• What were the top science stories of 2016?

    In The Year in ScienceThe National's science correspondent Bob McDonald reviews the scientific highlights of 2016. Stories include Donald Trump's controversial statements about climate change, Elon Musk's vision for life on Mars, efforts to cover Chernobyl 30 years after the world's worst nuclear accident, the discovery of a new planet in our solar system, using Star Trek-style technology for data encryption, nano machines and more!

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  • Running on Empty

    Forget Disneyland, Silicon Valley and Hollywood. Get ready to see a very different California. A drought of historic proportions and the hottest year ever recorded have compelled California to impose unprecedented water consumption reductions. Where did all the water go? Who's fault is it? And what needs to change to save California from itself?

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  • Conversations with Dolphins

    Dolphins have been a source of curiosity and have appeared in our stories and myths for thousands of years. We know they are intelligent animals, but just how intelligent are they, and how is dolphin intelligence expressed?

    Adam Walker, an open ocean endurance swimmer, set out on an eight-hour swim to cross the Cook Strait off the coast of New Zealand. Exhausted after several hours in the cold water, he suddenly found himself surrounded by a group of dusky dolphins. Little did he know he was also being closely followed by a great white shark. The dolphins appeared to be protecting him from the predator, which left an indelible impression on Adam. What is the link between our two species? Why do we seem to be so interested and curious about each other? How far might this fascination between humans and dolphins bring us? Will we one day be able to communicate with one another?

    Scientists around the world are asking themselves the same questions. Over the decades the focus on dolphin research has changed from asking “how intelligent are dolphins?” to “how are dolphins intelligent?”

    Conversations with Dolphins brings us to the research sites of some of the most internationally renowned dolphin specialists and alongside experts studying dolphins in the wild. Do dolphins think the way we do or are their brains wired in a very different way from ours?

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  • New kids' series: The Moblees

    The Moblees is designed to promote healthy active living among Canadian children. The series provides early intervention strategies to reduce childhood obesity and to inspire a foundational change in the way children move through their daily lives. Set in the whimsical world of Terra Mova, the series invites children to join in the action with fun, humour and above all, movement!

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  • Canada's Smartest Person

    CANADA'S SMARTEST PERSON is an interactive television series that redefines what it means to be smart, shattering the myth that to be smart you need to have a high IQ, be a math whiz or trivia buff. Every week six new hopefuls battle it out in front of a live studio audience in six categories of smarts: musical, physical, social, logical, visual and linguistic. In the series finale five finalists will go head to head to earn the title of Canada's Smartest Person. It's a whole new way of looking at smarts!

    CANADA'S SMARTEST PERSON is igniting a national conversation about what it means to be smart. Join us as we find out who will earn the coveted title of Canada’s Smartest Person!

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  • A Lesson in Discrimination: 10 Years Later

    In 2006, a Grade 3 teacher in Quebec resorted to a drastic strategy to solve a persistent problem in her class. She subjected her 26 students to a “lesson in discrimination,” in the hope that experiencing it would help them understand the distress of students who are ostracized because they are different. The resulting documentary stunned television viewers in Canada and around the world. Today the children are all grown up, but they all remember those two dramatic days. From their new perspectives as young adults, they take another look at The Lesson. All these years later, how do they feel about the experiment? Why did some of them reject the privileges that their classmates so enthusiastically accepted? And most importantly, does one ever truly heal after enduring years of abuse as a punching bag for fellow students?

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  • Kim's Convenience

    Set in a Korean convenience store in Toronto, this adaptation of Ins Choi's award-winning Canadian play features a fiery Korean patriarch struggling with changes within his business, family and their local community — a real, colourful and diverse urban landscape. A breakout hit of the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival, it won Best New Play. In 2012, the theatrical production won two Toronto Theatre Critics awards for Best Actor in a Play (Paul Sun-Hyung Lee) and Best Canadian Play. Lee stars as "Appa" in this CBC adaptation.

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  • Fidel Castro, 1926-2016

    Fidel Castro passed away on November 25, 2016, aged 90. Cuba’s revolutionary leader was one of the most visible and polarizing figures of the latter half of the 20th century – a symbol of Third World revolution for some, an oppressive dictator for others. But behind the image and fiery speeches, who really was this man who survived over 600 assassination attempts?

    Curio.ca features two documentaries on Castro.

    Fidel Castro: A Life of Revolution presents a deeply personal account of Castro, taken largely from private letters, correspondence, speeches and interviews. Exclusive footage of Castro’s childhood home and his rebel headquarters in the Sierra Maestra Mountains is complimented by classic archive footage, including CBC interviews with Castro when he was the most wanted man in Cuba.

    In Castro in the Eyes of His Loved Ones, people close to him reveal how he experienced key moments in his career, from the early days of the revolution, through the Cuban Missile Crisis, to the moment he signed his provisional resignation. They also give a glimpse of what Castro was like in private – his convictions, his doubts, his family life and his extraordinary charm.

    Watch Fidel Castro: A Life of Revolution | Watch Castro in the Eyes of His Loved Ones

  • Every Living Thing: Experiencing a Bioblitz

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    In this the United Nations Decade of Biodiversity (2011-2020), Every Living Thing follows a 20-year biodiversity research project to identify and catalogue as many species as possible in the province of New Brunswick, before human encroachment and climate change intensifies.

    Producer Lloyd Salomone and director Kent Martin, with Fredericton-based Flower Power Production Inc., got the idea for the film in 2011, when the two were working on another film about the Acadian forest.

    Salomone says they crossed paths with some researchers from the New Brunswick Museum — in particular Don McAlpine, the museum's research chair of zoology.

    "Don and his colleague Stephen Clayden spoke about their 20-year biodiversity project to go to 10 very large protected natural areas around the province of New Brunswick," he said. "To go there one summer and then the next summer, at different times, because different species come out at different times in the year."

    Salomone and Martin decided to follow the researchers in 2013 and 2014 on bioblitzes, as dozens of experts from North America and around the world gathered to document species of fish, insects, plants, fungi, reptiles, mammals and amphibians at a site in the middle of the province.

    "It was just a matter of following them around and seeing the work they do, and love doing," Salomone said. "It became clear they have a very strong relationship with the natural world and they understand it in relation to climate change."

  • The Secret Path – now available on Curio.ca

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    "Chanie haunts me. His story is Canada’s story." These are the words of Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, describing what inspired him to create The Secret Path. This powerful animated film tells the story of Chanie Wenjack, a 12-year-old boy who died of exposure in 1966 while running away from a residential school. The story is told through illustrations by Jeff Lemire and Gord Downie's music.

    The Secret Path animated film is now available on Curio.ca, including the mini-documentary that features Gord Downie's trip to visit the Wenjack family in Ogoki Post, Ontario.