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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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Charlie's conundrum

Charlie McGettigan is eight years old, freckled and fearless. Despite her confidence, Charlie wrestles with a problem that has the kids at school making faces at her.

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Wit's end, Part 1

What's it like to go mad and be crazy, living at wit's end?

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'I want to be a woman'

A rural senior asks his wife for help transitioning to female.

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Mr. Money Mustache's guide to badass frugality

Peter Adeny, aka Mr. Money Mustache, has what he thinks is a better path to financial security.

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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.

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

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

Download The Nature Of Sex, plus, Electric Eels Send Shockwaves Onto Land, Fish Recognise Human Faces, and more - 2016/06/11
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Making A Cardboard House, plus, Squid and Octopus Get A Grip on Climate Change, Arctic Fox Are Good Gardeners, and more - 2016/06/04

Keeping Off The Rain With A Cardboard Roof, Arctic Fox Turns Stark Tundra Into Green Space, Squid and Octopus Thrive in Changing Oceans, The Antarctic Did Not Escape The Mass Extinction, Exercise Can Impair Your Eyesight, Moths Tell Bats They Taste Nasty.

Download Making A Cardboard House, plus, Squid and Octopus Get A Grip on Climate Change, Arctic Fox Are Good Gardeners, and more - 2016/06/04
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Meerkats: Survival Of The Fattest, plus, A Horned Dinosaur With A Story To Tell, Supernovae In Our Cosmic Backyard, and more - 2016/05/28

Meerkats Compete In Survival of Fattest, Purple Martins Keep Invasive Ants In Check, Helpless Babies Make For Smart Parents, Arctic Warming Shrinks The Red Knot Bird, Spectacular Horned Dinosaur Joins The Club, Supernovae Shrapnel Hits Our Solar System.

Download Meerkats: Survival Of The Fattest, plus, A Horned Dinosaur With A Story To Tell, Supernovae In Our Cosmic Backyard, and more - 2016/05/28
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Suffering Stings For Science, plus An Autonomous Surgical Robot Makes A Stitch In Time, and more - 2016/05/21

Robot Surgeon Does Suturing Better Than Humans, Underwater Archaeology Confirms Early Humans In Americas, Plankton Drunk On Algae Take Life Threatening Risks, Giraffe Genome Tells A Tall Tale, The Sting Of The Wild.

Download Suffering Stings For Science, plus An Autonomous Surgical Robot Makes A Stitch In Time, and more - 2016/05/21
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The Search For Life On Other Planets Widens, plus, The Connection Between Dung Beetles and Dinosaurs, and more - 2016/05/14

Kepler Confirms A Thousand Planets, Earthworms Threaten Forest Diversity, Dung Beetles Diversified By Dining on Dinosaur Droppings, Humans Get Lousy Mileage Compared To Apes, African Frogs Face Fatal Infection, Early Humans in Europe Had A Rocky Road.

Download The Search For Life On Other Planets Widens, plus, The Connection Between Dung Beetles and Dinosaurs, and more - 2016/05/14
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The Science Of Wildfires - Why The Fires This Year Seem To Be Stronger, Bigger and More Dangerous, plus, Are We Smart Enough To Know How Smart Animals Are?, and more - 2016/05/07

Fort McMurray And The Future Of Fire, Labrador Retiever's Obesity is Genetic, Ritual Holes Cut In Human Skulls 6,000 Years Ago, Tiny Star Has Triplet Planets, Are We Smart Enough To Know How Smart Animals Are?

Download The Science Of Wildfires - Why The Fires This Year Seem To Be Stronger, Bigger and More Dangerous, plus, Are We Smart Enough To Know How Smart Animals Are?, and more - 2016/05/07
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The Amazon River's Coral Secret, plus, Baby Dinosaurs With Adult Proportions, A Plant That Attracts Ants To Fend Off Attackers, and more - 2016/04/30

Amazon River Hiding A Massive Reef Ecosystem, Tiny Titanosaur With Perfect Proportions, The Peacock Makes Eye Contact With Its Tail, Priests And Traders Collected Climate Date 600 Years Ago, Plant Bleeds Nectar To Recruit Ant Bodyguards.

Download The Amazon River's Coral Secret, plus, Baby Dinosaurs With Adult Proportions, A Plant That Attracts Ants To Fend Off Attackers, and more - 2016/04/30
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The Great Coral Reef Deathwatch, plus, A Difficult Childhood Leads To A Shorter Life - Even For a Baboon, and more - 2016/04/23

Coral Catastrophe On Christmas Island Reefs, Seeds Saved Dinosaur Birds From Mass Extinction, BC Tree Regaining Carbon Sink Role, Difficult Childhood Makes Baboon Lives Briefer, The Serengeti Rules.

Download The Great Coral Reef Deathwatch, plus, A Difficult Childhood Leads To A Shorter Life - Even For a Baboon, and more - 2016/04/23
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Reusable Rockets And Our Future In Space, plus, A Brain Bypass Allows A Quadriplegic To Move His Hand, and more - 2016/04/16

Neural Bypass Allows Paralysed Man To Move His Hand, Mysterious Stone Jars May Have Held Human Remains, Not A Planet-Not A Star-So what Is It Really?, SpaceX Sticks The Landing-And Sticks It To The Competition.

Download Reusable Rockets And Our Future In Space, plus, A Brain Bypass Allows A Quadriplegic To Move His Hand, and more - 2016/04/16
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Human Sacrifice And The Historic 1%, plus, Invasive Water Flea Threatens The Great Lakes, Melting Permafrost Threatens The Arctic, and more - 2016/04/09

Human Sacrifice Built Complex Civilizations, Invasive Spiny Water Flea Has A Cost, Stone-age Humans Imported Deer To Scottish Islands, A Fossil Fills Gaps In Spider Evolution, Permafrost Is Thawing Faster Than Expected, Breaking Rocks With The Hot Sun.

Download Human Sacrifice And The Historic 1%, plus, Invasive Water Flea Threatens The Great Lakes, Melting Permafrost Threatens The Arctic, and more - 2016/04/09
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Black Hole Blues (and Other Songs From Outer Space), plus Not Tonight Dear: Beetle Moms Zap Their Male Partners With An Anti-Aphrodisiac, and more - 2016/04/02

"Hobbits" Were Older Than We Thought, Female Beetles Use Anti-aphrodisiac to Turn Off The Sex, Adorable Prairie Dogs Become Serial Killers, Epic Ant Battles End In Sudden Truce, Black Hole Blues.

Download Black Hole Blues (and Other Songs From Outer Space), plus Not Tonight Dear: Beetle Moms Zap Their Male Partners With An Anti-Aphrodisiac, and more - 2016/04/02
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Aurora - In Search Of The Northern Lights, plus, Baby Monkeys Get Big Or Get Eaten, The Mystery Of The Tully Monster Is Solved, and more - 2016/03/26

Tully Monster Mystery Solved, Baby Monkeys Change Coats Quickly To Avoid Infanticide, Super Spiral Galaxies Are Beautiful Giants, Why Do Chimps Throw Stones At Trees?, Aurora - In Search Of The Northern Lights.

Download Aurora - In Search Of The Northern Lights, plus, Baby Monkeys Get Big Or Get Eaten, The Mystery Of The Tully Monster Is Solved, and more - 2016/03/26
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Meet T-Regina: The First Fossil From a Pregnant T-Rex, plus How T-Rex Got So Big, Mighty Mites Set A Land Speed Record, and more - 2016/03/19

First Fossil Evidence Of A Pregnant T-Rex, T-Rex Had To Get Smart Before It Got Big, Young Children Invent Tools - Just Like Great Apes, Mites Are The Fastest Land Animal, Nitrogen Fertilizer Leaves Legacy In Deep Soil, Pluto Shows A New Face.

Download Meet T-Regina: The First Fossil From a Pregnant T-Rex, plus How T-Rex Got So Big, Mighty Mites Set A Land Speed Record, and more - 2016/03/19
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Drilling Deep for What Doomed The Dinosaurs, plus The World's Oldest Land Fossil, How Our Brains Are Made for Music, and more - 2016/03/12

Drilling For What Doomed the Dinosaurs, Dragonflies Are World Travelers, Oldest Fossil of a Land-dwelling Organism, Birds Pay A Price For Alligator Protection, Our Brains Are Tuned For Music, Plants Glue On Sand For Armour.

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What Is The Secret Of Our Success?, plus Raccoons Learn There's Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself, A Lack Of Sleep Leads To False Confessions, and more - 2016/03/05

Victoria Kaspi - Herzberg Gold Medal Winner, Restoring Ecosystems With Fear, Sleep Deprivation Can Result in False Confessions, Wolves' Call Of The wild Comes in Different Dialects, The Secret Of Our Success.

Download What Is The Secret Of Our Success?, plus Raccoons Learn There's Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself, A Lack Of Sleep Leads To False Confessions, and more - 2016/03/05
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Sex In The Sea, plus A New Telescope Gives Astronomers X-ray Eyes, A Giant, Flightless Bird Once Roamed The Arctic, and more - 2016/02/27

Giant, Flightless Bird Lived In The Arctic 50 Million Years Ago, Canadian Astronomers Get New X-ray Eyes On The Skies, Bouncing, Baby Humpback Whales, Ants Locked In Mortal Combat For 99 Million Years, Sex In The Sea.

Download Sex In The Sea, plus A New Telescope Gives Astronomers X-ray Eyes, A Giant, Flightless Bird Once Roamed The Arctic, and more - 2016/02/27
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8 New Techologies That Will Transform Medicine ... a Full-edition Special - 2016/02/20

Tricorder Screening Device, Temporary Tattoo Screening Sensor For Diabetes, Breathalyzer For Cancer Detection, Anti-bleeding Gel, Tongue Zapper for Brain Stimulation, 3D-Printer Joints, Smart-E Pants For Bed Sores, Brain Implants to Monitor Swelling.

Download 8 New Techologies That Will Transform Medicine ... a Full-edition Special - 2016/02/20
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The Universe Is Waving At Us, plus Songbirds Know Practise Makes Perfect, Horses Read Between The Lines of Your Face, and more - 2016/02/13

Gravitational Waves Shake The Universe, Songbirds Practice Their Love Song During The Off-Season, Neanderthal Genes Leave Unhealthy Legacy, Horses Can Read Human Faces, Early Human Relative Was Weak In The Jaw, Devil's Hole Pupfish Survives In The Desert.

Download The Universe Is Waving At Us, plus Songbirds Know Practise Makes Perfect, Horses Read Between The Lines of Your Face, and more - 2016/02/13
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100 Million Years Of Food, plus, Sorting Out The Relationship Between Zika and Microcephaly, Tracking Some Dancing Dinosaurs, and more - 2016/02/06

The Virus Outbreak - From Aedes to Zika, Dinosaurs Might Have Danced for Mates, Ancient Wildebeest Cousin With A Dinosaur Horn, Songbirds' Range Get Squeezed By Climate Change, 100 Million Years Of Food.

Download 100 Million Years Of Food, plus, Sorting Out The Relationship Between Zika and Microcephaly, Tracking Some Dancing Dinosaurs, and more - 2016/02/06
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The Planet Remade: Risks And Rewards of Geo-engineering Our Climate, plus Brain Imaging and PTSD, Polly Wants A Toolbox, and more - 2016/01/30

The Last Giant Ocean Crocodile, Exploring The Brains of PTSD Sufferers, Parrot Tool Use Is A Grind, Eavesdropping on the Sounds of a Rainforest, The Planet Remade - Through Geo-engineering.

Download The Planet Remade: Risks And Rewards of Geo-engineering Our Climate, plus Brain Imaging and PTSD, Polly Wants A Toolbox, and more - 2016/01/30
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Planet 9 From Outer Space, plus Overfishing Goes Deeper Than We Thought, Our Homes Are Crawling With Creatures, and more - 2016/01/23

Planet 9 From Outer Space, The Dangers of Underestimating Overfishing, Our Homes Are Crawling With Insects and Arthropods, Listening For Arctic Whales, Super-duper Supernova, Lizards Warm-up For Sex.

Download Planet 9 From Outer Space, plus Overfishing Goes Deeper Than We Thought, Our Homes Are Crawling With Creatures, and more - 2016/01/23
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The Only Woman In The Room: Why Science Is Still A Boys' Club, plus Could Our Energy Future Lie In The Iron age, and more - 2016/01/16

Alternative Energy Enters The Iron Age, Temperatures Make Toxins Tougher To Tolerate, Chameleons Quick To Stick Out Their Tongues, Giant Icebergs Make Antarctic Bloom, The Only Woman In The Room.

Download The Only Woman In The Room: Why Science Is Still A Boys' Club, plus Could Our Energy Future Lie In The Iron age, and more - 2016/01/16
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3 Lessons in Scientific Field Work - From The Man With A Machine Gun, plus A Little Bit Of Toxin Helps The Cane Toad Go Down, and more - 2016/01/09

Greenland Ice Sheet Slip Sliding Away, Lizards Learn Not To Eat Toxic Toads, Romans Plagued By Parasites, Dinosaurs Evolved In A Hurry, Lessons In The Serengeti - From A Man With A Machine Gun.

Download 3 Lessons in Scientific Field Work - From The Man With A Machine Gun, plus A Little Bit Of Toxin Helps The Cane Toad Go Down, and more - 2016/01/09
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