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.
Oct 3, 2009 | 8:16Quirks and Quarks Killer Whales Go Hungry Audio
Quirks and Quarks Killer Whales Go Hungry Oct 3, 2009 | 8:16Killer whales feed on a variety of fish, invertebrates, mammals, turtles and birds. But some populations of killer whale have developed specialized foraging behaviour and are very picky when it comes to diet.
Oct 3, 2009 | 9:16Quirks and Quarks Coyote in Wolf's Clothing Audio
Quirks and Quarks Coyote in Wolf's Clothing Oct 3, 2009 | 9:16Over the past 90 years, coyotes have expanded their geographical range to include all of eastern North America. Coyotes were forced to move from their traditional domain, the Great Plains, to the eastern forests.
Oct 10, 2009 | 9:01Quirks and Quarks Shy and Showy Bighorn Sheep Audio
Quirks and Quarks Shy and Showy Bighorn Sheep Oct 10, 2009 | 9:01Take one 130 kg Bighorn Sheep with the potential to use its huge horns to butt you into next week, and lock it into a large plywood box. Now climb in with it. This is what scientists involved in a study of Bighorn Sheep do on a regular basis.