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Jan 28: Humans understand ape gestures, wolves eat sea otters, 'Golden Boy' mummy and more…

Polar pre-primate, Black in science update and domestication and taming.
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Nuclear powered rockets could take us to Mars, but will the public accept them?

Bob McDonald's blog: NASA and DARPA are beginning development of a new fission rocket which will have to get over a high bar of safety. And it won't be our first experience with nuclear power in space.

52 million years ago Canada's Arctic was home to pre-primates, paleontologists say

Primitive primates living on Ellesmere Island didn't have to deal with extreme cold, but would have had to adapt to the 6 months of darkness that falls the Arctic every winter

Black in Science: have recent years of activism made a difference?

2020 was a transformative year for Black people in science. In the context of the Black Lives Matter protests, it was a year that brought a lot of attention to the way systemic racism in science created obstacles for talented researchers, preventing them from fully participating in the scientific process. We get an update on what’s different a couple of years later from evolutionary ecologist Dr. Maydianne Andrade, professor at the University of Toronto Scarborough, and president of the Canadian Black Scientists Network.

Jan 21: Fork-headed trilobite, echidnas blow snot bubbles, Perseverance delivery drop-off and more…

Farming fish lose their fertilizer and inoculation against misinformation.
Analysis

Dirty old mines could be a source of clean new energy

Bob McDonald's blog: The town of Springhill, N.S. is a pioneer in tapping into geothermal energy from water heated in underground mines

Ancient sea creature sported a big fork on its head to toss away the competition, study suggests

Researchers have used 3D model reconstructions of a bizarre trilobite — an ancient shelled sea creature — to understand why it grew a trident as long as its whole body on its head.

Jan 14: Exxon's excellent climate science, dolphins drowned out by noise, supersonic but boomless and more...

Climate change and insects, and designing Canada’s lunar rover
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When 'Earth-like' planets aren't necessarily very much like Earth

NASA announced the discovery of a solar system with rocky planets orbiting in the habitable zone of their star, but there are good reasons to think these planets aren't very much like Earth.

Jan 7: A real viral video, is scientific innovation stagnating, rocks from the Oort cloud and more…

Constipated scorpions, nature and nurture and why we try to cool fevers.
Analysis

Water, water, everywhere — and maybe here's how to make it drinkable

Bob McDonald's blog: Researchers propose a new idea for harvesting fresh water from ocean air, that could be a boon for for arid coastal regions.

Viral video? Watch this microscopic virus try to infect a cell

Scientists developed a new imaging technique that allows them to see the types of movements a virus makes among cells before hijacking one of them.

Dec 31: Our annual holiday question show

On this year's edition of our holiday science question show, we've got answers for your burning science questions like why did Bob's voice change so much? Does more C02 help trees grow? Do insects and reptiles play? And more...

Dec 24: Testing reindeer hearing, a river runs under Antarctica and more

Saving sharks with electricity and cougars and grizzlies return to Manitoba
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Bob's pick of the most spectacular science stories of 2022

Bob McDonald's blog: Space and climate change dominated science headlines in the past year

How cougars and grizzlies are reintroducing themselves in Manitoba

More than a century ago, settlers in Manitoba eliminated the last populations of cougars and grizzlies in the province. But in recent years rising numbers of sightings have convinced biologists that these top predators are back.

Dec 17: Our annual holiday book show, including the health hazards of space travel and more

A history of COVID-19 and the neuroscience of religion.
Analysis

Why burning plasma could be the next milestone in nuclear fusion research

Bob McDonald's blog: A laser fusion experiment in the U.S. produced more energy out than went into driving it, which is an important step. But practical fusion power will likely come from a different technology and is still many years away.
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A Canadian astronaut explains the toll space travel takes on the human body

Dave Williams' new book is 'Why am I taller? What Happens to an Astronaut's Body in Space.'
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A neuroscientist asks: Do we long for a divine creator or do we just want our mommies?

A new theory in The Phantom God proposes a believers sense of God’s presence stems from their infantile love of mother
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A medical historian looks at the historical echoes of the past in the pandemic of the present

In a new book, medical historian Dr. Jacalyn Duffin looks at how COVID compares to our previous experiences with disease outbreaks. She contrasts those events with how this novel Coronavirus spread around the world, the ways we tried to stop it and lessons to learn for when the next pandemic hits.

Dec 10: Dinosaurs go clubbing, the sounds of swearing, detecting 2 million year old DNA and more…

Dancing really is all about the bass and is it too late for fusion?
Analysis

End of Orion mission marks the 50th anniversary of the last moon landing

Bob McDonald's blog: Excitement for the Artemis mission is high now, but will it be enough to get humans back on the moon?

Zuul-on-Zuul violence: Paleontologists find evidence of dinosaurs clubbing each other

A fossil of an armoured dinosaur with club-like tail shows crushing injuries and damage to its armoured spikes that scientists say are consistent with fighting with another club-tailed animal.

Dec 3: Growling bats, seeing an exoplanet's atmosphere, making lab coats fabulous, and more…

Milking an ant and finding the symbolic site of the Anthropocene

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