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The summer olympics begin today in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but these athletes can't succeed without science! We've compiled ten resources on the science behind sports so you can find out how the top athletes win gold.

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If junk food is so bad for you, why does it taste so good? It’s partly because humans have evolved to crave foods high in sugar, salt and fat. But it’s also because junk food is engineered to exploit these cravings.

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CurioCity resources which align with British Columbia's Science 10 Curriculum Content area on Genes as the foundation for living things (Genetics).

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July 30, 1921 was an exciting day in science history: Banting and Best discovered that insulin really did lower blood sugar levels and could be used to treat diabetes! But how do we get insulin, and what other ways can we treat diabetes? Check out these top CurioCity resources to find out about insulin, diabetes, and stem cell treatments.

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For several centuries, people thought diseases were caused by wandering clouds of poisonous vapor. We now know that this theory is pretty ridiculous, and that diseases are caused by specific bacteria. But how did we get to this new idea of germ theory? Tien Nguyen describes the work of several scientists who discredited a widely accepted theory in a way that was beneficial to human health. (4:38 min.)

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This ChemMatters episode explains the science behind calories and nutrition facts labels. Find out how scientists first determined the calorie content of food in the 1800s, and how fat, protein and carbohydrate levels on nutrition facts labels are found today. (6:11 min.)

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If certain noises completely drive you mad, you just might have a rare neurological condition called misophonia.

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Emily Stencel spoke at Mohawk College in Hamilton about her work as an entrepreneur. Her company, Perk Naturals develops a range of natural skincare products.

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Do you live in close contact with animals, including pets, livestock, and wildlife? If yes, you’re at risk of catching zoonotic diseases like rabies.

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The Zika virus is spread by mosquitoes. It has also been linked to birth defects, especially microcephaly. But how do you get from a mosquito bite to microcephaly?

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