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Inventors who regret their inventions

Sometimes it's because the product ended up being harmful. In most cases, the creators simply lost control.

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Far-right group linked to vote

Did a far-right group meddle in a Quebec cemetery referendum?

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Zika testing in Canada

Canadian scientists are testing mosquitoes to see if they can transmit infections like the Zika virus.

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What's race got to do with it?

In many cases, drugs have been used to prop up mythologies around race and justify discriminatory policies against already struggling communities.

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Chocolate plants get fungus armour from their parents

Cacao plants pass on good microbes to "baby" plants through their leaf litter.

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Plants avoid sunburn by shivering away extra heat

MIT chemists now understand how plants, mosses and algae can photosynthesize without getting burnt by the sun.

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Looking for aliens in all the right places

Bob McDonald interview Dr. Jon Willis about his book 'All These Worlds Are Yours - The Scientific Search For Alien Life'

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Why do our bodies make us hot? Quirks question

Dr. Chris Heyn explains how our bodies generate heat

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Your dog’s mutant superpower is... love

A new study has discovered a genetic link between unusual human super-sociability, why your dog loves pleasing you and why wolves don't.

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Scientists unlock the key to why cancer spreads

By targeting the molecular signal that causes tumours to mestastasize, researchers think they can slow the spread.

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Why don't we have potato-shaped planets?

Dr. Ray Jayawardhana answers this week's Quirks Question.

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Whiskey-sipping artificial tongue has a taste for the good stuff

A group of researchers in Germany spent 1,000 Euros of their own money on high-end whiskey in order to test a new "artificial tongue" they have developed.

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Toxins from Greenland's melting ice may be cleaned up by bacteria

Scientists are concerned the toxic pollutants in the ice ending up on our dinner plates.

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Scientists scouring southern Canada for Zika-carrying mosquitos

Canadian scientists here are testing our mosquitoes to see if they can transmit infections like the Zika virus.

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Brain training apps won't make you smarter

A new study looking at popular "brain training" programs that are meant to improve cognition and decision skills suggests that they work no better than ordinary video games.

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Future forest fires will be more frequent, bigger, and harder to control

A warming climate is leading to dryer conditions, which increase the risk of bigger, more intense wildfires.

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Drumming birds lay down a wicked beat to impress the ladies

Spend enough time in the remote forests of Australia and you might be lucky enough to hear a cockatoo tap out a beat.

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Why are there no stars in the Apollo moon landing pictures?

Dr. Karun Thanjanur answers this week's Quirks Question.

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Encore: This author tried to learn to sniff like a dog

In her book, Being a Dog, Dr. Alexandra Horowitz explores what makes dogs such great smellers, then attempts to apply those lessons to develop her own sense of smell.

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Working the graveyard shift may trigger cancer

Regular night shift work affects your melatonin cycle, which plays a role in repairing damaged DNA.

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Why chimpanzees are stronger than you

Pound for pound, Chimps are stronger than humans. It turns out this is because of the fibers that make up their muscles.

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Flying into the heart of a wildfire, for science

Scientists on a bumpy adventure through wildfire plumes discover the blazes can produce up to three times more smoke per amount of fuel burned than previously thought.

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City birds use cigarette butts to ward off ticks

A study in Mexico city suggests there might be an upside to building with trash.

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Canada 150 - Forestry science, eugenics in Canada, and our own great DNA discovery

Three scientists from The Royal Society of Canada discuss Canada's contribution in forestry, eugenics and DNA science.

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Protecting Islam’s archaeological heritage against vandalism and development

Islamic archaeological sites lost to militant vandalism, but also development.

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Canada 150 - Science sovereignty, unveiling the atom, and Canadian inventors

Scientists from The Royal Society of Canada discuss science sovereignty, the atom, and inventors with regard to Canada's contribution.

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Walking Dead: zombie beetle edition

Fungus turns beetles into zombies

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Canada 150 - Nobels for physics, Indigenous health, and our 3 oceans

Scientists from The Royal Society of Canada discuss Canada's Nobel prizes, Indigenous health and ocean science.

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Why don’t whales get the bends?

Whales can dive over 1000 meters and have special adaptations for not getting decompression sickness.

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Scaredy-cat cougars frightened into killing more prey

Cougars' fear of humans forces them to kill more deer.

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Your pancake breakfast could be making you cranky

A high-carb breakfast makes you more likely to punish those who treat you unfairly

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When you get your DNA scanned is your genetic privacy safe?

Sharing your genetic data with companies like 23andMe is great for science, but could be risky for your privacy

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Iron Man takes his first steps - an exoskeleton that learns to walk

A wearable, personalized robotic exoskeleton makes walking easier.

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Mass drownings of wildebeest nourish Serengeti river ecosystem

When migrating wildebeest drown en masse, it enriches an iconic river in the Serengeti.

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Bees are disappearing - can pollinating flies pick up the slack?

Flies do pollinate, but they are not as efficient as bees, so they cannot pick up the slack.

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Illiterate adults can rewire their brains by learning to read

Learning to read as an adult profoundly reorganizes the brain

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For Father’s Day: Can animals can teach you how to be a better Dad?

Animal parents have lessons to teach us about raising our kids.

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Brainy elk become bulletproof by outsmarting hunters

Wise, older elk can learn to outsmart human hunters in Alberta.

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Newly discovered fish are being eaten by voracious invasive predator

Invasive Lionfish are eating rare species of goby before scientists can discover them.

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An iceberg the size of PEI is about to break off of Antarctica

The Larsen C ice shelf is about to break off Antarctica, and is a sign of what’s to come.

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What's with all those red-bearded hockey players?

Dark hair with a red beard is the result of a genetic process called incomplete dominance.

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This autism prediction breakthrough could help with early treatment

Machine learning could be used to predict autism in 6-month-old babies.

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Your baby can recognize the shape of faces before it’s even born

Scientists can now decipher the neural signals in the brain that codes for faces.

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Cannibal insects are getting hungrier in a warming climate

As the climate warms, damselflies have an increasing appetite for other damselflies.

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Hear the tune that explains the deep space mystery of Trappist-1

Astronomers make music, inspired by the gravitational dance of planets.

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Bacteria turns poop blue when you’re sick

Engineered bacteria in mice signal inflammation when their poop turns blue.

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We’ve found 50 genes for intelligence. Could that lead to discrimination?

The discovery of a large number of genes for intelligence means being smart is more complicated than we thought.

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A bend in its skull helps a blind fish find its way

Asymmetry is rare in nature, but a bent skull helps Mexican blind cavefish thrive

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Scientists using CRISPR discover hundreds of unintended mutations

Unintended mutations could lead to undesirable side-effects.

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Trump ignores most of the world and all of the science

Scientists publish official rebutall to the main talking point among powerful climate change skeptics about satellite data.

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Quirks & Questions: Are humans the only mammals with different blood types?

The answer is no, dogs, cats, horses, cows and primates have different blood types as well.

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Out of Africa, or maybe Europe?

A fossilized tooth and jawbone point to Europe, not Africa, for the emergence of human ancestors.

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Do I look fat in this face?

An experiment shows that people systematically think their faces look fatter than they really are.

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When did whales get super-sized?

Why some whales became monster-sized was a mystery. New research has solved it.

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The Sherpas' super-power

Genetic changes have made it possible for Sherpas to excel at living and climbing in high altitudes.

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What science says about the risks of energy drinks

Energy drinks could result in giving you more than just wings

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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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