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    Blog Science 'Trumped' by belief: Bob McDonald

    by Bob McDonald

    Donald Trump has stated clearly that he believes climate change is a hoax and that vaccines cause autism, two topics that have been clearly proven by science to be untrue. Now, he has a team of players that are carrying these beliefs to other levels of government.

    Posted: Jan 20, 2017 3:40 PM ET

    Blog Spelunking on Mars: Bob McDonald

    by Bob McDonald

    Exploring the deepest caves on Earth could help us find life in outer space.

    Posted: Jan 13, 2017 5:46 PM ET

    Blog Preparing for the big strike: Bob McDonald

    by Bob McDonald

    Our living world has been sterilized by encounters with large space rocks that slammed into us. It's time to prepare.

    Posted: Jan 06, 2017 5:43 PM ET

    Blog Climate change as seen from space: Bob McDonald

    by Bob McDonald

    NASA's climate science is under threat, but new animation released by the agency illustrates how important it is that research continue.

    Posted: Dec 16, 2016 4:53 PM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 20, 2016 4:31 PM ET
  • Virtual Reality Headset

    Blog Virtual reality a sickening experience

    by Bob McDonald

    A new study shows that women experience more virtual reality-related motion sickness.

    Posted: Dec 09, 2016 4:29 PM ET
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    Blog A planet's worth of human-made things has been weighed

    by Bob McDonald

    The collected weight of everything human beings have made — from buildings to ballpoint pens — is staggering.

    Posted: Dec 02, 2016 5:22 PM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 05, 2016 12:48 PM ET
  • In the Shadow of Saturn

    Blog Cassini's grand finale: a death dive into Saturn

    by Bob McDonald

    The Cassini mission proves that robotic spacecraft are the true explorers of our solar system.

    Posted: Nov 25, 2016 3:09 PM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 25, 2016 3:30 PM ET
  • New Zealand Economy

    Blog World leaders wade into water to fight climate change

    by Bob McDonald

    Leaders at the United Nations COP 22 Climate Summit move water to the forefront because when the effects of global warming show up, we usually see water behaving in some destructive way.

    Posted: Nov 18, 2016 3:47 PM ET
  • APTOPIX 2016 Election Trump

    Blog Donald Trump needs a science education: Bob McDonald

    by Bob McDonald

    Scientists worry about the impact of Trump's views on everything from climate change to vaccines.

    Posted: Nov 11, 2016 5:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 11, 2016 10:02 AM ET
  • E.T.

    Blog Alien contact? Don't jump the gun: Bob McDonald

    by Bob McDonald

    According to two Quebec astronomers, unusual signals coming from 234 sun-like stars suggest that alien civilizations could be reaching out. If true, this would have a profound effect on our understanding of our place in the universe. But here's why we can't rush to that conclusion.

    Posted: Oct 28, 2016 5:41 PM ET video
  • Generation Mars - Mars 1976

    Blog Why it's so hard to land on Mars: Bob McDonald

    by Bob McDonald

    Almost 60 per cent of robot missions to Mars have failed for one reason or another. Here's why it's an enormous challenge to land safely on the Red Planet.

    Posted: Oct 21, 2016 5:44 PM ET

    Blog For want of a better battery: Bob McDonald

    by Bob McDonald

    Battery technology has a long way to go to meet the rising demands of our electrical devices and vehicles. After decades of neglect, is a new battery revolution under way?

    Posted: Oct 14, 2016 5:19 PM ET
    Last Updated: Oct 14, 2016 9:01 PM ET
  • Waterloo Advanced Technology Laboratory at Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology

    Blog Nanotechnology on the cusp: Bob McDonald

    by Bob McDonald

    The Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded this week for developments in nanotechnology heralds a new era in science, akin to the discovery of electromagnetic induction 185 years ago. And like electricity, nanotechnology could influence the world in dramatic ways, not even imaginable today.

    Posted: Oct 09, 2016 8:07 AM ET
  • Rosetta impact

    Blog Rosetta boldly went where no one has gone before: Bob McDonald

    by Bob McDonald

    The Rosetta spacecraft by the European Space Agency was the first to rendezvous with a comet. The mission which ended this week was a remarkable success, proving once again, that robots are the true explorers of our solar system.

    Posted: Sep 30, 2016 5:42 PM ET
    Last Updated: Oct 03, 2016 2:34 PM ET
  • Caribou near Meadowbank Gold Mine

    Blog Polar bears not the only animals affected by disappearing ice: Bob McDonald

    by Bob McDonald

    This year saw yet another dramatic loss of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean. The iconic image of a polar bear stranded on a small ice floe has come to symbolize this change in the North, but many other animals and even plants are feeling the changes as well.

    Posted: Sep 23, 2016 4:27 PM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 23, 2016 4:32 PM ET

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