The Nature of Things Science of the Senses: Taste and Smell

Explore how smell combines with taste, somewhere in our brain, to create the perception of flavour. Most people wrongly assume that taste dominates. But what actually allows us to differentiate one food from another beyond the basics of sweet, sour, salty, savoury and bitter, is the aroma. In experiments, a Toronto chef discovers innate characteristics that may explain his skill ...
  • 2008
  • 00:45:19
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Scientists develop patch to detect meat contaminated with E. coli

Scientists at McMaster University are developing a transparent patch to detect meat contaminated with E. coli.
  • 2018
  • 00:02:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/06/2018

Li'l Doc Scoliosis

Li'l Doc and her assistant Geeko help us understand how a deformity of the spine gives it an S shape, just like you see in the word “scoliosis.”
  • 2019
  • 00:02:31
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 10/13/2020

The Nature of Things Seals of Sable

Sable Island, Nova Scotia, in the northwest Atlantic is home to the largest breeding colony of grey seals in the world. The grey seal population was once hunted to near extinction but is thriving today. Every winter more than 400,000 grey seals come to the island's shores to give birth and breed, giving researchers a rare opportunity to learn more ...
  • 2019
  • 00:44:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/13/2020

Canadian Museum of Nature Searching for lichens in Nova Scotia

Kejimkujik National Park in Nova Scotia is rich in lichen biodiversity. Tag along with lichenologist Troy McMullin as he finds an assortment of these miniscule marvels that are new to this park. See impressive close-up photos of the lichens as well.
  • 2017
  • 00:02:07
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/23/2020

Wild Hawaii Secrets of the Deep

Hawaii was born of fire into a world of water that has become as unique and spectacular as the islands themselves. This world for the most part remains hidden, secreted beneath the waves. Here creatures great and small struggle to live, while battling the lava, currents and one another in an epic tale of survival.
  • 2013
  • 00:44:00
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 02/02/2016

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Brain Games Seeing Is Believing

Scientists have found that optical illusions are one of the best ways to get inside your head to see how your brain works. Through a series of fun, interactive games and illusions we'll play a few tricks on your eyes to show you how your brain builds your reality. You'll learn an easy way to turn beautiful celebrities into ugly ...
  • 2013
  • 00:22:30
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/12/2017

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Quirks & Quarks Seeing Through a Falcon's Eyes

Falcons are deadly hunters that can rocket towards their prey at upwards of 300 km/h to take them on the wing. But how do they make sure their speed kills their prey — and not themselves? Dr. Suzanne Amador Kane, a physicist at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, has been studying the question with new technology. She collaborated with falconers to ...
  • 2014
  • 00:08:21
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/10/2014

CBC | Radio-Canada Documentary Sex, Drugs and Middle Age

Over the last 30 years, perfecting the male body and sustaining the male libido has become a cultural preoccupation. In 1998 Viagra hit the market. Now, after hearing so much about estrogen, you're about to hear a lot more about testosterone. Men are lining up for refueling in hopes it will keep them virile and forever masculine. It's a parallel ...
  • 2003
  • 01:20:34
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Sex, Lies and Secrecy: Dissecting Hysterectomy

Some medical experts claim that a shocking 98% of hysterectomies are unnecessary. Yet half the women in North America will have had their ovaries removed by the time they are 65. After surgery, almost half of the women experience digestive problems, incontinence, depression, memory loss and decreased sexual drive. Yet there are less invasive — but pricier — procedures available.
  • 2004
  • 00:44:57
  • 18+
  • Added on: 06/14/2013