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The top 10 science and environment stories of 2018

A mannequin sits in a red sports car, with the Earth in the background.
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If you didn’t get the chance to read as many science stories as you would have liked in 2018, fear not: CBC has compiled its top 10 list just for you. From the discovery of an ancient Mayan city to evidence of Planet X, there’s no shortage of fascinating stories to review.

Science Odyssey - Ten days of discovery and innovation

Science Odyssey is Canada's largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics
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Science Odyssey is Canada's largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, featuring fun and inspiring experiences in museums, research centres, laboratories and classrooms from coast to coast. Powered by NSERC, Science Odyssey demonstrates how discoveries and innovations shape our daily lives and foster a strong science culture in Canada.

Student-made robot sets new world record for solving the Rubik’s Cube

Rubik's Cube
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Since its invention in the 70s, the Rubik’s Cube has entertained, challenged, and frustrated users around the world. Last month, a pair of students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology devised a robot capable of solving the popular 3D puzzle in an astounding 0.38 seconds. Read the full story – and watch a video that shows the robot in action. http://news.mit.edu/2018/featured-video-solving-rubiks-cube-record-time-0316

Decoding the Dance of the Honey Bee, in Real-Time

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Since the deciphering of the honey bee ‘waggle’ in the 1920’s by Karl von Frisch, researchers have been measuring the dance-like form of communication that allows bees to convey direction and distance to a food source. While this observation process was initially manual and time-consuming – requiring humans, protractors, and stopwatches – techniques have evolved with technology. Recently, a team from the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the Free University of Berlin, Germany

Raising the Avro Arrow

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Using Kraken Sonar Inc. advanced high resolution sonar technology to scan Lake Ontario, a team from OEX Recovery Group Inc. launch the search and recovery of nine free-flight Avro-Arrow models.

A New Take on the Robotic Arm: Tentacles

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Engineers are constantly taking cues from nature when designing new technologies, and the robotic tentacle arm created by German robotics company, Festo, is a great example.