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Actors' brains have different activity patterns when they're in character

To get the role, your brain activity needs to play the part too

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Inactive ingredients in your meds might not be so inactive after all

Inactive ingredients in medications could be a health concern

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Super-powerful solar storms hit Earth in the past - and could recur in the future

Our planet's been hit with humongous solar storms in the past

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When a butterfly's disguise fails, its backup plan is poison

A tasty butterfly has an unpalatable backup plan

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'Skeleton Keys' - a new book explores the secret life of bones

The story of bones from a man obsessed with them

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Do wind turbine farms have an effect on climate?

Turbines absorb energy from the wind, so is there an effect "downstream" and with regard to climate?

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Exploring the powerful emotion of awe - how it can be awe-some and aw-ful

Harnessing the powerful emotion of awe for good or evil

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Military sonar puts blue whales off their feed

Sonar disturbs the feeding habits of blue whales

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Your brain may need sleep to repair your brain's DNA 'potholes'

Just what are your chromosomes doing while you're sleeping?

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Clam gardens have been cultivated by indigenous people for millenia

Clam garden aquaculture on the west coast is 3500 years old

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Man and man's best friend have both been experiencing declines in sperm quality

Man's best friend comes to the rescue to inform declines in dog and man sperm

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The Goodness Paradox - Why humans are so good and so bad

Humans evolved to be virtuous and violent, says the author of 'The Goodness Paradox'

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Potty talk: the secrets Kim Jong Un could be hiding in his private portable toilet

Why Kim Jong Un travels with his own portable toilet

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Creating coal from CO2 - undoing fossil fuel burning to save the climate

Converting carbon dioxide back into coal

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Countdown to the Moon landing - How Apollo 9 tested the lunar lander in Earth orbit

Countdown to Apollo 11: Testing the lunar lander in Earth orbit

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How selecting for genes to keep the hive clean could help honeybee survival

Encouraging bee hygiene could be the secret to fighting colony collapse

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Do cows produce more methane than rotting grass?

Bacteria produce the methane in both examples

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Tiny tyrannosaur fossil helps scientists understand how T-rex grew so large

Much older than T-rex this diminutive dinosaur gives new insights into tyrannosaurid evolution

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Art gets a bad case of acne and it has conservators concerned

Acne-like protrusions are a result of chemical reactions in the paint and new technology will help us understand them better.

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Zebra stripes confuse tiny predators, not the big ones

Tests reveal the zebra stripes confuse disease-carrying biting flies so they can't land easily on the zebras coat

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Scientists can read the 'rust' on a person's DNA to predict when they'll die

Stressors like smoking and obesity leave marks on DNA that can reveal your biological rather than your calendar age

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Hacking photosynthesis to re-engineer crop plants and feed the world

Scientists are redesigning fundamental parts of the way plants grow to start a new green revolution

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What would it be like to stand on the surface of the sun?

This week's Quirks question: The answer is you wouldn't stand, you'd sink!

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Flavour chemicals in e-cigarettes could damage lung tissue

E-cigarette flavouring chemicals may damage lung tissue

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Canadian researcher proves Darwin right by jailing mice in Nebraska

Connecting the dots in evolution: a unique experiment in Nebraska

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Breast milk is best, but is there a problem with pumping?

Pumping breast milk depletes the milk microbiome

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Swallowing needles packed in a turtle shell to treat diabetes

A new needle pill is out to replace insulin pens, but without the pain

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'Earth Shattering' - all the ways the universe is trying to kill us

Cataclysmic events have shaped our world and our universe

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Do other vertebrates suffer from dementia or memory loss as we do?

Animals like dogs and cats certainly suffer from dementia.

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Months locked in a tiny box - how solitary confinement can erode mental health

Solitary confinement - what science says about the effects on mental health

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When is your brain stronger than your genes? How the mind can fool the body

Genetic risks can be washed out by the mind's deception

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50 million deaths in the New World drove cooling in the the Little Ice Age

50 million deaths led to climate change 500 years ago

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Searching for Endurance: Antarctic researchers hunt for the relics of Antarctic adventurers

Searching Antarctic waters for Shackleton's lost ship The Endurance

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A stick-on sensor sucks in sweat and can reveal dehydration and more

A stick-on sensor sucks in sweat and can reveal dehydration

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How do birds find their prey when hunting in muddy water?

Birds may use their beaks to feel around for their prey.

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Rocking yourself to sleep improves sleep quality and memory - even in grownups

Rocking your brain to sleep - why it's not just good for babies

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Body language could be the secret behind the sweetest music

The science of sway measures how well musicians play

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The first feathers for flight? A 160 million year old dinosaur might have had them

Anchiornis was a dinosaur with feathers, but could it fly?

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How to build a death ray - a new book looks attempts to make the ultimate weapon

Lasers, phasers and ray guns - the quest to make a 'death ray'

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A Robot reconstruction of a 300-million-year-old fossil shows how it walked

Scientists reverse engineer a 300-million-year-old land animal

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Does the speed of sound change with temperature?

Sound travels faster in warmer air

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Not all poop is created equal, and 'super-poopers' could be life savers

A dose of super poo could save lives when all else fail

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Preventing PTSD with a 'video game' that trains soldiers to control their brains

Dialing back the brain's alarm system in soldiers might prevent PTSD

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Countdown to the moon landing - re-live the missions that led to 'one small step for man'

Apollo 11 really was just one small step in a long road to the moon

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Why warm-blooded predators thrive in the coldest places on Earth

Fish are easier to prey on in cold water

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Termites may be hell in your house, but they help protect the rainforest from drought

Termites act like a buffer against serious droughts in tropical forests

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Elephants are evolving to be tuskless after decades of poaching pressure

Elephants are evolving to be tuskless in response to poaching

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Discovery of room temperature superconductors could bring floating trains and more

Discovery of room temperature superconductors a 'holy grail of physics'

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Scott Kelly spent a year in space - and it literally changed him

Scott Kelly on spending a year in space and experiencing 'Infinite Wonder'

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Repeated pain makes men more sensitive - but not women

Women feel pain more, but men are more likely to remember it

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Waves are getting stronger and more dangerous thanks to climate change

Ocean warming is directly linked to a dangerous increase in wave strength

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Will Edmonton run out of water as the Columbia Icefield continues to melt?

Edmonton's water supply could be impacted by the melting Columbia Icefield.

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Blue pigment found on a medieval woman's teeth suggests she was a skilled, literate artist

Dental plaque key to understanding women's role in the creation of medieval manuscripts

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A genetically modified houseplant could suck up dangerous indoor air pollution

This genetically modified houseplant can suck up indoor air pollution

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Viruses that kill superbugs could save lives when antibiotics don't work

Can we fight superbugs with viruses?

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Zombies in Antarctica - Isolated researchers enter 'psychological hibernation'

Overwintering in Antarctica puts people into a 'psychological hibernation'

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We're making our fresh water salty by massively changing the landscape

Salt from human activities is polluting our freshwater resources

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For every exoplanet we see transiting a star, how many go unseen?

There are many more planet we don't see, than ones we see transiting.

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The Quirks & Quarks Question Show

The Q & Q Question show for 2019 features 10 scientists each answering one question submitted by a listener.

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TESS, the planet hunting space telescope, is on track to discover a sky full of exoplanets

NASA's new planet hunter is searching for other Earth-like planets in the starry sky

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Lab grown lungs are transplanted in pigs today, they may help humans tomorrow

Lab grown lungs transplanted in pigs may be the future for humans in need

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The year in Climate Change: Fires and heat-waves show things are heating up

Climate change went from a future problem to a now problem in 2018

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Billions of viruses are raining down on you from the upper atmosphere every day

Trillions of viruses are riding the jet-stream around the world and raining down on us

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Even kids as young as four want to punish freeloaders

Young children have a more extreme sense of fairness than older kids

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A lake of water was found on Mars - and may be the first of many

Water lake discovery may be the first of many we'll find in Mars

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A writer and sound engineer investigates the science of the human voice

Now You're Talking looks at the evolution of human voice from caveman to artificial intelligence

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Our atmosphere is a thin veneer on our planet, but this writer says it's where the action is

Everyone talks about the weather, but a poet writes a book about it

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A revolution in evolution is turning back the clock more than 200 years, says new book

How epigenetics is revolutionizing our understanding of evolution

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How important is dust to making it rain?

How are raindrops and snowflakes created?

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China's race to the moon - their new lander is a small step towards a great leap

Could China win the new race to the moon?

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A transplanted pig's heart lives for months in a baboon - is a human trial next?

Baboon survives 6 months with a transplanted pig's heart

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Is that baby so adorable you want to eat it up? You're committing 'cute aggression'

Do cute babies make you want to pinch them?

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Your dust bunnies are alive but fighting them with antibacterials is a bad idea

Antibiotic resistant dust is all around you

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Frogs sing a rich song in the city but a simpler tune in the country

Frogs sing in the city - 'If I can make it here'

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Science gets the holiday spirit and produces the perfect Christmas tree

Perfecting the Christmas tree with the help of science

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Cognitive abilities vary among humans, is the same true of other species?

Do animals have measurable intelligence differences like humans do?

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Drug users aren't choosing dangerous fentanyl - they don't know what's in their drugs

Users have no choice when it comes to lethal fentanyl in street drugs

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Selfies for health - a smartphone app can detect anemia

Take a photo of your nails to find out if you're anemic

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Making it on the Moon - 3D printing useful stuff with moon dust

3D printing moon dust could be the way to colonize the moon

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The octopus might have traded its shell for intelligence

How the octopus got their intelligence

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Have researchers been wrong about Alzheimer's? A new theory challenges the old story

Why the prevailing theory for the cause of Alzheimer's may be wrong

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What would happen to Earth if there were no volcanoes?

Impossible, but the heat would build up and possibly separate continents

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Will the 'rogue science' that created genetically edited babies lead to backlash against research?

Genetically edited babies create a scientific furor

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Mysterious fast radio bursts from space: Five explanations for what they could be

A cosmic conundrum: What the heck are fast radio bursts?

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Spinal injury patients take steps again thanks to spinal pacemaker

Spinal cord researchers make breakthrough

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A lack of scientific data behind medical implants could seriously hurt Canadians

Why we're not learning enough from medical implant problems

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That sounds funny - the science behind why certain words make us laugh

Cracking the science of funny, one goofy, giggly word at a time

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Canadian Astronaut David Saint-Jacques will get to watch the world go around

Astronaut David Saint-Jacques on Canada in space

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Captive rearing can accidentally change animals so they may not survive in the wild

Can we keep captive animals wild

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A new plane with no moving parts flies by electrifying the air

The first flight of an aircraft with no moving parts

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Scientist refutes notion that gender identity is an 'unscientific liberal ideology'

Sex vs gender, and why it matters

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Mars-quakes may shake the red planet, and NASA's new lander will detect them

NASA's new lander will be looking deep inside the red planet

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How bats and dolphins use their sonar when everyone's talking at once

Bats and dolphins have an elegant solution for interfering sonar signals

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How do birds find seeds?

Birds use vision, but also memory and social cues to find seeds.

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An asteroid impact on Greenland left a massive crater under the ice

First-ever discovery of a crater under an ice sheet

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Will coral reef islands rise or fall? It's a greenhouse-gas paradox

Coral reef islands may rise up against climate change

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How moths evolved a kind of stealth jet technology to sneak past bats

How moths use stealth jet technology to sneak past bats

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Tiny people have evolved in rainforests because it's where tiny steps are better

Rainforest people have evolved to be small because jungle walking is hard

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The mysteries of animal movement - how they walk on water and climb up walls

Walking on water and climbing up walls - how animals do it

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What are the visible changes in the night sky in the last 3,000 years?

The position of the pole star has shifted as the Earth's axis moved.

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Bitcoin mining uses more energy than mining for real gold

Bitcoin 'mining' is harder on the environment than mining for gold

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Beatboxers have invented whole new ways of making sounds, scientists say

Beatboxing verbal gymnastics is a whole new way of making sounds

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Wind farms in India are driving a population boom of skinny, fearless lizards

Wind turbines are creating skinny, fearless lizards

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For 20 years, scientists have been chucking fish into the forest. Here's why.

Chucking salmon into trees to understand ecological web

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Barking piranhas and screeching catfish are the sounds of the Amazon River

Barking piranhas and screeching catfish fighting it out in the Amazon

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Sniffing your way around - our brains are built to navigate by scent

Sniffing around our brain's ability to navigate by scent

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Why does humidity make us feel hotter in the summer and colder in winter?

Sweat can't evaporate on humid days in Summer, so we feel hotter; damp air contributes to feeling cold in Winter.

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The 'Trump of the Tropics' is now in charge of the lungs of the planet. Here's why that's scary.

Brazil's Bolsonaro is bad for the Amazon

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Probiotics probably aren't making you well, and they could make you sicker

Probiotics don't live up to the hype, scientists say

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The biggest bird in history might have been blind as a bat

The largest bird that ever lived was probably blind

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A step towards Optimus Prime - transforming robots can reshape themselves

Modular robots remake themselves on the fly to do new tasks

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Aged chocolate: Archaeologists find evidence of 5000 year old chocolate drink

Archaeologists find evidence that chocolate is older than the pyramids

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Why are salt water fish not salty to eat?

Marine fish do not taste salty because the get rid of the excess salt they take in.

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Neanderthals nursed their sick and injured back to health with ancient medicine

Neanderthals played doctor, caring for their ill and injured

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Listen to the Antarctic ice sheet sing a song of melting ice

Antarctica is singing the blues with seismic signals about melting ice

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There's a catch to 'catch and release:' hook injuries interfere with fish feeding

Hook injuries could hamper fish's ability to feed

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Purple reign: life on Earth might once have been dominated by purple micro-organisms

Was Earth once a purple planet, and is there more purple life out there?

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Evolution is going uptown as plants and animals adapt to city life

Evolution in cities is happening faster than Darwin could have imagined

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Why is the sound we hear in two earbuds not twice as loud as the sound from one?

Why is the sound we hear with both ears not twice as loud as the sound we hear with one ear?

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Beer shortages could be a result of climate change thanks to barley crop failures

As the climate gets warmer cold beer could be rarer

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A dung beetle's genital worms will help care for its offspring

Sexually transmitted worms make excellent babysitters for dung beetle offspring

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A meat eater chooses a side of seagrass - this shark's an omnivore

Not just ravenous meat-eaters: This shark is an omnivore

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Rain, spiders and bears are all part of discovering Canada's backcountry biology

Taking stock of alpine species in our country while we have a chance

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Why you don't go momentarily blind when you blink

Why you don't miss a thing when you blink

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Why don't we sneeze when we're asleep?

Why don't we sneeze when we're asleep?

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Cannabis and the brain: the knowns and the big unknowns

What we know and don't know about how cannabis affects us

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What's in a pot plant? Exploring the genes of your favourite ganja

Cannabis botany: what's really behind the labels

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Cultivating cannabis: Five tips on how to grow your own a bit better at home

Cultivating cannabis

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Cannabis in a van: American researchers get creative to study high-potency products

A lab in Colorado is driving around regulations to study high potency cannabis products

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Addiction and cannabis: it's real and this is what you need to know about it

Contrary to popular belief, cannabis addiction is a real thing

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Canada's latest Nobel winner is a 'laser jock' who loves the lab

Physics professor is only the 3rd woman to win the prize in physics.

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Researchers are reading doctors' brains to see how good they are at surgery

A look at the brain of surgeons can detect surgical skill level.

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'Smelling' for shark DNA to see if it's safe to go back in the water

How environmental DNA helps to sniff out white sharks

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Watching a moon rise - in a solar system 8000 light years away

The first new moon outside our solar system may have been found

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Thousands of women with autism may be going undiagnosed because it's a 'male disorder'

A Canadian women describes her late diagnosis.

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What this man with narcolepsy can teach us about getting better sleep

How a man with narcolepsy can help you sleep better

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Bird song is unique as well as beautiful - no other animal makes noise this way

Bird song is beautiful, but they make it unlike any other animal

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'Nuclear pasta' on a neutron star could support mountains centimetres tall

Inside a collapsed star lurks the strongest material in the universe

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How manta rays eat could be the secret to filtering pollution from water

Filtering inspiration from manta rays to unclog our waterways

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No more sunburns: a simple wristband helps us get just the right amount of sun

A simple wristband could tell you when you're at risk of sunburn

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Why is bird poop white?

When birds convert ammonia to uric acid, it becomes a thick, white paste

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We can forecast the hurricanes. Can we figure out how to forecast their floods?

Thanks to GPS, scientists can predict where floodwaters will hit

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Octopuses on ecstasy: The party drug leads to eight-armed hugs

Just like humans, octopuses get all touchy-feely when they take ecstasy.

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The Sahara's wind and sun could power the world, and turn the desert green

The Sahara could produce four times as much energy as earth needs

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The Gulf of St. Lawrence is running out of oxygen thanks to climate change

A warming planet means less oxygen in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

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Elephant families are very like ours, according to the filmmakers of 'The Elephant Queen'

A new film looks at the challenges facing an elephant herd, and its matriarch, in Kenya

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What happens when opioids are released into the environment?

Like other pharmaceuticals, opioids are not good for ecosystems when they get flushed.

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