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

"What we want is to know what nature is fundamentally like whether we’re around or not."

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

Mild electrical stimulation gives older adults the memory performance of 20-year olds

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

A comparison of processed and unprocessed food diets showed people ate much more of the former.

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

A new smartphone app can detect the presence of fluid in the middle ear, a sign of infection.

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

"I don't think we should forget how much can be learned just from a single patient with a rare disease."

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

Technologies for biodegradable and more easily recyclable plastics could help solve our plastic problem.

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

A new study found that people ate significantly more calories on an ultra-processed diet compared to a nutritionally equivalent unprocessed food diet.

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

'I don't think we should forget how much can be learned just from a single patient with a rare disease'

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

Technologies for biodegradable and more easily recyclable plastics could help solve our plastic problem

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

chnologies for biodegradable and more easily recyclable plastics could help solve our plastic problem

Kissing Kuiper belt objects produce a planetesimal

Ultima Thule's two lobes came together in a gentle collision that allowed them to stick together without breaking up
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Kissing Kuiper belt objects produce a planetesimal

Ultima Thule's two lobes came together in a gentle collision that allowed them to stick together without breaking up

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

On June 11, join us in Toronto to attend a live taping of this Quirks & Quarks special program or catch it on our livestreams

Human influence on global droughts started 100 years ago, scientists find

Scientists created a global, historical 'drought atlas' showing a clear pattern of warming associated with emissions.

How air conditioners could keep you cool and capture carbon

Researchers propose modules attached to AC fans to help suck carbon out of ambient air

The ups and downs of commercial spaceflight

This year — the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing — will be a landmark year for commercial space flight

Finding the fingerprint of human influence on climate

Scientists created a global, historical 'drought atlas' showing a clear pattern of warming associated with emissions

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

Mild electrical stimulation gives older adults the memory performance of 20-year olds

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

STEVE’s mauve streaks caused by heating of charged particles high up in the atmosphere

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

Barnacle shells preserved a chemical signature of the journeys whales took

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

Eating too much sugar diminished the sweet sense of taste in fruit flies, causing them to overeat

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

50 years ago this month, Apollo 10 came within 14km of the moon, and paved the way for the landing

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

Mild electrical stimulation gives older adults the memory performance of 20-year olds

May 11, 2019 —Zapping the brain to improve memory, the mission that almost landed on the moon and more

Does a dull sweet tooth make us fat, whale barnacles, and STEVE’s shining secret

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

STEVE’s mauve streaks caused by heating of charged particles high up in the atmosphere