Jan 16, 2010 | 8:48Quirks and Quarks Alligator Lungs Audio
Quirks and Quarks Alligator Lungs Jan 16, 2010 | 8:48Birds and alligators may not appear to have much in common, but they share a common ancestor called archosaurs, which belong to the early Triassic period, nearly 250 million years ago. New research by Dr. C.G. Farmer has found that alligators have inherited the same unidirectional lung function known to birds.
Jan 16, 2010 | 8:37Quirks and Quarks Echoes Of An Extinction Audio
Quirks and Quarks Echoes Of An Extinction Jan 16, 2010 | 8:37Scientists have been mystified for two decades by a huge spike in lung cancer rates among women in a remote region of China. Their suspicion was that it was somehow related to the coal that was being burned in stoves.
Jan 9, 2010 | 20:19Quirks and Quarks The Humans Who Went Extinct Audio
Quirks and Quarks The Humans Who Went Extinct Jan 9, 2010 | 20:19Of the many species of humans who've walked the Earth, only one survives: us. Many scientists have assumed that the reason we're still here, and the Neanderthals aren't, is our evolutionary superiority, the triumph of our wits and our weapons.
Jan 9, 2010 | 9:11Quirks and Quarks Caught in a Fish Web Audio
Quirks and Quarks Caught in a Fish Web Jan 9, 2010 | 9:11The pressure we've put on fish stocks doesn't just affect the fish we catch. It also has a big effect on the ones we aren't fishing for. Dr. Nancy Shackell, a research scientist in Halifax has led a new study that shows just this.
Jan 9, 2010 | 9:07Quirks and Quarks The 10% Solar System Solution Audio
Quirks and Quarks The 10% Solar System Solution Jan 9, 2010 | 9:07We've now discovered more than 350 planets orbiting other stars, but the one thing we can say, so far, is that there's no place like home. We haven't discovered any planets like Earth. In fact, most of the solar systems don't look anything like ours.
Jan 9, 2010 | 8:21Quirks and Quarks Old Coots and Young Chicks Audio
Quirks and Quarks Old Coots and Young Chicks Jan 9, 2010 | 8:21Many birds do not seem to have the ability to recognize their own chicks. But the coot is different. Research led by biologist Dr. Bruce Lyon has found that coots use the first hatched as a template for what the remaining unhatched chicks should look like.
Jan 16, 2010 | 8:09Quirks and Quarks Venomous Dinosaurs Audio
Quirks and Quarks Venomous Dinosaurs Jan 16, 2010 | 8:09The first known venomous dinosaur has been identified by Dr. David Burnham, a paleontologist at the Biodiversity Institute of The University of Kansas. It is called Sinornithosaurus, and was found in northeastern China.
Jun 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.
May 22, 2010 | 17:29Quirks and Quarks Do Fish Feel Pain? Audio
Quirks and Quarks Do Fish Feel Pain? May 22, 2010 | 17:29There 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.