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Quirks & Quarks

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Join host Bob McDonald each week to find out the latest in science, technology, medicine and the environment. We cover the quirks of the expanding universe to the quarks within a single atom...and everything in between.

Join host Bob McDonald each week to find out the latest in science, technology, medicine and the environment. We cover the quirks of the expanding universe to the quarks within a single atom...and everything in between.
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Toronto, ON

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CBC

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Join host Bob McDonald each week to find out the latest in science, technology, medicine and the environment. We cover the quirks of the expanding universe to the quarks within a single atom...and everything in between.

Twitter:

@CBCQuirks

Language:

English

Contact:

416-205-6124


Episodes

Someone’s cheating on the ozone treaty, nano-nutrients for crops, why birds almost died with the dinosaurs, sports excellence needs great brains, not enough sleep or too much awake and lightning zig-zags

5/25/2018
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Scientists discover secret polluters may be eroding the ozone layer; Dino killing asteroid also took out the trees - and the birds that lived in them; Cancer researcher uses medical nanotech to deliver nutrients to hungry crops; Great athletes have high performance brains, as well as bodies; The sleep deficit puzzle - is it not enough sleep or too much being awake?; Why doesn't lightning travel in a straight line?

Duration:00:54:36

Science of psychedelics, understanding Kilauea up close, hippo poop kills fish Also pain enables flesh eating bacteria, green blooded lizards and genes for ethnicity?

5/18/2018
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Michael Pollan on the science of how psychedelics can ‘shake your snow globe’; Kilauea’s lava has been flowing for 35 years - what’s science learning from the latest eruption?; Flushing hippo toilets smother fish in African rivers; Flesh eating bacteria stun the immune system into silence - with pain; Green-blooded reptiles are on the edge of poisoning themselves; Is there a genetic marker for ethnicity?

Duration:00:54:36

James Hansen's 'I told you so', elephant earthquakes and third-hand smoke Also digging into Mars, New Brunswick floods and health risks, and could humans get heartworm?

5/11/2018
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‘Father of global warming’ worries the climate young people inherit will be out of their control; ‘Third hand smoke’ can leap from clothes and surfaces into the air you breathe; Listening for elephant earthquakes might help us save pachyderms from poachers; Mars InSight lander will use seismology to see what’s shaking on Mars; Flood waters up in BC, down in NB - what health concerns do they leave behind?; Why don't humans get heartworm like our canine friends?

Duration:00:54:21

Preserving brains for uploading, Coral reefs sound sick, South American child sacrifice and more…A ray-gun to stop rogue vehicles, the first bird beak and the Earth’s ‘dark side’.

5/4/2018
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Preserving your brain might kill you, but it could it help you live forever; The Great Barrier Reef sounds sick, so baby fish aren't attracted to it; Ancient Peruvians sacrificed 140 children by tearing their hearts out; Could this Pentagon-developed ‘ray gun’ have stopped the Toronto van attack?; The first bird beak came with teeth as well; Will the Earth ever have a ‘dark side’?

Duration:00:54:35

Scrap medical weed; women in space; and more

4/27/2018
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Doctor’s group wants to scrap Canada’s medical cannabis program' Right stuff, wrong gender - the true story of the women who almost went to the moon; An ancient giant sloth hunt, frozen in time; Study after study has shown that corporate anti-bias training doesn’t work; How do tiny songbirds sing so loud, for so long?

Duration:00:54:40

Chemical weapons history, exploding ant, switchblade fish and more

4/20/2018
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A scientific history of chemical weapons; Kamikaze ants blow themselves up and cover their victims with killer slime; Deep-diving ‘sea nomads‘ have evolved an internal scuba tank; Trans Mountain spill ‘could have significant impacts’ says Canadian government scientist; One of the most venomous fish in the ocean also has switchblade eyes; Why doesn't life continue to spontaneously occur around hydrothermal vents in the ocean?

Duration:00:54:37

Arctic salt lake, eyebrow communication, and creating Captain America PLUS - Hummingbird songs, and the double-edged sword of aerosol reduction

4/13/2018
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Newly discovered salt lakes in Canadian arctic help us understand Jupiter's moons; Why humans ditched the mono brow, for two eyebrows; Chasing Captain America: Author explores real-life science that could build a super-soldier; Hummingbirds 'sing' with their tail feathers to impress the females; Catch-22: polluting aerosols cool the Earth, removing them warms it; Can we make veggies winter hardy like daffodil plants?

Duration:00:54:39

Arctic salt lake, eyebrow communication, and creating Captain America PLUS - Hummingbird songs, and the double-edged sword of aerosol reduction

4/13/2018
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Newly discovered salt lakes in Canadian arctic help us understand Jupiter's moons; Why humans ditched the mono brow, for two eyebrows; Chasing Captain America: Author explores real-life science that could build a super-soldier; Hummingbirds 'sing' with their tail feathers to impress the females; Catch-22: polluting aerosols cool the Earth, removing them warms it; Can we make veggies winter hardy like daffodil plants?

Duration:00:54:39

Microplastics contaminate land, a four-eyed lizard, and dark matter goes missing. Also coffee and pot, the science of luck, and do trees radiate heat?

4/6/2018
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Scientists worry microplastics found on farmers’ fields could end up in our food; Why a lizard from 49 million years ago had four eyes; A strange new kind of galaxy has no dark matter, and we don’t know why; Wake ‘n’ bake - what coffee and cannabis have in common; How you can use the science of luck to change your fortunes; Nature retracts CRISPR ‘bull in a China shop’ paper about gene editing; Do trees radiate heat?

Duration:00:54:20

Microplastics contaminate land, a four-eyed lizard, and dark matter goes missing. Also coffee and pot, the science of luck, and how hot are trees?

4/6/2018
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Scientists worry microplastics found on farmers’ fields could end up in our food; Why a lizard from 49 million years ago had four eyes; A strange new kind of galaxy has no dark matter, and we don’t know why; Wake ‘n’ bake - what coffee and cannabis have in common; How you can use the science of luck to change your fortunes; Nature retracts CRISPR ‘bull in a China shop’ paper about gene editing; Do trees radiate heat?

Duration:00:54:20

Time to re-think human anatomy, a new ‘organ’ has been found; How a massive volcano helped to convert Iceland's pagans to Christianity; On a hunt for North America's indigenous crops; and more

3/29/2018
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The interstitium, a newfound human organ has been hiding in plain sight; Brain scans reveal why the 'Iceman' can withstand insanely cold temperatures; The volcano that brought Christianity to Iceland; On a hunt for North America's indigenous crops; Using tailpipe tech to make smoked bacon safer to eat; Why do fingers and toes wrinkle when they are in the water for a long time?

Duration:00:54:49

Alien-looking skeleton revealed as a human that lost the genetic lottery; Scientists say it’s time to make ‘3-parent baby’ technology legal in Canada; The death of a rhino symbolizes the catastrophe of the “sixth extinction”; and more

3/23/2018
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A bizarre skeleton that looks alien is actually a human with a lot of bone mutations; Scientists say it’s time to make ‘3-parent baby’ technology legal in Canada; A dead rhino is a canary in the coal mine for mass extinction; Novichok and the science of assassination with chemical weapons; Bats teach other bats what a good meal sounds like; Why does ear hair grow as men age?

Duration:00:54:32

Alien-looking skeleton revealed as human that lost the genetic lottery; Scientists say it’s time to make ‘3-parent baby’ technology legal in Canada; The death of a rhino symbolizes the catastrophe of the “sixth extinction”; and more

3/23/2018
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A bizarre skeleton that looks alien is actually a human with a lot of bone mutations; Scientists say it’s time to make ‘3-parent baby’ technology legal in Canada; A dead rhino is a canary in the coal mine for mass extinction; Novichok and the science of assassination with chemical weapons; Bats teach other bats what a good meal sounds like; Why does ear hair grow as men age?

Duration:00:54:32

Hawking’s science, thoughts on God, and the formula for his tombstone; How DIY radiation sleuths are holding Japan’s government accountable; Far out visions for the future of humanity from Michio Kaku; and more

3/16/2018
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Hawking’s science, thoughts on God, and the formula for his tombstone; How DIY radiation sleuths are holding Japan’s government accountable; Far out visions for the future of humanity from Michio Kaku; Something unusual is happening with our planet's magnetic field; How do archaeological sites become covered in the first place?

Duration:00:54:41

Planet-sized cyclones just one highlight of Juno’s view of Jupiter; We can’t blame violent video games for mass shootings. Here’s the science; ‘Gates of Hell’ ritual sacrifices were a deadly geological magic trick

3/9/2018
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Planet-sized cyclones just one highlight of Juno’s view of Jupiter; We can’t blame violent video games for mass shootings. Here’s the science; ‘Gates of Hell’ ritual sacrifices were a deadly geological magic trick; Looking inside our brains to reconstruct images and communicate with those who can’t; A 127 million year old baby bird fossil sheds new light on avian evolution; How do cell phone towers affect birds that nest on them?

Duration:00:54:28

The universe’s dark age ended with the first stars - and we’ve found them; The vampire molecule: scientists discover why young blood helps reverse ageing; The secret to finding life on Mars begins in Chile's Atacama Desert

3/2/2018
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The universe’s dark age ended with the first stars - and we’ve found them; The vampire molecule: scientists discover why young blood helps reverse ageing; ‘Acoustic tweezer’ tractor beam could replace invasive surgeries; Scientists can look in your brain to determine your intelligence; The secret to finding life on Mars begins in Chile's Atacama Desert; Why do we have wax in our ears?

Duration:00:54:25

Neanderthals good at art, treating fake news, fighting flu with UV light; overmedicating seniors and more.

2/23/2018
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These paintings prove Neanderthals weren't so brutish after all; From dresses to space travel graphene could do just about anything; This online game could be a ‘psychological vaccine’ against fake news;Could we stop flu outbreaks with UV light bulbs? Over-medicated seniors are an ‘unseen epidemic’; How much oil have we taken out of the ground?

Duration:00:54:41

Corruption, bribery and cover-ups - is the sugar story too sweet?; Ants treat battleground wounded during termite wars; Scientist use nanorobots to attack and kill cancer in mice; and more

2/16/2018
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Corruption, bribery and cover-ups - is the sugar story too sweet?; Ants treat battleground wounded during termite wars; Scientist use nanorobots to attack and kill cancer in mice; The Earth burped lava after being smashed by a dinosaur-killing asteroid; NASA is designing a sub to explore Titan’s methane oceans; Do offshore wind turbines generate noise that is harmful to marine life?

Duration:00:54:41

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch ‘a true turning point in our journey into space’; Turning off anxiety could be as easy as flicking on a light in your brain; Lego and video games STEM the gender divide; and more

2/9/2018
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SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch ‘a true turning point in our journey into space’; Turning off anxiety could be as easy as flicking on a light in your brain; Take the quiz that shows the universal qualities of music; The secret to female attraction could be a tiny molecule; Lego and video games STEM the gender divide; Do bears actually hibernate in caves?

Duration:00:54:28

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch ‘a true turning point in our journey into space’; Turning off anxiety could be as easy as flicking on a light in your brain; Lego and video games STEM the gender divide; and more

2/9/2018
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SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch ‘a true turning point in our journey into space’; Turning off anxiety could be as easy as flicking on a light in your brain; Take the quiz that scientists used to show the universal qualities of music; The secret to female attraction could be a tiny molecule; Lego and video games STEM the gender divide; Do bears actually hibernate in caves?

Duration:00:54:28

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