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Evidence that laws actually work to save (some) endangered species

A study confirms the U.S. Endangered Species Act does actually save species.
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The future needs the energy of new ideas

We need to fund more innovative research to solve our fossil fuel conundrum
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Terra Incognita: Continuing to explore the great unknown

Robotic spacecraft are carrying on the tradition of past explorers who ventured out over the horizon to see what's there.
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Christmas 'stars' this holiday

There's a lot to see in the night's sky this holiday.
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Quirks' science books of 2018

Science writers and books featured on Quirks this year
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Half a lifetime to leave the solar system

Bob McDonald has spent a career following the 40 year trek of the Voyager spacecraft
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Planting a red flag on the far side of the moon?

China's ambitious moon exploration program is taking its next big step
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Canadian eyes open in space, both human and robotic

"Space is part of the fabric of Canada," says Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques
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Missions to Mars: We've had many successes, but lots of failures too

Failures at launch, failures in space and crash landings have meant that roughly half the missions to Mars don't succeed, which underlines how hard these efforts are.
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Mitigating flood risks in your own backyard

A new report details ways local communities can boost their resiliency to extreme weather events
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Robotic explorers lasting well past their warranty

If only cars would run as well as NASA's intrepid robotic explorers like Opportunity, Dawn, and the Kepler Space Telescope
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42 years of science journalism — and one big story

For his entire career Bob McDonald has been reporting on one ever-more-critical story — climate change
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Teaching machines to make life and death decisions on the road

Asking humans about what decisions they'd make is the foundation for 'moral machines'
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Space community mourns death of visionary Paul Allen

The international space community is mourning the death of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who quietly funded the development of private spaceships, the search for intelligent alien civilizations, and conservation programs on Earth.
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Canada's cannabis experiment: Scientists are excited about legalization

The end of prohibition opens the door to research to understand this fascinating plant
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Are we on the verge of a new race to the moon?

This time it's not competing nations, but public vs. private space exploration
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Preserving dark skies from light pollution so we can still wonder at the stars

A new dark sky preserve in Ontario joins dozens worldwide where people can see the light of the universe as it shines on Earth
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Easy does it: the tricky job of landing on an asteroid

A Japanese spacecraft is deploying landers on a tiny asteroid — it's harder than it looks.
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When the Soviets held superiority in space

Bob recounts his visit to some of the sites of the early Soviet space program.
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Moving to the west coast made me more of an environmentalist

Years of closeness to the sea, the vistas and the wilderness have been transformative
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This summer, make nature a multi-sensory 'reality' experience

Put away your devices and take the chance to fully appreciate Canada's natural environment

Trump's 'dominance' in space is playing with international space treaty

The principle of non-militarization of space is a oft-breached ideal
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Stephen Hawking's information sent into a black hole

A radio broadcast including his voice and tribute music sent into space
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Life on Mars is hard to find

The discovery of organic molecules on Mars is tantalizing — but not proof
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Dealing with pollution that is not in our face

When we can't see it or smell it, we too often ignore it