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Why do predatory dinosaurs have eyes on the sides of their head?

Most meat-eating dinosaurs had limited depth perception because their eyes were on the sides of their heads, but not all, including T-Rex.

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Lab-made hybrid embryos could save the northern white rhino from extinction

Scientists create first ever hybrid white-rhino embryo to prevent species extinction

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Parrot's unique brain structure explains why they're so smart

Parrot smarty-pants challenge 'bird brain' insult

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Freshly detected 'ghost particle' offers a new way to observe the universe

Detection of a neutrino from 'the most violent astrophysical processes' gives scientists a new way to understand the cosmos

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Night shifts put your brain and gut clocks out of whack

Clocks in the digestive system have a 'mind of their own'

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Humans can judge a person's strength from their aggressive roars

Men and women differ at estimating each other's strength from vocalizations, scientists find

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Incredible dandelions could hold the key to growing plants on the oil sands

Fungus treated plants can turn hydrocarbons in oil sands' tailings into CO2 and water.

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The Arctic is melting - putting thousands of archeological sites at risk

Arctic archaeologists are racing against time to save the sites from looters and from being destroyed by natural forces.

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Where are we in the Milky Way galaxy?

We're in one of the spiral arms of the Milky Way galaxy, so when we look at it from Earth, we're seeing the centre.

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Toddler's fossil foot opens window into human evolution

Why an ancient toddler was likely able to scamper up trees better than her parents

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Asian hornets chop off the heads of honeybees

Scientists use tiny tags to seek and destroy hidden nests of invasive predators in the U.K.

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A radioactive wolf was spotted leaving Chernobyl's 'exclusion zone'

The abandoned villages around the doomed Chernobyl Nuclear Plant have turned into a 'wildlife reserve.'

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A tiny zap of electricity to the brain can reduce violent intentions

Scientists hope that one day this technology might curb violent behaviour.

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Our solar system's first interstellar visitor has its own natural 'rockets'

Mysterious movements show Oumuamua is a comet not an asteroid

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Your microbiome may be giving you arthritis. How can we understand it better?

Feeding your gut bacteria can prevent illness

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Polar bears on a treadmill: why scientists wanted to test their walking metabolism

Putting a Polar bear on a treadmill to test the efficiency of its gait

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Engineering a decompression chamber to retrieve fish from the 'twilight zone'

Taking the pressure off new species of deep-water reef fish

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Fossils of our civilization - what humans will leave behind

Could we be the second intelligent species to live on Earth?

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Do animals have the same sleep requirements as humans?

We are told we need a certain amount of sleep, what about animals?

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Separating children from parents can negatively affect brain development

Separating kids from parents changes their brains

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Identifying criminals by the 'bacterial fingerprints' they leave behind

How bacteria can help solve crimes

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Seals who sleep with half their brains help explain how humans snooze

Fur seals don't need REM sleep for long periods of time

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Antarctica's rising bedrock could stabilize the ice melt

Rising land could offset melting ice in Antarctica.

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How long did it take to wipe out the dinosaurs?

The effects of the asteroid impact and subsequent mass extinction 66 million years ago, began immediately.

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Fear of humans is driving animals into the darkness - and nocturnal life

Human activity is turning more animals into night-owls

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Newfoundland's cod comeback faces a setback - is fishing to blame?

Is the Northern cod comeback stumbling?

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The mantis shrimp's violent punches harness brains as well as brawn

The strategy behind the fastest punch in the animal kingdom

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Incan doctors scraped holes in skulls with stone tools - and the patients survived

Incan surgeons showed remarkable skill at making holes in people's skulls

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To Pluto and beyond! The inside story of a mission to the edge of the solar system

The inside story of the New Horizons mission to Pluto

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Why do Cheerios stick together when they are floating in milk?

Cheerios stick together due to surface enery

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Rising carbon dioxide levels are turning rice and fish into junk food

Climate change is making food like rice and fish less nutritious

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Hurricanes are slowing down and settling in to do more damage

With today's hurricanes you can't just wait for the storm to pass

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Scientists say restrictions on neonic pesticides aren't enough - we need a ban

Bees may be pushed to the brink of extinction if we don't ban neonic pesticides

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AI researchers develop a way to trick facial recognition systems

A new photo filter to keep computer face recognition from knowing who you are

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Crocodile Bach - what classical music does to a reptile's brain

Looking inside the brains of crocodiles as they listen to Bach

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Where was the Higgs boson particle 'hiding' before it was discovered?

The Higgs boson wasn't really hiding, it just needed the right tool to come along to find it

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Kids and concussions - the latest science on risks and long term effects

What the latest science says about the risk of multiple head injuries in youth

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A gene for our big brains was rescued from the DNA garbage bin

Discovering a gene that give us big brains

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The first Americans ‘island hopped’ down the west coast past the glaciers

Tracking the first people in North America - how they got here, and what the did

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Animals vocalize 100 times louder than humans - it’s a matter of survival

Why are animals so loud - and why are we so quiet?

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Scientists discover secret polluters may be eroding the ozone layer

Scientists discover someone may cheating on the ozone hole treaty

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Dino killing asteroid also took out the trees - and the birds that lived in them

The dinosaur killing space rock almost took out the birds as well

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Cancer researcher uses medical nanotech to deliver nutrients to hungry crops

Nano-nutrients might be a solution to increasing crop yields

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Great athletes have high performance brains, as well as bodies

How neuroscience can help identify the million dollar sports brain

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The sleep deficit puzzle - is it not enough sleep or too much being awake?

Not getting enough sleep? Your brain isn’t working as well

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Why doesn't lightning travel in a straight line?

Why doesn't lightning travel in a straight line?

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Michael Pollan on the science of how psychedelics can ‘shake your snow globe’

Michael Pollan on the science of ‘shaking the snow globe’ psychedelics

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Kilauea’s lava has been flowing for 35 years - what’s science learning from the latest eruption?

It's the longest continuously erupting volcano of our time, and now, Hawaii's Kilauea volcano is revealing new insights into how volcanoes work

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Flushing hippo toilets smother fish in African rivers

African fish are drowning in Hippo poop

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Flesh eating bacteria stun the immune system into silence - with pain

How Flesh Eating Bacteria uses your pain to its advantage

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Green-blooded reptiles are on the edge of poisoning themselves

It’s not easy being green - especially for green blooded lizards.

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Is there a genetic marker for ethnicity?

A scientist suggests there is not a marker for ethnicity.

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‘Father of global warming’ worries the climate young people inherit will be out of their control

Climate science pioneer James Hansen on the urgent need for action

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‘Third hand smoke’ can leap from clothes and surfaces into the air you breathe

First and second-hand smoke are bad - What about ‘third-hand smoke?’

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Listening for elephant earthquakes might help us save pachyderms from poachers

Monitoring elephants with seismology equipment could save them from poachers

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Mars InSight lander will use seismology to see what’s shaking on Mars

The Mars InSight Lander will look deep into the Red Planet

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Flood waters up in BC, down in NB - what health concerns do they leave behind?

Flood waters up in BC, down in NB - what health concerns do floods behind?

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Why don't humans get heartworm like our canine friends?

Our immune system is better prepared for this parasite than that of dogs, and cats

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Preserving your brain might kill you, but it could it help you live forever

Forget cryogenics - scientists are working on a new way to immortalize your brain

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The Great Barrier Reef sounds sick, so baby fish aren't attracted to it

Climate change is silencing coral reefs, which is killing them even further

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Ancient Peruvians sacrificed 140 children by tearing their hearts out

Ancient Peruvians sacrificed 140 children to appease ‘El Nino’ gods

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Could this Pentagon-developed ‘ray gun’ have stopped the Toronto van attack?

New Pentagon developed tech can stop threatening vehicles in their tracks

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The first bird beak came with teeth as well

Early bird skull still had many dinosaur features

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Will the Earth ever have a ‘dark side’

Can the orbit of the Earth ever become locked to the Sun?

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Doctor’s group wants to scrap Canada’s medical cannabis program

If marijuana is legal for all, do doctors still need to be prescribing it?

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Right stuff, wrong gender - the true story of the women who almost went to the moon

Meet the women who almost went to the moon in the new Netflix Doc "Mercury 13"

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An ancient giant sloth hunt, frozen in time

10,000 year old sloth hunt frozen in time in fossil footprints

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Study after study has shown that corporate anti-bias training doesn’t work

Sorry Starbucks - your day of diversity training won’t work

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How do tiny songbirds sing so loud, for so long?

How do tiny birds such as the Pacific Wren, produce loud and long songs?

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A scientific history of chemical weapons

Scientific chemical weapons context for Syria’s latest alleged attack

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Kamikaze ants blow themselves up and cover their victims with killer slime

Explosive ant blows itself up for the good of the colony

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Deep-diving ‘sea nomads‘ have evolved an internal scuba tank

Human "Sea Nomads" have evolved to free-dive for long periods of time

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Trans Mountain spill ‘could have significant impacts’ says Canadian government scientist

What science has to say about the risks of a bitumen spill

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One of the most venomous fish in the ocean also has switchblade eyes

The already dangerous stonefish now found to carry switchblades

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Why doesn't life continue to spontaneously occur around hydrothermal vents in the ocean?

One evolution of life is underway, it is impossible to re-evolve life.

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Newly discovered subglacial lakes is perfect analogue for exploring Jupiter's moons

Salt water lake systems discovered under Devon Ice Cap

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Why humans ditched the mono brow, for two eyebrows

Eyebrows played a key role in how we evolved social communication

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Chasing Captain America explores the science behind the ‘super soldier serum’

A plausible scientific explanation for Captain America’s ‘super soldier serum’

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Hummingbirds 'sing' with their tail feathers to impress the females

Costa’s hummingbird males play a ‘birdsong’ with his feathers to impress females

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Catch-22: polluting aerosols cool the Earth, removing them warms it

A classic no-win situation - cleaning up polluting aerosols increases global warming

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Can we make veggies winter hardy like daffodil plants?

This week's question - Can we make veggies winter hardy like daffodil plants?

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Scientists worry microplastics found on farmers’ fields could end up in our food

Microplastic contamination found in compost destined for farmers fields

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Why a lizard from 49 million years ago had four eyes

Two extra eyes helped this lizard with navigation and seasonal cycles

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A strange new kind of galaxy has no dark matter, and we don’t know why

Why is this galaxy missing its dark matter?

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Wake ‘n’ bake - what coffee and cannabis have in common

Coffee and cannabis pull neurotransmitters in different directions

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How you can use the science of luck to change your fortunes

How Luck Happens is the title of a new book by Janice Kaplan

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Nature retracts CRISPR ‘bull in a China shop’ paper about gene editing

CRISPR ‘bull in a China shop’ paper about off-target effects is retracted

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Do trees radiate heat?

This week's question, and the answer is yes, trees radiate heat.

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Time to re-think human anatomy, a new ‘organ’ has been found

The interstitium, a newfound human organ has been hiding in plain sight

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Brain scans reveal why the 'Iceman' can withstand insanely cold temperatures

Why doesn’t the ‘Iceman’ freeze? Understanding extreme cold tolerance

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How a massive volcano helped to convert Iceland's pagans to Christianity

How a volcano converted Iceland to Christianity

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On a hunt for North America's indigenous crops

Recovering lost knowledge about indigenous North American food

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Using tailpipe tech to make smoked bacon safer to eat

Finally, healthy bacon! Taking the toxins out of smoked foods

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Why do fingers and toes wrinkle when they are in the water for a long time?

Fingers and toes wrinkle when they are in the water for a long time to privide tread-like traction.

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Alien-looking skeleton revealed as human that lost the genetic lottery

A bizarre skeleton that looks alien is actually a human with a lot of bone mutations

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Scientists say it’s time to make ‘3-parent baby’ technology legal in Canada

Should ‘three-parent’ families come to Canada?

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The death of a rhino symbolizes the catastrophe of the “sixth extinction”

Samba the rhino is just one example of the species humans are wiping out

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Novichok and the science of assassination with chemical weapons

The science behind the deadly chemical weapon attack in the UK

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Bats teach other bats what a good meal sounds like

Bats learn how to find food from other species

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Why does ear hair grow as men age?

Why ear hair grows as men age is due to rising testosterone levels.

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Hawking’s science, thoughts on God, and the formula for his tombstone

Remembering Professor Stephen Hawking with a commentary and an interview

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How DIY radiation sleuths are holding Japan’s government accountable

In the wake of the Fukushima meltdown, citizens with radiation detectors so they can collect their own data

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Far out visions for the future of humanity from Michio Kaku

Physicist and futurist Dr. Michio Kaku talks about his new book "The Future of Humanity."

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Something unusual is happening with our planet's magnetic field

A disturbance in the Earth's core is weakening our magnetic field.

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How do archaeological sites become covered in the first place?

Natural causes and human factors cover over sites for archaeologists to find

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Planet-sized cyclones just one highlight of Juno’s views of Jupiter

Views of Jupiter we’ve never seen before - results from the Juno mission

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We can’t blame violent video games for mass shootings. Here’s the science

Playing violent video games does not make people more violent

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‘Gates of Hell’ ritual sacrifices were a deadly geological magic trick

Supernatural animal sacrifices in Ancient Rome were a geological trick

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Looking inside our brains to reconstruct images and communicate with those who can’t

Reading brain activity could help us communicate with the severely disabled

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A 127 million year old baby bird fossil sheds new light on avian evolution

An ancient baby bird fossil reveals early avian evolution

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How do cell phone towers affect birds that nest on them?

Birds may have fewer offspring and have problems navigating

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The universe’s dark age ended with the first stars - and we’ve found them

Astronomers glimpse signs of the universe's first stars

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The vampire molecule: scientists discover why young blood helps reverse ageing

Can blood from young people really reverse ageing in the brain?

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‘Acoustic tweezer’ tractor beam could replace invasive surgeries

Sculpting sound to create tractor beam to levitate objects

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Scientists could look in your brain to determine your intelligence

Figuring out the biology of a smart brain

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The secret to finding life on Mars begins in Chile's Atacama Desert

Scientists find dormant life in Mars-like desert on Earth

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Why do we have wax in our ears?

Ear wax serves many important functions

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These paintings prove Neanderthals weren't so brutish after all

Cave art in Europe created by Neanderthals suggests they were creative and capable of abstract thought

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From dresses to space travel graphene could do just about anything

A new book describes the many potential uses of this miracle material and how it might change our technology - and our world.

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This online game could be a ‘psychological vaccine’ against fake news

An online game allows you to pretend to be a purveyor of fake news, and helps educate people on the techniques of disseminating misinformation.

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Could we stop flu outbreaks with UV light bulbs?

Far UVC light, which is harmless to humans, but kills microbes, could be used in public lighting to stop the spread of airborne disease

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Over-medicated seniors are an ‘unseen epidemic’

Doctors are thinking about "deprescribing" for seniors who are taking too much and too many medications for too long.

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How much oil have we taken out of the ground?

Our weekly listener question asks how much oil have we extracted and what happens when it's taken out of the ground

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Corruption, bribery and cover-ups - is the sugar story too sweet?

Is our sugar problem really due to corruption and bribery in science?

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Ants treat battleground wounded during termite wars

Ants successfully treat wounds of their injured comrades

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Scientist use nanorobots to attack and kill cancer in mice

Nano robots attack cancer and leave healthy cells intact

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The Earth burped lava after being smashed by a dinosaur-killing asteroid

A giant asteroid impact made the Earth leak lava

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NASA is designing a sub to explore Titan’s methane oceans

The challenges of designing a sub to send to explore Titan’s seas

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Do offshore wind turbines generate noise that is harmful to marine life?

Offshore wind turbine construction makes disruptive noise, but new regulations will help.

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The secret to female attraction could be a tiny molecule

Kisspeptin may be how the female brain controls sexual behaviour

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SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch ‘a true turning point in our journey into space’

Falcon Heavy’s launch. Are we back on our way to space?

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Turning off anxiety could be as easy as flicking on a light in your brain

How blasting your brain with light could control anxiety

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Take the quiz that shows the universal qualities of music

Music is universal to reflect our shared experiences

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Lego and video games STEM the gender divide

Lego and video games can train the brain to visualize in 3D

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Do bears actually hibernate in caves?

Are there enough places for hibernating bears to sleep?

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Friends share more than interests, their brains are similar too

Scientists can predict who your friends are by scanning your brain

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Why do some non-evergreens keep their leaves in winter?

Some oak and beech species do not drop their leaves in autumn

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‘There is a lot of tension’: why efforts to monitor Ontario wolves face opposition

Why efforts to monitor Ontario wolves face opposition

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Canadian beetles are shrinking because of climate change

Beetles are shrinking because of climate change

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Are junk clearing lasers the first step towards weaponizing space?

Space lasers vs space junk

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Friends share more than interests, their brains are similar too

Scientists can predict who your friends are by scanning your brain

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Would you take this new blood test that can screen for Alzheimer’s?

This new blood test will revolutionize how we screen for Alzheimer’s

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Why do some non-evergreens keep their leaves in winter?

Some species like oak and beech keep their leaves longer over winter in order to provide nutrients and trap water

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‘There is a lot of tension’: why efforts to monitor Ontario wolves face opposition

There is conflict between conservationists and hunters and trappers over how to protect this population in Ontario.

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Canadian beetles are shrinking because of climate change

Beetles are shrinking because of climate change

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Are junk clearing lasers the first step towards weaponizing space?

Could lasers be the solution to all the junk cluttering up space

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Would you take this new blood test that can screen for Alzheimer’s?

This new blood test will revolutionize how we screen for Alzheimer’s

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Flu breath - sick people can spread the flu virus just by breathing

According to a new study, it's not just coughing and sneezing. Sick people can spread the flu virus just by breathing as tiny particles containing flu virus are expelled from the lungs.

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Geoengineering could hold back climate warming - but what if the dam bursts?

Slowing climate warming by geoengineering - creating reflective clouds high in the atmosphere - might work. But if we ever stop the geoengineering process then all the climate change it prevents will happen suddenly, which could be a disaster for ecosystems.

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Your eardrums are pointing where your eyes are looking

Scientists have discovered that our eardrums move slightly within our head in response to signals from the visual system.

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When our magnetic field flips, say goodbye to modern life

A new book by Canadian science writer Alana Mitchell called "Spinning Magnets" looks at the science of the Earth's magnetic field, and the disaster that could strike when the magnetic field spontaneously and naturally flips upside down.

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Animal super-athletes race for life and death on the Serengeti

On the African savannah, Cheetahs chase impala and lions chase zebra, and researchers have been breaking down these chases to understand just what kind of athletic demands are being made in this race for life.

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How do ducks keep their feet from freezing in cold water?

Quirks Question of the week. Feathers keep a duck's body warm, but what happens to it's bare and unprotected feet?

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