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News Highlights

  • Postdoctoral scholars named Banting Fellows

    By Mihaela Harmos, Special to Western News, November 28, 2022

    From polymers to bird physiology, research by two new Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship recipients at Western covers exciting new ground. The fellowship program provides $70,000 a year for two years to top postdoctoral scholars, both nationally and internationally, who are seen to contribute to the country’s economic, social and research‑based growth.

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  • Two bright fireballs blazed over southern Ontario in one day

    By Scott Sutherland, The Weather Network, November 21, 2022

    Residents of southern Ontario were wow'd this weekend as not one, but two extremely bright meteor fireballs blazed across the sky less than a day apart. The first one caused even more of a stir as it was not only detected hours before it impacted, the exploding asteroid shook houses and woke people up from a sound sleep.

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  • Bright fireball may have dropped meteorites in Niagara region

    By Jeff Renaud, Western News, November 21, 2022

    A cosmic drama unfolded over southern Ontario on the night of Friday, Nov. 18, triggering an international collaboration and a meteorite hunt. Just before midnight Eastern time, the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona detected a small object heading toward Earth. This small asteroid, now designated 2022 WJ1, was followed by many observatories around the world for the next three hours before it impacted over southern Ontario at 3:26am EST on Nov. 19.

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  • Can’t go to the moon? This crater in Canada is the next best thing.

    By Kasha Patel, The Washington Post, November 17, 2022

    The Mistastin crater on Earth holds large quantities of the bright white rock on the majority of the moon’s surface. “This crater in Labrador wasn’t even known to be a crater during the Apollo missions,” said Gordon Osinski, a planetary geologist at Canada’s Western University who has guided astronauts around the crater. “I’d love to see every astronaut who eventually walks on the moon come to Mistastin.”

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