June 9, 2012 - Quirks Question Show - Recorded Live at the University of Calgary

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Once again we present our award-winning, audience-pleasing, brain-teasing Question Show. This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Concert Hall at the University of Calgary

 

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Bob with our panel of experts

Part One


  • Is it possible for a human to give birth in space? What challenges must be overcome to do so?   Answer from Dr. Douglas Hamilton, a physician and professor at the University of Calgary School of Medicine, and a NASA flight surgeon.

  • No matter how badly my dog indicates he needs to pee, he always spends several minutes sniffing around the entire yard before choosing a specific spot to go. The yard hasn't changed from one pee to the next, so why is he doing this?  Answer from Dr. Miranda Bourque, a Veterinarian at the Foothills Animal Hospital, in Okotoks, Alberta.

  • Why did it take nearly ten billion years for the first known life to arise after the Big Bang?  Answer from Dr. David Hobill,  Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Calgary.

  • Would someone from the time of Alexander the Great have noticeable genetic differences from someone today? If not, how far back into the human lineage would you have to go to see differences?  Answer from Dr. Sean Rogers, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary.

  • What happens to the water used in deep well hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as "fracking?"  Is it lost forever or does it make its way back into the water table?  Answer from Dr. Cathryn Ryan, Professor in the Department of Geoscience, at the University of Calgary.

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Part Two

  • Could an evil villain construct a giant straw to pierce the Earth's atmosphere and suck it out into the vacuum of space?   Answer from Dr. David Knudsen, Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Calgary.

  • Is there caffeine naturally in chocolate? Or is it added during the processing?  Answer from Dr. Lynne Lafave, Associate Professor of Nutrition in the Department of Physical Education and Recreation Studies, at Mount Royal University, in Calgary.

  • How fast would you have to spin the International Space Station to create some, if any, gravity on board?   Answer from Dr. Phil Langill, Director of the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory at the University of Calgary.

  • Do all sea shells spiral the same way? If not, is the spiral species specific?  Answer from Dr. Paul Johnston, Palaeontologist and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Science at Mount Royal University in Calgary.

  • I recently read it can take hundreds or thousands of years for photons generated in the Sun to reach the surface. If photons travel at the speed of light, why would it take so long?   Answer from Dr. Jo-Anne Brown, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Calgary.

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