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- It’s a good thing to have your head in the clouds – and perhaps even further at times. On Feb. 11, Western will host Girls and Women in Space, an event focused on inspiring women and girls about their potential success in the sciences. “We want to bring together these strong women to share what inspired them in their careers, what’s brought them where they are now and even where they want their career to go next,” said Parshati Patel, Educational Outreach and Communications Specialist with Western Space.
- A new study using text mining and artificial intelligence from Western University and the University of Liège (Belgium) provides quantitative scientific proof that most people respond positively to near-death experiences (NDEs). This innovative data strategy provides an objective, unbiased approach to understanding human consciousness following these life-altering encounters that are predominantly studied elsewhere as subjective, individual phenomenon.
- Biology professor Bryan Neff will be – ahem – fishing for answers with his latest project exploring the health of Canada’s 200-plus freshwater fish species in the face of increasing (mostly human-made) challenges. “Think about all the lakes we have. We have over a million lakes in Canada,” said Neff, one of the principal investigators with the newly formed GEN-FISH (Genomic Network for Fish Identification, Stress and Health) team, made up of 23 researchers from 13 academic institutions. “What fish are there? How are they doing? Are we sustainably fishing the fish in that lake? Most of the answers for this is, ‘We have no idea.’”
- The more we look, the more places we find asteroids -- whether it's in deep space, within the orbit of Venus or over our heads. The remains of yet another space rock now appear to be taking a permanent vacation on the floor of Lake Huron, which is located on the border of Michigan and Canada. Peter Brown, a meteor scientist and planetary astronomer with the University of Western Ontario, reported some details on a particularly dramatic fireball that was spotted Tuesday night streaking across skies to the west of Toronto, toward the Great Lake's southeastern shores.