- Art curators will be able to recover images on daguerreotypes, the earliest form of photography that used silver plates, after a team of scientists led by Western University learned how to use light to see through degradation that has occurred over time.
Research published today in Scientific Reports – Nature includes two images from the National Gallery of Canada’s photography research unit that show photographs that were taken, perhaps as early as 1850, but were no longer visible because of tarnish and other damage. The retrieved images, one of a woman and the other of a man, were beyond recognition.
- Although predicted weather wasn’t great on Saturday morning, the Science Faculty at Western did not back down on hosting their second Science Rendezvous event at the TD Stadium. The event ran from 10am-4pm and had a crowd from the beginning even with gloomy, rainy weather. The stadium that was filled with little kids running around with balloons and big smiles on their face participated at over 25 booths that explored the wonders of science.
- It sounds like fun: stomp rockets, space goo, falling magnets, crime scene analysis, bug biology, slingshot gummy bears and ice bubble mania. That’s the point of the annual Science Rendezvous held Saturday at Western University and other post-secondary institutions across Canada. “We try to instill a sense of fun and discovery for kids and adults who are still kids inside,” Jan Cami, associate professor in physics and astronomy, says. “Everyone can come out and touch things, do things, solve puzzles.”
- A Western University scientist might see a project she’s co-led launched into space after it was shortlisted by NASA for a future mission. The Dragonfly project, led by Elizabeth Turtle of Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, would see a drone-like quadcopter flying above the surface of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan.