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Want to trade your desk job for a cabin in the woods?

This guy did it.

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Creative beer brewing

A micro-brewery in Iceland uses whale testicles smoked with sheep dung. Really.

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Remembering Roger Moore

Director John Glen reflects on his time directing Roger Moore as Jame Bond.

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This Harvard grad submitted a rap album for his thesis

Obasi Shaw just became the first student ever to submit a rap album as a senior thesis in Harvard's English department.

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Quirks Question of the Week

If the Sun is burning its fuel up, is it getting lighter, and will the Earth's orbit change as a result?

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Diving deep for glass sponges

A mission to explore a unique ecosystem off the B.C. coast.

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NASA's big rocket is going nowhere

NASA's big new rocket, won't make a first flight with astronauts, despite the Trump administration's request.

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The late birds are missing the worm

Climate change is shifting the times when songbirds should fly north.

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Orangutans babies know breast is best

Orangutan teeth indicate a nursing period of eight or nine years.

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The Puzzle of Pain

Pain is incredibly complex to understand and to treat.

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Quirks & Question

Why Don't we harvest cadaver blood?

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Money-puck

Analytics in hockey is the focus of a conference in Ottawa.

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Re-evaluating the origins of life

Life likely existed in Australia three and one-half billion years ago.

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A dinosaur goes Hollywood

The Royal Ontario Museum unveiled anklyosaur, nicknamed zuul from Ghostbusters.

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Human's Smell

Human sense of smell is better than we think.

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Neuro-privacy

Protecting our neuro-privacy in a future of brain computer interfaces.

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Quirks & Questions: Can cats really drink saltwater?

This urban myth turns out to be true and related to their ability to concentrate their urine.

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Killam Prize for engineering medical jello

Dr. Molly Shoichet from the U of T has received this year`s Prize for for her work on tissue engineering.

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The smallest cars ever compete on the world's shortest racetrack

Nanocars - microscopic, molecular vehicles made by chemists - raced around a microscopic racetrack last month.

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Exercise in a pill

A simple drug in pill form could boost endurance in mice enormously.

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Can marathoners break the magical two hour barrier?

Elite runners are getting a bit of help from science in attempting to go under two hours.

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23andMe for Dogs

A new family tree for dogs reveals some surprises.

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Quirks & Question - Why do hot and cold water sound different when poured?

Hot water does in fact sound different from cold water when they are poured due to surface tension, size of droplets when heated and auditory perception.

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Oil sands emissions under-reported

Researchers discover oil sands' emissions are 2 - 4.5 times greater than reported.

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'Let There Be Light'

A documentary compares the massive scale ITER approach to fusion with the much smaller approach by a Canadian company.

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The mixed scientific legacy of Henrietta Lacks' HeLa cells

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks' is about a woman whose cancer cells became the human cells that could be tested in a lab.

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Worms that eat plastic

Waxworms have been found to be able to break down polyethelene in a similar way to how they break down beeswax.

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Inflating Penises and Silicone Vaginas. It's not what you think

That's how one researcher figured out the reproductive anatomy of dolphins

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Bill Nye on Marching for Science: 'Science is political!'

Bill Nye says the thing to keep in mind when it comes to climate change is that 'we're all in this together.'

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Global perspective climate change panel

Perspective on climate change from the United States, China and Indian in a panel discussion

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Jane Goodall activist

Jane Goodall talks about her decision to embrace activism.

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Quirks & Question: How can I become a fossil when I die?

The science behind how fossils are created is answered in this week's question.

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7,000 Methane Bubbles Beneath Siberia

The permafrost in Siberia is melting, giving up methane and eventually forming lakes.

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Time for a change to Canada's 'research ecosystem'

A major report signals that we've got to support our scientists where it counts.

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Pulling water out of thin air

Harvesting water out of thin air with a new device powered only by sunlight.

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Is your building giving off bad vibes?

Study will look at solutions to health issues caused by swaying office towers and vibrating floors.

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Teeth scratches show earliest evidence of right-handedness

Fossil teeth from 1.8 million years ago indicate right-handedness in one Homo habilis.

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Quirks & Questions: Are birds evolving to avoid window collisions?

A 30 year study on cliff swallows shows the evolution of shorter wings are better for avoiding cars.

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What instincts being 'hardwired in the brain' could really mean

Epigenetics controls how our DNA is expressed. That might be the key to developing instincts.

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There was an old badger who buried a cow

Camera trap footage reveals never-before-seen animal smarts, a badger burying a cow.

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The most Canadian scientific discovery of all time

Maple Syrup might be for more than just pancakes, it might enhance the potency of antibiotics.

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The Curse of the Monkey God

The book 'The Lost City Of The Monkey God' chronicles finding the mythical 'White City' in Honduras.

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Photographing a Black Hole

Turning our planet into a giant telescope to get a photo of a black hole.

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Question: Why do our hands shake and voices crack whe we are really nervous?

Dr. Tamara Franklin from Dalhousie says it is related to our fight or flight response.

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There's a new kind of cloud in the sky

Asperitas is now recognised as a new cloud in the International Cloud Atlas.

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The climbing death toll of cheap consumer goods

A new study tallies pollution-related deaths that result from our relentless need to consume

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Killer heat, how temperature made Mayans more violent

Many studies show a link between hot weather and violence. Turns out the same was true a thousand years ago.

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"I am an Arctic researcher. Donald Trump is deleting my citations."

A researcher says there is an ongoing deletion of climate related information by the Trump administration

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Neurolaw and the changing landscape of crime and punishment

Neuroscience can identify abnormalities in the brain that link to criminal behaviour, which in turn changes how the law perceives criminal acts.

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Quirks Question: What is the environmental footprint of the internet?

The environmental footprint of the internet is difficult to measure, but like its power consumption, measures 2 to 8% of the world's total.

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Searching for a lost star that's been on the run for 500 years

A star that went missing from the skies has finally been located after 500 years.

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Prepping for the biotech onslaught

The list of biotech products is growing, but so too may the health risks.

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Piecing together Darwin's evolution

A project to piece together thousands of fragments of Darwin's work is underway at the American Museum of Natural History.

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Can psychedelic drugs work magic on depression?

Cutting edge research into psychedelic drugs and their potential to treat psychiatric conditions.

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Stopping a pandemic before it starts

New research has pinpointed a genetic marker that could help identify which viruses can make that jump from birds to humans.

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Quirks Question: Could an alien ship hide in the asteroid belt?

Dr. Jaymie Matthews says yes, because it may not be the best place to hide in the Solar System.

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Nanotechnology to reheat cryogenically preserved tissues

New technology tried to freeze organs and tissue for longer periods, without damaging the tissue.

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White rhinos post 'poop emojis' to convey social information

White rhino use communal dung sites to communicate with each other.

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Biofuels could cut jet engine pollution in half

A 50/50 blend of jet fuel and biofuel reduces jet engine pollution by fifty percent.

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The Greatest Story Ever Told, So Far

Laurence Krauss' new book about particle physics 'The Greatest Story Ever Told, So Far'.

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The mystery of the colossal statue discovered in Cairo

Archaeologists finally id the 26-foot tall statue pulled from a muddy ditch in Cairo - Pharaoh Psamtek.

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Quirks Question: Why are those turkeys circling that dead cat?

Wild turkeys circle dead cat in bizarre follow the leader type behaviour.

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Facial recognition at Canadian airports

Coming soon to an airport near you: facial recognition technology.

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Scientists stored an amazon gift card on some DNA

DNA is nature's ultimate biological storage medium and can now be used for other types of data.

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Why are pandas black and white?

Pandas are black and white for camouflage in winter snow and summer shade.

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Fukushima is a robot graveyard

At least seven robots have met their demise inside Fukushima's nuclear reactors

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One minute is all you need to stay young and healthy

A new study explains why high intensity interval training (HIIT) reverses ageing.

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Does my iPhone get heavier when it's filled up with music?

Quirks Question - your iPhone does not get heavier as data is added because the bits are already in place.

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Product of a "Holy Grail" physics experiment has... disappeared

The first ever metallic hydrogen sample is nowhere to be found.

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Watch this bee slam dunk a ball for a sweet treat

Bees can be trained to behave out of their normal routine and roll a ball into a goal for food.

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Dear Canada you are peeing in the pool way too much

An artificial sweetener is used as the measure to determine the amount of urine in pools and hot tubs.

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Can we control computers with our dreams?

Lucid dreaming is the ability to realize you're dreaming then take control of that dream

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Non addictive pain killer could replace Fentanyl

The new opioid has no side effects because it only targets inflamed areas.

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Quirks Question: Why did my jello freeze like this?

Quirks Question: Why did my jello freeze like this? A food science expert explains.

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Fort McMurray forests are on the rebound

Boreal forest torched by fire could look normal in twelve years.

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Somebody won NASA's space suit toilet contest

It involves, tubes, an airlock, and nature's call.

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These cave crystals contain 50-thousand year old life

Scientists reanimate microbial form of 'super life.'

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New Zealand considering using gene drives in war on predators

Invasive predators pose a threat to New Zealand wildlife so the country hopes to go predator free by 2050.

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A solar system with 7 Earth-size planets: will there be life?

Scientists find 7 Earth-size planets around a type of star nobody had ever thought to check before.

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Quirks & Question: Mining The Moon

The question this week is about mining the moon to determine how much of an effect it would have on Earth's tides.

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Seagrass is Vital to Marine Life and Human Health

Seagrass meadows remove up to 50% of bacteria that are pathogenic to humans.

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Rocket Launches Deadly Bug Into Space

Doesn't sound the least bit scary.

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Cockeyed Squid's Wonky Eyes Adapted For Life in 'The Twilight Zone'

This squid's eyes are for looking up and down in differing light values.

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The NHL and the legal Fight On Its Hands

It centres on the science of concussions and the link to CTE.

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Sound Rage is Caused by Brain Overdrive

Flying into a rage on hearing chewing, slurping or even pen-clicking is the result of brain connection activity.

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Quirks & Questions: Why isn't Jupiter a Solid Rock Planet?

Jupiter didn't solidify because it is made of hydrogen and helium.

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Pioneering Lithium ion Battery Scientist Wins Herzberg Gold Medal

The winner of this year's Herzberg Gold Medal is Dr. Jeff Dahn, a pioneer in the lithium-ion battery field, from Dalhousie University.

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Trump's Border 'Wall' More Likely to Stop Wildlife Than People

Biologists worry Trump's 'wall' along the Mexico border could further endanger wildlife.

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'Radiation Clouds' may be a Hazard for Frequent Flyers

Inflight radiation doubles when a plane flies through a 'radiation cloud.'

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Reversible Saliva and Rolling Eyes Help Frogs Grab a Meal

Frogs can change the viscosity of their saliva to help secure an insect on their tongue.

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Why Do We Sleep? What Happens When We Don't?

Sleep isn't just down time for the brain.

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Quirks & Question: Is the Earth's Weight Changing?

The Earth loses and gains mass, so overall the weight of the planet remains fairly constant.

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Metallic Hydrogen. Did it Finally Happen?

Turning hydrogen into a solid metal is the holy grail in high-pressure physics, but some doubt it is possible.

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Torture Doesn't Work and Here's the Scientific Evidence

Donald Trump says torture works; His generals disagree. So, does it work or doesn't it?

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No Longer a Myth: a Part Human, Part Pig Chimera

Scientists hope to be able to grow human organs inside pigs to address the global organ shortage.

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Early Modern Human Artists Connected The Dots

A 38 thousand year old engraving of a wild cow was made using dots in limestone.

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Twins Studies on Earth and in Space a Window into Nature vs Nurture

Twins studies have played a role in determining how much of our nature comes from genes versus environment.

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Quirks & Questions: Diversity of Moons in The Outer Solar System

The question answered this week is about the diversity of moons in the outer solar system.

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Inside 'biology Twitter' with #BestCarcass

Scientists share pictures of carnivore carcasses in various states of decay.

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Make Tomatoes Great Again!

The flavour genes of a tomatoes can be identified and re-inserted into factory grown varieties.

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Tales From The Parasitic Crypt

A parasitic wasp parasitizes another wasp in a rare display of hypermutualism.

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Chimps, War and the "Cuddle Hormone"

Oxytocin levels in chimps spike when they go to war and scientists think it bonds groups together in an "us vs them" dynamic.

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Carl Sagan saw the Future

Nick Sagan talks a bout a passage from his father's book that eerily predicted 'today' from 1995.

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U.S. Scientists Call Canada For Help About Being Muzzled

U.S. scientists organize quickly as they saw what happened in Canada under Stephen Harper.

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MH370 Search Suspended Despite Scientific Breakthrough

The search for MH370 is suspended even though they are close to finding it.

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Quirks Question - Mysterious Light Pillars

The mystery of light pillars in Winter at night is explained.

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1816: New England's Mackerel Year

The year after the Tambora eruption, the New England fishery changed forever.

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Monarchs Come From Far and Wide

Tracking monarch migration over 40 years.

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Scientists Have Turned Mice Into Tiny Efficient Predators

By firing a laser into a mouse's brain, scientists flipped its kill-switch - and put the mouse into predator mode.

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Science Has A One-Hit-Wonder Problem

A new manifesto takes aim at a growing problem - research results that can't be replicated.

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Evacuation from the Antarctic

A huge crack in the ice forces researchers' early departure.

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Mindfulness Brain Scan and Analysis

Bob's brain is scanned then the results are analyzed.

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The Science and Potential of Meditation

A panel discussion about the potential effects on the brain of meditation.

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Mindfulness Science Assessment

Dr. Goyal assesses claims made by scientific papers regarding mindfulness.

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Headspace Meditation App

Chief Medical Officer of Headspace, talks about the most popular mediation app out there.

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Mindfulness Breathing

The author of the new book, "Breathe: The simple, revolutionary 14-day program to improve your mental and physical health" talks about the importance of breathing to meditation in this web-extra segment.

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Driverless Car, Meet Self Repairing Road

A Canadian scientist is working on a type of concrete that can heal itself.

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Unique Visual Processing Allows Hummingbirds to Hover

Hummingbird visual processing helps them with their unique hovering and darting flight style.

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Slime Mold Can Teach and Learn Without a Brain

Brainless slime mold can learn to avoid salt, and pass the information to others.

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Slow Hatching Dino Eggs Helped Speed Up Their Extinction

The slow growth rate of dino embryos, may have contributed to their extinction.

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An Emotional Hangover Boosts Memory

Nuetral memories are better remembered if they follow an emotional experience.

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Cosmic Blasts From a Galaxy Far, Far Away

The origin of at least one Fast Radio Burst has been identified.

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Beyond Earth - Our Path To A New Home In The Planets

The book Beyond Earth suggests that we should focus on colonizing Titan rather than Mars.

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Fish Pee Helps Corals Grow

Recylcing of the nutrients phosphorous and nitrogen in fish urine helps corals grow and stay healthy.

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The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars

The achievements of women astronomers at Harvard are chronicled in this new book.

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Top Science Stories of 2016

The top 5 stories of the year - the new gene-editing tool, CRISPR/Cas9, the possibility we're living inside a Matrix-like computer simulation, driverless cars, Zika virus, and #1 gravitational waves.

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All These Worlds Are Yours: The Scientific Search For Alien Life

The author suggests the five most plausible places that alien or microbial life could be found outside the Earth.

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Driverless: Intelligent Cars And The Road Ahead

We have the technology to make driverless cars, but there are risks that come with the benefits.

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The Earth In Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet's Future

The author suggests we may be better off accepting our planet altering role.

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Canadian Creates Nanotech to Make Head Transplants Less Risky

A new nanotechnology tool could help fuse the spinal cords of a head to its new body.

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Calcite May Make Solar Geoengineering Less Risky

controversial solar geoengineering has been made less risky by dispersing calcite particles into the stratosphere.

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Fake News And Your Brain

A neurological look at the phenomenon of fake news.

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How to Convince a Climate Change Sceptic

To convince a person with conservative political views that climate change is real, change the way you deliver the message.

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The Pot Breathalyzer is Just Down the Road

A Vancouver company and U of Florida are working on a breathalyzer than can identify the molecular pattern of THC.

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US Lab Weed Is Weak and It's a Research Problem

The THC level in lab weed is nowhere near as high as what is really being smoked.

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Thunderstorms rain mercury pollution

Because thunderstorms originate higher up than other storms, they bring more atmospheric pollutants like mercury to the ground.

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Bay of Bengal is home to newest 'dead zone'

A new found dead zone in the Bay of Bengal still contains puzzling trace amounts of oxygen.

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VR Helps Reduce Phantom Limb Pain

A novel therapy for treating phantom limb pain includes the use of technology like virtual reality.

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Check out this 99-million year old dino feather

A 99 million year old dinosaur feather has turned up in amber in a market in Myanmar

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Drug resistant "superbug" gene found on pig farm

Scientists worry that this resistant bacteria could eventually make its way into the food chain.

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Migrating sparrows are poor navigators - 2016/12/03

Sparrows can navigate north-south when they migrate, but not east west when they get displaced.

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NASA Looks For A Better Way To Poop In Space - 2016/12/03

NASA has offered a challenge for someone to invent a better way to poop in a space suit.

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Religious Fervour Changes Your Brain - 2016/12/03

Brain circuits similar to those activated by exercise or gambling are associated with deep religious belief.

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Eelegant Strategy Used to Design New Flu Vaccine - 2016/12/03

A safe and effective one-shot flu vaccine is being developed.

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Chernobyl's New Confinement Structure a Feat of Engineering - 2016/12/03

Further radioactive material will be prevented from leaking into the environment at Chernobyl for 100 years.

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Chris Eating

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Chris temptation

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Deep Earth Minerals Hold an Ocean of Water - 2016/11/26

The mineral brucite stores water deeper in the Earth than previously thought.

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AI Helps The Brain Overcome Fear - 2016/11/26

Fear memories in the brain can be decoded using AI then replaced with positive memories.

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Westworld's Artificial Intelligence: Separating Fact From Fiction - 2016/11/26

The series, Westworld, revolves around a futuristic theme park -- populated by artificially intelligent human-like robots.

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Mercury's Giant Valley Dwarfs The Grand Canyon - 2016/11/26

A giant valley recently found on Mercury was formed as the planet cools, and contracts, or shrinks.

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Inside a Fentanyl High, Withdrawl and Overdose - 2016/11/26

Fentanyl addiction affects people from all walks of life, two people tell their story.

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