Western University

Founded in 1878, Western University in London, Ontario is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities, combining academic excellence with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social and cultural growth in the arts, humanities, engineering, sciences, health sciences, social sciences, business and law. With research collaborations on every continent and students and faculty trained far and wide, Western is actively engaged internationally. Western’s campus community is comprised of more than 38,000 students from 127 countries, 3,800 faculty and staff and 294,000 alumni in 154 countries. Western offers nearly 500 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in 11 faculties, a School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies and three affiliated university colleges. Western is proud to provide Canada’s best student experience.

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A composite image showing the distribution of dark matter, galaxies and hot gas in a merging galaxy cluster taken with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and with the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope in Hawaii. NASA

Canada’s grand plan to explore the mysteries of the cosmos

The Canadian Long Range Plan 2020 for astronomy and astrophysics builds on Canadian research's previous success to extend Canada's role.
This image made from a fake video featuring former U.S. president Barack Obama shows elements of facial mapping that lets anyone make videos of real people appearing to say things they’ve never said. (AP Photo)

The election’s on: Now Canadians should watch out for dumbfakes and deepfakes

Fake videos pose a risk to democratic representation, participation, and discussion. Canadians need to be mindful of their existence as we head towards the federal election.
Reading and books are more important than ever for contemporary society. Here an image of The Rose Main Reading Room at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (also known as New York Public Library Main Branch) – an elegant study hall in the heart of Manhattan. Patrick Robert Doyle /Unsplash

Libraries can have 3-D printers but they are still about books

Today's libraries build communities and provide space for learning new technologies but it is critical that they continue to be about books and reading too.
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources fire rangers wade through floodwaters as they deploy pumps in Pembroke, Ont., in May 2019. Too many authorities involved in fighting flood risks can often paralyze flood management efforts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Why Canada’s political system makes it difficult to fight floods

Canadian history and international relations theory gives us perspective on why co-ordinating flood management has proven so difficult in Canada and what can be done about it.
New research shows that if you pay people for achievable increases in their daily physical activity, they will continue to be more active for months after the rewards are withdrawn. (Shutterstock)

Companies and governments are paying people to get healthy, and it works

Financial rewards can entice us to exercise more, and the benefits are lasting, according to a new research review.
Reuven Rivlin, president of the state of Israel, presents Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with a gift of socks from his wife before a meeting in Chelsea, Que. in April 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Canada’s updated trade agreement with Israel violates international law

Treating Israeli settlements as part of Israel in the new Canada-Israel free-trade deal entangles Canada in serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law.
The now-extinct giant beaver once lived from Florida to Alaska. It weighed as much as 100 kilograms, roughly the same as a small black bear. Illustrated by Luke Dickey/Western University

Why giant human-sized beavers died out 10,000 years ago

Scientists studied the fossilized bones of giant beavers to understand what they ate and whether the species could keep up with environmental change.
Ontario budget provisions aiming to limit Crown liability would also apply retroactively, thereby extinguishing existing lawsuits, including a class action by juvenile inmates who were placed in solitary confinement. Ye Jinghan/Unsplash

Ontario government seeking to insulate itself from lawsuits

Proposed new legislation in Ontario will make it much harder to sue the provincial government for its negligence or bad faith.

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