The Curiosity Shop in Niagara

The Curiosity Shop in Niagara

What are you curious about? Tell us!

Research Matters is traveling across the province to ask Ontarians to tell us the questions you’ve always wanted to have answered. Get your photo snapped at the Curiosity Shop or share your question on our Post-it wall, and your question might be selected to be answered by an Ontario researcher. You can also submit a question online.

Ask us anything you want to know about anything at all and we'll do our best to find an Ontario resercher who can answer your question! Questions and answers are posted on the Research Matters’ website.

Bring your questions and imagination

During the summer of 2014, the "Curiosity Cruiser" will be travelling to farmers’ markets across Ontario. In addition to collecting questions, these booths will showcase equipment researchers use; the public gets the chance to guess what these objects are!

The Curiosity Cruiser will be coming to the St. Catharines Farmers’ Market on June 17.

The Curiosity Shop will be returning to Niagara next year. Brock University hosted the Curiosity Shop this year on May 24, 2014 at the Pen Centre, St. Catharines and May 25 – 30 at Congress 2014.


As an active and enthusiastic member of Research Matters, Brock University researchers have already answered some of the questions posted by the public:

Why do we have two stages of teeth?
(Dr. Peter Fritz, adjunct professor)

What if we did nothing about invasive species?
(Dr. Liette Vasseur)

Why is the grass always greener on the other side? (Dr. Michael Busseri)

How does research get from the lab into real world usefulness?
(Dr. Evangelia Litsa Tsiani)

Is sugar good or bad for the brain?
(Dr. Jian Liu)

Do fish ever get thirsty?
(Dr. Joffre Mercier)

Why don’t birds’ legs freeze in extreme cold weather?
(Dr. Glenn Tattersall)

How do you know calculators get the right answers?
(Dr. Michael Winter)

How does artificial intelligence work?
(Dr. Brian Ross)

Will Pi ever be defined?
(Dr. Joffre Mercier; Dr. Michael Winter)