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Broken bones grow back stronger… Sort of

19 Apr 2018

Growing up I always heard the same adage when I broke a bone, “Don’t worry it’ll grow back stronger”. But is that really true?

Nut Allergies and Shampoo?

5 Apr 2018

Nut allergies affect about 2% of the Canadian population and can be broken down into tree nut allergies (like almonds or cashews) and peanut allergies (peanuts aren’t actually nuts but legumes)....

Rabbits, Reproduction and Making Mochi on the Moon

1 Apr 2018

Rabbits have an undoubtedly important association with Easter, but they’ve played important roles in many societies through the ages.

From tiny bodies to giant ears, rabbits have super specialized physiologies

1 Apr 2018

We’ve already seen that rabbits and hares have quite interesting physiology, but for certain species of leporidae the adaptations get even more extreme....

Rabbits eat their own poop

31 Mar 2018

Rabbits are foraging herbivores, eating mostly grass and weeds. But this fibrous, cellulose rich diet isn’t the easiest to digest, and by the time their dinner has make it through their intestines...

Rabbits have hinged skulls and three eyelids

29 Mar 2018

Rabbits and hares are pretty cute, but they’re also fascinating.

There is a Radioactive Elephant’s Foot Slowly Burning a Hole in the Ground

22 Mar 2018

After the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident, reactor number 4, which was involved in the accident, was encased in concrete to contain the radiation and debris, creating a structure known as “the...

From Bottle to Blood to Breath: How Breathalyzers Work

15 Mar 2018

The term “alcohol” to a chemist  means an organic compound that contains an OH group, but as far as the public is concerned “alcohol” refers to one specific compound, namely, ethanol. It is ethanol...

Beer Can Survive a Nuclear Fallout

8 Mar 2018

In 1957 the U.S. government conducted a study aptly named “The Effect of Nuclear Explosions on Commercially Packaged Beverages”. The researchers placed cans and bottles of beer and other drinks in...

Platypus are Electrifying

1 Mar 2018

If you thought that echolocation or vegetarianism were the only options available to vision-impaired animals, you’re in for a surprise.

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