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Airport kitchen party perpetuates 'goofy Newfie' stereotype

Newfoundland columnist Robin Short says the spontaneous jam session was embarrassing.

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LGBTQ Canadians await apology

Next Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be apologizing to LGBTQ military and government employees for losing their jobs.

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The hidden power of food

In Canada we waste about a third of the food we produce. Yet four million Canadians experience food insecurity.

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The story of a recipe that survived the Holocaust

In the Ravensbruck women's concentration camp, Rebecca Teitelbaum risked her life to write down every recipe she could remember.

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How can electric cars be without carbon emissions if the source of the electricity is a carbon source?

Electric cars are powered by sources that emit carbon, so are not truly free of such emissions.

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What and how does someone who has been blind from birth dream?

People who are blind from birth dream in other senses such as sound, touch and taste.

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How did we go from melting out of the last ice age, to present day global warming?

A cooling cycle from 21 thousand years ago was halted by recent global warming.

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What exactly is chronic pain?

Chronic pain persists unlike regular pain, is difficult to treat, and increases with age.

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How is it possible in the vastness of space that our Sun ever had the density of gasses needed to form a star?

Gravity played a big role in bringing enough matter together to form the Sun.

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What was the evolutionary advantage for Homo Sapiens becoming essentially hairless compared to other primates?

Homo sapiens became hairless as a way of dealing with sweat.

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What happens to the emerald ash borer when it doesn't have any more trees to attack? Can the ash trees ever come back?

The EAB will move on to other species when there are no more ash trees to attack.

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If a time traveller left a 2017 cell phone in 1967, how much could 1967 technical know how be able to retrieve from the phone?

1967 technology could retrieve some, but not all information from a 2017 cell phone.

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Why is it that we associate some colours with specific emotions, and does that come from our brain or through our culture?

The association of colour and emotion begins early in life, so it is both cultural and neural as we retain the connection into adulthood.

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Why do the lemon pips continually rise up and fall down in my gin and tonic?

Carbonated bubbles attach to the pips and make them rise, then fall as the same bubbles burst.

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Why does sugar cause pain when it comes in contact with a tooth cavity?

Sugar causes pain when nerves are exposed through thinning enamel.

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Mauritian monkeys could be the key to understanding Berlin patient's rare HIV cure

Timothy Ray Brown's 'functional cure' from HIV now less of a mystery

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Canadian engineers built a road to withstand Arctic climate change

Engineers construct Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk highway on top permafrost

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Why scientists are growing tiny starter brains and implanting them in rats

Human brain organoids implanted into rats to investigate vision loss, dementia and more

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Why did the most abundant bird in the world go extinct in just 50 years?

Hunting and lack of genetic diversity mean we don't see passenger pigeons blocking the sun today

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Why Conspiracy theorists are more likely to see patterns in a painting like this

Belief in conspiracy theories based in ‘illusory pattern perception’

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Find out why scientists no longer fear a discovery that dwarfs the power of an H-bomb

The fusion of bottom quarks results in a powerful, but not dangerous reaction.

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Here’s the one thing scientists would like you to know about their work

What's the one thing scientists want the world to know about their field in a single tweet.

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Get your head in the clouds. Science says it’s good to daydream

Neuroscience says it's good to daydream

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If you’re going to get hurt, you’re better off doing it during the day

If you’re going to get hurt, your immune system would prefer you do it in the day

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Meet the human guinea pig who hacked his own DNA

This doctor injected himself with DNA to hack his genes and increase muscle growth

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Can sound be used to predict earthquakes?

Sound can be used to predict earthquakes, but it is still challenging despite new machine learning technology.

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Doctors show that blood flow can spread Alzheimer’s disease

A study in mice shows that amyloid-beta can travel to the brain from other body parts via blood.

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Opioids can make your pain worse and doctors are trying to figure out why

Opioids can increase our sensitivity to pain

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Bats say ‘move it’ in different dialects

Bats in different caves have their own dialect

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LISTEN: These artists turned a breakaway iceberg into music

Artist turns seismic readings of an ice sheet breaking into soundscape

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Doctors warn mothers to not ‘vaginally seed’ their C-section babies

New evidence links c-section associated illness in children to missing the mothers microbiome

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What would happen to the prairies if we stopped farming them?

The prairies would likely revert to grassland if they were abandoned by farmers.

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Scientists aim to eradicate pneumonia with better vaccine

Pneumonia vaccine offers broadest protection to date in animal models.

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How volcanoes helped the Romans destroy Egyptian rule

The Ptolomaic dynasty was undermined by volcanoes that short-circuited life-giving Nile floods

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What happens when you warm the Antarctic seabed by 1 degree?

A temperature rise of 1 degree significantly impacts marine organisms

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Spooky Arctic jellyfish surprises scientists in viral video

Rare footage of jellyfish's tentacle sweep reveals richness of Arctic environment

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

A special fungus cleans up petrochemicals and helps grow tomatoes

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Concern rises about radioactive pollution if North Korea conducts another nuclear test

What happens to a mountain after 6 underground nuclear tests?

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How many mutant genes does a person have? Quirks Question

Every human has mutant genes, some scientists say about sixty, other suggest the number is around one-hundred.

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Sorry Harvey Weinstein, sex addiction isn't real

No strong scientific evidence that proves sex addiction treatment works

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The behind the scenes hunt for the neutron star collision

Astronomers track a neutron star collision to discover how gold came to Earth.

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Fishing tackle kills a shocking number of loons

In New Hampshire 49% of all adult loon deaths are due to ingesting lead fishing tackle

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A computer taught itself the toughest game on the planet. And it’s just getting started

Computers invent new ways to play the world's hardest game.

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Can large underwater volcanoes increase ocean temperatures?

Volcanic eruptions on the ocean floor have a minimal effect on water temperature and are unlikely to contribute to global warming

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How Zika mutated and became a terrifying plague

Researchers have identified new mutations in the Zika virus that led to the outbreak.

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Trump is losing the “war on coal” to the free market

Coal's collapse in the US and the Energy East pipeline cancellation in Canada are mostly due to investors, not climate activism

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Japan just mined the ocean floor and people want answers

Scientists warn that biodiversity loss from deep-sea mining will be unavoidable

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Genetics is the reason divorce runs in families

Divorce can be transmitted across generations because of genetic personality traits like high levels of extroversion or neurosis.

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Could zapping your brain with electricity make you smarter?

Zapping your brain with electricity can enhance your brain function.

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What’s up with grey or colourless rainbows?

Water droplets in fog are not large enough to reflect and refract sunlight in the same way as rain drops.

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How a Nobel prize winner almost messed up his award winning experiment

Dr. Rainer Weiss from MIT shared the Nobel Prize in physics for his work on gravitational wave detection

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Found: The ancient primate we can blame for genital herpes

The 'Nutcracker Man' was in the right place at the right time be the culprit

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Scientists doing a dry run for a catastrophic asteroid collision with Earth

Simulation Impact Exercise Includes Real Asteroid Headed For Earth

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Your dreams are disappearing in a cloud of pot smoke and it’s a problem

Getting quality REM sleep is important when it comes to processing memories

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NRA lobbying has suppressed gun violence research

Since the 90's the US Congress has barred funding for gun violence research

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How do scientists record the sound of Saturn’s rings with no air in space?

There is no sound in space, what you are hearing from space is data represented as sound.

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Your rooftop could be sprinkled with cosmic star dust

A jazz musician moonlighting as an amateur scientist discovered cosmic dust falls all around us

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Marine invaders ride tsunami garbage from Asia to the Americas

Living marine organisms hitch a ride to North America on Japanese tsunami debris

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Losing sleep might help you lose your depression

Sleep deprivation can bring relief for clinical depression

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New giant rat species could crack coconuts with its jaws

New giant rat species lives like a monkey and eats coconuts

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Meet Canada’s new Chief Science Adviser

Dr. Mona Nemer is Canada’s new Chief Science Adviser.

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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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