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Government intervention needed to save endangered night sky, says scientist

As plans go ahead for mega-constellations of satellites over Earth, one researcher says one in every 15 points of light we see in the night sky could soon be a satellite.

After decades of dropping candy from the sky, this Inuk pilot is taking Christmas off

The jolly man who flies through the sky dropping presents to excited children is taking a break this Dec. 25. No, it's not Santa Claus: it's 76-year-old bush pilot Johnny May.

Scientists are mapping the world's underground fungi network to fight climate change

There is a global blind spot in the fight against climate change, says evolutionary biologist Toby Kiers, and she is on a quest to map it out.

As It Happens: The Friday Edition


This researcher is digging up 'quirky' historical facts for anyone who wants one

Myko Clelland has promised a bespoke historical fact to anyone who retweeted him — but he says he may have bespoke too soon.

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Dec. 2, 2021

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Phil Saviano, Catholic sex abuse whistleblower, remembered for having 'a spine of steel' 

Phil Saviano always said he came forward as a survivor of sexual abuse by a Catholic priest because he was dying of AIDS and had nothing to lose. But his brother, Jim Saviano, doesn’t buy it. He says Phil spoke out because he wanted to protect children and hold the church accountable — and he would have done so regardless of his health.

As It Happens: The Wednesday Edition

Dec. 1, 2021

When it comes to bird feeders, there's a pecking order — and 'size really matters'

As birds flock to feeders and compete with each other for seeds, a group of ornithologists have discovered that the feathered creatures follow a pecking order. 

A Parakeet Named Dreidel: A holiday reading by Socalled

In Isaac Bashevis Singer's short story A Parakeet Named Dreidel, the unexpected arrives in the form of a tropical bird on a cold Hanukkah night.

Fans went to see an Oasis cover band. They got snowed in for 3 nights at a remote pub

British pub manager Nicola Townsend says staying at work for three nights straight with dozens of customers and an Oasis cover band all stranded by a snowstorm was "no bother at all."

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Nov. 30, 2021

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South African vaccine expert says travel bans against the country are 'hypocritical'

The discovery of a new COVID-19 variant has led countries around the world to restrict travel from southern African countries, but the restrictions won't prevent the variant from spreading says a South African vaccination expert.

This pharmacist travels New Mexico in a minivan to bring vaccines to remote corners

Uri Bassan believes so deeply in getting people in his state of New Mexico vaccinated that he has converted his family van into a mobile vaccination clinic. "We're going to go to schools, churches, gymnasiums. We're at restaurants. Wherever we can find people that are willing to take the vaccine," he says.

As It Happens: The Monday Edition

Nov. 29, 2021

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This 13-year-old metal detectorist unearthed a trove of possible Bronze Age axes

A British teen is considering a career in archeology after she discovered an ancient treasure on her third trip out with a metal detector.

Best friends, separated when their families fled the Nazis, reunite 82 years later

In 1939, nine-year-old best friends Betty Grebenschikoff and Ana María Wahrenberg held each other in a Berlin playground and wept as they said goodbye. Eight decades later, at the age of 91, they finally hugged again at a hotel in St. Petersburg, Fla.

As It Happens: The Friday Edition

Nov. 26, 2021

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Chuck Ealey's daughter traces his journey from poverty and segregation to CFL star quarterback

Success was a stone's throw away. After growing up in a low-income, segregated community, Chuck Ealey beat the odds and became a star quarterback. Now his story is told in children's book called The Stone Thrower, written by his daughter Jael Ealey Richardson.

This 'Megaspider' was anonymously donated to a nature park — and it could save lives

The Australian Reptile Park received an anonymous package this month that might make some people scream if they opened the box.