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Toddler's fossil foot opens window into human evolution

Find out why an ancient toddler was likely able to scamper up trees better than her parents.

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

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

Jupiter has 12 new moons — including one really weird one

Jupiter's tally of moons now stands at a whopping 79, more than any other planet in our solar system

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

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

Your car might be trying to kill you by lulling you with sleep-inducing vibrations

Just 15 minutes after drivers get behind the wheel in a vibrating simulator, their alertness plunged.

The science behind 'Ant-Man' — Did they really just put 'quantum' in front of everything?

While the film is mostly fantasy, thanks to the film's science adviser, when the characters say 'quantum,' there's at least a taste of real science behind the story.

July 21, 2018 -Bread came before agriculture, driving drowsiness, and more…

Science of ‘Ant-Man,’ geese race north, dolphins avoid the bends, Jupiter’s new moons and a question of symmetry

Migrating geese are losing the race north - and their chicks are paying the price

As the planet's arctic regions warm, the barnacle goose -- a smaller European cousin of the Canada goose -- is being forced to race to its breeding grounds faster than normal. As a result, the birds are arriving exhausted and depleted, and the survival of their chicks is in jeopardy.

The reason why most animals are symmetrical has to do with their locomotion

Most animals are symmetrical and although scientists don't know why, they do know bilateral symmetry has evolutionary advantages

Jupiter has 12 new moons — including one really weird one

Astronomers have discovered 12 new moons in orbit around Jupiter, the largest planet of our solar system. Of the newly-discovered moons, the oddest is a small rocky world dubbed "Valetudo." Just one kilometer across, Valetudo goes "the wrong way" and could one day smash into one of its neighbours.

Diving a kilometre down and not getting 'the bends' — how dolphins do it

Dolphins have remarkable control of their physiology that allows them to keep nitrogen from entering their bloodstream and forming damaging bubbles as they decompress.

A bread recipe from 14,000 years ago: wild oats, barley, wheat and roots

Scientists discover bread crumbs made by people who were baking bread 4,000 years before farming began.

Night shifts put your brain & gut clocks out of whack

Workers face increased risks of cancer, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Now, scientists say the reason may lie in ticking time keepers not in our brain as previously thought, but in the gut.

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.

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.

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

Parrots rival apes and even two-year-olds in their intelligence. Now Alberta scientists have found a unique circuitry in their brains that could explain the birds' extraordinary ability to fasten tools and to tell friend from foe.

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

Scientists led by Thomas Hildebrandt, professor of wildlife reproduction medicine at the Freie University in Berlin, have created the first ever in vitro rhino embryos -- a major first step in a last-ditch effort to bring this subspecies back from the brink of extinction.

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.

Scientists could look in your brain to determine your intelligence

Brain 'entropy' - the number of different states it can enter - correlates with IQ scores

Incredible dandelions could hold the key to growing plants on the oilsands

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

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

Night shifts put your brain and gut clocks out of whack

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

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.

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.

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

Parrot smarty-pants challenge 'bird brain' insult