Quirks & Quarkswith Bob McDonald


July 14, 2018 - A biotech rescue for the northern white rhino, smarty-pants parrots brain structure, and more…

High-energy neutrino source found, night shifts disrupt our brain and gut clocks, and sizing up human roars

Lab-made hybrid embryos could save the northern white rhino from extinction

Scientists create first ever hybrid white-rhino embryo to prevent species extinction.

Parrot's unique brain structure explains why they're so smart

Parrot smarty-pants challenge 'bird brain' insult

Freshly detected 'ghost particle' offers a new way to observe the universe

Detection of a neutrino from 'the most violent astrophysical processes' gives scientists a new way to understand the cosmos.

Night shifts put your brain and gut clocks out of whack

Clocks in the digestive system have a 'mind of their own'

Humans can judge a person's strength from their aggressive roars

Men and women differ at estimating each other's strength from vocalizations, scientists find

Incredible dandelions could hold the key to growing plants on the oilsands

Fungus treated plants can turn hydrocarbons in oilsands' tailings into CO2 and water.

Why do predatory dinosaurs have eyes on the sides of their head?

Most meat-eating dinosaurs had limited depth perception because their eyes were on the sides of their heads, but not all, including T-Rex.

July 7, 2018 - Curbing violent thoughts and Arctic archaeological treasures at risk

Also on the show: Chernobyl’s wandering wolves, tracking Asian hornet bee-killers, our tree-climbing ancestors, the genetics of divorce, and more.

A tiny zap of electricity to the brain could reduce violent intentions, study suggests

Scientists hope that one day this technology might curb violent behaviour.

The Arctic is melting — putting thousands of archeological sites at risk

Arctic archaeologists are racing against time to save the sites from looters and from being destroyed by natural forces.

A wolf was spotted leaving Chernobyl's 'exclusion zone'

The abandoned villages around the doomed Chernobyl Nuclear Plant have turned into a 'wildlife reserve.'

Asian hornets chop off the heads of honeybees

Scientists use tiny tags to seek and destroy hidden nests of invasive predators in the U.K.

Toddler's fossil foot opens window into human evolution

Why an ancient toddler was likely able to scamper up trees better than her parents

Genetics is a big reason divorce runs in families

Divorce can be transmitted across generations because of genetic personality traits like high levels of extroversion or neurosis.

Where exactly are we in the Milky Way Galaxy?

We're in one of the spiral arms of the Milky Way galaxy, so when we look at it from Earth, we're seeing the centre

June 30, 2018 - A comet from the stars, microbiome and arthritis, polar bear treadmill and more

Also decompressing fish, finding past civilizations and how much sleep do animals need?
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This summer, make nature a multi-sensory 'reality' experience

Put away your devices and take the chance to fully appreciate Canada's natural environment

Our solar system's first interstellar visitor has its own natural 'rockets'

Originally thought to be an asteroid, it turns out to be a comet and is outgassing vapour

Your microbiome may be giving you arthritis. How can we understand it better?

Experiments investigate how changing populations of internal bacteria can benefit health

Polar bears on a treadmill: why scientists wanted to test their walking metabolism

Understanding how much energy the animals use may help conservation efforts

Engineering a decompression chamber to retrieve fish from the 'twilight zone'

Deep-water twilight zone reefs host many unknown species that can now be collected safely

Fossils of our civilization — what humans will leave behind

A thought experiment provides information about how to detect long-gone intelligent life

Do animals have the same sleep requirements as humans?

Animals need sleep for the same reasons humans do, but how much they get and when depends on the species.

June 23 - Lasting effects of trauma in children's brains and catching criminals with 'bacterial fingerprints'

And why fur seals can get by without REM sleep, how Antarctic is rising, and more