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This summer, make nature a multi-sensory 'reality' experience

Put away your devices and take the chance to fully appreciate Canada's natural environment

Trump's 'dominance' in space is playing with international space treaty

The principle of non-militarization of space is a oft-breached ideal
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Stephen Hawking's information sent into a black hole

A radio broadcast including his voice and tribute music sent into space
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Life on Mars is hard to find

The discovery of organic molecules on Mars is tantalizing — but not proof
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Dealing with pollution that is not in our face

When we can't see it or smell it, we too often ignore it
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With Hawaii's Kilauea erupting, here's how one Icelandic town fought a volcano and won

The townspeople of Vestmannaeyjar in Iceland fought lava with water and saved their town in 1973.
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Protected areas need to be truly protected

A new study suggests many wildlife protected areas are being overexploited.
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Why Kilauea is not a killer volcano

Hawaiian volcanoes are slow and steady eruptions that have been bubbling away for tens of thousands of years and will continue to do so in the future.
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Why we need to see inside Mars

NASA's InSight mission will look inside the planet to see if there's energy to provide life underground.
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Canada a leading force behind the most powerful telescopes for a century

Since 1918, we've built some of the most powerful eyes on the skies.
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Finding the Holy Grail in space: something like ourselves

NASA's newest planet hunting telescope will help the search for an Earth-like planet among the stars.
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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."
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2001: A Space Odyssey is 50 — where are the space hotels?

The influential SF film's predictions are closer than ever to becoming reality.
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Falling space stations are not the biggest hazard. It's the small stuff that matters

The chance of a blazing chunk of space station hitting a person is tiny, but space junk threatens a lot of technology we depend on
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Disagreeing with Stephen Hawking

Not everyone agrees with Hawking's views on the on the future of humanity, alien life, and artificial intelligence.
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Exercise is the best anti-aging therapy

New research shows more evidence that high levels of exercise - even in seniors - can reduce some of the effects of aging.
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Mining activities, not hunting, responsible for northern caribou declines

A new report points the finger for catastrophic caribou drop at development and ecosystem disturbance
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Understanding the cancer that killed CBC great Arthur Black

Pancreatic cancer is hard to detect, and even harder to treat
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Are young people losing face time to screen time?

The evidence suggests that children are getting too much screen time - and it could be affecting them as adults.
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Returning rockets launch a new era in space flight

The launch of SpaceX's new Falcon Heavy was a spectacular success, and Elon Musk's orbiting sports car made headlines. But the real breakthrough is in the successful reuse and landing of the rocket's side boosters.
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Canada not ready for driverless cars, Senate report says

Senate report urges regulations to ensure safety of driverless vehicles, especially during Canadian winters.
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New NASA satellite will study how space weather meets Earth weather

NASA launches GOLD to investigate where weather from our planet meets weather from space.
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Teachers tap the power of nature's classroom

A new study on elementary students showed that exposure to nature for just one period a day improves performance and enhances the educational experience for student and teacher alike.
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Our lowly microbes could kill off Martian life, scientists fear

If we continue to send 'dirty' robots to look for life on Mars, our instruments could indeed detect microbes there, but they might have come from Florida.
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Justin Trudeau needs to expand the role of science in government in a big way: report

Most politicians do not have a science background, yet many decisions involve scientific concepts that are often overlooked or misrepresented during the political decision-making process.