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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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The moment they arrived, the volcano began exploding

Up close and personal with an erupting volcano

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Digging deep in a beluga whale's belly looking for plastic pollution

Elbow deep in a beluga whale's belly looking for plastic pollution

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Will the water be too warm for fish to spawn? Studying climate change and Arctic char

Scientists attract unwanted attention from top predators when studying Arctic fish

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Canadian engineering talent helps develop water filters in Africa

Bringing Canadian engineering talent to local water filtration in Africa

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How do CO2 emissions from forest fires compare to those from fossil fuels?

CO2 emissions from forest fires are 2 to 3 times higher than from fossil fuels.

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What to save? Making hard choices in the conservation of wild animals and wild spaces

How we make decisions about what to save, and how we explore the idea of "conservation triage." So do we choose pipelines or killer whales? And is this an argument about money - or about values that transcend it?

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Gene editing fixes muscular dystrophy in dogs - and humans could be next

Gene editing breakthrough fixes muscular dystrophy in dogs

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Soot and smoke are the secret to predicting how forest fires might behave

We need to fight wildfire with fire - but we need to understand it first

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The Zika epidemic 'vaccinated' half of Latin America, so it won't happen again

Zika spread like wildfire and then it fizzled - why?

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DNA evidence shows huge cave bears mated with brown bears before they went extinct

Giant prehistoric cave bears mated with brown bears

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One of Russia's missiles is missing - and it could be a secret nuclear disaster

One of Russia's missiles is missing - is this an undisclosed nuclear disaster?

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This online game could be a 'psychological vaccine' for fake news

An online game lets you practice generating fake news (repeat)

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How does the Earth's weight change every year?

The Earth actually loses a little weight every year.

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'Completely mind-blowing' discovery of a hybrid of two extinct human species

Researchers discover a hybrid child of a Neanderthal and a Denisovan

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Making blood types obsolete - researchers convert blood to universal donor

Gut bacteria holds key to transform all blood types into universal O-type

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When one parasite sucks the life out of another parasite

Parasitic love vine sucks the life out of parasitic wasp

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Drone 'sheepdogs' steer flocks away from airports to prevent bird strikes

A robotic flying sheepdog herds birds away from airports

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A machine learning system called Alpha Go zero makes a major leap forwards

AlphaGo repeat

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What are the impacts of forest fires on wildlife?

Question about how animals fare in wildfires.

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Canada bans neonic pesticides implicated in bee declines

Health Canada's latest neonic ban is good news for insects, says ecologist

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Tracking animals from space could provide early warning of natural disasters

Tracking wide scale animal migrations from space

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Elephants have a zombie gene that comes back to life to fight cancer

Zombie gene in elephants comes back to life to kill cancer cells

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How do you discourage a pesky elephant? Use bee smells as a repellent

Bee pheromones may be useful as an elephant repellant

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We can't grow enough food to feed the world according to the Food Guide

Earth simply cannot make enough food to feed everyone a North American diet

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Low level air pollution costs the economy billions of dollars in lost productivity

Repeat item

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If the moon had oceans what would its tides be like?

Moon's orbit around the Earth would change its hypothetical tides

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'Climate change is here' - but is it to blame for the extreme weather this summer?

Wildfires, record heat, droughts - scientists are parsing through the extreme weather events to determine what exactly is caused by climate change.

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Why the airline industry might want to lower cockpit CO2 levels

Pilots are much more likely to pass flight maneuvers when carbon dioxide concentrations are low.

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A baby's cries can predict the sound of their adult voice Deck

Children with finger lengths signalling they were exposed to higher levels of testosterone in the womb showed lower voice pitches in infancy as well as adulthood.

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Island birds would likely beat their mainland relatives in a battle of wits

Birds often evolve larger brains on they reach islands, scientists confirm.

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Do lobsters feel pain when we boil them alive?

The Swiss government passed a law stating people can no longer boil a lobster alive. Here's the science behind how the crustaceans may feel pain.

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Why does eating beets make my urine pink?

Red or bright pink urine after eating beets may occur in people with low stomach acid, according to renal dietician Tanya Choy. But rest assured, it's harmless.

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Arctic spiders spinning new food web as climate warms - and that's a good thing

Facing warmer temperatures, wolf spiders are changing up what's for dinner, and in doing so, lessening the effects of climate change in their ecosystem.

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Darn gut bacteria might be thwarting your weight loss efforts

The patients who didn't lose weight had bacteria that was more efficient in extracting energy from food.

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Your rooftop could be sprinkled with cosmic star dust

A jazz musician moonlighting as an amateur scientist discovered cosmic dust falls all around us.

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Sun probe set to embark on perilous journey into the 'heart of the fire'

Humanity's first mission to touch the sun thrills NASA scientists anticipating revelations on why the giant orb gets so hot

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Scientists get a rare glimpse of the brain reorganizing itself after a lobectomy

Doctors removed a baseball sized chunk of a boy's brain. Then his brain reprogrammed itself to make up for it.

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Do fireflies glow just at night or do they glow during the day too?

Fireflies mostly only glow at night because that's when the males are trying to get the attention of female fireflies, according to entomologist Dr. Sandy Smith.

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An astronomer turns the motions of our Milky Way galaxy into sweet music

Decades of radio-telescope observations are converted into a three minute jazz tune.

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Greenhouse gases will make fish smell worse as the oceans acidify

Higher carbon dioxide concentrations in the ocean inhibit fishes ability to smell prey, predators, and each other.

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Does sunscreen damage freshwater lake ecosystems?

Sunscreen not only damages coral reefs but fresh water lakes too.

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Indigenous people hunted bison using fire - and clever manipulation of the landscape

They managed, controlled, and harvested large herds of bison, centuries before the first Europeans appeared on the scene.

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Oh rats! Seabird-eating rodents are hurting coral reefs near tropical islands

Rats are decimating bird populations on tropical islands, but coral reefs need bird guano to be healthy.

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Piloting a drone with 'body english' beats joysticks hands down

For most, the method is easier and faster to learn than joystick control

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Scientists want a 'fin-ale' to Shark Week shows that hurt sharks

Shark week programming is filled with fear-mongering and misinformation, and the public opinion it generates ends up hurting the animals it's supposed to be celebrating.

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A bread recipe from 14,000 years ago: wild oats, barley, wheat and roots.

Prehistoric people made bread from wild grains they gathered way before the dawn of agriculture

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Your car might be trying to kill you by lulling you with sleep-inducing vibrations

Australian scientists discover that normal vibrations that come up through your car seat can synchronize with your brain waves and make you sleepy - but it might be possible to stop them.

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The science behind 'Ant-Man' - Did they really just put 'quantum' in front of everything?

The science advisor for the two 'Ant-Man' films tries to make sure there's just a flavour of real science in the story.

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Migrating geese are losing the race north - and their chicks are paying the price

Geese usually follow spring north - tracking the "green wave". But as the arctic warms faster, they're exhausting themselves trying to keep up with the warming climate.

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Diving a kilometre down and not getting 'the bends' - how dolphins do it

Dolphins are able to manipulate their lung compression and control gas exchange with their blood to avoid dangerous nitrogen bubbles forming as they decompress

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New moons of Jupiter came from a demolition derby, and it's not over yet

Astronomers have found 12 new moons, some of them orbiting backwards, and many showing signs of having been smashed into in the past.

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The reason why most animals are symmetrical has to do with their locomotion

Our Quirks question of the week looks at why our right sides mirrors our left

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Lab-made hybrid embryos could save the northern white rhino from extinction

Scientists create first ever hybrid white-rhino embryo to prevent species extinction

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Parrot's unique brain structure explains why they're so smart

Parrot smarty-pants challenge 'bird brain' insult

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Freshly detected 'ghost particle' offers a new way to observe the universe

Detection of a neutrino from 'the most violent astrophysical processes' gives scientists a new way to understand the cosmos

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Night shifts put your brain and gut clocks out of whack

Clocks in the digestive system have a 'mind of their own'

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Humans can judge a person's strength from their aggressive roars

Men and women differ at estimating each other's strength from vocalizations, scientists find

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Incredible dandelions could hold the key to growing plants on the oil sands

Fungus treated plants can turn hydrocarbons in oil sands' tailings into CO2 and water.

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Why do predatory dinosaurs have eyes on the sides of their head?

Most meat-eating dinosaurs had limited depth perception because their eyes were on the sides of their heads, but not all, including T-Rex.

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A tiny zap of electricity to the brain can reduce violent intentions

Scientists hope that one day this technology might curb violent behaviour.

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Where are we in the Milky Way galaxy?

We're in one of the spiral arms of the Milky Way galaxy, so when we look at it from Earth, we're seeing the centre.

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Toddler's fossil foot opens window into human evolution

Why an ancient toddler was likely able to scamper up trees better than her parents

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Asian hornets chop off the heads of honeybees

Scientists use tiny tags to seek and destroy hidden nests of invasive predators in the U.K.

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A radioactive wolf was spotted leaving Chernobyl's 'exclusion zone'

The abandoned villages around the doomed Chernobyl Nuclear Plant have turned into a 'wildlife reserve.'

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The Arctic is melting - putting thousands of archeological sites at risk

Arctic archaeologists are racing against time to save the sites from looters and from being destroyed by natural forces.

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Our solar system's first interstellar visitor has its own natural 'rockets'

Mysterious movements show Oumuamua is a comet not an asteroid

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Your microbiome may be giving you arthritis. How can we understand it better?

Feeding your gut bacteria can prevent illness

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Polar bears on a treadmill: why scientists wanted to test their walking metabolism

Putting a Polar bear on a treadmill to test the efficiency of its gait

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Engineering a decompression chamber to retrieve fish from the 'twilight zone'

Taking the pressure off new species of deep-water reef fish

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Fossils of our civilization - what humans will leave behind

Could we be the second intelligent species to live on Earth?

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Do animals have the same sleep requirements as humans?

We are told we need a certain amount of sleep, what about animals?

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Separating children from parents can negatively affect brain development

Separating kids from parents changes their brains

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Identifying criminals by the 'bacterial fingerprints' they leave behind

How bacteria can help solve crimes

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Seals who sleep with half their brains help explain how humans snooze

Fur seals don't need REM sleep for long periods of time

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Antarctica's rising bedrock could stabilize the ice melt

Rising land could offset melting ice in Antarctica.

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How long did it take to wipe out the dinosaurs?

The effects of the asteroid impact and subsequent mass extinction 66 million years ago, began immediately.

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Fear of humans is driving animals into the darkness - and nocturnal life

Human activity is turning more animals into night-owls

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Newfoundland's cod comeback faces a setback - is fishing to blame?

Is the Northern cod comeback stumbling?

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The mantis shrimp's violent punches harness brains as well as brawn

The strategy behind the fastest punch in the animal kingdom

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Incan doctors scraped holes in skulls with stone tools - and the patients survived

Incan surgeons showed remarkable skill at making holes in people's skulls

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To Pluto and beyond! The inside story of a mission to the edge of the solar system

The inside story of the New Horizons mission to Pluto

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Why do Cheerios stick together when they are floating in milk?

Cheerios stick together due to surface enery

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Rising carbon dioxide levels are turning rice and fish into junk food

Climate change is making food like rice and fish less nutritious

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Hurricanes are slowing down and settling in to do more damage

With today's hurricanes you can't just wait for the storm to pass

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Scientists say restrictions on neonic pesticides aren't enough - we need a ban

Bees may be pushed to the brink of extinction if we don't ban neonic pesticides

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AI researchers develop a way to trick facial recognition systems

A new photo filter to keep computer face recognition from knowing who you are

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Crocodile Bach - what classical music does to a reptile's brain

Looking inside the brains of crocodiles as they listen to Bach

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Where was the Higgs boson particle 'hiding' before it was discovered?

The Higgs boson wasn't really hiding, it just needed the right tool to come along to find it

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Kids and concussions - the latest science on risks and long term effects

What the latest science says about the risk of multiple head injuries in youth

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A gene for our big brains was rescued from the DNA garbage bin

Discovering a gene that give us big brains

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The first Americans ‘island hopped’ down the west coast past the glaciers

Tracking the first people in North America - how they got here, and what the did

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Animals vocalize 100 times louder than humans - it’s a matter of survival

Why are animals so loud - and why are we so quiet?

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Scientists discover secret polluters may be eroding the ozone layer

Scientists discover someone may cheating on the ozone hole treaty

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Dino killing asteroid also took out the trees - and the birds that lived in them

The dinosaur killing space rock almost took out the birds as well

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Cancer researcher uses medical nanotech to deliver nutrients to hungry crops

Nano-nutrients might be a solution to increasing crop yields

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Great athletes have high performance brains, as well as bodies

How neuroscience can help identify the million dollar sports brain

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The sleep deficit puzzle - is it not enough sleep or too much being awake?

Not getting enough sleep? Your brain isn’t working as well

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Why doesn't lightning travel in a straight line?

Why doesn't lightning travel in a straight line?

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Michael Pollan on the science of how psychedelics can ‘shake your snow globe’

Michael Pollan on the science of ‘shaking the snow globe’ psychedelics

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Kilauea’s lava has been flowing for 35 years - what’s science learning from the latest eruption?

It's the longest continuously erupting volcano of our time, and now, Hawaii's Kilauea volcano is revealing new insights into how volcanoes work

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Flushing hippo toilets smother fish in African rivers

African fish are drowning in Hippo poop

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Flesh eating bacteria stun the immune system into silence - with pain

How Flesh Eating Bacteria uses your pain to its advantage

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Green-blooded reptiles are on the edge of poisoning themselves

It’s not easy being green - especially for green blooded lizards.

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Is there a genetic marker for ethnicity?

A scientist suggests there is not a marker for ethnicity.

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‘Father of global warming’ worries the climate young people inherit will be out of their control

Climate science pioneer James Hansen on the urgent need for action

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‘Third hand smoke’ can leap from clothes and surfaces into the air you breathe

First and second-hand smoke are bad - What about ‘third-hand smoke?’

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Listening for elephant earthquakes might help us save pachyderms from poachers

Monitoring elephants with seismology equipment could save them from poachers

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Mars InSight lander will use seismology to see what’s shaking on Mars

The Mars InSight Lander will look deep into the Red Planet

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Flood waters up in BC, down in NB - what health concerns do they leave behind?

Flood waters up in BC, down in NB - what health concerns do floods behind?

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Why don't humans get heartworm like our canine friends?

Our immune system is better prepared for this parasite than that of dogs, and cats

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Preserving your brain might kill you, but it could it help you live forever

Forget cryogenics - scientists are working on a new way to immortalize your brain

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The Great Barrier Reef sounds sick, so baby fish aren't attracted to it

Climate change is silencing coral reefs, which is killing them even further

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Ancient Peruvians sacrificed 140 children by tearing their hearts out

Ancient Peruvians sacrificed 140 children to appease ‘El Nino’ gods

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Could this Pentagon-developed ‘ray gun’ have stopped the Toronto van attack?

New Pentagon developed tech can stop threatening vehicles in their tracks

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The first bird beak came with teeth as well

Early bird skull still had many dinosaur features

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Will the Earth ever have a ‘dark side’

Can the orbit of the Earth ever become locked to the Sun?

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Doctor’s group wants to scrap Canada’s medical cannabis program

If marijuana is legal for all, do doctors still need to be prescribing it?

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Right stuff, wrong gender - the true story of the women who almost went to the moon

Meet the women who almost went to the moon in the new Netflix Doc "Mercury 13"

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An ancient giant sloth hunt, frozen in time

10,000 year old sloth hunt frozen in time in fossil footprints

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Study after study has shown that corporate anti-bias training doesn’t work

Sorry Starbucks - your day of diversity training won’t work

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How do tiny songbirds sing so loud, for so long?

How do tiny birds such as the Pacific Wren, produce loud and long songs?

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