Jeff Renaud
Study finds consensual nonmonogamy a ‘healthy’ option

Study finds consensual nonmonogamy a ‘healthy’ option

Consensual nonmonogamy within a relationship showed only positive outcomes on life satisfaction and relationship quality for the primary partners in a romantically involved couple – leading researchers to believe it to be healthy, viable relationship option.

Researchers crack COVID-19 genome signature

Researchers crack COVID-19 genome signature

Using machine learning, a team of Western computer scientists and biologists have identified an underlying genomic signature for 29 different COVID-19 DNA sequences. 

Study: Bilingualism does not make you ‘smarter’

Study: Bilingualism does not make you ‘smarter’

Despite numerous social, employment, and lifestyle benefits, speaking more than one language does not improve your general mental ability, according to a new study conducted by Western’s Brain and Mind Institute.

Researcher drives voices for WHO Roadmap

Researcher drives voices for WHO Roadmap

Health Studies professor Elysée Nouvet is currently leading a qualitative study as part of the COVID-19 Research Roadmap, a social science working group convened by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Researchers solve mystery of Tuvan throat singing

Researchers solve mystery of Tuvan throat singing

An international research team has uncoupled the mystery of how Tuvan throat singers produce distinctive sounds in which you can hear two different pitches at once – a low rumble and a high whistle-like tone.

Study: Rewards apps get Canadians moving

Study: Rewards apps get Canadians moving

Recent Western-led research has shown that the use of commercial apps providing small but immediate financial incentives can help people increase their activity levels over the long term, especially among those who are the least active.

Study gets up close with near-death experiences

Study gets up close with near-death experiences

Those who momentarily shuffled off this mortal coil returned with positive perceptions of what they discovered on the other side – a finding that encourages researchers to dig deeper into the ways people describe near-death experiences, according to a joint study between Western and the University of Liège (Belgium).

Study: Exercise boosts memory like caffeine 

Study: Exercise boosts memory like caffeine 

Brisk walks – even as short as 20 minutes – can provide your working memory just as much pep as that morning cup of coffee. In fact, that same recent study showed, that exercise may also reduce the negative effects of caffeine withdrawal like headaches, fatigue and crankiness.     

Alumna puts sting back in classic Marvel character

Alumna puts sting back in classic Marvel character

For her latest adventure, Sam Maggs, BA’10, is proving as ‘Unstoppable’ as the character she is about to pen, when the bestselling alumna releases a YA novel featuring Wasp, one of Marvel’s smallest superheroes in terms of size but certainly not in stature.

Shark salvation found in crossing confirmation

Shark salvation found in crossing confirmation

Confirmation of a trans-Atlantic crossing by a highly endangered marine animal signals the need for “an international mindset” when seeking ways to conserve the basking shark – named among the world’s ‘weirdest’ animals by National Geographic.

Scientists explore origins of interstellar visitors

Scientists explore origins of interstellar visitors

Since 2017, not one but two interstellar asteroids have been detected entering our solar system – each one offering more clues as to their origins and unlocking further secrets of the universe.

Study debunks hormonal misconception of exercise

Study debunks hormonal misconception of exercise

Women are not only underrepresented in exercise-related studies, but may be receiving incomplete information about physical activity because of a now-debunked belief that hormonal fluctuations linked to menstrual cycles can lead to inconsistent study results.

Study targets ‘fingerprint’ of human consciousness

Study targets ‘fingerprint’ of human consciousness

Western researchers have moved a step closer to identifying a ‘brain fingerprint’ for consciousness – a discovery that will unlock further understanding into why some patients, presumed to be vegetative, are still aware of the world them.

Innovators, champions among honorary degrees

Innovators, champions among honorary degrees

Life-saving and game-changing innovators, award-winning artists and international sporting champions stand among seven distinguished individuals to receive honorary degrees when Western hosts its 314th Convocation this fall.

Western to help launch Junior Astronauts

Western to help launch Junior Astronauts

Thanks to a new $400,000 grant from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Western is going to shape how Canada’s youth get engaged in the interstellar opportunities this mission provides.

Model shakes up earthquakes forecasting

Model shakes up earthquakes forecasting

Findings by a Western-led international research team may mitigate hazard, damage, even loss of life by helping forecast the largest possible earthquake within a series of quakes, according to a study published today.

New homes built upon Western research

New homes built upon Western research

A new pilot project looks to increase the resilience of 100 new-build homes against high winds, even tornadoes, in St. Thomas, Ont., putting into practise more than two decades of Western research.