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Education system failing kids with special needs, say parents

A Hamilton, Ont., mother says she's finding she can't get the support her autistic son needs to succeed in his public school.

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An activist's plea for change

These days FrancesLee is fed up, and exhausted by the puritanical demands and strictures of fellow comrades.

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The future of work

Learn how to make a living in a digital future.

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Yankee Stadium girl hit by 170 km/h foul ball

A New York City councilman is renewing calls to extend the protective netting at Yankee Stadium after a young girl was hit in the face.

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Can we blast the eye of a hurricane to break it up? Quirks question

In theory it can be done, but the danger is making the hurricane worse.

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Vandals steal 6 million year old footprints

Fossil footprints possibly made by a human ancestor 5.7 million years ago stolen from the archaeological site.

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Scientists discover jellyfish need sleep too

Scientists say discovering jellyfish also doze off emphasizes how important sleep is for our neurons.

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Wildfires are torching our forests and we need to change tactics

BC. wildfires are evidence that climate change is increasing the number and size of forest fires.

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“No evidence at all” that power posing will get you a job

Scientists trying to replicate the original studies' findings on "Power Poses" found no behavioural effect.

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Watch this “batman” echolocate around campus

Some blind people have learned to produce sonar clicks to 'see' the world.

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Why did the eclipse go west to east when the sun goes east to west? Quirks Question

The eclipse started on the west coast, and ended on the east coast - why?

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Three ways Neanderthals made glue from birch bark

Experimental archaeologists recreate Neanderthal glue made 200,000 years ago

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No amount of hurricane destruction can change some views on climate change

Neither Harvey nor Irma are likely to change America's climate change attitudes

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Recipes for survival in a world with superintelligent artificial intelligence

The author talks about his book 'Being human in the age of Artificial Intelligence'.

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How bacteria help cancer tumours fight chemotherapy

Cancer resists chemotherapy - with help from bacteria.

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Explainer: North Korea’s nukes, missiles and nuclear winter

North Korean nuclear threat could lead to long term climatic consequences

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Why don’t dogs that bark so much get laryngitis?

Dogs do not get laryngitis from barking, but can get the inflammation from strain, infection and even tumours.

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Voyager at 40: Space exploration that just keeps on going

After 40 years, the Voyager spacecraft still sends daily updates to NASA.

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Cassini’s Grand Finale - ‘like a Jules Verne adventure come true.'

Cassini in the conclusion of the most comprehensive exploration of a remote planetary system ever undertaken.

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Will you have to become a cyborg for your job?

Technology may literally become a part of us in the future working world.

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Quirks Question: Why does my tummy hurt when I’m nervous?

Dr. Maria Ines Pinto Sanchez from McMaster University answer's 'Why does my tummy hurt when I'm nervous or scared?'

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One minute of exercise a day can keep you healthy

Repeat episode from earlier this season on Quirks.

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To save endangered caribou, shoot a moose

Threatened woodland caribou can be protected from wolves by removing invasive moose from their habitat

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Whales are learning to dodge deafening military sonar

Cuvier's beaked whales change their behaviour when they hear sonar

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A flooded Houston weather forecaster, on the future of his city

Eric Berger, a space journalist and meteorologist, reports on the inundation of his home city

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Is Canada prepared for a Hurricane Harvey disaster?

Warming temperatures could allow hurricanes to hit Canada at full force.

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Harvey reminds cities their wetlands are worth money too

In protecting against hurricanes like Harvey, wetlands tend to be gravely undervalued

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Quirks Question - How is melatonin regulated in people who are blind?

Dr. Parveen Bhatti answers this week's Quirks Question about how melatonin is regulated in blind individuals.

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The Lost City of The Monkey God

LIDAR technology is used to find this mythical, lost and cursed city in Central America.

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Sea snake adapts to pollution by turning black

The turtle headed sea snake has become jet black as an evolutionary adaptation to deal with pollution.

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Mysterious disappearance of a civil war sub solved

What happened to a civil war submarine, which dissappeared after becoming the first to sink another ship in combat.

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Pro fighters help scientists understand evolution of concussions

A long term study of hundreds of professional fighters is developing a comprehensive picture of what combat sports do to brains

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Did you hear that voice? It could be your brain looking for patterns

People who experience auditory hallucination could be better at hearing voiced hidden in noise.

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Can whales smell through their blowholes? Quirks Question

This week a scientist answers a question about whales capacity to smell through their blowhole.

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Skeletons say arthritis isn’t about aging - it’s about activity

Osteoarthritis has doubled in prevalence in recent times due to lack of physical activity.

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More bad news for bees from neonicotinoid pesticides

Neonics compromise the queens' ability to start hives and lay eggs for the next generation

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Baseball researcher finds “the zone” in brain wave experiment

By looking at the brainwaves of batters, scientists were able to identify which frequency compares to being in the zone.

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What scientists will be watching during this total eclipse

Total solar eclipses provide special conditions that are available at no other time.

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Bob McDonald is on the road to the total eclipse

Bob McDonald’s watching the eclipse - here’s what he’ll see

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Eclipse experiment draws in ham radio buffs

Scientist and ham radio operator Nathaniell Frissell will probe changes in the Earth's atmosphere during the eclipse.

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Why does scar tissue persist when cells renew?

Dr. Saeid Amini-Nik answers this week's Quirks Question.

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Lab weed is weak and it's a research problem

The THC content of weed bought in stores or on the street is higher than lab weed and researchers think lab studies don't reflect reality.

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A super-supernova could happen in our neighborhood

A new study shows that a kind of super bright supernova can happen in galaxies similar to our own.

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This armoured and spiky dinosaur still had to hide from predators

A newly discovered dinosaur is so well preserved that scientists have been able to tell that it had a kind of camouflage.

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Mass grave from ancient Athens could be executed rebels

For almost 2500 years the grave sites of Cylon's army has been a mystery.

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Massive ice sheets weirdly warmed us up

A new study finds that glaciers might have their own feedback system.

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Puppies that get tough love succeed as guide dogs

A study shows that more neglectful dogs make more resilient pups

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Why can't you remember when you get knocked out?

Dr. Carmela Tartaglia answers this weeks Quirks Question.

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Chicken bone discovery reveals a rich backstory

New evidence dates arrival of domestic chickens in the horn of Africa.

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Searching for new crown jewels in the high Arctic

Baffin Island sapphire find might tell us where to look next.

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Spying scientists listen in on fish conversations

Listening in on fish talking could help in conservation.

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Socially awkward honeybees might provide clues about autism

Socially unresponsive bees share many genetic traits with those on Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Indigenous stories lead scientist to discover plants can hear

A new study demonstrates that plants can sense and move towards the sound of running water.

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A game-changing blood test for concussion diagnosis

A new means of diagnosing concussions is proving to be highly accurate.

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How your t-shirt could charge your phone

Researchers in the US have developed a material much thinner than a human hair — that can collect electricity from even small body movements.

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Scientists figure out how to wipe out all life on Earth

It's good news for alien hunters that Earth's hardiest creature, the Tardigrade, can survive astrophysical doomsday scenarios.

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Fish that are stressed out are less likely to get caught

A new study shows that a fish's reaction to stress is the biggest indicator of whether or not it will bite a hook.

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Who should be in charge of geoengineering our planet?

The Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative is trying to start the debate around geoengineering now so we're ready if and when we need to deploy it.

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Why we’re fighting mosquito-borne diseases — with more mosquitoes

A bacteria is aiding our fight against viral diseases carried by mosquitoes.

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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 metastasize, 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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