Posts Tagged: Faculty of Science

Western planetary scientist readies for Mars mission with exciting new surface images

December 1, 2016

The Mars Camera, officially known as CaSSIS (Colour and Stereo Surface Imaging System), aboard the European Space Agency‘s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) captured its first high resolution images of…

Asteroid impacts could create habitats for life, suggests Chicxulub crater study

November 17, 2016

Scientists studying the Chicxulub crater have shown how large asteroid impacts deform rocks in a way that may produce habitats for early life. Around 65 million years ago a massive…

Western students ‘heading’ back to Mars with Canadian Space Agency as part of simulation

November 1, 2016

Planetary scientists have learned much about Mars from the various robotic missions that have landed on the Martian surface. However, rovers and landers can only carry a limited set of…

Western University astronomers predict possible birthplace of Rosetta-probed comet 67P

October 17, 2016

When the Rosetta spacecraft successfully touched down on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on September 30, 2016, the news was shared globally via Twitter in dozens of languages. Citizens the world over were…

Western University scientists develop game-changing ‘ultrathin’ flash memory device

October 13, 2016

At 10 nanometers (nm), the sleek new polymer material that scientists at Western University have developed for use in flash memory devices is 10,000 times thinner than a single human…

Western University cameras capture fireball in the sky over Georgian Bay

October 7, 2016

Researchers from Western University have released footage of a basketball-sized fireball that was seen widely by observers throughout southern Ontario and adjacent areas early Friday morning (Oct. 7). Peter Brown,…

Western hosts International Observe the Moon Night this weekend

October 6, 2016

International Observe the Moon Night is an annual event, led by NASA, the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, the Lunar and Planetary Institute and partners around the world, which…

Western celebrates science and community engagement with special space-themed event

September 23, 2016

Science Literacy Week highlights Canada’s outstanding scientists and science communicators from coast-to-coast. The goals are to showcase the excellence and diversity of Canadian science and to show how exciting science…

New discovery shatters previous beliefs about Earth’s origin

September 14, 2016

A new study led by Western University’s all-star cosmochemist Audrey Bouvier proves that the Earth and other planetary objects formed in the early years of the Solar System share similar…

Human ‘super predator’ more terrifying than bears, wolves and dogs

July 25, 2016

Bears, wolves and other large carnivores are frightening beasts but the fear they inspire in their prey pales in comparison to that caused by the human ‘super predator.’ A new…