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Insect Apocalypse Not too many people like bugs... but without them, countless animal species and human industries wouldn't be able to survive. And with scientists now warning of an "insect apocalypse," NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering is looking at some simple ways we can all address a worrying trend. Jan 17, 2021, 09:10 AM
Megalodon Babies Before the great white shark became the terror of the sea, something a whole lot larger reigned supreme... the megalodon. NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering explains, while it's been extinct for millions of years now, we're still learning new things about the legendary apex predator. Jan 16, 2021, 09:11 AM
Negative Leap Second It's nothing to worry about, but the rotation of the Earth is getting faster. In fact, 28 of the shortest days on record all occurred in 2020. And as NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering explains, that has scientists considering removing some time from the clock. Jan 10, 2021, 09:16 AM
2020 Carbon Drop While 2020 may not have been humanity's best year, it still brought us the largest one-year drop in carbon emissions ever recorded. NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering explains, while it won't be enough to slow the pace of global warming, there are a few positive takeaways. Jan 09, 2021, 08:23 AM
Using Mars Water The first humans will likely set foot on the surface Mars within our lifetimes, and the less those astronauts have to bring with them for the mission, the better. NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering reports, a newly-invented device could provide a local source of both oxygen and rocket fuel on the red planet. Dec 13, 2020, 01:48 PM
Lab-grown Meat As the world's population grows and the impacts of climate change worsen, we're going to need to find ways to feed everyone sustainably. But as NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering reports, one of the solutions just approved for sale in Singapore might make some people a bit nervous. Dec 12, 2020, 10:41 AM
The Dark Web You may have heard of something called the Deep Web... the part of the internet you can't get to through regular search engines. And while not all of what goes on there is sinister, it can still be a place for the world's criminals to operate anonymously. NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering is examining how popular the darkest level of the internet might be. Dec 05, 2020, 08:40 AM
Preparing for 6G The next giant leap for technology is already underway across the globe in the form of 5G communications -- that is, the fifth generation of broadband cellular networks. But as NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering reports, some are already planning for when 6G becomes a thing. Nov 29, 2020, 09:15 AM
Memories of Arecibo Earlier this month, the U.S. National Science Foundation made the difficult call to close the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico... a massive and iconic structure that delivered major astronomical insights for decades. NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering looks at the legacy Arecibo leaves behind. Nov 28, 2020, 08:32 AM
Apophis It seems like every few months, a story makes the rounds about a giant asteroid coming to kill us all. And spoiler alert: that never happens. But as NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering reports, there's actually a slim chance one might pose a danger to us in 2068. Nov 21, 2020, 09:51 AM
Wrinkle-faced Bats Thanks mostly to good luck, scientists in Costa Rica have documented a rare encounter with a mysterious species of bat... one which looks a lot like a wrinkly old man wearing a turtleneck. NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering reports, their data includes the first-ever look at how these bats have sex. Nov 14, 2020, 01:26 PM
The Helical Engine It may be in the realm of science fiction for now, but scientists are working hard to develop an engine that could one day push a spacecraft close to the speed of light. NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering reports on a newly-proposed design that some say might violate the laws of physics. Nov 08, 2020, 09:09 AM
Lava Planet The more we explore the universe with sophisticated telescopes, the more we learn about how extreme other planets can be. NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering tells us about one exoplanet which is so hot, rocks don't just melt... they vapourize. Nov 07, 2020, 10:07 AM
Bennu The past few weeks have been a rollercoaster for the scientists at NASA, who just pulled off the hardest part of a seven-year mission to collect rocks from the surface of an asteroid. NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering tells us why they went through all the effort in the latest edition of This Week in Science. Nov 01, 2020, 10:53 AM
Death By Licorice With Halloween now upon us, the recent death of a Massachusetts construction worker is highlighting the risks of eating too much candy. NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering explains how the man's love of black licorice caused his heart to stop beating. Oct 31, 2020, 09:55 AM