2010

 

The Top 10 Unanswered Questions in the Universe

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The Neuroscience of a Gunfight, Raising the Speed Limit, Taming Turkeys, Freeze Dried Beetle, Quantum Pond Scum, Science Fact or Science Fiction: Swallowing Gum

Download this episode. The Neuroscience of a Gunfight It's high noon. Two grizzled cowboys are staring at each other, hands hovering over their Colts. Suddenly,...

Dr. Thirsk's Weightless Workout, Staring into the Sun, Ancient Human Genome, Teasing Babies, A Snake's Sixth Sense, Science Fact or Science Fiction: Arthritis & Rain.

Download this episode. Dr Thirsk's Weightless Workout Dr. Thirsk on the ISS treadmill Imagine spending 6 months cooped up in a large tin can, 400...

The Toilet Training of a Shrew, The Smell of Virtue, Light My Fire, Pollution in Solution, Binary Quasar, Science Fact or Science Fiction: Arctic vs. Antarctic

Download this episode. The Toilet Training of a Shrew Shrew taking a moment - photo Ch'ien Lee The carnivorous pitcher plant usually attracts insects with...

Seeing Red, Here Comes The Spiderman, Filter Feeding Fossils, Right Whale - Wrong Conclusion, Murderer Turned Midwife, Science Fact or Science Fiction: Cats Falling

Download this episode. Seeing Red (Robert Skinner/Canadian Press) Wearing the colour red in a figure skating competition may give an athlete a slight advantage. Dr....

Dinosaur Snake Snacks, Slime Mould Dining Decisions, How the Polar Bear Got its Coat, Run, Jumbo, Run, Typhoid Tricks, Dust in the Wind

Download this episode. Dinosaur Snake Snacks Reconstruction of the scene - sculpture - Tyler Keillor, University of Chicago. Photo Ximena Erickson/Bonnie Miljour How do you...

Dinosaur's Oldest Relative, Motivation by Anticipation, Grasping the Gribble's Gobble, Cold War Invasions, A Brilliant Darkness

Download this episode. Dinosaur's Oldest Ancestor Reconstruction of Asililsaurus, M.H. Donnelly The oldest known relative of the dinosaur has been found in Tanzania. It is...

Second Opinion in Second Life, Clockless Caribou, Train the Brain, Dining on Dwarves

Download this episode. Second Opinion in Second Life Virtual Hallucinations in Second Life Avatars are all the rage these days, with the James Cameron movie...

Homo Who-izzit? Picky Pipefish Papas, Dung Beetles Test of Strength, Who'll Fly Humans to Space?

Download this episode. Homo Who-izzit? copyright M. Garde, cc-by-sa-3.0 A startling new discovery of what may be a new type of ancient human was announced...

Ticket To Ride: the Privatisation of Space Travel

In the more than 40 years since humans first walked on the Moon, the future of human space flight has never been more uncertain. NASA's...

The Quirks & Quarks Question Roadshow

Download this episode. To celebrate spring we offer another episode of our award-winning Quirks & Quarks question show. Today's show was recorded live on the...

Make Pee, Not War, Wat was Up With Angkor, Venusian Vulcanism, Bright Ideas - 50 Years of Lasers

Download this episode. Make Pee, Not War Urine Trouble, courtesy Fiona Berry; BMC Biology In the signal crayfish species, urine is the key to communicating...

Silent means Deadly, Caterpillars Walk the Talk, Mysterious Eclipse, Devon Ice Cap Loses its Cool, The Anthropocene - the Epoch of Humans, Science Fact or Fiction: Grey Hair

Download this episode. Silent means Deadly Cricket getting silencing surgery, courtesy D. Logue When crickets fight, there's a lot of noise. Not just the clashing...

Pitch Lake, Cutting a Guy Some Slack, Dinosaur Diversity Disappointment, Winging in the Rain, Hungry for Life

Download this episode. Pitch Lake Sticky habitat Your first mental picture of a lake in a tropical resort island like Trinidad and Tobago probably couldn't...

Chimps in Mourning, Icy Asteroids, Mirror Movement, Floods Follow Ice, The Bird Detective

Download this episode. Chimps in Mourning Pansy died in 2008 at a safari park in Scotland. (Blair Drummond/Safari Park) When an adult female chimpanzee named...

Neanderthals in the Family, Elephants Learn to Bee-ware, Copying for Success, Aphids' Stolen Finery, The Pill Turns 50

Download this episode. Neanderthals in the Family Dr Green & a distant relative - courtesy Jim MacKenzie/UCSC The first draft of the genetic code of...

Losing Lizards, Archaeopteryx X-Ray, Chronic Wasting Disease, There's no There, There, Adventures Among Ants

Download this episode. Losing Lizards European common lizard - less common these days - copyright cc-by-sa-3.0, Marek Szczepanek When you think of animals that might...

Synthetic Cell, Greenland Rising, Adapted for Altitude, Monkeys Munch on a Locust Lunch, Do Fish Feel Pain?

Download this episode. Synthetic Cell Synthetic cells dividing, electron micrograph by Tom Deerinck and Mark Ellisman of the National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research...

Octopi started as Duo-pi, What's the Matter with the Universe, What's Shakin' Kermit, Termites Rule, The Eerie Silence

Download this episode. Octopi started as Duo-pi Artist's reconstruction of Nectocaris pteryx, courtesy Marianne Collins The half-billion-year-old fossils of the Burgess Shale preserve a remarkable...

Dinosaurs with all the Frills, A Mammoth Amount of Methane, Squirrel Adoption, Herzberg Medal - Dr. Gilles Brassard, The Upside of Irrationality

Download this episode. Dinosaurs with all the Frills Artist's reconstruction of Medusaceratops lokii, copyright Luis Rey T-Rex might be the king of the dinosaurs, but...

Snails on Meth, Oldest Shoe, Sharks Smell in Stereo, Foster Comets, Manufacturing Depression

Download this episode.GUEST HOST: ALISON MOTLUK Snails on Meth Humans may drink to forget, but Dr. Ken Lukowiak has found that snails take methamphetamine to...

Aquaculture: The Future of Farming the Water, Fish for Brains, Oldest Fig Wasp and more

Download this episode. Aquaculture - The Future of Farming the Water The feed barge and trout cages at Aqua-Cage Fisheries on Georgian Bay, courtesy Steve...

Australopithecine "Big Man" Pigeons Make a Deal, Confused Parasitic Ducks, Bringing up Baby, Keeping the Bees. Web Extras: Fact or Fiction Mosquitos and Dark Clothes, Heat Tolerant Corals, Devonian Fish.

Download this episode. Australopithecine "Big Man" Kadanuumuu, courtesy Y Haile-Selassie, L Russell, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, PNAS One of the most famous fossils in...

* A Gulf in our Understanding * A Fish in Purgatory * Muscling Up for Mars * Fading Phytoplankton *

We're back after our summer break, and ready to launch our 36th season on CBC Radio - and Bob's 19th as host.  It was quite...

This Week on Quirks:

Sat. September 18: Empires of Food.  The Romans, the Mayans, the Mesopotamians, and the ancient Chinese all built huge and powerful civilizations, which all followed...

* Orangutan Mime * Paving Paradise* Marathon Monarch Migration * Empires of Food * Fact or Fiction: Blue Eyes *

courtesy Dr. Anne Russon OK, here's a riddle for you ... what caused the downfall of great empires throughout history, from the Mayans to...

* The Smell of Bed Bug Sex * CSI Pueblo * Caterpillar's Fatal Attraction to Tobacco * Alligators on Ellesmere * The Last Tortoise *

Feeding bedbug, courtesy R. Ignell Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Most people probably find themselves itching and scratching at the mere mention of bed...

* How the Penguin got its Tux * The World in 2050 * Whale Shark Littering * Social Parasites * Bat Brains Travel Light *

Artist's reconstruction by Katie Browne/U.T.Austin You've heard a lot on this program about climate change, and many of the impacts it might have on...

* Physics Nobel is a Little Flat * Silencing the Tennis Racket * Groundwater Not Doing Well * Women Shine in Bright Groups * Census of Marine Life * Fact or Fiction - Redheads *

Graphene - A Nobel Prize for flat carbon The richness and diversity of life in Earth's oceans is hard to appreciate.  Oh, I suppose...

Quirks is Honoured with 2 Awards

We are pleased to announce that we have received 2 prestigious science journalism awards this month.On June 2nd in Windsor, we received The Science-in-Society Journalism...

* Dino's First Steps * Iron in the Ocean * Are Monarch Butterflies on Drugs? * Neptune Not Guilty * Choke: Brain Fail *

So, it's the big day: you've got a crucial exam or test; or perhaps you've got that important job interview; or maybe it's the...

* LCROSS's Smashing Success * Whale Poo Feeds the Ocean * Pigeon Gambling * Neptune Under the Sea * Albertosaurus Centenary *

In the world of dinosaur hunters, Barnum Brown was one of the first stars. He became famous for finding and excavating the first partial...

* The Breaking Ball Illusion * The Man Who Mistook Every Face * Wet Dogs Rule * Feeling Faster, not Better * Moths Mimic Bats * Untangling the Heliosphere *

   copyright jpstanley, cc-by-nc-sa-2.0 Well, it's Halloween this weekend, and your kids will soon be coming home with a bag full of assorted goodies...

* Human Guinea Pigs * Drongo Mimics * Immune Collateral Damage * Getting a Grip with Coffee Grounds * Fact or Fiction: Candy & Cavities *

   copyright Bmramon, cc-by-sa-3.0 Most people who get sick go to the doctor and get a prescription for something that will help or cure...

Quirks & Quarks 35th Anniversary Special

It all started back in 1975 ... October 8th, 1975, to be precise.Pierre Trudeau was Prime Minster and Gerald Ford was in the White House. ...

* Pterosaur Ptake-off * Apprehending Anti-atoms * Feline Physics of Cat Lapping * Can't CO2 the Trees for the Forest * Drunken Bats * Fact or Fiction: Great Wall from Space *

Listen to the whole show (pop up player) or use this link to download an mp3. Pterosaur Ptake-off Pterosaurs ruled the skies for more...

* Invisibility Cloak * A Milliamp Makes You Math Minded * Spiders Eat Less but Live Longer * Marathon Mileage * Leatherback Buoyancy * Fact or Fiction: Frozen Tears *

Listen to the whole show (pop up player) or use this link to download an mp3. Invisibility Cloak One step closer to the Invisible...

* Arsenic and Alien Life * Snakes With no #&%*$$!! Plane! * Sharks' Speedy Skin * Bendy-straw Barnacle Penis * Coloured Glass * Fact or Fiction: Coffee and Asthma *

Listen to the whole show (pop up player) or use this link to download an mp3. Arsenic and Alien Life Microbes grown on arsenic...

* Falling Flowers and Rising Rats * Wildfires Burn Deep * Snakes on a #&%*$$!! Rope! * Rainforests and the Rise of Reptiles * Light Flight *

Listen to the whole show (pop up player) or use this link to download an mp3. Falling Flowers and Rising Rats Rat raiding rice...

* Picking on Poor Puny Pluto * Parasites Found * Long for This World * Bonus Books *

Listen to the whole show (pop up player) or use this link to download an mp3. Picking on Poor Puny Pluto Dr. Mike Brown...
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