Quirks and Quarks | May 22, 2010 | 17:29

Do Fish Feel Pain?

There is a perception that fish have simple brains and are incapable of feelings. This has somehow made them different from birds and mammals when it comes to our concerns for their welfare. But new research by Dr. Victoria Braithwaite has resulted in evidence that suggests fish are more intelligent than previously thought.

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Quirks and Quarks - Aphids Stolen FineryMay 8, 2010 | 7:55Quirks and Quarks Aphids Stolen Finery Audio
Quirks and Quarks Aphids Stolen Finery May 8, 2010 | 7:55Gardeners are familiar with the diabolical nature of the Aphid. These ravenous little insects suck the sap from plants like vegetarian vampires. But that's not the end of their perfidy.
Quirks and Quarks - December 4, 2010Dec 4, 2010 | 52:08Quirks and Quarks December 4, 2010 Audio
Quirks and Quarks December 4, 2010 Dec 4, 2010 | 52:08Arsenic and Alien Life, Snakes With No #&%'$$!! Plane, Shark's Speedy Skin, Bendy-straw Barnacle Penis, Coloured Glass, Fact or Fiction: Coffee and Asthma.
Quirks and Quarks - Australopithecine "Big Man"Jun 26, 2010 | 9:53Quirks and Quarks Australopithecine "Big Man" Audio
Quirks and Quarks Australopithecine "Big Man" Jun 26, 2010 | 9:53One of the most famous fossils in anthropology is "Lucy", the Australopithecus afarensis discovered in Ethiopia in 1974. Lucy was 3.2 million years old and is seen as an important transitional fossil between our common ancestor with the chimpanzee and early humans.
Quirks and Quarks - Pigeons Make A DealJun 26, 2010 | 8:57Quirks and Quarks Pigeons Make A Deal Audio
Quirks and Quarks Pigeons Make A Deal Jun 26, 2010 | 8:57The Monty Hall Dilemma is a tricky problem in probability that is profoundly counter-intuitive for most people.
Quirks and Quarks - Confused Parasitic DucksJun 26, 2010 | 8:56Quirks and Quarks Confused Parasitic Ducks Audio
Quirks and Quarks Confused Parasitic Ducks Jun 26, 2010 | 8:56The European Cuckoo, lays its eggs in other birds' nests so that they can foist the labour-intensive and costly business of raising chicks - a phenomenon known as "brood parasitism."
Quirks and Quarks - Bringing Up BabyJun 26, 2010 | 7:54Quirks and Quarks Bringing Up Baby Audio
Quirks and Quarks Bringing Up Baby Jun 26, 2010 | 7:54Barbary macaque monkeys live in Morocco and Algeria, and they are known for the extended care the males provide for infants.
Quirks and Quarks - Mosquitoes And Dark Clothes: Fact or FictionJun 26, 2010 | 4:42Quirks and Quarks Mosquitoes And Dark Clothes: Fact or Fiction Audio
Quirks and Quarks Mosquitoes And Dark Clothes: Fact or Fiction Jun 26, 2010 | 4:42From time to time we present a commonly held idea and ask a scientist to set us straight on whether we should believe it. Today's statement: mosquitoes are attracted to darker coloured clothing.
Quirks and Quarks - Keeping The BeesJun 26, 2010 | 15:07Quirks and Quarks Keeping The Bees Audio
Quirks and Quarks Keeping The Bees Jun 26, 2010 | 15:07There are over 19,000 species of bees found all over the world. It is estimated that bee pollination is key for about one-third of the world's food supply. Bees play a vital role in the ecology of the planet, yet these unsung heroes may be at risk.
Quirks and Quarks - Heat Tolerant CoralsJun 26, 2010 | 13:06Quirks and Quarks Heat Tolerant Corals Audio
Quirks and Quarks Heat Tolerant Corals Jun 26, 2010 | 13:06Dr. Iliana Baums has been studying different populations of corals in the Caribbean to see if there are genetic variants that will allow some of them to survive the climate warming that has been implicated in coral bleaching and reef decline.
Quirks and Quarks - Devonian FishJun 26, 2010 | 7:58Quirks and Quarks Devonian Fish Audio
Quirks and Quarks Devonian Fish Jun 26, 2010 | 7:58Lauren Sallan has found that the major groups of fish that dominated the oceans in the Devonian period didn't fade away, but were wiped out in a geological eye blink.
Quirks and Quarks - Fish For BrainsJun 19, 2010 | 8:03Quirks and Quarks Fish For Brains Audio
Quirks and Quarks Fish For Brains Jun 19, 2010 | 8:03Apes and humans are similar in many ways but one of the key differences is the size of our brains. Although humans have bigger brains, it has been the subject of great debate as to why and how that came to be.
Quirks and Quarks - Oldest Fig WaspJun 19, 2010 | 9:32Quirks and Quarks Oldest Fig Wasp Audio
Quirks and Quarks Oldest Fig Wasp Jun 19, 2010 | 9:32A fossil found on the Isle of Wight in England more than 100 years ago, and first identified as an ant, has now been correctly identified as a 34-million-year-old fig wasp. It is the oldest known fig wasp fossil.
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Quirks and Quarks Aquaculture: The Future of Water Farming Jun 19, 2010 | 34:47Aquaculture is the world's fastest growing food production system, and now rivals wild capture fisheries as a source of the world's seafood.
Quirks and Quarks - Squirrel AdoptionJun 5, 2010 | 8:12Quirks and Quarks Squirrel Adoption Audio
Quirks and Quarks Squirrel Adoption Jun 5, 2010 | 8:12Hearing squirrels chattering away in the tree-tops usually means there is a claim being made for food and territory. But new research by Jamie Gorrell has found that in red squirrels, all that noise may mean something far more altruistic.
Quirks and Quarks - Dinosaurs With All The FrillsJun 5, 2010 | 10:05Quirks and Quarks Dinosaurs With All The Frills Audio
Quirks and Quarks Dinosaurs With All The Frills Jun 5, 2010 | 10:05T-Rex might be the king of the dinosaurs, but the Ceratopsians - the family that includes mighty Triceratops - are certainly royalty. These huge herbivores thrived at the end of the Cretaceous and their remarkable diversity still enthrals paleontologists.

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