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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
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Where are you from?

Hear from young people who are learning about their Indigenous nations - and what that means to them.

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At a loss for words

Two strangers who don’t speak the same language meet in Haiti and sparks fly... through Google Translate.

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Soheil's Millionaire Blues

Vancouver’s Soheil Biniaz is a self-made millionaire, who's learning deep connection is something his money can't buy.

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War, on drugs

From berzerkers on mushrooms, to Nazis on meth, armies and soldiers have used drugs to fight, cope with and recover from war since ancient times.

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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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Bacteria turns poop blue when you’re sick; Your baby can recognize the shape of faces before it’s even born; What's with all those red-bearded hockey players? and more

Bacteria turns poop blue when you’re sick; The tune from Trappist-1; Cannibal insects get hungrier as climate warms; Babies recognise faces before they're born; Autism detected early with hope for treatment; What's with all the red-bearded hockey players?

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Trump ignores most of the world and all of the science; We’ve found 50 genes for intelligence. Could that lead to discrimination?; and more

Trump ignores most of the world and all of the science, Scientists using CRISPR discover hundreds of unintended mutations, A bend in its skull helps a blind fish find its way; We’ve found 50 genes for intelligence. Could that lead to discrimination?

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What science says about the risks of energy drinks; The Sherpas' super-power; and more

What science says about the risks of energy drinks; The Sherpas' super-power; When did whales get super-sized?; Do I look fat in this face?; Out of Africa, or maybe Europe?; Quirks & Questions: Are humans the only mammals with different blood types?

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The Puzzle of Pain, Orangutans babies know breast is best, NASA's big rocket is going nowhere, and more

The Puzzle of Pain; Orangutans babies know breast is best; NASA's big rocket is going nowhere; Diving deep for glass sponges; The late birds are missing the worm; Quirks Question of the Week: Is a lighter Sun changing the Earth's orbit?

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Neuro-Privacy, Money-puck, A Dinosaur goes Hollywood, and more

Protecting our neural privacy; Human sense of smell is better than we think; A Dinosaur goes Hollywood; Re-evaluating the Origins of Life; Money-puck - hockey Analytics; Quirks & Question: Why don't we use cadaver blood?

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Can marathoners break the magical two hour barrier?; 23andMe for Dogs; Killam Prize for engineering medical jello; and more

23andMe for Dogs; Can marathoners break the magical two hour barrier?; Exercise in a pill; The smallest race cars on the shortest racetrack; Killam Prize for engineering medical jello; Quirks & Question - Can cats really drink saltwater?

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'Let There Be Light'; Worms that eat plastic; Dolphin Sex; and more

'Let There Be Light'; Dolphin Sex; Worms that eat plastic; The mixed scientific legacy of Henrietta Lacks' HeLa cells; Oil sands emissions of volatile organic compounds are under-reported; Quirks Question - Hot and cold water sound different when poured

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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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