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Sept. 11: Here's what some Canadian researchers did during their summer of science

Whether it was canoeing on acid lakes, being bumped by belugas, or rescuing equipment from grizzlies, scientists across Canada were busy this summer.
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How I became a temporary 'environmental refugee' this summer

Bob McDonald's blog: Human-induced climate change will lead to many more displaced individuals in the years to come
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Visiting 'acid lakes' in Ontario to investigate how they're recovering from acid rain

A half a century ago, acid rain killed these lakes outside of Sudbury, Ontario, but limits on air pollution are enabling a slow recovery.
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Researchers take advantage of 'whale-palooza' gathering to study human-beluga interactions

The vast summer gathering of 60,000 whales has given rise to a whale watching industry, and researchers are observing to see if the human presence is affecting the whales’ natural behaviour
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Pesky bears complicate an investigation of a fast-moving glacier in northern BC

The Tweedsmuir glacier’s activity has enormous influence on the landscape, but an attempt to study it was interrupted when bears destroyed monitoring equipment.
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Researchers create aquariums inside wilderness lakes to safely study microplastic impacts

At the Experimental Lakes Area in northwestern Ontario researchers did controlled experiments to see how microplastics affected fish, invertebrates and aquatic plants.

Sept 4 - Best of Quirks: The listener question show

How much of a lake is fish pee? What's corn silk actually for? What happens if you break wind in a space suit? And much more....

Aug 28 - Best of Quirks: Understanding the Universe

Exploring how the universe will end, mining for microbes, searching for STEVE, and a love letter to the cosmos.

Five ways the universe might die — including one that could happen at any time

From The Big Crunch to Vacuum Decay, a new book explores the ways the universe might end, at least, according to astrophysics.

Microbes may be our miners on asteroids, moons and other planets

Microbes could be put to use in future human space settlements extracting metals and rare elements from rocks, according to a researcher who designed the world's first mining experiment in space. 

Citizen scientists help reveal new features of the mysterious aurora-like phenomenon called STEVE

Canadian aurora watchers were the first to spot the phenomenon and later provided critical images to researchers studying the aurora-like steaks in the night sky.

A theoretical cosmologist explores the right to wonder upon the night sky

In her new book, Chanda Prescod-Weinstein writes her love letter to the universe and asks readers to confront the ways that some people have been denied the opportunity to gaze upon the cosmos in wonder.

Aug 21 - Best of Quirks: A Bug's Life

Zombie cockroaches, ants shrinking their brains for motherhood, male mantises get their revenge, heavy duty ironclad beetles, and more.

The diabolical ironclad beetle's super-tough shell can even resist being run over by a car

Researchers used advanced imaging to look at the microstructure of the beetle's exoskeleton to understand how it works.

Forget fake vampires and ghouls; here's a real life zombie story from nature

The emerald jewel wasp turns the American cockroach into a zombie so it can be manipulated into providing a living meal for its larvae

Scientists find male praying mantises taking a stand against cannibal females

Male springbok mantises violently wrestle and sometimes injure females they fight to mate — and survive.

Butterfly males leave a stinky parting gift with mates that deters further suitors

The strong-smelling chemical compound saves the female from unwanted harassment and guarantees his paternity

Ant-i-social distancing: Ants know isolation prevents the spread of infection

Ants do it, so do vampire bats. We're not the only ones who 'socially distance' when sick

These ants shrink their brains for motherhood — but can also grow them back

Indian jumping ants are rare in that the workers can reproduce. But there's a catch: they have to give up 25 per cent of their brain to do it.

If fish don't experience gravity, can astronauts learn from them to stay in shape?

Fish don't work against gravity, they work against the resistance of water. Could this be a model for astronaut workouts in space?

Aug 14 - Best of Quirks: Black in science special

The legacy of racism in science and how Black Scientists are moving the dial

Black scientists around the world are calling for action, equality and representation

After a woman walking in Central Park falsely accused a Black man of assaulting her, social media erupted in support of the scientist who was simply birdwatching causing anger, outrage — and action. Now, Black scientists from around the world are taking part, promoting their work and calling for change.

How historical racism in science continues to shape the Black experience

Racism has been perpetuated under the guise of science for centuries, and the effects are still being felt today, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meet 7 groundbreaking Black scientists from the past

From the first treatment for leprosy to the foundation of the global positioning system, Black scientists have long been involved in major scientific developments, despite being pushed to the margins, refused jobs, and denied credit for their discoveries. 

Aug. 7 - Best of Quirks: Listener question show

Where are the missing dinosaurs, why does cold make you pee, do insects feel pain and much more.

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