"When I watch the Rio Olympics in August, I will have my sights set on the Olympic trials for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. I just missed qualifying for this year’s Olympic trials by 0.09 seconds. Let’s see what this science geek and swimming jock can do next time around..."
Could human noise be hurting songbirds? We know our consumption habits are changing the climate, and we’re seeing the results in drought and higher food prices.
The advent of ethical robotics
Aimee van Wynsberghe is helping shape the 'humans behind the robots'.
New study shows traffic noise can affect brain and learning ability in birds - An international study led by researchers at Western University’s Advanced Facility for Avian Research (AFAR) has shown that birds living in congested cities are greatly affected by persistent traffic noise and that their brains and learning ability are seriously damaged.
Woodstock Sentinel Review - Annual meteor shower will be even more active than usual this year - It’s nearly time for the best natural fireworks display of the summer. The Perseid meteor shower will be at its peak in just a few days. The annual meteor shower is in the spotlight this week because the most active part of the show is set to unfold in the sky overnight between Aug 11 and 12
CBC News - Perseid meteor shower set to be extra-spectacular this year - The summer's best shooting star show is expected be even more spectacular this year, thanks to an unusual "outburst" that only happens about once a decade.
CBC News Windsor - CBC programming terrifies British badgers, study suggests - A new study from researchers at Western University in London, Ont. suggests there is nothing that terrifies British badgers more than the sounds of CBC News programming.
The Washington Post - British badgers are more afraid of the BBC than of bears - and that's very bad - Armed with a speaker system and a bucket full of peanuts, wildlife ecologist Liana Zanette hiked into the Wytham Woods with just one mission: to terrorize some woodland creatures with recordings of the BBC.
Western News - Human super predator most terrifying of all - 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.’
VICE Motherboard - Badgers Are More Scared of the BBC Than Bears - I just got back from a camping trip in one of Ontario's provincial parks, where I saw at least one raccoon (there were probably more) brazenly approach our campsite, looking for food. We tend to think of raccoons, badgers, and other smaller carnivores as completely fearless of humans, but it seems that's not the case. In fact, they may be so frightened of human "super predators" that they avoid a meal just because of the sound of our voice.