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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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Scientists identify species in various different ways. Why use so many different tools? Why not just stick with a single concept?

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We at CurioCity plan to provide grades 8-12 educators with a citizen science Action Project involving their Tomatosphere™ plants. This project will enable classes across Canada to do the same inquiry and have a common place to share and compare their data.

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DNA barcoding is a genetic approach to species identification. Once a barcode sequence has been obtained for a species, it is placed in a database that can be used to assign identities to unknown specimens. This ever growing library of DNA sequences also allows us to look into how species are related and how they came to be. This is what I am most interested in.

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Did you know that your body is constantly eating itself? When parts of your cells are damaged or no longer useful, they get broken down and recycled.

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Categorizing people based on their appearance have helped your distant ancestors survive. But it can be harmful when these categories form the basis of racial stereotypes.

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This BBC report describes how researchers are using a computer with a solid state quantum processor to break even the most sophisticated RSA Encryption technology. (3:44 min.)

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