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NASA is about to launch the most powerful telescope ever built

The James Webb Space Telescope, the biggest, most advanced telescope ever, will be launched into space soon, where it will help us learn about our universe.

Special episode: How powerful is NASA's new space telescope?

So, there's a MAJOR event happening in space science. NASA is set to launch the enormous James Webb Space Telescope. Why is this such a big deal? Tai's here to tell you why.

Full-text transcripts | Tai Asks Why, Season 3

Access the full-text transcripts for all episodes of the latest season of Tai Asks Why.

Is it possible to predict the future?

These are anxious times, and Tai just wants to know… what’s going to happen? He can’t look into a crystal ball, but there are actually people who spend their lives predicting the future. With their help, he looks towards the great unknown.

How is the universe going to end?

Not to be a downer, but the universe could end any minute. Or it could take a hundred million years… give or take. So we don’t know *when* it will happen, but we can be a bit more certain about *how* the universe will end. In this episode, Tai unpacks the science of the end times.

Where is the internet?

For Tai, the internet has always been there, and it’s hard to imagine life without it. It seems almost like it’s everywhere, all at once, like magical little clouds filled with information above us. But there’s a very real, physical system that allows him to send cat memes to friends or submit his homework, as he learns in this week's episode!

How else can we power the planet?

Nothing on our planet could function without pooower! Even though energy is all around us, harnessing that energy and turning it into power is a massive challenge. Powering our day-to-day lives makes up almost half of fossil fuel emissions, which is causing climate change! Tai tries to find out if there’s a better way to power the planet.

How much screen time is too much?

Tai and all of his friends are in a constant war with their parents over one big thing — screen time. For years, their parents have been telling them that screen time is bad and needs to be limited. But is it really? Tai finds outs.

What is at the bottom of the ocean?

The ocean covers over 70% of our planet, and yet, we’ve only mapped about a tenth of it. In this episode, Tai explores the deep ocean to learn about its mysteries and what survives in its darkest corners.

How do I know what's true on the internet?

It’s easier than ever to be bamboozled by bad information. Tai tries to figure out how to spot misinformation and disinformation and how to stop them from spreading.

Why do humans dance?

Don’t tell anyone: Tai thinks he has two left feet but he still loves to dance when no one’s watching. But why do humans like to dance at all? What’s going on in the brain when people boogie?

Why are viruses so good at what they do?

You might hate viruses by now, but did you know humans actually need them to survive? In this week's episode, Tai speaks with Dr. Seema Yasmin to learn what makes viruses so powerful.

What's happening in my teen brain?

Tai’s 14 now. As he goes through adolescence, there are all sorts of weird things happening in his brain that are literally reshaping it, getting him ready for adulthood! But what’s happening in there? Why do humans even have an adolescent phase? And how can Tai harness his mental superpowers while he has them?

This is why songs get stuck in your head - even when you don't like them

Whether it’s the beat of an opening riff or a random mix of words from the chorus, 99 per cent of people admit to getting songs stuck in their heads. So what is it about certain songs that make them so catchy?

Why the night sky is so dark - even when it's full of stars

Considering there are trillions of stars in the universe and counting, it seems a bit odd that the universe isn’t just a blinding ball of light. Tai Poole finds out why space is so dark.

Here's why some animals survived the dinosaur-killing asteroid strike

As consequences of climate change become more evident, Tai is fixating on how to survive the apocalypse. Three quarters of the plant and animal species on earth couldn’t survive the last mass extinction event—including dinosaurs. Tai learns from the animals that did.

Here's why people bully - and how we can stop it

Find out the science behind bullying, between humans, animals, and plants, and how to stop it

Close your textbooks. 'Podcasts In Class' switches up the lesson plan

Six episodes of the podcasts Tai Asks Why and The Secret Life of Canada have been adapted into classroom-ready lessons, complete with slideshows, videos, activities, and even homework.

Why deja vu happens, and why it's a good thing.

Our memories are constantly accumulating information to figure out what’s useful and what isn’t. Deja vu is just your brain fact-checking that information.

From light flashes to back pats: here's what animals are saying to each other

Humans have long tried to teach animals to understand our language. But what about humans learning animal languages?

Tai Asks Why is coming back for Season 2, plus we're looking for questions

New episodes out this August.

How will we fix climate change?

"If we know what the problem is and we know that it's bad ... then we must be doing everything we can to stop it, right?"

Which is cooler, zero or infinity?

"There are numbers we just can't comprehend, like zero and infinity. They're both kind of the ultimate mind bogglers."

Why do we dream?

“Dreams are like these movies that our brain is working really hard to make every night while we’re sleeping — but why?"

What happens after you die?

“The soul shouldn’t just be wasted. It should be repurposed.”