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Nigel Hussey and Steve KesselNigel Hussey and Steve Kessel tag a manta ray in the Red Sea off the coast of Sudan.

Rare 'hybrid' manta ray discovered by UWindsor scientists

A rare type of hybrid manta ray has been discovered in the Red Sea thanks to the work of a trio of University of Windsor scientists and their research partners in Sudan.

The ray, a cross between a Reef Manta Ray (Manta alfredi) and a Giant Manta Ray (Manta birostris), is only the second documented case of hybridization in elasmobranchs, the subclass of fish that includes sharks and rays, according to the group.

Arctic adventure an amazing experience for research writer

A trip to Canada’s far north with an expedition to catch and tag fish, and set out acoustic receivers to track their movements, has been one of the most amazing experiences of his life, says Stephen  Fields.

A communications officer in the University of Windsor’s department of Public Affairs and Communications, Fields joined researcher Nigel Hussey aboard the MV Nuliajuk, a 64-foot vessel plying the waters off the coast of Baffin Island.

University opening doors for heritage tour

Dillon Hall is a beautiful building, says Megan Corchis: “I think it has great character.”

A fourth-year student in the visual arts and the built environment (VABE) program, Corchis is heading a group of volunteer guides who will lead tours through the building during Doors Open Windsor, which invites the public to view buildings of architectural and historical significance, September 29 and 30.

“Doors Open is about letting people know what’s out there,” says Corchis. “It’s a fun environment to learn about history that relates to Windsor.”

Campus mourns death of researcher

Researcher Martin Hulak died last week at the age of 33, but his pioneering work will live on, say professors who held him in high regard.

Dr. Hulak, a post-doctoral fellow working with Hugh MacIsaac and Melania Cristescu at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, was found dead outside his Windsor home on Wednesday, August 29. A native of Slovakia, he started working on campus in March 2012.

Contest winner singing summer songs

Mark Smith, coordinator of the ERASMUS program at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, won Monday’s DailyNews trivia quiz and the special prize of a copy of Campus Police special constable Kevin Jarvis’ debut solo CD, “Beautifully Gloomy.”

It took a little research for him to come up with all 10 answers, admits Smith. His name was drawn from all respondents who correctly completed all the lyrics from a number of classic summer songs.

For those playing along at home, the relevant lines were:

Indonesian drilling project will settle climate change arguments, scientists say

Before scientists like Galileo contributed to the development of the thermometer in the 17th century, there was no way to accurately measure and record temperature.

So when it comes to climate change, determining with any certainty whether it’s been naturally occurring over the last few hundred thousand years, or if it’s a more recent phenomenon, can be tricky business in the absence of any precise historical data to cite.