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Episode date 9 August 2012
Interviews and reports
Canadian research may enable farms on Mars
(photo: Mars Institute)
Canadian research may eventually enable human exploration of space. A major hurdle to any long distance exploration is the need to feed the explorers and recycle all resources.

In Canada, the Univeristy of Guelph is involved in this international effort through programmes such as the Space Advanced Life Support Agriculture, and the Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility (CESRF). Another aspect of the multi-faceted and complex research into growing needed food plants for space exploration both for spacecraft and eventual colonies on Mars for instance, involves research at a greenhouse in Canada’s high Arctic, on Devon Island. 

Marc Montgomery speaks to University of Guelph Profesor Michael Dixon, director of the research facility considered to be world leader in this research field.
3-D Model Pancreas a Breakthrough
Photo by The Canadian Press
Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest forms of the disease and one of the most mysterious. It is what Steve Jobs fought for five years, and died of last fall.

In Canada, nearly 5,000 people are diagnosed each year, with just a few hundred surviving. But now a breakthrough in Toronto may go a long way to improving research into the diagnosis and eventually, treatment of the disease.

Dr. Senthil Muthuswamy is the head of the team behind this development. He is a Senior Scientist at the Ontario Cancer Institute at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto.

Carmel Kilkenny spoke with Dr. Muthuswamy and began by asking him to describe this 3-D model?

Social justice, religion, and the United Church of Canada
United Church of Canada
Next week Canada's largest Protestant denomination will be meeting for its 41st General Council in Ottawa. Among the topics to be discussed whether the Church should stand against the Enbridge Northern Gateway oil pipeline. A project that has raised numerous concerns about safety and the environment in Canada.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda talked to Mardi Tindal, the Moderator of the United Church of Canada, about the pipeline resolution and how Canada's faith leaders deal with social justice issues.
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