Oct 24, 2009 | 8:43Quirks and Quarks Babies and Talk Audio
Quirks and Quarks Babies and Talk Oct 24, 2009 | 8:43Dr. Athena Vouloumanos was interested in testing the idea that infants have a built-in affinity for human speech. So she performed an experiment on five-month-old babies to see if they understood that speech was something that only humans produced.
Nov 14, 2009 | 10:19Quirks and Quarks CSI: Mesopotamia Audio
Quirks and Quarks CSI: Mesopotamia Nov 14, 2009 | 10:19In the 1920's human remains were excavated from the Royal Tombs of Ur in present day Iraq. When a king or queen died, those who served the dead royalty were to provide continued service in the afterlife. Now, new research suggests something more grisly.
Dec 12, 2009 | 18:05Quirks and Quarks Perfect Rigor Audio
Quirks and Quarks Perfect Rigor Dec 12, 2009 | 18:05In 2002, a Russian mathematician named Grigori Perelman shocked the world by releasing his proof of the Poincaré Conjecture, one of the great problems in mathematics. Since then he's refused all awards for his work, rejected offers from major universities, and claims to have quit mathematics entirely.
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.
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.
Jan 24, 2009 | 16:44Quirks and Quarks Fruitless Fall Audio
Quirks and Quarks Fruitless Fall Jan 24, 2009 | 16:44It's been a rough couple years for honeybees. Two years ago, hives across North America suddenly began to die out. One day they were fine, the next day they were empty of bees. Nearly two-thirds of North American honeybees have simply vanished.
Jan 24, 2009 | 8:58Quirks and Quarks Speedy Sperm Audio
Quirks and Quarks Speedy Sperm Jan 24, 2009 | 8:58Guys will do just about anything to make sure they find a good mate. And this is especially true in nature, where the signs of competitive mate selection are broadcast loud and clear. But competitive mate selection can also drive some more subtle effects.
Jan 24, 2009 | 9:39Quirks and Quarks Mammoth Impact Audio
Quirks and Quarks Mammoth Impact Jan 24, 2009 | 9:39Thirteen thousand years ago in North America many species went extinct. Mammoths, giant bears and sabretooth cats among them. The climate, which had been warming with the end of the last Ice Age, suddenly began to cool again.
Jan 31, 2009 | 9:46Quirks and Quarks No-Sweat Workout Audio
Quirks and Quarks No-Sweat Workout Jan 31, 2009 | 9:46Are you tired of being out-of-shape? Well, now you can work out in just a few minutes a week! It sounds like another one of those fly-by-night fitness fads, but there's solid evidence that short, intense bursts of exercise have some pretty impressive effects.
Mar 14, 2009 | 8:24Quirks and Quarks Planning for Pitching Audio
Quirks and Quarks Planning for Pitching Mar 14, 2009 | 8:24Many scientists have thought that the cognitive complexity it takes to plan for an indeterminate future is a uniquely human capacity. Well, that seems not to be the case. Properly motivated, it seems chimps can plan as well.
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.