This Week in Science
Big Red Ball It sounds like something a Bond villain might do... but scientists working in Wisconson have actually managed to create a miniature version of the Sun. NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering explains what this "Big Red Ball" might be able to teach us. Aug 01, 2020, 10:04 AM
Hot Dog Limits Several times every year, crowds gather to watch trained individuals test the upper limits of human endurance. But whether it's sprinting or jumping or swimming, there must be a theoretical upper limit to what a person can achieve. NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering reports, that idea has now been applied to a more novel pursuit... hot dog eating. Jul 26, 2020, 10:03 AM
Venusian Volcanoes With its white-hot surface temperatures, crushing atmosphere, and thick clouds of acid, Venus doesn't seem like the most active place in the solar system. But as NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering reports, there may be more happening under the surface than we initially thought. Jul 25, 2020, 08:15 PM
Bystander Effect Since the 1960's, psychologists have been fascinated with the "bystander effect" -- the idea that our willingness to help a stranger changes based on how many other people are watching. NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering is digging into some new research, which suggests this isn't just a human phenomenon. Jul 19, 2020, 09:26 AM
Summer of Mars It's a very exciting summer for space exploration. China, the US, and the United Arab Emirates are all sending spacecraft to Mars. NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering reports, the search for signs of life on the red planet is one of the big goals. Jul 18, 2020, 08:47 AM
Fossil Treasure Trove It could be the most exciting fossil find in the history of paleontology... but only if the claims being made about it are true. NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering tells us about a dig site in North Dakota which may provide a snapshot of the day nearly everything on Earth died. Jul 12, 2020, 09:52 AM
Four Charm Tetraquark It's the biggest machine ever created by human hands and for the last decade, the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva has been revealing new things about what the universe is made of, and how it works. NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering details a recent discovery which may fill in another tiny piece of the puzzle. Jul 11, 2020, 09:52 AM
Flying Snakes If you wander into the damp forests of southeast Asia, you might be lucky enough to see something terrifying -- a snake flying through the air. NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering explores the latest research into this bizarre phenomenon. Jul 05, 2020, 01:13 PM
The Arctic On June 20, a small town in the Arctic Circle recorded the same daytime high as Las Vegas, Nevada -- 38 degrees Celcius. NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering has more on this year's Arctic heat wave, the latest sign of a continuing crisis which has dropped out of the spotlight. Jul 04, 2020, 09:58 AM
Stonehenge Discovery The landscape surrounding Stonehenge in Britain is one of the most studied areas in the world... so you'd think we'd have found all there is to find there by now. But as NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering explains, scientists have just recently uncovered a massive prehistoric structure a few kilometres away from the famous stones. Jun 28, 2020, 12:21 PM
Dolphin Learning Dolphins are among the smartest animals on the planet... and the more scientists observe them, the more we understand the depth of their intelligence. NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering reports, not only can they use tools to collect food, it's likely they can pick up hunting tricks from their friends. Jun 27, 2020, 11:09 AM
36 Aliens Are we alone in the universe? While it may be a fundamental question for humanity, many scientists prefer to frame it a different way: how many alien civilizations might we be able to contact? NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering reports on a new, oddly-specific answer to that question. Jun 21, 2020, 11:54 AM
Dark Energy Of all the big, lingering mysteries in science, so-called dark energy remains near the top of the list. While it's thought to make up over two-thirds of the universe, we still have no idea what it is or how it works. NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering reports on a newly-completed effort to probe that mystery. Jun 13, 2020, 11:16 AM
Proxima b There could be a hundred billion planets in our galaxy, but based on our current understanding of physics, the overwhelming majority of them would be impossible to visit one day. NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering reports, luckily, we know of at least one Earth-like planet around the nearest-known star to the Sun. Jun 06, 2020, 01:58 PM
Drunken Elephants Stories about wild animals getting drunk off rotting fruit may be widespread, but there's debate in the scientific community about whether that actually happens. NEWS 1130's Kurtis Doering is looking over the latest research, which suggests some of those anecdotes might be true. May 31, 2020, 12:04 PM