congested cities are greatly affected by persistent traffic noise and that their brains and learning ability are seriously damaged.