Quirks & Quarkswith Bob McDonald
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
Trump's 'dominance' in space is playing with international space treaty
The principle of non-militarization of space is a oft-breached ideal
Separating children from parents can negatively affect brain development
Trauma alters neurological development and makes kids anxious and fearful
Antarctica's rising bedrock could stabilize the ice melt
Ice is melting and land is rising - the ups and downs of Antarctica
Seals who sleep with half their brains help explain how humans snooze
When fur seals are in the water for long period of time, they are able to survive without REM sleep for many days or weeks
Identifying criminals by the 'bacterial fingerprints' they leave behind
We leave a trail of these microbes everywhere we go, shedding about 36 million bacterial cells per hour
How long did it take to wipe out the dinosaurs?
Dr. Victoria Arbour from the University of Toronto answers this week's Quirks Question.
June 16, 2018 — Animals becoming nocturnal, cod comeback stumbles, and more...
Mantis shrimp’s brainy punch, drilling holes in skulls, to Pluto and beyond and why cereal sticks together
Bob McDonald's blog
Stephen Hawking's information sent into a black hole
A radio broadcast including his voice and tribute music sent into space
Fear of humans is driving animals into the darkness — and nocturnal life
Animals who can't avoid humans during the daytime take to the night-life
Newfoundland's cod comeback faces a setback — is fishing to blame?
The northern cod stock dropped by 30% last year — and fishing quotas have been reduced
The mantis shrimp's violent punches harness brains as well as brawn
Mantis Shrimps have the fastest punch on the planet, and they target them with care and control.
Incan doctors scraped holes in skulls with stone tools — and the patients survived
Skull surgery performed with stone tools during the time of the Inca Empire was remarkably successful
To Pluto and beyond! The inside story of a mission to the edge of the solar system
Dr. Alan Stern, the leader of the New Horizons mission to Pluto talks about his ultimate adventure.
Why do Cheerios stick together when they are floating in milk?
Cheerios stick together in a bowl of milk to reduce surface energy or tension that exists in the system.
June 9, 2018 - Rising CO2 levels make food less nutritious, neonics and bees, tricking facial recognition
And slowing cyclones, crocodiles’ brains on Bach, and more
Bob McDonald's blog
Life on Mars is hard to find
The discovery of organic molecules on Mars is tantalizing — but not proof
Rising carbon dioxide levels are turning rice and fish into junk food
As C02 in the atmosphere increases, the nutritional value of major foods like rice and fish decreases
Hurricanes are slowing down and settling in to do more damage
Cyclones are moving about 10 per cent more slowly, likely because of climate change
Scientists say restrictions on neonic pesticides aren't enough to save bees - we need a ban
Bees pollinate crops and contribute to a third of the food we consume, but a dangerous group of pesticides is threatening their survival.
AI researchers develop a way to trick facial recognition systems
Subtle distortions to the images makes them invisible to facial recognition.
Crocodile Bach - what classical music does to a reptile's brain
Playing classical music like Bach to crocodiles sheds light on the evolution of brain structure and the processing of complex sounds
Where was the Higgs boson particle 'hiding' before it was discovered?
The Higgs boson particle always existed, it was just waiting for the right tools to come along for it to be produced and then detected.
June 2, 2018 - Kids and concussions, the gene for our big brain and more
Island hopping into the Americas and animals are louder, humans are quiet
Bob McDonald's blog
Dealing with pollution that is not in our face
When we can't see it or smell it, we too often ignore it