Carin Bondar
A prolific science writer, Carin Bondar is a biologist and filmmaker with a PhD in Population Ecology from the University of British Columbia. She was once a ballerina and German linguist and has varied interests including marine biology and the sex lives of animals. She has appeared in a scientific capacity on various television networks such as Discovery World, Discovery Canada, CTV, SHAW Canada, and Citytv, Vancouver. For more information, visit

Entries by Carin Bondar

Stephen Hawking's Brave New World, Episode 6: Hyper Connections

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 5:23 PM

This week's episode is our season finale. It's all about astonishing advances in connections -- both figurative and literal. The amazing advances that scientists are researching and creating in order to make our world a better place to live continue to inspire me!

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Stephen Hawking's Brave New World, Episode 5: Designer Human

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 10:51 AM

This week's episode is all about cutting-edge breakthroughs in technology improving on human evolution -- repairing and replacing body parts, and upgrading brain function. The idea that a bionic man or woman may one day become a reality is mind-boggling!

Jim Al-Khalili is at Oxford University investigating the effects of...

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Stephen Hawking's Brave New World, Episode 4: Perfect City

(2) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 11:57 PM

The creativity of scientists across the world continues to astonish me. In this week's episode the team and I investigate new technologies that are going to improve our lives by making things easier, more efficient and much faster.


Our episode...

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Virtual World: Stephen Hawking's Brave New World Episode 3

(0) Comments | Posted November 29, 2013 | 4:17 PM

In the latest episode of our series on the latest and greatest technological advances across the globe, we learn all about how scientists can alter our perception. Virtual reality and associated technologies will change the way we communicate, the way we work, and the way we play.

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Code Red: Stephen Hawking's Brave New World, Episode 2

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 1:50 PM

Welcome back to your Brave New World! Episode 2: Code Red of Stephen Hawking's Brave New World, the groundbreaking TV series on Discovery World, is all about cutting-edge technologies that reduce damage and loss in emergency situations. Law enforcement,...

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Welcome to Stephen Hawking's Brave New World

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 10:54 AM

One of the highlights of my career thus far was being involved in a groundbreaking television series Stephen Hawking's Brave New World premiering on Discovery World. A co-operative project between Handel Productions (Canada) and IWC (England), the series...

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Saving Sea Turtles: Check Out My Adventures in French Polynesia

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 2:38 PM

This past spring I was lucky enough to partner up with Tahiti Tourisme to create a series about biology on the island of Moorea in French Polynesia. I'm so proud to present episode one of my new series 'Adventures in Biology,' where we meet Dr. Cecile...

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Transvestites in the Animal Kingdom?

(4) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 1:17 PM

In tribute to Jenna Talackova, a Canadian transgendered woman who was recently disqualified from the Miss Universe Canada pageant, I used my recent appearance on Urban Rush to discuss cross-dressing in the animal kingdom. It's actually very common. Males appear as females and females appear as...

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Ladies Need Not Apply: The Astounding Strength of Homosexual Bonds in Zebra Finches

(12) Comments | Posted March 2, 2012 | 11:29 AM

Certain animal species are both sexually and socially monogamous, meaning that strong pair bonds are formed between two individuals, and these bonds withstand the test of time.  Among the most faithful pair-bonded species are zebra finches, which have been shown to forge extremely...

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In Honor of Valentine's Day, Some Animal Lovin' (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2012 | 12:08 PM

Recently I was a guest on Urban Rush, a Vancouver-based talk show, to discuss one of my favorite topics: the weird and wonderful world of animal sex. Because Valentines Day is quickly approaching, I thought I'd take the opportunity to discuss some of the lovin' going on in...

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Is Your Crappy Boyfriend Stressing You Out? You Are Not Alone...

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2012 | 3:05 PM

Stuck in a bad relationship are you?  Join the club. Many members of the animal kingdom are 'doing it' with mediocre mates on a daily basis for a variety of reasons including the lack of ability to find someone better, forced copulations, social protocols and much more. But have you ever considered...

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No Eggs? No Problem!

(1) Comments | Posted February 3, 2012 | 8:19 AM

According to our biological mantra, any energy spent either finding, courting and or fornicating with a member of the opposite sex is only justified if such an act is a bona fide attempt at spreading one's...

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Excuse Me... I Think You've Got Something Stuck on Your Upper Lip

(6) Comments | Posted January 9, 2012 | 2:57 PM

Sexual selection is alive and well in the animal kingdom... there are brilliant colors, structures, dances and songs to attest to the power of female choice when it comes to selecting a...

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The Context of Sex

(7) Comments | Posted January 6, 2012 | 11:22 AM

Biologists assume that all animals have a few goals in common: survive and reproduce. It doesn't mean much to survive without sending genetic blueprints into future generations, and there is a myriad of weird, ridiculous and awe-inspiring ways in which animals have evolved to do this. In some cases there...

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