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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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Blondie

Who was Sheryl Sheppard? David speaks to her family, friends and coworkers to try to find out clues to explain her sudden disappearance.

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How drug use fuelled Nazi Germany

German writer Norman Ohler argues methamphetamines and opioids played a significant role in fuelling the Nazi war machine.

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Inspiring wanderlust

6 podcasts on trotting the globe: Outside/In, Vox Tablet, The Expats, The Moth, Still Buffering, The Memory Palace.

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Cities need to plan for sex in public parks

Jen Roberton argues all those users have a right to be in the park, and that cities should plan for public sex in their parks.

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Chernobyl Sealed, plus How Religious Fervour Changes Your Brain, Some Birds Have A Compass Not A Map, and more - 2016/12/03

Chernobyl's new confinement structure a feat of engineering, Chinese scientists use 'elegant strategy' to design new flu vaccine, Religious Fervour changes your brain, NASA Asks You For A Better Way To Poop In Space, Migrating sparrows are poor navigators

Download Chernobyl Sealed, plus How Religious Fervour Changes Your Brain, Some Birds Have A Compass Not A Map, and more - 2016/12/03
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This Is Your Brain On Fentanyl, plus, How Close Are We To Westworld's AI? Deleting Scary Memories, and more - 2016/11/26

Inside a fentanyl high, withdrawl and overdose, Mercury's Giant Valley Dwarfs The Grand Canyon, Westworld's artificial intelligence: separating fact from fiction, AI Helps The Brain Overcome Fear, Deep Earth Minerals Hold an Ocean of Water.

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Scientists to PM: Limited, Biased Science Threatens Canadians, plus, Being A Dog, How Carbon Came To Earth, and more - 2016/11/19

Scientists Say Environmental Assessments Are Not Good Enough, European Contact With First Nations shows Up In DNA, Being a Dog, Moving Onto Land Was A Balancing Act, A Planetary Mash-up May Explain Carbon on Earth.

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What Will A Trump Presidency Mean For Science, plus Talking To Aliens, A Blood Test For Concussions, and more - 2016/11/12

A Trump Presidency And Science, How Ebola Became More Contagious, Talking To Aliens, Chicken Bones Reveal Rich Cultural History, Why Did The Chicken Cross The World, Small Brained Birds More Likely To Get Shot, A Game-changing Blood Test For Concussions.

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Canada And The Paris Agreement on Climate Change, plus How Teeth Brushing Triggers Orgasm, Spinach Plants Detect Landmines, and more - 2016/11/05

The Paris Climate Agreement And Canada: Can Canada Fulfill Its Commitment?, The Key To Orgasm Is In The Rhythm, Spinach Plants Could Detect Landmines, Your Brain On Placebos, Sharks Recycle Toxic Ammonia To Keep Their Skin Moist.

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Shattering The Myth Of Patient Zero and H.I.V., plus, Prosthetics With a Sense of Touch, A Fossilized Dinosaur Brain, and more - 2016/10/29

Shattering The Myth Of Patient Zero and HIV, A Bionic Hand Might Finally Be Here, The First Fossilized Dinosaur Brain, The Slippery Slope From Tiny Fibs To Big Fat Lies, Enticing Wolverines With A High-Tech Skunk Scent.

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Lose Your Reading Glasses? Try This, plus The Top 5 Things You Need To Survive On Mars, Fishy Robots, and more - 2016/10/22

Read The Fine Print Without Glasses, Comet Outbursts Likely Due To Avalanches, Sperm Whales Move Into A New Neighbourhood, Mice Can Feel Each Others Pain, Fishy Robots, The Top 5 Things You Need To Survive on Mars.

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Travel To Mars May Cause 'Space Brain', plus, Clam Shells Were Good For B.C. Forests, Venomous Animals May Save Your Life, and more - 2016/10/15

Cosmic Rays May Cause 'Space Brain' on Trips To Mars, Clam Shells Resulted In Thicker B.C. Trees, Comet Strike Could Have Caused Warming, Berries Make Yellow-shafted Flickers Turn Red, Venomous: How Earth's Deadliest Creatures Mastered Biochemistry.

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A Nobel For Nanotechnology, plus, Theory Of Mind In Apes, Finch Eggs Get The Latest Weather From Their Parents, and more - 2016/10/08

Nobel Prize In Chemistry For Molecular Machines, Apes' Theory Of Mind, Algae Make Themselves Sink To Find Nutrients, Zebra Finches Chirp Weather Report To Unhatched Chicks, A Bug-eating Plant Digests Gluten Better Than Us.

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Marsquakes Could Point To Life On The Red Planet, plus, One Bacteria's Unusual Crop Protection, Here's To 500 Years Of Yeast In Your Beer, and more - 2016/10/01

The Origins Of A good Beer, Powerful Microbe Fights A Crop Fungus, Marsquakes Key To Finding Life 'In' The Red Planet, Distantly Related Trees Come Up With Same Cold Weather Plan, It's A Microbial world And We're Just Living In It.

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Teleporting Information At The Speed Of Light, plus, Unravelling The Secrets of Ancient Scrolls, Bacteria Delivers Chemotherapy Drugs to Tumours, and more - 2016/09/24

Quantum Teleportation Takes A Giant Leap, Virtually Unwrapping An Ancient Dead Sea Scroll, Nature's Drug Delivery Service, What Otzi The Iceman Was Wearing, Trees Talk To Each Other Using a Fungal Network.

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HMS Terror Helps Unravel The Franklin Mystery, plus NASA's OSIRIS-REx Mission, CSI Lucy; Our Ancient Relative May Have Died Falling From A Tree, and more - 2016/09/17

Franklin's Long Lost Ship HMS Terror Is Found, OSIRIS-REx' Smash 'n' Grab Rendezvous With An Asteroid, How Lucy Died, Ice-Free Corridor Theory Dis-proven, Purple Algae Darkening and Melting Greenland Ice, No New Particle Found.

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How Scientists Spent The Summer: Field Seasons Diving on Reefs off Tropical Islands, Climbing Giant Sitka Spruce Trees on Vancouver Island, and more - 2016/09/10

Saskatchewan Lentils May Combat Arsenic Poisoning, Giant Sitka Spruce May Be Genetically Different From Top To Bottom, The Marshall Islands Mix Beauty With Scientific Research, Forest Recovery After The Fire.

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No New Podcasts For This Summer

There are no new podcasts for the Summer, programs are rebroadcasts from earlier this season.

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Aphantasia: Missing Your Mind's Eye, plus, Mission To Jupiter, The Whale Microbiome, and more - 2016/06/25

Aphantasia: When The Mind's Image Is Missing, Juno Arrives At Jupiter, Floating Poop Reveals Secrets Of Whale Evolution, Mammoths Were Promiscuous Pachyderms, Hot Young Planet Snuggles Up to A Star.

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Science From Animal Selfies, plus, Light Polution Blocks Out The Milky Way For Most People On The Planet, and more - 2016/06/18

Ocean Plastic Is Fake Food For Baby Fish, Boreal Forest May Find Safety in Quebec, Rabbitfish Pairs Coordinate Look-out Behaviour, For Many The Milky Way Is Out Of Sight, Candid Creatures - Science From Animal Selfies.

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The Nature Of Sex, plus, Electric Eels Send Shockwaves Onto Land, Fish Recognise Human Faces, and more - 2016/06/11

Electric Eels Leap To Make Shocking Attacks, Fish Can Recognize Human Faces, Peublo People Lugged Logs For Leagues, LISA Pathfinder Holds Space Very Still, The Nature Of Sex.

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