This Week in Science
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Spaghettification The universe can be a violent place, with giant celestial objects crashing, exploding, and occasionally... devouring each other. And as NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering reports, astronomers here on Earth recently saw direct evidence of a star being gobbled up by a black hole. Oct 18, 2020, 08:41 AM
Kessler Syndrome There are potentially over a million pieces of human-made junk whipping around the Earth as we speak... and many have the potential to spark a cascading disaster. NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering reports, this problem was highlighted late Thursday when two especially large objects experienced a near-miss. Oct 17, 2020, 08:41 AM
Superhabitable As astronomers comb the skies for other planets with living things on them, it's helpful to envision worlds which are even better at harbouring life than the Earth. And as NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering reports, a new scientific paper has identified two dozen objects out in space which might be "superhabitable". Oct 11, 2020, 02:38 PM
Carbon Computers While computers are getting faster all the time... they're also approaching an upper-speed limit because of the basic material from which they're made. But as NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering reports, researchers in California may have just achieved a key breakthrough towards a whole new generation of technology. Oct 04, 2020, 01:56 PM
Martian Lakes Two years ago, evidence of a massive lake under Mars' south pole was met with skepticism from many researchers. But now, as NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering reports, not only have new observations backed up that finding... we may have found three more lakes. Oct 03, 2020, 10:59 AM
2020 Ig Nobels Once every year, some of the world's greatest minds gather at Harvard University throw paper airplanes at each other while celebrating the weirdest achievements in scientific research. NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering reports, while the "Ig Nobel Prizes" had to be held virtually this year, the achievements on display were no less bizarre. Sep 26, 2020, 08:20 AM
Coastal Quakes Over the past week, hundreds of tiny seismic tremors have been detected on Vancouver Island -- a likely sign of something the experts call "Episodic Tremor and Slip." NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering explains why a further understanding of these events could one day save lives. Sep 20, 2020, 08:21 AM
Possible Venus Life Based on what we know about life on Earth, the hellish, acid-steeped environment of Venus should be the last place in the solar system we'd look to find living creatures. But now, there's compelling evidence that life may actually exist there. NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering explains, if the findings are confirmed... it would reshape our view of the universe forever. Sep 19, 2020, 08:01 AM
Moon Rust India's lunar probe has found something that shouldn't exist... rust on the moon's surface. NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering tells us about one possible explanation for how it got there. Sep 13, 2020, 08:49 AM
Slingshot Spider Spiders are some of the craftiest predators around. They can leap through the air, use their silk like a fishing line, even create trap doors. And as NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering reports, we're learning more about one spider family which can hurl itself at its prey using a silk slingshot. Sep 12, 2020, 08:06 AM
Body Swap Would you be the same person if you had a completely different body? NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering reports, a team of scientists have been diving into that question with a strange experiment involving VR headsets, and best friends. Sep 05, 2020, 10:14 AM
Rogue Planets Our centuries-long search for other planets has usually been centred around stars... but there could be billions of planets out there which long ago ditched their home stars, and are now just drifting through space. NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering reports, something currently in the works at NASA will try to discover more about these dark, lonely worlds. Aug 30, 2020, 11:22 AM
Betelgeuse Update Since last fall, skywatchers have been paying special attention to one of the stars in the constellation Orion... which was giving off signs that it might soon explode. NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering reports, nearly a year later, it's still acting weird. Aug 22, 2020, 10:07 AM
Ceres Thanks to data from NASA's Dawn mission, a frozen, Texas-sized rock between Mars and Jupiter has proven to be more interesting than we thought. NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering reports on some new evidence that the dwarf planet Ceres has an ocean of liquid water hiding just under the surface. Aug 16, 2020, 11:29 AM
Goliath Frog They can grow to over a foot in length and weigh more than a brick... but aside from being huge, the Goliath frogs of Cameroon are also pretty devoted parents. NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering describes some new research into the world's largest frog. Aug 09, 2020, 08:31 AM