This Week in Science
LATEST EPISODES
Nana and Lulu It used to be the realm of science fiction, but scientists now have the tools they need to selectively edit human DNA. While it remains a delicate and controversial issue, NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering reports recent claims by a Chinese researcher may have just blown the doors open. Dec 08, 2018, 11:01 AM
Beyond InSight Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab celebrated a big win this past week after their $830 million InSight lander survived seven minutes of terror, and successfully touched down on the surface of Mars. NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering explains where humanity's study of the red planet goes from here. Dec 02, 2018, 01:15 PM
Zombie Spiders A fascinating and horrifying new discovery has been made in the forests of Ecuador, a wasp that can transform a spider into its zombie slave before feeding on its remains. NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering speaks with one of the researchers who helped find it in this very "metal" edition of This Week in Science. Dec 02, 2018, 12:52 PM
Apep Supernova Gamma Ray Bursts are the most extreme events in the known universe, second only to the Big Bang. And as NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering explains, one of those massive explosions appears to be in the works not too far from home. Nov 24, 2018, 08:00 PM
The New Kilogram Back in 1983, scientists from around the world gathered in France to change the definition of a metre from something based on a single metal bar, to something based on the speed of light. And as NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering tells us, the same thing has happened again. Only this time, the kilogram is being redefined. Nov 24, 2018, 02:47 PM
Dark Matter Hurricane Dark matter remains one of the biggest unsolved mysteries in science. While the math of it makes sense, we have yet to observe it directly. But as NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering explains, a "dark matter hurricane" hitting the planet as we speak could give us our very first glimpse. Nov 18, 2018, 09:42 AM
Kepler After exploring the universe for nearly 10 years, NASA's Kepler Space Telescope has run out of fuel and will spend its retirement in eternal orbit around the sun. As NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering reports, Kepler leaves behind a galaxy of information which scientists will keep mining for years to come. Nov 10, 2018, 09:42 AM
Montreal Protocol It's not often we hear good news about the environment, but a new UN-backed report is casting an optimistic light on the future of Earth's protective ozone layer. And as NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering tells us, it offers a ray of hope as humanity barrels towards another climate catastrophe. Nov 10, 2018, 09:40 AM
Chocolate History Human beings love chocolate. It shows up in our desserts, our books and songs, and in grocery store checkout lines around the globe. And as NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering reports, it turns out people have been enjoying chocolate for a lot longer than we first thought. Nov 04, 2018, 10:24 AM
Artificial Moons Throughout history, humans have tried to harness the power of the sun and our attempts are getting more ambitious. NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering tells us about one upcoming project that's straight out of a James Bond movie. Oct 27, 2018, 10:58 AM
Hubble Constant For those who study the origins of the universe, the Hubble constant is the holy grail. It's a number which describes the universe's rate of expansion, and pinning it down has proven a major challenge. But as NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering tells us, the recent discovery of gravitational waves could get us closer than ever before. Oct 27, 2018, 10:57 AM
World's Fastest Camera At speeds of almost 300 km/s, the movement of light is an incredibly difficult thing to photograph. But as NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering tells us, a newly-invented super-high-speed camera has proven itself worthy of the task. Oct 21, 2018, 09:45 AM
Let's Go To Venus With all the talk about future missions to Mars, little attention has been paid to our other planetary neighbour: Venus. And as NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering tells us, NASA already has a plan to get us there. Oct 21, 2018, 09:43 AM
Climate Plan B Some of the world's top climate scientists now say without a drastic and immediate transformation of the world economy, most of us will feel the immediate consequences of climate change within our lifetimes. Luckily, NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering reports there is a Plan B. Several in fact. Oct 13, 2018, 12:05 PM
Physics Broken The world of particle physics is full of mysteries...things that should not be able to occur given what we know about the universe. So does that mean we need a whole new framework of understanding? NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering employs some expert help in the latest edition of this week in science. Oct 06, 2018, 10:24 AM