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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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Location:

Toronto, ON

Networks:

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

Zap your brain to get smarter, Divorce genetics, Deep-sea mining, War on coal and Energy East, Zika mutation and Volcanoes under water

10/13/2017
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Zap your brain to get smarter, Divorce is genetic, Deep-sea mining, War on coal and Energy East, Zika mutation and Quirks Question - Volcanoes under water.

Duration: 00:54:45


Firearms knowledge gap, Our missing dreams, Asteroid impact drills, Herpes patient zero, Nobel prize in Physics and Grey rainbows

10/6/2017
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NRA has suppressed gun violence research; Your dreams are disappearing in a cloud of pot smoke; Dry run for an asteroid collision with Earth; The ancient primate we can blame for genital herpes; Nobel prize winner almost messed up his experiment; Fogbows.

Duration: 00:54:26


Science advisor, Giant rat, Sleep deprivation and depression, Migrating via tsunami, Stardust and the sound of Saturn’s rings

9/29/2017
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Science advisor Dr. Mona Nemer, Giant rat on the Solomon Islands, Sleep deprivation and depression, Migrating species via tsunami debris, Star dust book, and the sound of Saturn’s rings.

Duration: 00:54:45


Human echolocation, Debunking the ‘power pose,’ Fighting wildfire, Do jellyfish sleep? Filching fossil footprints

9/22/2017
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Watch this “batman” echolocate; “No evidence” power posing will get you a job; Fires are torching forests and we need to change tactics; Scientists discover jellyfish need sleep too; Vandals steal 6 million year old footprints; Can hurricanes be blasted?

Duration: 00:54:40


North Korea’s Nukes, Bacteria fights chemotherapy, How Neanderthals made glue, Does weather change climate beliefs, Our future with AI, and tracking the eclipse

9/15/2017
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North Korea’s Nukes, Bacteria fights chemotherapy, How Neanderthals made glue, Does weather change climate beliefs, Our future with AI, and Quirks Question: tracking the eclipse

Duration: 00:54:46


Cyborgs and your working future, Cassini's crashing success, Voyager's 40th anniversary and doggy laryngitis

9/8/2017
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Will you have to become a cyborg for your job?; Cassini’s Grand Finale - ‘like a Jules Verne adventure come true.' ; Voyager at 40: Space exploration that just keeps on going; Why don’t dogs that bark so much get laryngitis?

Duration: 00:54:48


Houston paved its wetlands - is catastrophic flooding a result?; Whales are learning to dodge deafening military sonar; To save endangered caribou, shoot a moose; and more

9/1/2017
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Houston paved its wetlands - is flooding a result?; Is Canada prepared for a Hurricane disaster?; A Houston weather forecaster on the future of his city; Whales learn to dodge sonar; To save caribou, shoot a moose; Why does my tummy hurt when I’m nervous?

Duration: 00:54:37


Did you hear that voice? It could be your brain looking for patterns; Pro fighters help scientists understand evolution of concussions; and more

8/25/2017
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Hearing voices when there are none; Pro fighters, brain injury and the risks; Mystery of civil-war sub solved by forensics; A sea snakes skin swallows up pollution; Lost City of The Monkey God; Question, How melatonin is regulated in blind people.

Duration: 00:54:39


Bob McDonald is on the road to the total eclipse, What scientists will be watching during this total eclipse, Baseball researcher finds “the zone” in brain wave experiment, and more

8/18/2017
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Bob McDonald on the road to the eclipse, What scientists will see, Eclipse draws ham radio buffs, Baseball researcher finds “the zone” in brain waves, Bad news for bees from neonicotinoids, Skeletons say arthritis isn’t about aging, Quirks Question.

Duration: 00:54:39


Good mothers=bad guide dogs, glaciers warming the world, Greek Mass grave, armoured dinosaur, super-supernova

8/11/2017
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Tough love means good guide dogs; Massive ice sheets weirdly warmed us up; Mass grave could be executed rebels; Armoured dinosaur still had to hide from predators; A super-supernova could happen in our neighborhood; Why does scar tissue persist?

Duration: 00:54:39


Hearing plants, awkward bees, arctic gems, spying of fish, and chicken bones

8/4/2017
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Scientist discovers plants can hear; Socially awkward honeybees may give clues about autism; Listening in on fish conversations; Searching for jewels in the Arctic; Chicken bone reveals a rich backstory; Why can't you remember when you get knocked out?

Duration: 00:54:39


How to kill everything; Stressed-out fish; Geoengineering; and more

7/28/2017
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Fighting mosquito-borne diseases with more mosquitoes; Who should be in charge of geoengineering?; Stressed fish less likely to get caught; How to wipe out all life on Earth; Your t-shirt could charge your phone; A blood test for concussions

Duration: 00:54:39


Dogs are happy mutants; Chocolate microbiome; How cancer spreads; and more

7/21/2017
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Your dog’s mutant superpower is... love; Chocolate plants get fungus armour from their parents; Scientists unlock the key to why cancer spreads; Plants avoid sunburn by shivering away extra heat; Looking for aliens in all the right places;

Duration: 00:54:39


Brain training apps; Drumming birds; Future forest fires; and more

7/14/2017
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Brain training apps won't make you smarter; Cockatoos tap out a beat; Artificial tongue has a taste for good whiskey; Toxic ice may be cleaned up by bacteria; Future forest fires harder to control; Scouring Canada Zika; Potato shaped planets.

Duration: 00:54:39


The upside of cigarette butts in bird nests; Charging into wildfires; Strong chimps; and more

7/7/2017
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Birds use cigarette butts to ward off ticks; Flying into the heart of a wildfire; Why chimps are stronger than you; Working the graveyard shift may trigger cancer; Learning to sniff like a dog; Why are there no stars in the moon landing pictures?

Duration: 00:54:39


Canada 150 - Our Sesquicentennial in Science; Protecting Islam’s archaeological heritage against vandalism and development; and more

6/30/2017
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150 Glorious years of Canadian science; Walking Dead: zombie beetle edition; Protecting Islam’s archaeological heritage against vandalism and development.

Duration: 00:54:15


When you get your DNA scanned is your genetic privacy safe?; Iron Man takes his first steps - an exoskeleton that learns to walk; and more

6/23/2017
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Drowned wildebeest nourish river ecosystem; Iron Man takes his first steps; When your DNA is scanned is genetic privacy safe?; Pancake breakfast may make you cranky; Scaredy-cat cougars frightened into killing more prey; Why don’t whales get the bends?

Duration: 00:54:25


An iceberg the size of PEI is about to break off of Antarctica; Brainy elk become bulletproof by outsmarting hunters; Illiterate adults can rewire their brains by learning to read; and more

6/16/2017
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Larsen C ice shelf is going, going…; Newly discovered fish eaten by invasive predator; Old elk outsmart hunters; Can animals teach you to be a better Dad? Learning to read as an adult restructures the brain; Bees are disappearing, can flies take over?

Duration: 00:54:32


Bacteria turns poop blue when you’re sick; Your baby can recognize the shape of faces before it’s even born; What's with all those red-bearded hockey players? and more

6/9/2017
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Bacteria turns poop blue when you’re sick; The tune from Trappist-1; Cannibal insects get hungrier as climate warms; Babies recognise faces before they're born; Autism detected early with hope for treatment; What's with all the red-bearded hockey players?

Duration: 00:54:32


Trump ignores most of the world and all of the science; We’ve found 50 genes for intelligence. Could that lead to discrimination?; and more

6/2/2017
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Trump ignores most of the world and all of the science, Scientists using CRISPR discover hundreds of unintended mutations, A bend in its skull helps a blind fish find its way; We’ve found 50 genes for intelligence. Could that lead to discrimination?

Duration: 00:54:32

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