Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Thursday, November 21st, 2019

Navaneeth Mohan

CAMPUS

  • Western-led research may ‘charge up’ consumers by addressing their frequent complaint that rechargeable batteries gradually hold less charge over time. The solution to longer battery life, researchers contend, may be found in adding a carbon-based layer to lithium-ion rechargeable batteries.
  • The team from Western’s Advanced MAterials for Clean Energy added a thin layer of carbon coating to the aluminum foil that conducts electric current in rechargeable batteries. The small change improved the batteries corrosion resistance propertr in high energy and hig voltage environemnts thus boosting battery capacities by 50% 
  • Th team is led by Engineering professor Andy Sun.
  • Western researchers collaborated with 3M Canada, which provided the carbon coating, and the Canadian Light Source (CLS) at the University of Saskatchewan, which provided the synchrotron light required to test the coating.
  • The improved battery could see key applications in electric vehicles and a number of other green technologies. 
  • The study, Suppressing Corrosion of Aluminum Foils via Highly Conductive Graphene-like Carbon Coating in High-Performance Lithium-Based Batteries, was recently published in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.


LOCAL:

  • The wheels are in motion to reverse Ontario’s contentious pit bull ban.
  • Tabled Tuesday by Tory MPP Rick Nicholls, the private member’s bill targets the Dog Owners Liability Act with measures to reverse prohibitions on the dogs in Ontario.
  • The current legislation, Nicholls argued, discriminates against both pit bills and their owners.
  • The Dog Owners Liability Act was introduced in 2005 under the government of former premier Dalton McGuinty after a number of high-profile attacks.
  • Nicholls was elected in 2018 to a third term representing Chatham-Kent-Leamington.
  • Opponents say the law is too vague, particularly in its definition of what constitutes a “pit bull” — which encompasses a variety of breeds that share similar features, such as a muscular build and squarish head.
  • They also urge lawmakers to instead punish bad owners instead of otherwise innocent dogs.
  • Under the 2005 law, owners were permitted to keep animals they currently owned as long as the dogs were spayed or neutered, and kept leashed and muzzled while in public.


SPORTS:

  • Tomorrow night, Alumini Hall brings you the Friday Night lights with the Mustangs Womens and Mens volleyball hosting York Lions for the regular season. The women will take the court at 6pm while the men will serve at 8pm. 

WEATHER:

  • The clouds will shake things up today with a wet spell expected around noon set to last the whole day. Today’s afternoon high of 8 will feel like 4. 
  • The weekend seems to brighten up plenty of sun and cooler temperatures.