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Should we have humans in space? A Quirks & Quarks public debate

In our first ever Quirks & Quarks public debate, recorded live in Toronto, astronaut Chris Hadfield, cosmologist Renée Hložek, planetary scientist Marianne Mader and space flight historian Amy Shira Teitel weigh in on whether we should leave space to the robots. An extended podcast edition includes Q&A segments not in the radio broadcast.

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We're consuming a lot of plastic and have no idea of the risks

Microplastics are everywhere - including in your food and drink

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Canada is using science to lay claim to the North Pole

How we're trying to prove we own the North Pole

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The elephant's mathematical trunk can smell numbers

Elephants can smell numbers - sort of

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Depressing conclusion as new research reverses 25 years of research

25 years of research on the genetics of depression is wrong

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Concussion symptoms reversed in mice using magnetic therapy

Magnetic stimulation may reverse concussion symptoms in the future

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Do auroras occur on other planets and moons?

They occur on Mars and other planets, not on the moon

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Video games aren't corrupting young minds - they may be building them

Video games might be just the homework your kids need this summer

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Don't bury or cremate - soon you may compost your corpse

People in Washington will soon be able to turn their loved ones into soil

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Drink like an Egyptian - 5000 year old yeast is resurrected to brew ancient beer

Ancient beer comes back to life using 5,000 year old yeast

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Right whales were in the wrong place because of the wrong climate

Right whales are dying from ship strikes thanks to climate change

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Did our ancestors evolve to walk upright because of supernovae?

Supernovae might have been the trigger for our ancestors to descend from the trees

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Flying food for fish? Tiger sharks are somehow eating songbirds

How have sharks developed a taste for twittering songbirds?

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Fungus fossils shows the complexity of Earth's life a billion-years-ago

Billion-year-old fungus fossils shed light into ancient evolutionary history

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Scientists create robot-like biomaterial with key traits of life

Building machine-like biomaterial with key traits of life

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Ancient beavers as big as bears died out because of their woodless diet

The giant beaver did not eat wood, which led to its extinction

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No, really, calculus can be beautiful and this mathematician will tell us why

Finding the beauty in a dreaded subject: calculus

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What happens to oil spills after dispersant is used?

Dispersant breaks oil down into droplets, where bacteria break them down further,

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We need plastics - how do we avoid choking the planet with them?

Plastics are the scourge of the Earth: What we can do about it?

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Learning from tragedy - a baby lacking critical brain cells and a medical detective story

A tragic story of a baby born without microglia cells sheds light on brain development

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Processed food is full of bad stuff, but the real problem is you eat too much of it

Processed food creates a slippery slope where people eat too much of it

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'Siri, does my baby have an ear infection?' An app does medical diagnosis

Your smartphone could soon diagnose your child's ear infection

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Moonquakes show the moon is still geologically 'alive'

The moon still has activity geologically

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Why do Canada geese honk while migrating?

They honk to communicate their position in the flock

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Cutting-edge experiments show an electrical zap improves memory in older adults

Improving memory in older adults with electrical stimulation

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Countdown to the moon landing: Apollo 10 - the mission that came so close to the moon

The dress rehearsal for that one small step

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It's all about the sugar fix: Eating too much sugar causes fruit flies to eat even more

Eating too much sugar causes fruit flies to eat more sugar

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Barnacles stuck to ancient whales kept an itinerary of whale migration routes

Fossil barnacles hold the secrets to prehistoric whale migration

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The secret of STEVE's glow - understanding the purple pal of the aurora borealis

We've finally figured out 'STEVE' and why he shines so bright

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How late is too late to revive a brain? Pig brain study raises questions

Do we know how late is too late to revive a brain?

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Hippo poop provides a key mineral for vital algae's tiny skeletons

Hippos provide the skeletons for freshwater algae

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Stitching up surgical cuts with slug slime

Sticky slug goo may work as a medical adhesive

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How air conditioners could keep you cool and capture carbon

Air conditioners could be used for carbon capture to make oil from the atmosphere

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Holy coral reefs? They've got a 'halo' that could show if they're healthy

How can you tell if a reef is healthy? Check its halo

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How big is too big for quantum mechanics?

Is there a cut off point for measuring by quantum mechanics versus physics

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CO2-sniffing plane finds oilsands emissions higher than industry reported

Oilsands greenhouse gas emissions are higher than we calculated

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Cataracts, small brains, and DNA damage - Chernobyl's wildlife 33 years after the meltdown

Chernobyl's wildlife still suffering from radiation damage 33 years later

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Mice reinvent the hamster wheel in zero gravity

Mice respond to microgravity on the ISS with unusual exercise routine

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A comet fragment trapped inside an meteorite captures a time capsule of the early solar system

A comet inside an asteroid fell to Earth as a meteorite

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Transcending the uncertainty of quantum mechanics in 'Einstein's Unfinished Revolution'

Taking the observer out of quantum mechanics in new book: 'Einstein's Unfinished Revolution'

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Have species from Canada invaded other places?

Canada has give the world oyster mussels and the grey squirrel for example.

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Scientists have put a human brain gene into monkeys. Have they crossed the line?

They really did it. Scientists put human brain gene into monkeys

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Pee-oneering archeology. A new technique uses urine to study the ancient past

10,000 year-old urine helps reveal the history of animal domestication

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Why the long face? Human faces evolved to reveal emotions and communicate

Our faces evolved to reveal and communicate our emotions

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Sharks cope with levels of heavy metals in their blood that would kill other animals

Heavy metals in their blood would kill others, but not the great white shark

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Is there life 'out there?' How we'll search for traces of life on nearby exoplanets

Life on exoplanets could be found within our lifetime, according to NASA scientists

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How do insects like ants time their emergence so precisely?

Temperature play a key role in mating dances.

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Seeing the first black hole - and what we'll see next

Black hole image confirms the entire story of general relativity

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A new tiny hominin discovery gives the 'hobbit' a distant cousin

New hominin discovery sprouts a new branch on human family tree

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Collapsing coral reefs - can we rebuild them?

Coral reefs less resilient now due to climate change - can we rehabilitate them?

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Ketamine works its magic on depression by 'stabilizing the brain in a well state'

How ketamine can work to magically, if temporarily, lift depression

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Female dolphins may know the joy of sex thanks to a human-like clitoris

Examination of dolphin clitoris reveals they enjoy sex too

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How and why do cats purr?

A brain signal to the larynx followed by vibrating airwaves as a cat breathes results in purring

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A catastrophe frozen in time - a new fossil site shows how the dinosaurs died

A new fossil site captures the day the dinosaurs died

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The race to the moon - what the Russians were doing behind the Iron Curtain

Countdown to Apollo - what the Russians were up to

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Tasmanian Devils are learning to live with the cancer that was pushing them to extinction

Tasmanian Devils might be beating the cancer that has threatened their survival

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Roadside THC tests do not test for impairment. How can science help?

Do we need a better roadside test for pot impairment?

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Permafrost landslides are eating great swathes of Arctic landscape

Ground giving away in Canadian Arctic as climate warms

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How to remember to forget - the new science of erasing memories

Remembering to forget - the new science of erasing memories

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Big, old and banged-up - Canada is home to the world's largest Tyrannosaurus Rex

Scotty - the world's largest T-rex - discovered in Saskatchewan

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A woman who can smell Parkinson's disease could hold the key to early diagnosis

How a woman who can smell Parkinson's disease is helping to develop a diagnostic test

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Meet the odd little moons that interact with Saturn's spectacular rings

Cassini's close encounter helps show off Saturn's tiny ring moons

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Google glasses could help kids with autism read emotional cues in people's faces

Google glasses can help kids with autism read faces

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What would happen if the Yellowstone supervolcano exploded?

Possible global cooling would result for years if Yellowstone erupted.

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A Japanese spacecraft visits an asteroid - and will bring back a souvenir

A visit to an asteroid may reveal the secrets to life on Earth

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"Weird wonders" in China - new half-billion year-old fossils from the dawn of animal life

Unearthing a treasure trove of Cambrian era fossils in China

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Your gut bacteria are actively involved in your emotions, how you think, and even behave

Your brain and belly are in fact, connected

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Our farming ancestors are the reason we can say 'f' words today

How our switch to soft foods has affected our speech

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Mysterious green icebergs from Antarctica might be fertilizing the southern ocean

Green icebergs might be feeding the southern ocean

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How long does it take to dream a dream?

Dreams only happen at some points during sleep

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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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