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Holiday Question Show - Part 2

For your holiday pleasure we offer another episode of our award-winning Quirks & Quarks question show. We've scoured the country to find the people who can answer questions submitted by you, our listeners.

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Quirks and Quarks - Cancer as a Chronic DiseaseOct 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.
Quirks and Quarks - The Rising SeasDec 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.
Quirks and Quarks - Dark Side of the MoonDec 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.
Quirks and Quarks - Countdown to CopenhagenNov 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.
Quirks and Quarks - Vampire SpidersNov 21, 2009 | 8:23Quirks and Quarks Vampire Spiders Audio
Quirks and Quarks Vampire Spiders Nov 21, 2009 | 8:23Jumping spiders are generally best known for their vision, not sense of smell. But Dr. Simon Pollard has found one in East Africa that lusts after a particular smell - blood!
Quirks and Quarks - Arctic SlushNov 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.
Quirks and Quarks - Poseidon's SteedDec 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.
Quirks and Quarks - Laptop of the GreeksOct 24, 2009 | 14:29Quirks and Quarks Laptop of the Greeks Audio
Quirks and Quarks Laptop of the Greeks Oct 24, 2009 | 14:29The Antikythera Mechanism was discovered a hundred years ago in the wreckage of a 2000-year-old ship. It was corroded, crushed and initially unrecognized as the marvel of ancient engineering it was.
Quirks and Quarks - Babies and TalkOct 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.
Quirks and Quarks - Human Footprints in the MudOct 24, 2009 | 9:20Quirks and Quarks Human Footprints in the Mud Audio
Quirks and Quarks Human Footprints in the Mud Oct 24, 2009 | 9:20Reconstructing the climate of the past is a vital part of understanding what's going on today, as greenhouse gases transform the world. Dr. John Smol, and his colleagues have analyzed a sedimentary record reaching back much farther than any found before.
Quirks and Quarks - Macaque Moms Go Goo-GooOct 24, 2009 | 8:08Quirks and Quarks Macaque Moms Go Goo-Goo Audio
Quirks and Quarks Macaque Moms Go Goo-Goo Oct 24, 2009 | 8:08Rhesus macaque monkey mothers interact with their babies in a very similar manner to that of humans. Mother macaques kiss their babies, make lip smack sounds and hold their babies just like human mothers do with their newborns.
Quirks and Quarks - Ribbon 'Round The Solar SystemOct 24, 2009 | 7:39Quirks and Quarks Ribbon 'Round The Solar System Audio
Quirks and Quarks Ribbon 'Round The Solar System Oct 24, 2009 | 7:39NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer spacecraft set out to map the region between the edge of the solar system and the heliosphere. But IBEX found something completely unexpected.
Quirks and Quarks - Reading in the Dark: Fact or FictionOct 24, 2009 | 4:01Quirks and Quarks Reading in the Dark: Fact or Fiction Audio
Quirks and Quarks Reading in the Dark: Fact or Fiction Oct 24, 2009 | 4:01From time to time we'll present a commonly held idea and ask a scientist to set us straight on whether we should believe it. Today's popular belief is: "You Will Ruin Your Eyesight if You Read in The Dark".
Quirks and Quarks - Unicorn FlyOct 31, 2009 | 9:04Quirks and Quarks Unicorn Fly Audio
Quirks and Quarks Unicorn Fly Oct 31, 2009 | 9:04Dr. George Poinar has found a tiny unicorn, preserved in a piece of prehistoric amber. Of course it doesn’t exactly look like the unicorns you’ve seen in books and movies.
Quirks and Quarks - Two-Alarm SquirrelsOct 31, 2009 | 7:26Quirks and Quarks Two-Alarm Squirrels Audio
Quirks and Quarks Two-Alarm Squirrels Oct 31, 2009 | 7:26It was thought that red squirrels made sounds to warn other squirrels that predators were near. The sounds were thought to be predator specific; a tonal sound for aerial predators, another sound for ground danger. But Dr. Shannon Digweed believes that red squirrels use the same sounds in all conditions.

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