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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.

Researching the untold story of Canada’s keypunch girls

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Last summer, the Canada Science and Technology Museum offered up access to its collection so that researcher Jennifer Thivierge could study “keypunch girls” — the women who punched holes in data cards and fed them into machines or tabulators, starting in the 1950s. The University of Ottawa’s Gazette writes about her findings, and what they say about gender discrimination within the field of computer science.

Scientists must be free to learn, to speak and to challenge

Kirsty Duncan, TED Talks 2018
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"Science is humanity's best effort at uncovering the truth about our world, about our very existence." Kirsty Duncan, Canada's Minister of Science, makes the case that researchers must be free to present uncomfortable truths and challenge the thinking of the day -- and that we all have a duty to speak up when we see science being stifled or suppressed. #ScienceAroundMe

Atoms-thick layer of silicon-based semiconductor may allow us to better understand the harsh environments of Venus

Atoms-thick layer of silicon-based semiconductor may allow us to better understand the harsh environments of Venus
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In 1967, Venera 4 was the 1st probe to transmit data from another planet’s atmosphere. 8 models, and close to 15 years, later we were able to receive the 1st colour panoramic views of that same planet’s surface. Today, Venus still very much remains a mystery with probes unable to withstand the extreme temperatures and atmospheric pressures for more than 127 minutes. However, researchers at Standford University’s Extreme Environment Microsystems Laboratory are working on developing an atoms-thick

How does Los Angeles get its water?

How does Los Angeles get its water?
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Technology From hundreds of miles away, mostly. More people live in the sunbaked cities of Los Angeles County than the local water supply can support. So the metropolis steals what it needs from regions all over…