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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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Podcasts to accompany Oscar night

Six podcasts that will make you fall in love with cinema.

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The truth about fat

"Fat is not just fat. It's not just a reserve of calories the way we think about it," says biochemist Sylvia Tara.

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Japandroids

The celebrated guitar and drums duo return with a new album and expanded sound.

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Woman won't stop massaging horses despite legal issues

Every time Laurie Wheeler massages a horse, she risks six months in jail or a $500 fine. But she just has to help them.

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Ideal setting for alien life; NASA Poop Challenge winner; Fort Mac rebounds; and more

Solar system with 7 earth-size planets; New Zealand wants to use gene drives in war on predators; Cave crystals contain 50,000-year-old life; Somebody won NASA's spacesuit toilet contest; Fort Mac forests on the rebound; Why did my jello freeze like this?

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Why Chewing Food Triggers 'Sound Rage'; NHL vs Concussion Science; Cockeyed Squid; and more

Sound rage caused by brain overdrive; The NHL and the legal fight on its hands; Cockeyed squid's wonky eyes; Rocket launches deadly bug into space; Seagrass is Vital to Marine Life and Human Health; Quirks & Question: Mining The Moon.

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Why Do We Sleep? What Happens If We Don't?, The Environmental Impact of Trump's Wall, and more

Why Do We Sleep? What If We Don't?; Reversible saliva helps frogs eat; Radiation clouds a hazard for frequent flyers; Trump's wall more likely to stop wildlife than people; Lithium ion battery scientist wins Herzberg Gold; Why Isn't Jupiter Solid?

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Twin Studies on Earth and in Space a Window into Nature vs Nurture; Human Pig Chimera; 38 Thousand Year Old Engraving, and more

Twin Studies on Earth, and in Space - Nature vs Nurture; Early Human Artists Connected The Dots; Part human, part pig chimera; Evidence Torture doesn't work; Metallic Hydrogen-Did it Finally Happen?; Quirks & Question: Is Earth's Weight Changing?

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U.S. Scientists Call Canada For Help; Chimps, War and the Cuddle Hormone; Carl Sagan Saw The Future, and more

US scientists call Canada on how to deal with being muzzled; Carl Sagan saw the future; Chimps, war and the "cuddle hormone"; Tales From The Parasitic Crypt; What gives a tomato its flavour; Death and decay are part of life; Quirks & Questions - Moons.

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Antarctic Evacuation; Science Has A One-Hit-Wonder Problem; Frankenstein, Turner and Climate Change

Evacuation from the Antarctic; Science has a one hit wonder problem, Mice turned into tiny efficient predators; Monarch migration over 40 years; New England's Mackerel Year; Quirks Question-Light Pillars; MH370 Search Suspended Despite Breakthrough.

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The Science of Mindfulness

An in depth exploration of Mindfulness, including the science, the industry and its claims, as well as an actual scan of Bob's brain to see the changes mindfulness can bring.

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Mysterious Radio Waves, plus Emotional Hangovers, The Return of The Slime Mold, and more

Cosmic blasts from a galaxy far away; Emotional hangovers boost memory; Slow hatching dino eggs sped up extinction; Brainless slime can learn; Unique visuals allow hummingbirds to hover; Driverless car, meet self repairing road.

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Top Science Stories of 2016, plus The Glass Universe, Fish Pee Helps Corals Grow, and more

Top Five Science Stories of 2016, The Glass Universe, Fish Pee Helps Corals Grow, Beyond Earth.

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The Annual Quirks & Quarks Holiday Book Show

The Earth In Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet's Future, Driverless: Intelligent Cars And The Road Ahead, All These Worlds Are Yours: The Scientific Search For Alien Life.

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Weed: The pot breathalyzer, plus the problem with pot research, fake news and your brain, the head transplant, and more

US lab weed is weak and a research problem, A pot breathalyzer is just down the road, How to convince a climate change skeptic, Fake news and your brain, Calcite makes solar geoengineering less risky, Canadian nanotech makes head transplant less risky.

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Is Factory Farming Spreading Drug Resistant Super Bugs?, plus Phantom Pain - Virtual Reality, 100 Million Year Old Dinosaur Tail in Amber, and more

Drug resistant "superbug" gene found on pig farm, Check out this 99-million year old dino feather, VR Helps Reduce Phantom Limb Pain, Bay of Bengal is home to newest 'dead zone', Thunderstorms rain mercury pollution.

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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

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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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