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

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Dandelion seeds can fly up to 100 km, and now we know how

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh have discovered the secret to the incredible flight of the dandelion, and it could improve future drone technology.

Combating cancer one Nobel Prize at a time

Fighting cancer can be a thankless job, but several scientists who have made significant contributions to the advancement of cancer treatments are getting the recognition they deserve this week after being awarded the Nobel Prize.

Breaking the Barbie myth

New research shows girls and boys, aged 6-18, perform equally well in the STEM fields, suggesting that the lack of women in STEM fields is due to a cultural bias.

Science helps police close in on ivory cartels

Genetic analysis has helped to identify three major ivory cartels operating out of Africa responsible for 70 per cent of the $4-billion US global ivory trade.

New test to determine if your internal clock and alarm clock are out of sync

A new blood test can efficiently and effectively determine the time of day the body thinks it is to help diagnose sleep disorders, prevent chronic disease and treat everything from cancer to high blood pressure.

The ability to dream may be genetic

A pair of genes discovered in mice may determine how much we dream, opening the door to more research about why we dream in the first place.

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.

This gene prevents elephants from getting cancer and scientists are taking note

Elephants have one of the lowest rates of cancer in any mammal. Now, a new study from the University of Chicago reveals the elephant’s genetic secret and it’s inspiring new anti-cancer strategies in humans.

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

Lab-grown pig lungs may signal the future of organ transplants

Researchers at the University of Texas medical branch have successfully grown pig lungs in a bioreactor and placed them into animals — creating the hope that lab-grown organs for human transplant may not be far off.

Original North American dog population wiped out in recent history

A new study published in Science looks at the origins of dog domestication in North America and the replacement of native domesticated dogs with European breeds.

Scientists have found a way to make wine even more delicious

Earthy and vegetative aromas are known as green notes can be undesirable to some wine drinkers, which is why a team from Australia has figured out a way to remove those flavour compounds while leaving the rest of the bouquet intact.

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.

This common household additive could lead to bowel irritation

Read the labels on your household products because a common antimicrobial additive in cosmetics and soaps is now shown to increase inflammation of the colon and exacerbate colon cancer.

Have a stomach ache? Swallow a sensor

Researchers have found a new way to detect bleeds in the gastrointestinal tract involving a light producing, genetically engineered bacteria, a tiny computer sensor in a pill and an app that can be used on a smartphone.