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ITER: Too Big to Fail?

ITER: Too Big to Fail?
The world's largest science experiment - the International Thermonuclear Reactor, or ITER - is meant to demonstrate practical fusion power: a source of clean, plentiful, safe energy for the future. But it's more than a decade behind schedule and billions over budget.  What's wrong with ITER, and can it be fixed?

Plus - The Franklin Expedition: details of how one of the long-lost ships was found, deep in icy Arctic waters.

Quirks & Quarks for Sept. 13, 2014

Quirks & Quarks for Sept. 13, 2014
download_blue.jpgOn this week's show: Arctic explorers find Franklin's ship; researchers track down the first "aquasaur"; a robot folds itself; Maritimes walrus are distinct but extinct; and fusion power goes big.

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Finding Franklin's Ship

Finding Franklin's Ship
download_blue.jpgOne of the ships from the ill-fated Franklin expedition has been discovered in the Arctic.

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Dinosaur that Made a Splash

Dinosaur that Made a Splash
download_blue.jpgA new discovery of a once lost dinosaur suggests it is adapted to water - an "aquasaur."

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Origami Robot Folds Itself

Origami Robot Folds Itself
download_blue.jpgScientists develop a robot that can fold itself into shape and then move.

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Mystery of the Maritimes Walrus

Mystery of the Maritimes Walrus
download_blue.jpgThe walrus that thrived on the East coast of Canada until a few hundred years ago were distinct from modern Atlantic walrus.

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The Next Big Thing: Fusion power and ITER

The Next Big Thing: Fusion power and ITER
download_blue.jpgOur series on Big Science begins with a look at the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, ITER.

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Quirks & Quarks for Sept. 6, 2014

Quirks & Quarks for Sept. 6, 2014
download_blue.jpg This week, we find out how the Ebola genome decodes the disease; how life thrives under Antarctic Ice; how Tyrannosaurs hunted in packs; how drooling moose neutralize plant poisons; and how illegal poaching of ivory threatens elephants;

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Genome of a Killer

Genome of a Killer
download_blue.jpgScientists hope decoding the genome of the Ebola virus will help fight the disease.

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Life Under Antarctic Ice

Life Under Antarctic Ice
download_blue.jpgWater samples from lakes sealed under Antarctic ice are full of life.

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Tyrannosaurs Roamed in Packs

Tyrannosaurs Roamed in Packs
A download_blue.jpgTyrannosaur trackway discovery in B.C. suggests the great dinosaur predators moved in groups.

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