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Quirks & Quarks

 

Quirks & Quarks

Quirks & Quarks is Canada's award-winning national science program. Every week, host Bob McDonald  presents the people behind the latest discoveries in science, technology, medicine and the environment  - from the smallest sub-atomic particle to the largest objects in the sky and everything in between.

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Viral video of emaciated polar bear may not be what it seems

'I wasn't totally surprised. These things happen,' the Nunavut polar bear monitor Leo Ikakhik told As It Happens host Carol Off.

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3 concussions later

After her concussions Miranda would fight for the next six years to get her life back.

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Alabama newspapers vs. Roy Moore

Alabama's biggest newspapers say Roy Moore is unfit for office.

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Going on your own terms

Will Pegg's knows he doesn't want to die from metastatic bone cancer. So he's chosen to go on his own terms, with a medically assisted death.

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US military invests in genetic extinction technology; Yeti Explained; The incredible scientific potential of story telling; and more

Weaponized gene drive; DNA analysis of 'Yeti' samples points to Asian bears; Stories that serve a purpose in our evolution and brains; New dinosaur had duck legs, a swan neck and penguin flippers; Could we use rising sea water to flood desert regions?

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Move over Gluten, there's a new food villain in town; What ailed Goya, Lincoln and Florence Nightingale?; Where does the brain end, and the mind begin?; and more

You and everyone you know will probably go Fructan-free; How modern medical techniques help diagnose the dead; Fried foods are creating fat clouds in London; Where does the brain end, and the mind begin?; Why are mosquitoes more attracted to some people?

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Quirks & Quarks 2017 Question Road Show

Scientists answer 10 questions including chemistry in a gin and tonic, colour and emotion, time travel and technology, the emerald ash borer, hairless homo sapiens, formation of the sun, chronic pain, the last ice age, blind dreams, EV carbon emissions.

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Conspiracy theories, Rat brain organoids, Road to Tuktoyaktuk, Passenger pigeons, Berlin patient, Sweet Tooth

Conspiracy theories, Rat brain organoids, Road to Tuktoyaktuk, Passenger pigeons, Berlin patient, Sweet tooth

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Mail order CRISPR, Circadian injuries, Daydream Believers, One thing about science, Quark bomb

Mail order CRISPR, Circadian injuries, Daydream Believers, One thing about science, Quark bomb

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Vaginal seeding, ice music, bat dialects, opioids making pain worse, Alzheimer’s origins, and more

Vaginal seeding, ice music, bat dialects, opioids making pain worse, Alzheimer’s origins, Earthquake prediction.

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North Korea's nuclear earthquakes, Tailings dandelion, How volcanoes helped the Romans destroy Egyptian rule, Warming the ocean floor, and more

North Korea's nuclear earthquakes, Tailings Dandelion, The chance discovery of an odd arctic jellyfish, Warming the ocean floor, How volcanoes helped the Romans destroy Egyptian rule, A more effective pneumonia vaccine, Abandoning the prairies - Question.

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AI learns without humans, Loon lead poisoning, Neutron star crash, Sex addiction, Gene Mutation

AI learns without humans, Loon lead poisoning, Neutron star crash, Sex addiction, Quirks Question Gene Mutation.

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Zap your brain to get smarter, Divorce genetics, Deep-sea mining, War on coal and Energy East, Zika mutation and Volcanoes under water

Zap your brain to get smarter, Divorce is genetic, Deep-sea mining, War on coal and Energy East, Zika mutation and Quirks Question - Volcanoes under water.

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Firearms knowledge gap, Our missing dreams, Asteroid impact drills, Herpes patient zero, Nobel prize in Physics and Grey rainbows

NRA has suppressed gun violence research; Your dreams are disappearing in a cloud of pot smoke; Dry run for an asteroid collision with Earth; The ancient primate we can blame for genital herpes; Nobel prize winner almost messed up his experiment; Fogbows.

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Science advisor, Giant rat, Sleep deprivation and depression, Migrating via tsunami, Stardust and the sound of Saturn’s rings

Science advisor Dr. Mona Nemer, Giant rat on the Solomon Islands, Sleep deprivation and depression, Migrating species via tsunami debris, Star dust book, and the sound of Saturn’s rings.

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Human echolocation, Debunking the ‘power pose,’ Fighting wildfire, Do jellyfish sleep? Filching fossil footprints

Watch this “batman” echolocate; “No evidence” power posing will get you a job; Fires are torching forests and we need to change tactics; Scientists discover jellyfish need sleep too; Vandals steal 6 million year old footprints; Can hurricanes be blasted?

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North Korea’s Nukes, Bacteria fights chemotherapy, How Neanderthals made glue, Does weather change climate beliefs, Our future with AI, and tracking the eclipse

North Korea’s Nukes, Bacteria fights chemotherapy, How Neanderthals made glue, Does weather change climate beliefs, Our future with AI, and Quirks Question: tracking the eclipse

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Cyborgs and your working future, Cassini's crashing success, Voyager's 40th anniversary and doggy laryngitis

Will you have to become a cyborg for your job?; Cassini’s Grand Finale - ‘like a Jules Verne adventure come true.' ; Voyager at 40: Space exploration that just keeps on going; Why don’t dogs that bark so much get laryngitis?

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Houston paved its wetlands - is catastrophic flooding a result?; Whales are learning to dodge deafening military sonar; To save endangered caribou, shoot a moose; and more

Houston paved its wetlands - is flooding a result?; Is Canada prepared for a Hurricane disaster?; A Houston weather forecaster on the future of his city; Whales learn to dodge sonar; To save caribou, shoot a moose; Why does my tummy hurt when I’m nervous?

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Did you hear that voice? It could be your brain looking for patterns; Pro fighters help scientists understand evolution of concussions; and more

Hearing voices when there are none; Pro fighters, brain injury and the risks; Mystery of civil-war sub solved by forensics; A sea snakes skin swallows up pollution; Lost City of The Monkey God; Question, How melatonin is regulated in blind people.

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Bob McDonald is on the road to the total eclipse, What scientists will be watching during this total eclipse, Baseball researcher finds “the zone” in brain wave experiment, and more

Bob McDonald on the road to the eclipse, What scientists will see, Eclipse draws ham radio buffs, Baseball researcher finds “the zone” in brain waves, Bad news for bees from neonicotinoids, Skeletons say arthritis isn’t about aging, Quirks Question.

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Good mothers=bad guide dogs, glaciers warming the world, Greek Mass grave, armoured dinosaur, super-supernova

Tough love means good guide dogs; Massive ice sheets weirdly warmed us up; Mass grave could be executed rebels; Armoured dinosaur still had to hide from predators; A super-supernova could happen in our neighborhood; Why does scar tissue persist?

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Hearing plants, awkward bees, arctic gems, spying of fish, and chicken bones

Scientist discovers plants can hear; Socially awkward honeybees may give clues about autism; Listening in on fish conversations; Searching for jewels in the Arctic; Chicken bone reveals a rich backstory; Why can't you remember when you get knocked out?

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How to kill everything; Stressed-out fish; Geoengineering; and more

Fighting mosquito-borne diseases with more mosquitoes; Who should be in charge of geoengineering?; Stressed fish less likely to get caught; How to wipe out all life on Earth; Your t-shirt could charge your phone; A blood test for concussions

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Dogs are happy mutants; Chocolate microbiome; How cancer spreads; and more

Your dog’s mutant superpower is... love; Chocolate plants get fungus armour from their parents; Scientists unlock the key to why cancer spreads; Plants avoid sunburn by shivering away extra heat; Looking for aliens in all the right places;

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Brain training apps; Drumming birds; Future forest fires; and more

Brain training apps won't make you smarter; Cockatoos tap out a beat; Artificial tongue has a taste for good whiskey; Toxic ice may be cleaned up by bacteria; Future forest fires harder to control; Scouring Canada Zika; Potato shaped planets.

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The upside of cigarette butts in bird nests; Charging into wildfires; Strong chimps; and more

Birds use cigarette butts to ward off ticks; Flying into the heart of a wildfire; Why chimps are stronger than you; Working the graveyard shift may trigger cancer; Learning to sniff like a dog; Why are there no stars in the moon landing pictures?

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Canada 150 - Our Sesquicentennial in Science; Protecting Islam’s archaeological heritage against vandalism and development; and more

150 Glorious years of Canadian science; Walking Dead: zombie beetle edition; Protecting Islam’s archaeological heritage against vandalism and development.

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When you get your DNA scanned is your genetic privacy safe?; Iron Man takes his first steps - an exoskeleton that learns to walk; and more

Drowned wildebeest nourish river ecosystem; Iron Man takes his first steps; When your DNA is scanned is genetic privacy safe?; Pancake breakfast may make you cranky; Scaredy-cat cougars frightened into killing more prey; Why don’t whales get the bends?

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An iceberg the size of PEI is about to break off of Antarctica; Brainy elk become bulletproof by outsmarting hunters; Illiterate adults can rewire their brains by learning to read; and more

Larsen C ice shelf is going, going…; Newly discovered fish eaten by invasive predator; Old elk outsmart hunters; Can animals teach you to be a better Dad? Learning to read as an adult restructures the brain; Bees are disappearing, can flies take over?

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