Jeff Renaud
Western takes first steps toward the Moon

Western takes first steps toward the Moon

A team comprised of Western faculty, postdoctoral scholars, graduate and undergraduate students is conducting an analogue Moon mission over the next two weeks.

Researchers seeking fragments of fireball

Researchers seeking fragments of fireball

Researchers are seeking the public’s help in locating fragments of a fireball that shone as bright as the full moon observed by Western’s All-Sky Camera Network across at 2:44 a.m. ET this morning.

Western event to celebrate Apollo 11 launch

Western event to celebrate Apollo 11 launch

Fifty years ago today, Apollo 11 launched on a mission to the Moon. Five days later, on July 21, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the lunar surface – a first for humankind.

Researchers shine light on black hole origins

Researchers shine light on black hole origins

Western astrophysicists have found evidence of the direct formation of black holes that do not need to emerge from a star remnant – a finding that may provide scientists with an explanation for the presence of extremely massive black holes at the earliest stage of our universe.

Study eyes how human brain ‘sees’ world

Study eyes how human brain ‘sees’ world

A new Brain and Mind Institute study is offering insights into how the our brains process a world in which the images of people, places and things are constantly shrinking, expanding and changing on the retina at the back of our eyes. These findings may hold further keys to perfecting technology in everything from robots to self-driving cars.

Calling all ‘space oddities’ to Asteroid Day

Calling all ‘space oddities’ to Asteroid Day

Join Western as it celebrates its fourth annual Asteroid Day from 5:30-11 p.m. Saturday. Geosciences Collection Curator Alysha McNeil will be in attendance to inspect potential meteorites.

Research resets timeline for life on Mars

Research resets timeline for life on Mars

Western researchers, leading an international team, have shown that the first ‘real chance’ of Mars developing life started early, 4.48 billion years ago, when giant, life-inhibiting meteorites stopped striking the Red Planet.

Study: Bad diets making for bad memories

Study: Bad diets making for bad memories

A poor diet might be damaging more than your waistline – it might be leading to cognitive decline and poor memory, according to Western-led research released this week.

Students land project – after a lost year

Students land project – after a lost year

One year ago today, a team of Western graduate students launched a high-altitude balloon (HAB) 20 km into space with the lofty goal of studying the Earth’s stratosphere. The launch was a success. The retrieval not so much – at least until last week.

Study: Students ignoring online feedback

Study: Students ignoring online feedback

While a majority of students tend to ignore online feedback from professors, it matters the least to those who need it the most. However, inspiration for a solution might be as simple as a trip to the local grocery store, according to researchers from Western and Queen’s University Belfast.

Discovery unlocks spine disease mysteries

Discovery unlocks spine disease mysteries

Sufferers of a common spine disease affecting one-third of North American men over 50 may find hope in new therapies and treatments thanks to a breakthrough from an interdisciplinary team of scientists and medical practitioners from the Bone and Joint Institute.

All exercise intensities benefit older brains

All exercise intensities benefit older brains

Older adults who engage in short bursts of physical activity can experience a boost in brain health even if the activity is carried out at a reasonably low intensity, according to a new Western study.

Innovation puts charge in smart knee implants

Innovation puts charge in smart knee implants

Knee replacement surgery is one of the world’s most common orthopedic procedures, but those implants don’t last forever. Even the latest smart implants wear out, loosen or just fail to meet patient expectations and require revision surgery.

Black widow spiders dial up posture for survival, sex

Black widow spiders dial up posture for survival, sex

A new study led by Western University’s Natasha Mhatre shows how black widow spiders’ body dynamics and posture help them decode important vibrations that travel through their webs and up their legs.

Space buff discovers exoplanet 

Space buff discovers exoplanet 

Ever since Chris Fox was a young boy, he wanted to visit alien planets. Now he has gone and found one – although, at about 700 light years from Earth, it would be a tough commute. The Western University graduate student has teamed with Paul Wiegert, Graduate Program...

New tech may benefit Parkinson’s sufferers

New tech may benefit Parkinson’s sufferers

A new prototype for wearable tremor suppression gloves has a team of Western researchers believing real change is on the way for the more than 6 million people in the world afflicted by Parkinson’s disease.