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Super salty lakes discovered in Canada's Arctic could help us understand life beyond Earth

Scientists never expected to find two lakes under a glacier in below freezing temperatures.

Scientists use nanorobots to attack & kill cancer in mice

The tiny robots deliver drugs to tumours to starve them of nutrients.

Why humans ditched the mono brow for two eyebrows

At some point in our evolution, we traded a large brow ridge for more mobile eye brows.

Chasing Captain America: How close are we to creating a real-life super soldier?

In his latest book Chasing Captain America, author and University of Victoria professor Dr. E. Paul Zehr looks at the super soldier's abilities and the real-life research that could replicate them.

Earth's climate: running hot and cold

"We are picking on the climate with our carbon emissions, and it is affecting everything else in the system in more ways than one."

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

The eruption of the Eldgja volcano in Iceland in 939 may have influenced the country's conversion to Christianity.

Chasing Captain America: How close are we to creating a real-life super soldier?

In his latest book Chasing Captain America, author and University of Victoria professor Dr. E. Paul Zehr looks at the super soldier's abilities and the real-life research that could replicate them.

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

The rise in global climate change has been mitigated inadvertently by another man-made activity: aerosol pollution.

Why humans ditched the mono brow — for two eyebrows

At some point in our evolution, we traded a large brow ridge for more mobile eye brows.
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Earth's climate: running hot and cold

"We are picking on the climate with our carbon emissions, and it is affecting everything else in the system in more ways than one."

Arctic salt lake, eyebrow communication, and creating Captain America

Also on this week's episode: hummingbird songs, and the double-edged sword of aerosol reduction.

Can we make veggies winter hardy like daffodil plants?

Different plant species have different tolerances to cold due to many years of acclimation to different temperature environments.

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

The rise in global climate change has been mitigated inadvertently by another man-made activity: aerosol pollution.

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

The love song of a hummingbird uses aerial displays of speed and grace.

How close are we to creating a real-life super soldier?

In his latest book Chasing Captain America, author and University of Victoria professor Dr. E. Paul Zehr looks at the super soldier's abilities and the real-life research that could replicate them.

Why humans ditched the mono brow — for two eyebrows

At some point in our evolution, we traded a large brow ridge for more mobile eye brows.

Newly discovered salt lakes in Canadian Arctic help us understand Jupiter's moons

Scientists never expected to find two lakes under a glacier in below freezing temperatures.
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How you can use the science of luck to change your fortunes

Luck happens as a result of probability, statistics and random chance, with a little persistence and hard work thrown in to the mix.

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

Dark matter usually makes up most of the mass of a galaxy, but this strange galaxy has none.

Wake 'n' bake - what caffeine and cannabis have in common

Coffee puts the neurotransmitters of the endocannabinoid system in low gear, while cannabis ramps them up

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

Tiny fragments of plastic are being found in oceans, freshwater and on agricultural land.
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Wake 'n' bake - what caffeine and cannabis have in common

Coffee puts the neurotransmitters of the endocannabinoid system in low gear, while cannabis ramps them up.

2001: A Space Odyssey is 50 — where are the space hotels?

The influential SF film's predictions are closer than ever to becoming reality.

Nature retracts CRISPR 'bull in a china shop' paper about gene editing

The original study suggested the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing system caused hundreds of unintended off-target mutations.

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

Tiny fragments of plastic are being found in oceans, freshwater and on agricultural land.