Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Friday, December 14th, 2018

Emma Jones

Campus News:

- Eric Pilles, who works here at Western, has assisted in capturing of the first full colour images of NASA’s InSight Robot Lander.
- Using the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment technology, also known as HiRise, the team was able to capture highly significant scientific images of the lander of Mars.
- Pilles is a member of Western University’s Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration after he transitioned from economic geology to the planetary sciences and is now a postdoctoral associate.
-One of Pilles's supervisors, Livio Tornabene is on the HiRise team, whose members take turns leading the scientific process of image capturing.
- He always includes students to allow new planetary scientists like Pilles the amazing opportunity.


- A new study led by Western University’s Natasha Mhatre shows that body dynamics and posture are crucial to how black widow spiders decode the important vibrations that travel through their webs and up their legs.
- Black widows rely on these vibrations for sexual signals, capturing prey and evading predators. Mhatre recently moved to Western’s Faculty of Science as an assistant professor in the department of Biology.
- She comes from the University of Toronto at Scarborough’s Department of Biological Sciences where she conducted this study as a postdoctoral fellow with the Integrative Behaviour & Neuroscience Group.
- She discovered that the freely-suspended spiders adopt different body postures to alter both the level and tuning of their sensory organs, meaning they can use posture – like a radio dial –  as they intercept web vibrations often times critical to their own survival.
- Understanding how spiders think and move is also increasingly important for robot engineers and developers as their ability to maneuver in and around diverse environments allow for far greater range of motion as opposed to models based on human legs or wheels.

Local News:

- Londoners today will have the first chance to see what the future of the London Children’s Museum will look like.
- The local organization will reveal the master plan that will guide the future development of the museum once it relocates to its new location at the old Kellogg cereal plant.
-The plan released this morning will offer a preview of the new museum’s exhibit design, space planning and visitor experience, the museum said.
- The current museum’s building, located on Wharncliffe Road, was sold in 2014 to a London landowner.

Sports:

- The London Knights will be in action tonight looking to snap a mini two game losing streak as they are hosting the Niagara Ice Dogs at Budweiser Gardens.
- Puck drop for tonight’s game is at 7:30pm, and the Knights will also host the Erie Otters on Sunday afternoon at 2pm.
- Alex Formenton of the knights, has apparently injured himself in an exhibition game for the Team Canada selection camp.
- Formenton is one of two returning players for Team Canada at the World Juniors, and has 7 goals and 9 assists in 13 games for the Knights since returning from the Ottawa Senators earlier this season.

Weather:

- Today will see a high of 6 degrees with rain expected most of the day, with it cooling down to -1 overnight with some fog expected.
- Your Saturday have a high of 6 and mostly sunny expected in the afternoon.
- Sunday, high of 5 with a mix of sun and cloud.