Faculty of Science


  • New Yorker - Methods Videos are Making Science Smarter - In order to effectively communicate increasingly complex and subtle experimental methods, life scientists are turning to what are called "Methods Videos". Western Biology Professor Anne Simon has designed the protocol for a hormonal avoidance experiment in fruit flies that has been shared with the world in this way.

  • Discovery News - Detecting the faintest solar system asteroids - Humankind could have only 1 or 2 days notice before potential impact from a rogue asteroid. Western astronomer Stan Metchev and colleague Ari Heinze have devised a new digital image processing technique that allows them to discover asteroids earlier and up to 10 times fainter than is possible with existing approaches.

  • SpaceRef - Western University researcher plays key role in planetary discovery - “What makes 51 Eridani particularly interesting is that it also harbours dust and ice in the planetary system," explains Stanimir Metchev, a professor of Physics & Astronomy and a Canada Research Chair in Extrasolar Planets at Western University, Canada. "These are much like the dust and the ice grains produced by collisions among asteroids and comets in the Solar System."

  • London Free Press - Western University researcher helped detect a Jupiter-like planet 100 light years from Earth - What’s huge, hot and really gassy? The answer: a newly discovered planet located 100 light years away that could shed light on how our solar system was formed. A Western University researcher played a key role in detecting 51 Eridani b, the first planet discovered by the Gemini Planet Imager — an instrument mounted on a giant telescope in southern Chile — built to analyze hard-to-detect young planets orbiting bright stars.

  • CTV News Toronto - Video shows fireball that lit up sky over London, Ont. - Video released by Western University shows a bright fireball that quickly lit up the sky over London, Ont., on Wednesday night during a Perseid event. According to Peter Brown, a professor with the department of physics and astronomy at Western University, the fireball was travelling at around 60 km per second.

  • Scientific American - Astronomers Glimpse a Young Jupiter, 51 Eridani b - For the first time, astronomers have taken a picture of a young exoplanet that resembles our solar system’s largest world, Jupiter, in orbit and size. Called 51 Eridani b, the world is the first in a looming wave of discoveries promised by a new generation of planet-hunting instruments, and could help scientists unlock the secrets of how Jupiter and other gas giants form and shape their planetary systems.

  • Western Media Release - Western University researcher plays key role in planetary discovery - The first planet detected by the Gemini Planet Imager is 100 light years away but shares many of the characteristics of an early Jupiter. The out-of-this-world discovery, which generated international media headlines, was revealed last month and a new paper outlining the findings in full detail was published in the current issue of Science.