Quirky Science

Quirky Science

Illuminating Origin of Organics

NASA's Dawn spacecraft recently detected organic-rich areas on Ceres. Scientists evaluated the geology of the regions to conclude that the organics are most likely native to the dwarf planet.

Printable Solar Cells Just Got a Little Closer

A U of T Engineering innovation could make printing solar cells as easy and inexpensive as printing a newspaper.


A new Zika vaccine candidate has the potential to protect against the virus with a single dose, according to a research team led by

Life without Oxygen

There is a long established idea that oxygen is the prerequisite element for the creation of life on earth.

The Discovery of Time Crystals

Recently physicists have discovered a whole new form of matter, It is four dimensional matter called time crystal. Normal crystals, like diamonds, are an atomic lattice that repeats in space.

2016 Warmest Year on Record Globally

Earth's 2016 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern recordkeeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Robot Helps the Heart Beat

Harvard University and Boston Children's Hospital researchers have developed a customisable soft robot that fits around a heart and helps it beat, potentially opening new treatment options for people suffering from heart failure.


Feeding is paramount to the survival of almost every animal, and just about every living organism is eaten by another.

Black Hole Treasure Trove Revealed

An unparalleled image from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory is giving an international team of astronomers the best look yet at the growth of black holes over billions of years, which began soon after the Big Bang.

Ice Berg Set to Calve from Larsen C Ice Shelf

A huge iceberg, roughly the size of the county of Norfolk in the United Kingdom or the state of Delaware in the United States

Why Birds Are Toothless

Researchers have discovered that a species of dinosaur, Limusaurus inextricabilis, lost its teeth in adolescence and did not grow another set as adults.

Why Big Brains Are Rare

As a species we're so brain-proud it doesn't occur to most of us to ask whether a big brain has disadvantages as well as cognitive benefits.

Boron on the Surface of Mars

Boron has been identified for the first time on the surface of Mars, indicating the potential for long-term habitable groundwater

World's Smallest Radio Receiver

Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have made the world's smallest radio


Over 700 newly recognized bird species have been assessed for the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM, and


When we are in a deep slumber our brain's activity ebbs and flows in big, obvious waves, like watching a tide of human bodies rise up and sit down around a sports stadium. It's hard to miss.


As Zika spreads throughout the world, the call for rapid development of therapeutics to treat Zika rings loud and clear.


The lack of liquid water on the surface of Mars today has been demonstrated by new evidence in the form of meteorites on the Red Planet examined by an international team of planetary scientists.