May 23, 2009 | 9:41Quirks and Quarks Acid Volcanoes Flex Mussels Audio
Quirks and Quarks Acid Volcanoes Flex Mussels May 23, 2009 | 9:41Dr. Verena Tunnicliffe studies deep-sea hydrothermal vents and underwater volcanoes, so she's used to extreme environments. Even she was surprised to see liquid carbon dioxide bubbling from an undersea volcano 1600 meters below the surface.
May 23, 2009 | 8:23Quirks and Quarks Basking Shark's Disappearing Act Audio
Quirks and Quarks Basking Shark's Disappearing Act May 23, 2009 | 8:23The basking shark is the world's second largest fish and during summers, it lives a peaceful life sifting plankton from temperate ocean waters. It leads a mysterious double life however, as during the winter, it simply disappears.
Mar 7, 2009 | 8:51Quirks and Quarks Binary Black Hole Audio
Quirks and Quarks Binary Black Hole Mar 7, 2009 | 8:51It's hard to imagine anything as enigmatic, destructive and awe-inspiring as a black hole, except, of course, for two of them. That's precisely what Dr. Todd Boroson accidently found while studying quasars as part of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.
Sep 19, 2009 | 10:37Quirks and Quarks Tiny T-Rex Audio
Quirks and Quarks Tiny T-Rex Sep 19, 2009 | 10:37Tyrannosaurus rex was the most fearsome predator of the dinosaur age - one of the largest predators in history. Now, a newly discovered ancestor of T. rex is giving scientists new respect for its body plan.
Sep 19, 2009 | 8:24Quirks and Quarks Curing Colour-blind Monkeys Audio
Quirks and Quarks Curing Colour-blind Monkeys Sep 19, 2009 | 8:24Most squirrel monkeys, like some humans, are red-green colour blind. Due to a missing gene, the photo-receptors in their eyes don't produce the pigments that would allow them to see the full range of colour that most humans do.
Sep 19, 2009 | 8:49Quirks and Quarks Walking On Our Own Two Feet Audio
Quirks and Quarks Walking On Our Own Two Feet Sep 19, 2009 | 8:49There are two schools of thought regarding the origins of human bipedalism. One is that bipedalism evolved from our ape-like ancestors. The other suggests our upright walking comes from apes' ability to stand in trees.
Sep 19, 2009 | 25:08Quirks and Quarks Space Solar Power Audio
Quirks and Quarks Space Solar Power Sep 19, 2009 | 25:08Collecting solar power using satellites has been a staple of science fiction, and a dream of space enthusiasts for half-a-century. It's easy to see why researchers have been exploring this idea, as it promises a clean, plentiful and consistent energy supply.
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 | 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.