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Currently, the UK is considered a world leader in scientific research. And many scientists are unhappy with the possibility of the country leaving the EU.

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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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I am a 4th year PhD Candidate in Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary and I study group-living in animals.

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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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I am a 2nd year MSc. student in physics, at Simon Fraser University. I study molecular motors.

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Athletes who use banned drugs get a unfair advantage. But how do officials know which athletes are cheating and which ones are “clean”? With chemistry, of course!

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Fieldwork is exactly what it sounds like: leaving your lab or office, and going out into the “field” to do research. It can be exciting and fun. However, it also comes with risks.

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The periodic table just got four new elements, but this isn't as groundbreaking as recent headlines would have you believe. Join Speaking of Chemistry's resident killjoy to find out why. (2.50 min.)

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Like bacteria, cancer cells can develop resistance to drugs. Any cancer cells are left alive after chemotherapy could multiply and form a drug-resistant tumour.

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Scientific discovery isn't as simple as one good experiment. The weird and wonderful history of cell theory illuminates the twists and turns that came together to build the foundations of biology. (6:11 min.)

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