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China's race to the moon - their new lander is a small step towards a great leap

Could China win the new race to the moon?

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A transplanted pig's heart lives for months in a baboon - is a human trial next?

Baboon survives 6 months with a transplanted pig's heart

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Is that baby so adorable you want to eat it up? You're committing 'cute aggression'

Do cute babies make you want to pinch them?

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Your dust bunnies are alive but fighting them with antibacterials is a bad idea

Antibiotic resistant dust is all around you

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Frogs sing a rich song in the city but a simpler tune in the country

Frogs sing in the city - 'If I can make it here'

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Science gets the holiday spirit and produces the perfect Christmas tree

Perfecting the Christmas tree with the help of science

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Cognitive abilities vary among humans, is the same true of other species?

Do animals have measurable intelligence differences like humans do?

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Drug users aren't choosing dangerous fentanyl - they don't know what's in their drugs

Users have no choice when it comes to lethal fentanyl in street drugs

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Selfies for health - a smartphone app can detect anemia

Take a photo of your nails to find out if you're anemic

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Making it on the Moon - 3D printing useful stuff with moon dust

3D printing moon dust could be the way to colonize the moon

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The octopus might have traded its shell for intelligence

How the octopus got their intelligence

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Have researchers been wrong about Alzheimer's? A new theory challenges the old story

Why the prevailing theory for the cause of Alzheimer's may be wrong

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What would happen to Earth if there were no volcanoes?

Impossible, but the heat would build up and possibly separate continents

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Will the 'rogue science' that created genetically edited babies lead to backlash against research?

Genetically edited babies create a scientific furor

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Mysterious fast radio bursts from space: Five explanations for what they could be

A cosmic conundrum: What the heck are fast radio bursts?

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Spinal injury patients take steps again thanks to spinal pacemaker

Spinal cord researchers make breakthrough

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A lack of scientific data behind medical implants could seriously hurt Canadians

Why we're not learning enough from medical implant problems

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That sounds funny - the science behind why certain words make us laugh

Cracking the science of funny, one goofy, giggly word at a time

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Canadian Astronaut David Saint-Jacques will get to watch the world go around

Astronaut David Saint-Jacques on Canada in space

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Captive rearing can accidentally change animals so they may not survive in the wild

Can we keep captive animals wild

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A new plane with no moving parts flies by electrifying the air

The first flight of an aircraft with no moving parts

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Scientist refutes notion that gender identity is an 'unscientific liberal ideology'

Sex vs gender, and why it matters

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Mars-quakes may shake the red planet, and NASA's new lander will detect them

NASA's new lander will be looking deep inside the red planet

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How bats and dolphins use their sonar when everyone's talking at once

Bats and dolphins have an elegant solution for interfering sonar signals

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How do birds find seeds?

Birds use vision, but also memory and social cues to find seeds.

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An asteroid impact on Greenland left a massive crater under the ice

First-ever discovery of a crater under an ice sheet

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Will coral reef islands rise or fall? It's a greenhouse-gas paradox

Coral reef islands may rise up against climate change

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How moths evolved a kind of stealth jet technology to sneak past bats

How moths use stealth jet technology to sneak past bats

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Tiny people have evolved in rainforests because it's where tiny steps are better

Rainforest people have evolved to be small because jungle walking is hard

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The mysteries of animal movement - how they walk on water and climb up walls

Walking on water and climbing up walls - how animals do it

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What are the visible changes in the night sky in the last 3,000 years?

The position of the pole star has shifted as the Earth's axis moved.

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Bitcoin mining uses more energy than mining for real gold

Bitcoin 'mining' is harder on the environment than mining for gold

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Beatboxers have invented whole new ways of making sounds, scientists say

Beatboxing verbal gymnastics is a whole new way of making sounds

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Wind farms in India are driving a population boom of skinny, fearless lizards

Wind turbines are creating skinny, fearless lizards

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For 20 years, scientists have been chucking fish into the forest. Here's why.

Chucking salmon into trees to understand ecological web

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Barking piranhas and screeching catfish are the sounds of the Amazon River

Barking piranhas and screeching catfish fighting it out in the Amazon

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Sniffing your way around - our brains are built to navigate by scent

Sniffing around our brain's ability to navigate by scent

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Why does humidity make us feel hotter in the summer and colder in winter?

Sweat can't evaporate on humid days in Summer, so we feel hotter; damp air contributes to feeling cold in Winter.

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The 'Trump of the Tropics' is now in charge of the lungs of the planet. Here's why that's scary.

Brazil's Bolsonaro is bad for the Amazon

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Probiotics probably aren't making you well, and they could make you sicker

Probiotics don't live up to the hype, scientists say

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The biggest bird in history might have been blind as a bat

The largest bird that ever lived was probably blind

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A step towards Optimus Prime - transforming robots can reshape themselves

Modular robots remake themselves on the fly to do new tasks

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Aged chocolate: Archaeologists find evidence of 5000 year old chocolate drink

Archaeologists find evidence that chocolate is older than the pyramids

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Why are salt water fish not salty to eat?

Marine fish do not taste salty because the get rid of the excess salt they take in.

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Neanderthals nursed their sick and injured back to health with ancient medicine

Neanderthals played doctor, caring for their ill and injured

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Listen to the Antarctic ice sheet sing a song of melting ice

Antarctica is singing the blues with seismic signals about melting ice

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There's a catch to 'catch and release:' hook injuries interfere with fish feeding

Hook injuries could hamper fish's ability to feed

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Purple reign: life on Earth might once have been dominated by purple micro-organisms

Was Earth once a purple planet, and is there more purple life out there?

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Evolution is going uptown as plants and animals adapt to city life

Evolution in cities is happening faster than Darwin could have imagined

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Why is the sound we hear in two earbuds not twice as loud as the sound from one?

Why is the sound we hear with both ears not twice as loud as the sound we hear with one ear?

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Beer shortages could be a result of climate change thanks to barley crop failures

As the climate gets warmer cold beer could be rarer

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A dung beetle's genital worms will help care for its offspring

Sexually transmitted worms make excellent babysitters for dung beetle offspring

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A meat eater chooses a side of seagrass - this shark's an omnivore

Not just ravenous meat-eaters: This shark is an omnivore

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Rain, spiders and bears are all part of discovering Canada's backcountry biology

Taking stock of alpine species in our country while we have a chance

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Why you don't go momentarily blind when you blink

Why you don't miss a thing when you blink

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Why don't we sneeze when we're asleep?

Why don't we sneeze when we're asleep?

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Cannabis and the brain: the knowns and the big unknowns

What we know and don't know about how cannabis affects us

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What's in a pot plant? Exploring the genes of your favourite ganja

Cannabis botany: what's really behind the labels

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Cultivating cannabis: Five tips on how to grow your own a bit better at home

Cultivating cannabis

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Cannabis in a van: American researchers get creative to study high-potency products

A lab in Colorado is driving around regulations to study high potency cannabis products

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Addiction and cannabis: it's real and this is what you need to know about it

Contrary to popular belief, cannabis addiction is a real thing

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Canada's latest Nobel winner is a 'laser jock' who loves the lab

Physics professor is only the 3rd woman to win the prize in physics.

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Researchers are reading doctors' brains to see how good they are at surgery

A look at the brain of surgeons can detect surgical skill level.

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'Smelling' for shark DNA to see if it's safe to go back in the water

How environmental DNA helps to sniff out white sharks

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Watching a moon rise - in a solar system 8000 light years away

The first new moon outside our solar system may have been found

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Thousands of women with autism may be going undiagnosed because it's a 'male disorder'

A Canadian women describes her late diagnosis.

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What this man with narcolepsy can teach us about getting better sleep

How a man with narcolepsy can help you sleep better

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Bird song is unique as well as beautiful - no other animal makes noise this way

Bird song is beautiful, but they make it unlike any other animal

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'Nuclear pasta' on a neutron star could support mountains centimetres tall

Inside a collapsed star lurks the strongest material in the universe

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How manta rays eat could be the secret to filtering pollution from water

Filtering inspiration from manta rays to unclog our waterways

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No more sunburns: a simple wristband helps us get just the right amount of sun

A simple wristband could tell you when you're at risk of sunburn

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Why is bird poop white?

When birds convert ammonia to uric acid, it becomes a thick, white paste

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We can forecast the hurricanes. Can we figure out how to forecast their floods?

Thanks to GPS, scientists can predict where floodwaters will hit

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Octopuses on ecstasy: The party drug leads to eight-armed hugs

Just like humans, octopuses get all touchy-feely when they take ecstasy.

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The Sahara's wind and sun could power the world, and turn the desert green

The Sahara could produce four times as much energy as earth needs

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The Gulf of St. Lawrence is running out of oxygen thanks to climate change

A warming planet means less oxygen in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

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Elephant families are very like ours, according to the filmmakers of 'The Elephant Queen'

A new film looks at the challenges facing an elephant herd, and its matriarch, in Kenya

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What happens when opioids are released into the environment?

Like other pharmaceuticals, opioids are not good for ecosystems when they get flushed.

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The moment they arrived, the volcano began exploding

Up close and personal with an erupting volcano

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Digging deep in a beluga whale's belly looking for plastic pollution

Elbow deep in a beluga whale's belly looking for plastic pollution

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Will the water be too warm for fish to spawn? Studying climate change and Arctic char

Scientists attract unwanted attention from top predators when studying Arctic fish

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Canadian engineering talent helps develop water filters in Africa

Bringing Canadian engineering talent to local water filtration in Africa

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How do CO2 emissions from forest fires compare to those from fossil fuels?

CO2 emissions from forest fires are 2 to 3 times higher than from fossil fuels.

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What to save? Making hard choices in the conservation of wild animals and wild spaces

How we make decisions about what to save, and how we explore the idea of "conservation triage." So do we choose pipelines or killer whales? And is this an argument about money - or about values that transcend it?

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Gene editing fixes muscular dystrophy in dogs - and humans could be next

Gene editing breakthrough fixes muscular dystrophy in dogs

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Soot and smoke are the secret to predicting how forest fires might behave

We need to fight wildfire with fire - but we need to understand it first

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The Zika epidemic 'vaccinated' half of Latin America, so it won't happen again

Zika spread like wildfire and then it fizzled - why?

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DNA evidence shows huge cave bears mated with brown bears before they went extinct

Giant prehistoric cave bears mated with brown bears

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One of Russia's missiles is missing - and it could be a secret nuclear disaster

One of Russia's missiles is missing - is this an undisclosed nuclear disaster?

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This online game could be a 'psychological vaccine' for fake news

An online game lets you practice generating fake news (repeat)

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How does the Earth's weight change every year?

The Earth actually loses a little weight every year.

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'Completely mind-blowing' discovery of a hybrid of two extinct human species

Researchers discover a hybrid child of a Neanderthal and a Denisovan

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Making blood types obsolete - researchers convert blood to universal donor

Gut bacteria holds key to transform all blood types into universal O-type

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When one parasite sucks the life out of another parasite

Parasitic love vine sucks the life out of parasitic wasp

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Drone 'sheepdogs' steer flocks away from airports to prevent bird strikes

A robotic flying sheepdog herds birds away from airports

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A machine learning system called Alpha Go zero makes a major leap forwards

AlphaGo repeat

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What are the impacts of forest fires on wildlife?

Question about how animals fare in wildfires.

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Canada bans neonic pesticides implicated in bee declines

Health Canada's latest neonic ban is good news for insects, says ecologist

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Tracking animals from space could provide early warning of natural disasters

Tracking wide scale animal migrations from space

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Elephants have a zombie gene that comes back to life to fight cancer

Zombie gene in elephants comes back to life to kill cancer cells

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How do you discourage a pesky elephant? Use bee smells as a repellent

Bee pheromones may be useful as an elephant repellant

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We can't grow enough food to feed the world according to the Food Guide

Earth simply cannot make enough food to feed everyone a North American diet

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Low level air pollution costs the economy billions of dollars in lost productivity

Repeat item

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If the moon had oceans what would its tides be like?

Moon's orbit around the Earth would change its hypothetical tides

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'Climate change is here' - but is it to blame for the extreme weather this summer?

Wildfires, record heat, droughts - scientists are parsing through the extreme weather events to determine what exactly is caused by climate change.

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Why the airline industry might want to lower cockpit CO2 levels

Pilots are much more likely to pass flight maneuvers when carbon dioxide concentrations are low.

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A baby's cries can predict the sound of their adult voice Deck

Children with finger lengths signalling they were exposed to higher levels of testosterone in the womb showed lower voice pitches in infancy as well as adulthood.

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Island birds would likely beat their mainland relatives in a battle of wits

Birds often evolve larger brains on they reach islands, scientists confirm.

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Do lobsters feel pain when we boil them alive?

The Swiss government passed a law stating people can no longer boil a lobster alive. Here's the science behind how the crustaceans may feel pain.

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Why does eating beets make my urine pink?

Red or bright pink urine after eating beets may occur in people with low stomach acid, according to renal dietician Tanya Choy. But rest assured, it's harmless.

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Your rooftop could be sprinkled with cosmic star dust

A jazz musician moonlighting as an amateur scientist discovered cosmic dust falls all around us.

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Do fireflies glow just at night or do they glow during the day too?

Fireflies mostly only glow at night because that's when the males are trying to get the attention of female fireflies, according to entomologist Dr. Sandy Smith.

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Arctic spiders spinning new food web as climate warms - and that's a good thing

Facing warmer temperatures, wolf spiders are changing up what's for dinner, and in doing so, lessening the effects of climate change in their ecosystem.

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Darn gut bacteria might be thwarting your weight loss efforts

The patients who didn't lose weight had bacteria that was more efficient in extracting energy from food.

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Scientists get a rare glimpse of the brain reorganizing itself after a lobectomy

Doctors removed a baseball sized chunk of a boy's brain. Then his brain reprogrammed itself to make up for it.

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Sun probe set to embark on perilous journey into the 'heart of the fire'

Humanity's first mission to touch the sun thrills NASA scientists anticipating revelations on why the giant orb gets so hot

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Scientists want a 'fin-ale' to Shark Week shows that hurt sharks

Shark week programming is filled with fear-mongering and misinformation, and the public opinion it generates ends up hurting the animals it's supposed to be celebrating.

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Does sunscreen damage freshwater lake ecosystems?

Sunscreen not only damages coral reefs but fresh water lakes too.

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Indigenous people hunted bison using fire - and clever manipulation of the landscape

They managed, controlled, and harvested large herds of bison, centuries before the first Europeans appeared on the scene.

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Oh rats! Seabird-eating rodents are hurting coral reefs near tropical islands

Rats are decimating bird populations on tropical islands, but coral reefs need bird guano to be healthy.

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Piloting a drone with 'body english' beats joysticks hands down

For most, the method is easier and faster to learn than joystick control

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Greenhouse gases will make fish smell worse as the oceans acidify

Higher carbon dioxide concentrations in the ocean inhibit fishes ability to smell prey, predators, and each other.

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An astronomer turns the motions of our Milky Way galaxy into sweet music

Decades of radio-telescope observations are converted into a three minute jazz tune.

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A bread recipe from 14,000 years ago: wild oats, barley, wheat and roots.

Prehistoric people made bread from wild grains they gathered way before the dawn of agriculture

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Your car might be trying to kill you by lulling you with sleep-inducing vibrations

Australian scientists discover that normal vibrations that come up through your car seat can synchronize with your brain waves and make you sleepy - but it might be possible to stop them.

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The science behind 'Ant-Man' - Did they really just put 'quantum' in front of everything?

The science advisor for the two 'Ant-Man' films tries to make sure there's just a flavour of real science in the story.

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Migrating geese are losing the race north - and their chicks are paying the price

Geese usually follow spring north - tracking the "green wave". But as the arctic warms faster, they're exhausting themselves trying to keep up with the warming climate.

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Diving a kilometre down and not getting 'the bends' - how dolphins do it

Dolphins are able to manipulate their lung compression and control gas exchange with their blood to avoid dangerous nitrogen bubbles forming as they decompress

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New moons of Jupiter came from a demolition derby, and it's not over yet

Astronomers have found 12 new moons, some of them orbiting backwards, and many showing signs of having been smashed into in the past.

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The reason why most animals are symmetrical has to do with their locomotion

Our Quirks question of the week looks at why our right sides mirrors our left

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Incredible dandelions could hold the key to growing plants on the oil sands

Fungus treated plants can turn hydrocarbons in oil sands' tailings into CO2 and water.

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Lab-made hybrid embryos could save the northern white rhino from extinction

Scientists create first ever hybrid white-rhino embryo to prevent species extinction

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Parrot's unique brain structure explains why they're so smart

Parrot smarty-pants challenge 'bird brain' insult

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Freshly detected 'ghost particle' offers a new way to observe the universe

Detection of a neutrino from 'the most violent astrophysical processes' gives scientists a new way to understand the cosmos

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Night shifts put your brain and gut clocks out of whack

Clocks in the digestive system have a 'mind of their own'

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Humans can judge a person's strength from their aggressive roars

Men and women differ at estimating each other's strength from vocalizations, scientists find

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Why do predatory dinosaurs have eyes on the sides of their head?

Most meat-eating dinosaurs had limited depth perception because their eyes were on the sides of their heads, but not all, including T-Rex.

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The Arctic is melting - putting thousands of archeological sites at risk

Arctic archaeologists are racing against time to save the sites from looters and from being destroyed by natural forces.

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Where are we in the Milky Way galaxy?

We're in one of the spiral arms of the Milky Way galaxy, so when we look at it from Earth, we're seeing the centre.

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Toddler's fossil foot opens window into human evolution

Why an ancient toddler was likely able to scamper up trees better than her parents

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Asian hornets chop off the heads of honeybees

Scientists use tiny tags to seek and destroy hidden nests of invasive predators in the U.K.

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A radioactive wolf was spotted leaving Chernobyl's 'exclusion zone'

The abandoned villages around the doomed Chernobyl Nuclear Plant have turned into a 'wildlife reserve.'

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A tiny zap of electricity to the brain can reduce violent intentions

Scientists hope that one day this technology might curb violent behaviour.

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Our solar system's first interstellar visitor has its own natural 'rockets'

Mysterious movements show Oumuamua is a comet not an asteroid

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Your microbiome may be giving you arthritis. How can we understand it better?

Feeding your gut bacteria can prevent illness

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Polar bears on a treadmill: why scientists wanted to test their walking metabolism

Putting a Polar bear on a treadmill to test the efficiency of its gait

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Engineering a decompression chamber to retrieve fish from the 'twilight zone'

Taking the pressure off new species of deep-water reef fish

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Fossils of our civilization - what humans will leave behind

Could we be the second intelligent species to live on Earth?

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Do animals have the same sleep requirements as humans?

We are told we need a certain amount of sleep, what about animals?

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Separating children from parents can negatively affect brain development

Separating kids from parents changes their brains

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Identifying criminals by the 'bacterial fingerprints' they leave behind

How bacteria can help solve crimes

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Seals who sleep with half their brains help explain how humans snooze

Fur seals don't need REM sleep for long periods of time

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Antarctica's rising bedrock could stabilize the ice melt

Rising land could offset melting ice in Antarctica.

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How long did it take to wipe out the dinosaurs?

The effects of the asteroid impact and subsequent mass extinction 66 million years ago, began immediately.

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