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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.

Updated: Fridays
Download episodes from this podcast for: 6 months
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'A Better Man'

Attiya Khan tries to create a dialogue between herself and her abuser in the documentary 'A Better Man"

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The motorcycle is yourself

Tim Wilson revisits 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance'

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San Francisco's piano van busker

Six years ago Brandy was about to launch his passion project, but an unexpected loss sent him on a downward spiral.

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A man raises $11.7K for Michelle Obama mural he copied

A Chicago man is defending his Michelle Obama mural as found art, but this Ethiopian art student says it originated on her Instagram page.

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March For Science Special

Interviews and discussion focused on Saturday's March for Science in Washington'

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Is your building giving off bad vibes?, Pulling water out of thin air, Earliest evidence of right-handedness, and more

Is your building giving off bad vibes?, Pulling water out of thin air, Teeth scratches show earliest right-handedness, Time for a change to Canada's 'research ecosystem', 7,000 Methane Bubbles Beneath Siberia, Question: How can I fossilize when I die?

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The Curse of the Monkey God; Photographing a Black Hole; and more

Photographing a Black Hole; Lost City Of The Monkey God; The most Canadian scientific discovery of all time; There was an old badger who buried a cow; Instincts 'hardwired in the brain'; Quirks & Questions: Are birds evolving to avoid window collisions?

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Neurolaw and the changing landscape of crime and punishment; The climbing death toll of cheap consumer goods; and more

Neurolaw and crime and punishment; "I am an Arctic researcher. Donald Trump is deleting my citations."; Temperature made Mayans more violent; The climbing death toll of cheap consumer goods; There's a new kind of cloud in the shy; Question: Nervousness

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Can psychedelic drugs work magic on depression?, Piecing together Darwin's evolution, and more

Stopping a pandemic before it starts; Can psychedelic drugs work magic on depression?; Piecing together Darwin's evolution; Prepping for the biotech onslaught; A star on the run for 500 years; Question: What is the Environmental Footprint of the internet?

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The mystery of the colossal statue discovered in Cairo; plus Particle physics - The Greatest Story Ever Told, So Far; and more

Colossal statue discovered in Cairo; The Greatest Story Ever Told, So Far; Biofuels could cut aviation pollution in half; Rhinos post 'poop emojis' on social sites; New technology safely reheats frozen tissue; Quirks Question - hiding in the asteroid belt

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Fukushima is a robot graveyard; Scientists stored an amazon gift card on DNA; and more

High intensity exercise; Fukushima Fukushima is a robot graveyard; Why are pandas black and white?; Scientists stored an amazon gift card on some DNA; Facial recognition at Canadian airports; Quirks Question: Why are those turkeys circling that dead cat?

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Dear Canada you are peeing in the pool way too much; Can we control computers with our dreams?, and more

A pain killer that could replace Fentanyl; Controlling computers with dreams; Canadians are peeing in the pool too much; A bee slam dunks a ball for a treat; Product of a "Holy Grail" experiment has...disappeared; Does my iPhone get heavier with music.

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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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