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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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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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@CBCQuirks

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English

Contact:

416-205-6124


Episodes

Quirks & Quarks is on hiatus. There will no more podcasts until September

7/26/2019
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Check back for our new season September on 7. Enjoy your summer

Duration:00:00:50

50 years ago we walked on the moon, and it transformed life on Earth

7/19/2019
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Quirks & Quarks is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Armstrong and Aldrin putting the first human boot prints on the Moon. We’ve collected reminiscences and reflections from Canadian astronauts and from scientists across a diverse range of fields. They explain how the historic Apollo 11 landing inspired them and shaped the future that they’re continuing to create.

Duration:00:54:44

Quirks & Quarks is on hiatus. There will be no podcasts until our July 20th Apollo 11 anniversary special

6/28/2019
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We're taking a little summer break, but check back for a new program celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing on July 20.

Duration:00:00:59

Is your Wi-Fi watching you? Dog’s manipulative eyebrows, Darwin’s finches in danger, An AI learns numbers, genetics of smell, bonobo wing-mums, sponge scientists and electric car questions

6/21/2019
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Your Wi-Fi router could be used to watch you breathe and monitor your heartbeat; We’ve bred dogs to have expressive eyebrows that manipulate our emotions; A face-eating parasite is devastating Darwin’s famous Galapagos finches; AI is now learning to do things it hasn’t been taught; Do your genes smell bad? DNA shows what our noses know; Bonobo mothers act as wing-mums for their sons; A research assistant named Spongebob? Sea sponges collect data for science; Do electric car batteries take...

Duration:01:09:48

Should we have humans in space? A Quirks & Quarks public debate

6/14/2019
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In our first ever Quirks & Quarks public debate, recorded live in Toronto, astronaut Chris Hadfield, cosmologist Renée Hložek, planetary scientist Marianne Mader and space flight historian Amy Shira Teitel weigh in on whether we should leave space to the robots. An extended podcast edition includes Q&A segments not in the radio broadcast.

Duration:01:06:02

A diet of microplastic, Canada's northern limits, elephants smell numbers, depression genetics, magnetic therapy for concussion and aurorae on other planets.

6/7/2019
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We're consuming a lot of plastic and have no idea of the risks; Canada is using science to lay claim to the North Pole; The elephant's mathematical trunk can smell numbers; Depressing conclusion as new research reverses 25 years of research; Concussion symptoms reversed in mice using magnetic therapy; Do auroras occur on other planets and moons?

Duration:00:54:27

The benefits of video games, composting corpses, brewing ancient beer, right whales in the wrong place and supernovas and bipedalism

5/31/2019
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Video games aren't corrupting young minds - they may be building them; Don't bury or cremate - soon you may compost your corpse; Drink like an Egyptian - 5000 year old yeast is resurrected to brew ancient beer; Right whales were in the wrong place because of the wrong climate; Did our ancestors evolve to walk upright because of supernovae?

Duration:00:54:28

Sharks on a bird diet, fossils of fungus, 'lifelike' machines, giant beaver extinction, the beauty of calculus and oil spill dispersants

5/24/2019
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Flying food for fish? Tiger sharks are somehow eating songbirds; Fungus fossils shows the complexity of Earth's life a billion-years-ago; Scientists create robot-like biomaterial with key traits of life; Ancient beavers as big as bears died out because of their woodless diet; No, really, calculus can be beautiful and this mathematician will tell us why; What happens to oil spills after dispersant is used?

Duration:00:54:46

Solving our plastics problem, Mystery of the missing brain cells, overeating processed food, smartphones detect ear infections, moonquakes, and why geese honk while migrating

5/17/2019
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We need plastics - how do we avoid choking the planet with them?; Learning from tragedy - a baby lacking critical brain cells and a medical detective story; Processed food is full of bad stuff, but the real problem is you eat too much of it; 'Siri, does my baby have an ear infection?' An app does medical diagnosis; Moonquakes show the moon is still geologically 'alive; Why do Canada geese honk while migrating?

Duration:00:54:39

Zapping the brain to improve memory, the mission that almost landed on the moon, Does a dull sweet tooth make us fat, whale barnacles, and STEVE's shining secret

5/10/2019
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Cutting-edge experiments show an electrical zap improves memory in older adults; Countdown to the moon landing: Apollo 10 - the mission that came so close to the moon; It's all about the sugar fix: Eating too much sugar causes fruit flies to eat even more; Barnacles stuck to ancient whales kept an itinerary of whale migration routes; The secret of STEVE's glow - understanding the purple pal of the aurora borealis.

Duration:00:54:28

Brain resuscitation, Hippos supply algae skeletons, slug surgical glue, air conditioner carbon capture, coral reef halos and size and quantum mechanics.

5/3/2019
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How late is too late to revive a brain? Pig brain study raises questions; Hippo poop provides a key mineral for vital algae's tiny skeletons; Stitching up surgical cuts with slug slime; How air conditioners could keep you cool and capture carbon; Holy coral reefs? They've got a 'halo' that could show if they're healthy; How big is too big for quantum mechanics?

Duration:00:54:39

Oilsands emissions underestimated, Chernobyl's wildlife, a comet trapped in an asteroid, Mice run laps in zero-g, taking the uncertainty out of quantum, and species invading from Canada.

4/26/2019
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CO2-sniffing plane finds oilsands emissions higher than industry reported; Cataracts, small brains, and DNA damage - Chernobyl's wildlife 33 years after the meltdown; Mice reinvent the hamster wheel in zero gravity; A comet fragment trapped inside an meteorite captures a time capsule of the early solar system; Transcending the uncertainty of quantum mechanics in 'Einstein's Unfinished Revolution'; Have species from Canada invaded other places?

Duration:00:54:33

Human brain genes in monkeys, urine archaeology, evolving human faces, Sharks and heavy metals, life on exoplanets and how insects time their mating

4/18/2019
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Scientists have put a human brain gene into monkeys. Have they crossed the line?; Pee-oneering archeology. A new technique uses urine to study the ancient past; Why the long face? Human faces evolved to reveal emotions and communicate; Sharks cope with levels of heavy metals in their blood that would kill other animals; Is there life 'out there?' How we'll search for traces of life on nearby exoplanets; How do insects like ants time their emergence so precisely?

Duration:00:54:39

Black hole imaged, a new tiny human, rebuilding coral reefs, Treating depression with ketamine, flipper fornicates for fun and why cats purr

4/12/2019
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Seeing the first black hole - and what we'll see next; A new tiny hominin discovery gives the 'hobbit' a distant cousin; Collapsing coral reefs - can we rebuild them?; Ketamine works its magic on depression by 'stabilizing the brain in a well state'; Female dolphins may know the joy of sex thanks to a human-like clitoris; How and why do cats purr?

Duration:00:54:14

The day the dinosaurs died, Soviet's race to the moon, tasmanian devils fight off cancer, Roadside testing for cannabis impairment, and Arctic landslides.

4/5/2019
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A catastrophe frozen in time - a new fossil site shows how the dinosaurs died; The race to the moon - what the Russians were doing behind the Iron Curtain; Tasmanian Devils are learning to live with the cancer that was pushing them to extinction; Roadside THC tests do not test for impairment. How can science help?; Permafrost landslides are eating great swathes of Arctic landscape.

Duration:00:54:24

Erasing memories, biggest T-Rex and the smell of Parkinson's, Saturn's tiny ring moons, Google glass helps autistic kids and a supervolcano eruption

3/29/2019
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How to remember to forget - the new science of erasing memories; Big, old and banged-up - Canada is home to the world's largest Tyrannosaurus Rex; A woman who can smell Parkinson's disease could hold the key to early diagnosis; Meet the odd little moons that interact with Saturn's spectacular rings; Google glasses could help kids with autism read emotional cues in people's faces; What would happen if the Yellowstone supervolcano exploded?

Duration:00:54:14

Shopping for souvenirs on an asteroid, new Cambrian explosion fossils, the gut-brain axis, why we can say 'f' words, green icebergs from Antarctica and the length of a dream

3/22/2019
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A Japanese spacecraft visits an asteroid - and will bring back a souvenir; "Weird wonders" in China - new half-billion year-old fossils from the dawn of animal life; Your gut bacteria are actively involved in your emotions, how you think, and even behave; Our farming ancestors are the reason we can say 'f' words today; Mysterious green icebergs from Antarctica might be fertilizing the southern ocean; How long does it take to dream a dream?

Duration:00:54:38

Inside actors brains, inactive ingredients aren't, Super solar storms, butterfly's toxic backup, secrets life of bone and wind turbines and climate.

3/15/2019
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Actors' brains have different activity patterns when they're in character; Inactive ingredients in your meds might not be so inactive after all; Super-powerful solar storms hit Earth in the past - and could recur in the future; When a butterfly's disguise fails, its backup plan is poison; 'Skeleton Keys' - a new book explores the secret life of bones; Do wind turbine farms have an effect on climate?

Duration:00:54:08

Science of awe, blue whales and sonar, chromosomes and sleep, ancient aquaculture on the west coast and dogs and human sperm quality

3/8/2019
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Exploring the powerful emotion of awe - how it can be awe-some and aw-ful; Military sonar puts blue whales off their feed; Your brain may need sleep to repair your brain's DNA 'potholes'; Clam gardens have been cultivated by indigenous people for millenia; Man and man's best friend have both been experiencing declines in sperm quality.

Duration:00:54:29

The Goodness Paradox, secrets in poop, converting carbon to coal, countdown to the moon landing, selecting hygienic bees and a question of cow methane

3/1/2019
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The Goodness Paradox - Why humans are so good and so bad; Potty talk: the secrets Kim Jong Un could be hiding in his private portable toilet; Creating coal from CO2 - undoing fossil fuel burning to save the climate; Countdown to the Moon landing - How Apollo 9 tested the lunar lander in Earth orbit; How selecting for genes to keep the hive clean could help honeybee survival; Do cows produce more methane than rotting grass?

Duration:00:54:43