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Images of SpongeBob Squarepants and Patrick doppelgangers captivate fans

While observing a recent expedition in the Atlantic Ocean, Christopher Mah noticed a scene straight out of the popular cartoon SpongeBob Squarepants: a bright yellow sea sponge, sitting next to a starfish much like Patrick.

Scientists unlock genetic secrets of plant that lives for thousands of years

Considered one of the toughest and longest-living plants, a Welwitschia can survive for thousands of years in the bone-dry deserts of southern Africa. And as long as it's alive, it never stops growing.

These bold little birds snatch the hairs off living mammals to use in their nests

Scientists in Illinois have published a new study about “kleptotrichy,” a phenomenon in which little birds boldly pluck hairs off of living mammals, including racoons, dogs, humans and even cats.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

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August 03, 2021 Episode Transcript

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Voice actor bids farewell to D.W., the trailblazing little sister from Arthur

Jason Szwimer is proud of his connection to what he says is an iconic, trailblazing character for young girls.

Polar bears sometimes bludgeon walruses to death with rocks and ice, study finds

A new study backs up what Inuit hunters have been saying for centuries: Polar bears use rocks and ice to bludgeon walruses to death. 

As It Happens: The Monday Edition

Aug. 2, 2021

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Indigenous activist 'disgusted' by Winnipeg priest's residential school comments

Kyle Mason says he’s deeply upset by the “out of touch and racist viewpoints” expressed by a Catholic priest in Winnipeg.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

July 30, 2021

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No vaccine? 'You can't come in,' says San Francisco Bar Owner Alliance

The San Francisco Bar Owner Alliance, which has 500 individual members representing 300 bars in the city, is recommending its venues require patrons to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test before coming inside.

Simone Biles 'an inspiration' for prioritizing her mental health, says gymnast

Former British Olympian Claudia Fragapane knows firsthand how dangerous it is to perform when you’re not mentally prepared. That’s why she's singing the praises of Simone Biles.

As It Happens: The Thursday Edition

July 29, 2021

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Clever cockatoos are teaching each other how to open trash bins in Australia 

Sulphur-crested cockatoos in Australia are teaching each other how to pry trash bins open, and the phenomenon is rapidly spreading. 

Canadian YouTubers build the world's brightest flashlight

How bright is the world's brightest flashlight? "Really freakin' bright," says the man who designed it. 

As It Happens: The Wednesday Edition

July 28, 2021

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When Flora Duffy won Bermuda's 1st-ever Olympic gold, her brother 'exploded' with joy

When Flora Duffy won the first Olympic gold medal in Bermuda's history on Tuesday, her friends and family were proudly watching the historic moment at a pub in her hometown.

This musician recorded a series of 'duets' with the Golden Gate Bridge

Where others heard only a grating nuisance, Nate Mercereau found beauty. The L.A. musician has recorded a series of what he calls "duets" with San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, incorporating the sound of its notorious hum. 

As It Happens: The Tuesday Edition

July 27, 2021

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Civil rights icon Bob Moses was 'a visionary' who risked life and limb for his community

Bob Moses fought for racial justice until his very last breath, says his friend and fellow U.S. civil rights activist Courtland Cox.