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Montreal teacher fired for starring in vintage erotic films

"It was a little, little, little part of my career, for Pete's sake!" says Jaqueline Laurent-Auger.

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The authentic Dolly Parton

TSE "music man" Robert Harris discusses why the "backwoods barbie" is a phenomenon.

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Neil Young

The rock icon opens up on life and love of cars in his new memoir 'Super Deluxe'

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Me, Myself and Us - how our personalities shape our lives

Psychologist Brian Little tell how your personality affects your life and what you can do about it.

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The Birth Control Pill Is Harming Fish - 2014/10/18 - Pt. 1

Estrogen from birth control pills feminizes male fish and upsets entire ecosystems.

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Thornless Plants Defended By Teeth and Claws - 2014/10/18 - Pt. 2

Two species of acacia tree differ in thorns depending who is eating them.

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Material Is Bloody Slippery - 2014/10/18 - Pt. 3

A new material prevents clots from forming because the blood slides right off.

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Genetics Homes in on Autism - 2014/10/18 - Pt. 4

A study of two mutated genes could provide clues to the cause of autism.

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Crowd-sourcing Science on the High Seas - 2014/10/18 - Pt. 5

Ordinary sailors could help gather information for oceanographers.

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Quirks Question of The Week: Counting Stars - 2014/10/18 - Pt. 6

The question of how many stars can be seen with the naked eye is answered.

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Nobel For Seeing The Invisible - 2014/10/11 - Pt. 1

The Nobel Prize for Chemistry is awarded for the development of a tool to see things smaller than was once thought could be seen.

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Birds Colour Match Their Nests - 2014/10/11 - Pt. 2

Zebra finches intentionally choose building material and colours that conceal their nests.

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Cheetahs Are Walking, Not Running To Extinction - 2014/10/11 - Pt. 3

Cheetahs expend more energy walking, than running now that their habitat is so fragmented by humans.

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Oilpatch Ozone Pollution - 2014/10/11 - Pt. 4

Extremely high ground level ozone pollution from oil and gas production has been found in an unusual place, Utah in Winter.

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Physics Breakthrough Breaks Down - 2014/10/11 - Pt. 5

Dr. Lawrence Krauss talks about the idea of gravitational waves from the Big Bang.

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The Birds, And The Bees - And The Pesticides - 2014/10/04 - Pt. 1

A special report on the impact of neonics on birds and bees.

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Chimps Share Thirst For Knowledge - 2014/10/04 - Pt. 2

Chimps demonstrate knowledge of tool making and sharing.

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Plastic Pollution Plagues The St. Lawrence - 2014/10/04 - Pt. 3

Microbeads from cosmetics and household cleaner have been found at the bottom of the St. Lawrence.

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Big Ash Volcano - 2014/10-04 - Pt. 4

A major volcanic eruption would be catastrophic for the world's transportation systems.

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Leatherback Turtle's Third Eye - 2014/10/04 - Pt. 5

The pink or white spot on the top of a leatherback's head acts like a third eye.

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Failing The Climate Challenge? - 2014/09/27 - Pt. 1

International agreement to control harmful emissions may be far off.

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An Eye In The Sky On CO2 - 2014/09/27 - Pt. 2

A satellite will be able to track co2 sources and sinks.

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Infant Cries Have Universal Appeal - 2014/09/27 - Pt. 3

White Tail Deer respond to many infant distress calls, including those of human babies.

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Was Firelight The Original Social Media? - 2014/09/27 - Pt. 4

Stories told by firelight by early hunter-gatherers may have influenced culture just like social media.

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Meteorite That Killed Dinosaurs Remade Forests - 2014/09-27 - Pt. 5

Trees that could grow faster did better than slower growing evergreens after the meteorite impact 66 million years ago.

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Ebola - The Worst Case Scenario? - 2014/09/20 - Pt. 1

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa will get much worse before it gets better.

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Fish Recruit Eeels To Help Find Food - 2014/09/20 - Pt. 2

The coral trout seeks out a willing moray eel to help it find prey hiding in the coral reef.

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European Explorers Brought Invasive Species - 2014/09/20 - Pt. 3

Early European explorers may have brought mud worms and mud shrimp to the New World in the ballast of their ships.

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First Animals To Flex Their Muscles - 2014/09/20 - Pt. 4

A 560 million year old fossil found in Newfoundland shows evidence of muscles tissue.

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Curiosity on Mars - 2014/09/20 - Pt. 5

Author Rod Pyle talks about his new book 'Curiosity, An Inside Look At The Mars Rover And The People Who Made It Happen'.

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Finding Franklin's Ship - 2014/09/13 - Pt. 1

After more than 160 years of searching, technology has helped find one of Franklin's ships.

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Dinosaur That Made A Splash - 2014/09-13 - Pt. 2

Spinosaurus, the only aquatic-adapted dinosaur has been found.

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Origami Robot Folds Itself - 2014/09/13 - Pt. 3

A paper robot inspired by origami folds itself into shape and walks away.

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Mystery of the Maritimes Walrus - 2014/09/13 - Pt. 4

The walrus that lived off Canada's east-coast was extirpated 200 years ago.

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The Next Big Thing - Fusion Power and ITER - 2014/09/13 - Pt. 5

An update on ITER, the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor.

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Genome of a Killer - 2014/09/06 - Pt. 1

Decoding the genetic sequence of the Ebola virus may lead to a treatment and cure.

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Life Under Antarctic Ice - 2014/09/06 - Pt. 2

Liquid water under Antarctic ice is as dense and diverse as water in deep oceans.

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Tyrannosaurs Roamed in Packs - 2014/09/06 - Pt. 3

Trackways found in BC indicate that tyrannosaurs roamed in packs.

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Moose Saliva Reduces Toxins - 2014/09/06 - Pt. 4

Moose saliva reduces the toxic fungus in the grass they graze on.

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Elephants Slaughtered For Their Tusks - 2014/09/06 - Pt. 5

The demand for Ivory in China explains the slaughter of 100,000 elephants in three years.

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The Quirks Question Roadshow - 2014/06/21

The annual Quirks Question Roadshow from The Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto.

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Jawing About Ancient Fish - 2014/06/14 - Pt. 1

A 505 million year old fossil found in the Rockies is of a fish with evolving jaw bones.

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It's Tough To Be A Sea Otter Mom - 2014/06/14 - Pt. 2

Sea otter mothers require enormous amount of energy to maintain themselves and their pups.

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Star-Within-A-Star - 2014/06/14 - Pt. 3

Astronomers have found what they think is a red supergiant star with a neutron star at its core.

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Plant Fossils Reveal Dinosaur Era Forest Fire - 2014/06/14 - Pt. 4

Plant fossils found in Saskatchewan suggest forest recovered from fire 66 million years ago the same way they do today.

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The Cosmic Cocktail - 2014/06/14 - Pt. 5

The new book 'The Cosmic Cocktail' traces dark-matter research.

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Mega Earth - 2014/06/07 - Pt. 1

A rocky planet 17 times the size of Earth has been identified.

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Gift Giving Is Key To Bushcricket Sex - 2014/06/07 - Pt. 2

Male bushcrickets provide nuptial gifts to females in exchange for sex.

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Burning Hair Reveals Identity - 2014/06/07 - Pt. 3

The chemicals in the vapour from burned hair can reveal a person's gender and ethnicity.

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Lightning And Lianas - 2014/06/07 - Pt. 4

Vines in rainforests may conduct lightning.

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Sister To Our Sun - 2014/06/07 - Pt. 5

The first sibling to our Sun has been found.

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Malnutrition And The Microbiome - 2014/06/07 - Pt. 6

The microbiome of malnurished children doesn't develop as it should.

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Microplastics On Ice - 2014/05/31 - Pt. 1

Arctic sea ice is like a sponge for tiny fragments of plastic.

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Aerial Acrobatics of Cliff Swallows - 2014/05/31 - Pt. 2

Cliff swallows chase each other in a display of high speed aerial acrobatics.

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Creating The Continental Crust - 2014/05/31 - Pt. 3

Rocks found north of Yellowknife provide clues to formation of early crust over 4 billion years ago.

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The Sloth's Pharmaceutical Fur - 2014/05/31 - Pt. 4

Fungus growing on sloth fur may have medicinal value.

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The Knowledge - 2014/05/31 - Pt. 5

The new book 'The Knowledge' looks at how to rebuild should society collapse.

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An Octopus Mystery Untangled - 2014/05/24 - Pt. 1

A chemical signal on the skin of the octopus prevents its own suckers from sticking to it.

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Microbes on Mars? - 2014/05/24 - Pt. 2

Some microbial life from Earth could survive on Mars.

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Wild Mice Like Running Wheels - 2014/05/24 - Pt. 3

The running wheel isn't just for caged rodent, mice, rats, even frogs and slugs in the wild enjoy it as well

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Tree Swallows Have Winter of Discontent - 2014/05/24 - Pt. 4

The decline in size and number of Tree swallows in Canada is due to circumstances in their southern Wintering grounds.

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Tambora - The Eruption That Changed The World - 2014/05/24 - Pt. 5

A new book about the Tambora volcano on 1815 details its 3 year impact on climate around the world.

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West Antarctic Ice Slipping Away - 2014/05/17 - Pt. 1

The West-Antarctic ice Sheet will melt, it is just a matter of when.

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Pinocchio Rex - 2014/05/17 - Pt. 2

A new species of long-snouted tyrannosaur found in China has been called Pinocchio Rex.

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Flies Thrive on Freeze-Free Fat - 2014/05/17 - Pt. 3

The Goldenrod Gall-fly makes a unique form of fat in order to survive extreme temperatures.

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Prehistoric Girl And The First Americans - 2014/05/17 - Pt. 4

The 12,000 year old remains of a teenage girl help identify the first Americans.

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Ant-agonists Play Game Of Thrones - 2014/05/17 - Pt. 5

When a queen ant dies, female workers fight to replace her.

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CO2 and Crop Nutrients - 2014/05/10 - Pt. 1

Increasing CO2 levels means more crops, but less nutrition.

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Self-Fumigating Finches - 2014/05/10 - Pt. 2

Darwin's Finches protect themselves from parasites.

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Thinking About De-Extinction - 2014/05/10 - Pt. 3

The capability exists to re-create extinct animals, but is is wise or even necessary.

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Dinosaur Claws - 2014/05/10 - Pt. 4

Therapod dinosaur claws changed to embrace herbivory.

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The Milky Way Gets A New Image - 2014/05/10 - Pt. 5

The Planck Satellite has captured a fingerprint image of the Milky Way's magnetic field.

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Quirks Question Period - Maple Trees And Sap - 2014/05/10 - Pt. 6

Maple Trees need sun in the day and frost at night in order to generate sap.

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Prehistoric Lake Huron Caribou Crossing - 2014/05/03 - Pt. 1

Caribou hunting drives from 9,000 years ago have been found below the water in Lake Huron.

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Spanish Flu's Fatal Timing - 2014/05/03 - Pt. 2

The Spanish Flu of 1918 was made worse in a way by an earlier flu epidemic in 1889.

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Why Finicky Cats Went Extinct - 2014/05/03 - Pt. 3

Cougars survived the large-animal extinction 10 thousand years ago by not being picky about food.

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Pain and Diminishing Desire - 2014/05/03 - Pt. 4

Pain and sexual desire studied in mice shows a biological link.

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Water 4.0 - 2014/05/03 - Pt. 5

The new book 'Water 4.0' looks at the past, present and future of our water usage.

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