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Cancer drug earns FDA nod after decades

Cancer drug earns FDA nod after decades

Duncan Hunter chokes up a little when it is suggested that work he began at Western three decades ago will now, finally, be applied to saving hundreds of lives. “It’s a good thing,” said the Chemistry professor emeritus after a long pause. “It took 30 years and had its ups and downs. So, yes, it’s emotional.”

WD Asia making high-tech connections abroad

WD Asia making high-tech connections abroad

The global impact of WORLDiscoveries ­– a technology-transfer centre based at Western – has a new success story to tell, this time in the partnerships forged with Canadian and Asian business interests.

Cloudy Mars pass does not obscure excitement

Cloudy Mars pass does not obscure excitement

Nine-year-old Ewan Lalonde knew it would be a long shot to spot any planet above the cloud cover. But he and his mother Vanessa were still first in line, an hour before doors opened for a near-Mars experience Tuesday night at Western’s observatory.

Researchers return with shredded tents, bear tales

Researchers return with shredded tents, bear tales

Earth Sciences professor Gordon Osinski has an unexpected souvenir of his 18th research expedition to Canada’s Far North: a tent shredded nearly to ribbons by the 15-centimetre-long claws of a polar bear. Osinski, Director of the Centre for Planetary Science and...

Special Canada Day dawns for neuroscientist

Special Canada Day dawns for neuroscientist

The sheer, glorious space of the country. Beaches in summer; snow sports in winter. The research opportunities and academic atmosphere. For years, Western neuroscientist Adrian Owen has set his heart on making Canada his home and adopted land. This year, he will celebrate Canada Day, for the first time, as a permanent resident of Canada.

Mars discovery adds life to further exploration

Mars discovery adds life to further exploration

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0gsz8EHiNc Mars may not be alive, but it’s not dead either. Curiosity rover has detected traces of methane at the planet’s surface, as well as organic molecules in powdered rock samples drilled from about five centimetres below the...

Outreach event introduces the future to history

Outreach event introduces the future to history

Pirates and punk rock. Gruesome assassinations and weird operations. More than 260 high schoolers and their teachers were treated Wednesday to an eclectic sampler of some of human history’s unheralded tales and learned why these stories are important.

Zitani name borne upon tiny wings, again

Zitani name borne upon tiny wings, again

Just three millimetres long, Leptodrepana ninae flits about tropical Costa Rica with iridescent wings that would make a cathedral’s stained-glass windows look drab by comparison. Until this spring, the tiny parasitoid wasp was so low-profile, it lacked even a name....

Moonlite brings bright idea to night-night

Moonlite brings bright idea to night-night

A night-time ritual that began as a shadow-puppet theatre between a mother and daughter has transformed into a medley of storybook favourites playing out on ceilings across North America.

Chair: Senate changes have not been forgotten

Chair: Senate changes have not been forgotten

Senators received assurances that progress into implementing recommendations as to how the university governing body operates have not been forgotten – and will, in fact, be revealed soon.

Young researchers solving health, science puzzles

Young researchers solving health, science puzzles

The core of discovery is research. And the core of good research is a dedicated, inquisitive team of scientists committed to solving some of the key questions of their discipline. Western is proud to highlight the work of teams newly granted Early Researcher Awards...

A walk through black history in Canada

A walk through black history in Canada

  Western Libraries’ Archives and Research Collections Centre is home to rare, and in some cases unique, resources that illuminate important insights into black history in Canada and beyond. Here, we highlight just a few of the collection’s primary and secondary...

North points new way for funding athletes

North points new way for funding athletes

A trio of Western entrepreneurs, determined to reduce the financial sacrifices Canada’s elite athletes make in pursuit of excellence, has built a fitness clothing line predicated on supporting them.