Torah Kachur

Science Columnist

Torah Kachur is the syndicated science columnist for CBC Radio One. Torah received her PhD in molecular genetics from the University of Alberta and now teaches at the University of Alberta and MacEwan University. She's the co-creator of

Latest from Torah Kachur

New research says the corner office may not be best for your health or stress levels

New research from the University of Arizona suggests that open-concept offices may have hidden health benefits for workers.

The proven science behind online dating

A new study of online dating shows that the idea of someone being ‘out of your league’ in the dating sphere is real

Study suggests honeybees have zero knowledge

A new study published in Science has shown that honeybees are capable of understanding the concept of zero. It’s a first for invertebrates and it joins a class of animals that include dolphins, birds, primates and humans.
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Enhancing athletic performance on a genetic level

It’s already on WADA’s radar and gene doping may already be happening to enhance athletes’ performance, but its future is much more problematic.

As trees age, their climate benefit grows

Trees play an important role in the fight against climate change, capturing and storing carbon in their biomass. According to new European research, when it comes to a tree’s climate benefit, as a tree get older it also stores more carbon.

Human brain structure inspires artificial intelligence

The human brain is the most powerful supercomputer on Earth, and now researchers from the University of Southern California are taking inspiration from the structure of the human brain to make better artificial intelligence systems.

Beavers are dam important for the ecosystem

Beavers have always been natural engineers of their world, and now scientists are discovering how to use the beaver’s skills to help restore important freshwater habitat.

Mother birds get a bad rap, though some deserve it

With Mother’s Day coming up, it’s time to get some inspiration from the animal kingdom. Birds provide the best and worst examples of motherhood from eating their young to sacrificing themselves for the survival of the chicks.

New study finds mosquitoes don't just lay eggs in standing water

A new study completely changes almost everything we know about mosquitoes. And this new knowledge has huge implications for how we manage the summer’s worst enemy.

Don't drain the swamp! Why wetlands are so important

Donald Trump has claimed that he wants to "drain the swamp" in Washington. But in the ecological world, draining swamps is a really bad idea.