Oct 31, 2009 | 23:48Quirks and Quarks Cancer as a Chronic Disease Audio
Quirks and Quarks Cancer as a Chronic Disease Oct 31, 2009 | 23:48We think of cancer as a frightening killer, but the face of the disease is changing. We're better at curing many cancers than ever before, but researchers have also made remarkable progress in allowing people to live with cancer for longer.
Dec 5, 2009 | 30:29Quirks and Quarks The Rising Seas Audio
Quirks and Quarks The Rising Seas Dec 5, 2009 | 30:29In the last 150 years global sea level has increased by about 20cm, and most of this increase is thought to be a result of climate change. In the next 100 years, we'll see much more sea level rise - possibly more than a meter.
Dec 19, 2009 | 16:52Quirks and Quarks Dark Side of the Moon Audio
Quirks and Quarks Dark Side of the Moon Dec 19, 2009 | 16:52Wernher von Braun was a hero of the Space Age. He was the scientific face of the US space program from its early days through to the glory of the moon landings. He was also a Nazi party member and the developer of the V-2 rocket.
Oct 10, 2009 | 15:59Quirks and Quarks Between XX and XY Audio
Quirks and Quarks Between XX and XY Oct 10, 2009 | 15:59S. African runner Caster Semenya won the gold medal in the women's 800-metre race at the World Track and Field Championship in Berlin back in August. But many of her competitors complained that Semenya must be a man. The International Association of Athletics Federations ordered a gender test.
Nov 21, 2009 | 16:54Quirks and Quarks Countdown to Copenhagen Audio
Quirks and Quarks Countdown to Copenhagen Nov 21, 2009 | 16:54In 2 weeks time, representatives from 193 countries will gather in Copenhagen, Denmark, for the 15th United Nations Conference on Climate Change. The goal of the conference is to establish a global climate agreement, to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.
Nov 28, 2009 | 11:14Quirks and Quarks Arctic Slush Audio
Quirks and Quarks Arctic Slush Nov 28, 2009 | 11:14Dr. David Barber and his colleagues were cruising the Arctic Ocean in an icebreaker/research ship to study multi-year sea ice, the kind that has formed the permanent ice cap in the Arctic for thousands of years.
Dec 19, 2009 | 15:54Quirks and Quarks Poseidon's Steed Audio
Quirks and Quarks Poseidon's Steed Dec 19, 2009 | 15:54The seahorse is a creature like no other. Its unusual anatomy made it the subject of Roman and Greek mythology. Today, the seahorse continues to fuel the imagination in the form of children's stories, jewelry and art.
Sep 26, 2009 | 8:22Quirks and Quarks Midnight Snacking Audio
Quirks and Quarks Midnight Snacking Sep 26, 2009 | 8:22Weight control in humans has always been thought to be a matter of the calories you take in, versus the amount of energy used. But a recent study at Northwestern University shows that the time of day you eat may also be part of that equation.
Sep 26, 2009 | 10:08Quirks and Quarks Yawn Tennis Audio
Quirks and Quarks Yawn Tennis Sep 26, 2009 | 10:08If you see, hear, or even read about someone yawning, there's a pretty good chance that you'll feel the urge to yawn yourself. This is the well known phenomenon of contagious yawning, sometimes known as "yawn tennis.
Sep 26, 2009 | 8:55Quirks and Quarks Light in Flight Audio
Quirks and Quarks Light in Flight Sep 26, 2009 | 8:55Fighter jets sometimes make use of defensive "flares", which are meant to distract incoming heat-seeking missiles. Dr. Karen Osborn, a marine biologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, has discovered a deep-sea worm that does much the same thing.
Sep 26, 2009 | 16:39Quirks and Quarks Wednesday is Indigo Blue Audio
Quirks and Quarks Wednesday is Indigo Blue Sep 26, 2009 | 16:39Imagine a world where you see numbers and letters, and even days of the week, in specific colours - every number 7 looks red; every time you see the letter A, it appears to be green; and Wednesdays feel indigo blue.