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 | 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.
Oct 3, 2009 | 9:27Quirks and Quarks To the Moon, LCROSS Audio
Quirks and Quarks To the Moon, LCROSS Oct 3, 2009 | 9:27As any six-year-old knows, if you want to know more about something, you hit it with a rock. The mission planners on NASA's LCROSS mission didn't have a rock, but they had a used-up rocket stage.
Oct 3, 2009 | 9:19Quirks and Quarks There's No Pain In Team Audio
Quirks and Quarks There's No Pain In Team Oct 3, 2009 | 9:19Ever wonder why people exercise hard in aerobics classes or on group bicycling rides, but rarely by themselves? Part of the reason might be that the brain seems to reward us for working hard in a coordinated way with others.