Quirks & Quarkswith Bob McDonald


March 17, 2018: Remembering Stephen Hawking, Disturbance in Earth's magnetic field, and more

Plus - Michio Kaku on the far future of humanity and citizen scientists tackle Fukushima radiation

Hawking's science, thoughts on God, and the formula for his tombstone

Dr. Don Page from the University of Alberta describes what it was like to work with Prof. Hawking.
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Disagreeing with Stephen Hawking

Not everyone agrees with Hawking's views on the on the future of humanity, alien life, and artificial intelligence.

How DIY radiation sleuths are holding Japan's government accountable

A citizen science program to measure radiation levels helps combat government mistrust

Four far out visions for the future of humanity from Michio Kaku

We could boil the galaxy and beam digitized selves to far flung stars.

Something unusual is happening with our planet's magnetic field

'If we look at our best numerical simulations of a magnetic field reversal, this is the type of pattern we see right before a reversal.'

How do archaeological sites become covered?

Sites become part of the archaeological record by two processes: natural factors such as wind or erosion, and cultural or human factors such as building on top of buildings

March 10, 2018: Jupiter's stormy secrets, Video games and violence, Gates of hell and more...

Reading minds and brain scanning, an ancient baby bird and birds nesting on cell phone towers

Planet-sized cyclones just one highlight of Juno's new views of Jupiter

Scientists with NASA's Juno mission have just released a treasure-trove of new data about the inner workings of the giant planet.
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Exercise is the best anti-aging therapy

New research shows more evidence that high levels of exercise - even in seniors - can reduce some of the effects of aging.

We shouldn't blame violent video games for mass shootings. Here's the science

A new study confirms research that says there is no connection between violence in video games and anti-social behaviour.

'Gates of Hell' ritual sacrifices were a deadly geological magic trick

Ancient Roman sacrifices of animals attributed to the 'breath of the hellhound' were actually CO2 asphyxiation.

Reading brain activity could help in forensics and communicating with those who can't

New brain scanning technology could allow communication with people whose bodies are unresponsive, but whose brains are active.

A 127 million year old baby bird fossil sheds new light on avian evolution

This tiny bird discovered in Spain, preserves remarkable details of bone structure

How do cell phone towers affect birds that nest on them?

Some research suggests that birds nesting in cellphone towers producer fewer and smaller chicks, while birds in flight may experience navigational problems.

MARCH 3, 2018: Detecting the first stars, Young blood rejuvenation, Acoustic tractor beam, & more

What makes a brain smart, Desert life looks like Mars and What’s ear wax for?

The universe's dark age ended with the first stars - and we've found them

The fingerprint of the stars that first shone on a dark universe has been detected
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Mining activities, not hunting, responsible for northern caribou declines

A new report points the finger for catastrophic caribou drop at development and ecosystem disturbance

The vampire molecule: scientists discover why young blood helps reverse aging

Scientists have identified a ‘master regulator’ in young blood that can mostly reverse aging in the brain.

'Acoustic tweezer' tractor beam could replace invasive surgeries

An acoustic tractor beam uses 'tornadoes of sound' to levitate objects

Scientists could look in your brain to determine your intelligence

Brain 'entropy' - the number of different states it can enter - correlates with IQ scores

The secret to finding life on Mars begins in Chile's Atacama Desert

The dormant microbial life in Chile's Atacama desert could help determine if life exists on Mars

Why do we have wax in our ears?

The wax in our ears serves many important physiologic functions as well as helps to provide information about various diseases.

Neanderthals good at art, treating fake news and more

PLUS - Fighting flu with UV light; overmedicating seniors and more.

These paintings prove Neanderthals weren't so brutish after all

Neanderthal paintings demonstrate an ability for symbolic thought, planning and more.