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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

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

Would you take this new blood test that can screen for Alzheimer’s?; Friends share more than interests, their brains are similar too; Canadian beetles are shrinking because of climate change; and more

2/2/2018
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Would you take this new blood test that can screen for Alzheimer’s?; Friends share more than interests, their brains are similar too; Are junk clearing lasers the first step towards weaponizing space?; Canadian beetles are shrinking because of climate change; ‘There is a lot of tension’: why efforts to monitor Ontario wolves face opposition; Why do some non-evergreens keep their leaves in winter?

Duration:00:54:41

Would you take this new blood test that can screen for Alzheimer’s?; Friends share more than interests, their brains are similar too; Canadian beetles are shrinking because of climate change; and more

2/2/2018
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Would you take this new blood test that can screen for Alzheimer’s?; Friends share more than interests, their brains are similar too; Are junk clearing lasers the first step towards weaponizing space?; Canadian beetles are shrinking because of climate change; ‘There is a lot of tension’: why efforts to monitor Ontario wolves face opposition; Why do some non-evergreens keep their leaves in winter?

Duration:00:54:41

Would you take this new blood test that can screen for Alzheimer’s?; Friends share more than interests, their brains are similar too; Canadian beetles are shrinking because of climate change; and more

2/2/2018
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Would you take this new blood test that can screen for Alzheimer’s?; Friends share more than interests, their brains are similar too; Are junk clearing lasers the first step towards weaponizing space?; Canadian beetles are shrinking because of climate change; ‘There is a lot of tension’: why efforts to monitor Ontario wolves face opposition; Why do some non-evergreens keep their leaves in winter?

Duration:00:54:41

Would you take this new blood test that can screen for Alzheimer’s?; Are junk clearing lasers the first step towards weaponizing space?; Canadian beetles are shrinking because of climate change, and more

2/2/2018
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This new blood test will revolutionize how we screen for Alzheimer’s; Friends share more than interests, their brains are similar too; Space lasers vs space junk; Beetles are shrinking because of climate change; ‘There is a lot of tension’: why efforts to monitor Ontario wolves face opposition; Why do some non-evergreens keep their leaves in winter?

Duration:00:54:41

Would you take this new blood test that can screen for Alzheimer’s?; Are junk clearing lasers the first step towards weaponizing space?; Canadian beetles are shrinking because of climate change, and more

2/2/2018
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This new blood test will revolutionize how we screen for Alzheimer’s; Friends share more than interests, their brains are similar too; Space lasers vs space junk; Beetles are shrinking because of climate change; ‘There is a lot of tension’: why efforts to monitor Ontario wolves face opposition; Why do some non-evergreens keep their leaves in winter?

Duration:00:54:41

Breathing spreads the flu; What happens if we stop geoengineering? Your eyes are pointing your eardrums; Flipping Earth’s magnetic field; Animal athletes; and Freezing duck feet

1/26/2018
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Breathing spreads the flu; What happens if we stop geoengineering? Your eyes are pointing your eardrums; Flipping Earth’s magnetic field will lead to disaster; Animal athletes race for life and death; and Freezing duck feet

Duration:00:54:09

Do lobsters feel pain?; Fighting cocaine addiction; Monkey fight club for peace; Moon Express, Extinct animals fought with their tails; Our brain vs. a computer

1/19/2018
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Do lobsters feel pain when we boil them alive?; Hacking the immune system to fight cocaine addiction; Monkey fight club helps animals to learn to live together peacefully; Canadian entrepreneur wants to send the first private lander to to the moon; Why extinct creatures fought with their tails, while today animals use their heads; How much RAM and hard drive space does a human brain have?

Duration:00:54:42

How much RAM and hard drive space does a human brain have?

1/19/2018
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What's your science question? Ask us! #QuirksQuestions

Duration:00:03:57

Why extinct creatures fought with their tails, while today animals use their heads

1/19/2018
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Paleontologists discover why tail weapons are so rare

Duration:00:07:16

Canadian entrepreneur wants to send the first private lander to to the moon

1/19/2018
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Moon Express might be the first private company to land on the moon - on their way to exploiting the valuable resources on the lunar surface.

Duration:00:13:15

Monkey fight club helps animals to learn to live together peacefully

1/19/2018
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Monkey fights have a thing or two to teach robotic drones, collective computing researchers say.

Duration:00:06:50

Hacking the immune system to fight cocaine addiction

1/19/2018
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Scientists are finding promising ways that could help people kick their addictions by finding ways to reduce cravings and block the high.

Duration:00:12:54

Do lobsters feel pain when we boil them alive?

1/19/2018
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The Swiss government passed a law stating people can no longer boil a lobster alive. Here's the science behind how the crustaceans may feel pain.

Duration:00:10:24

Science explains when to visit the hospital, answer emails, and deliver bad news; Psychiatrist's new warning that Trump's mental state ‘is a national and international security risk; Tiny robots inserted in pigs are making tissue grow inside the body.

1/12/2018
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Why you shouldn’t make major decisions in the afternoon; Trump's mental state; Robotic implants help grow tissue inside living pigs; CRISPR genome editing; Ibuprofen pain killers mess with men's testosterone; Whose DNA is present in a donor heart?

Duration:00:54:41

How an oddly large beetle penis is inspiring new medical technology; Doctors say blueberries can help chemotherapy kill cervical cancer; Vessels as small as kayaks can impact endangered killer whale behavior; and more

1/5/2018
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Sugar additive worsens superbug epidemics; Keep a distance from whales says US regulations; Beetle penis inspires medical catheter design; Blueberries improve cancer treatment; Sense of touch is tested; Hidden cost of pollution; Snow and electricity.

Duration:00:54:29

2017's most incredible science stories we almost missed

12/29/2017
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The 6 most incredible science stories we didn’t get to cover

Duration:00:54:32

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