Saturday June 21, 2014

Quirks & Quarks for June 21, 2014

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Bob McDonald with Dr. Sarah Finkelstein on stage at Glenn Gould studio

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Our live listener "Big Question" show, recorded in Glenn Gould Studio at the CBC Broadcasting Centre in Toronto.


It's our annual Quirks & Quarks Question Road Show, recorded live this year at Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. We asked our listeners to submit really Big Science Questions, and assembled a panel of local scientists to tackle them.  So, sit back, relax, and get ready to be amazed and amused.

  • "What will future civilizations remember from our era?"   For this question, we're joined by Dr. Heather Miller, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Toronto, Mississauga.
     
  • "Is the universe infinite?"   Joining us to answer this question is Dr. Roberto Abraham, a professor in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto.
     
  • "What would the world be like if the Earth were not tilted on its axis?"   Joining us to answer this question is Dr. Sarah Finkelstein, an associate professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Toronto.
     
  • "When the universe burst into existence 15 billion years ago with the Big Bang, matter and antimatter existed in equal amounts. So where did all the antimatter go?"  Joining us to answer this question is Dr. Scott Menary, a professor of physics at York University.
     
  • "Why does biodiversity matter?"  Joining us to answer this question is Dr. Dawn Bazely, a professor of biology at York University.
     
  • "Why does every human culture - past and present - have music?"  To help answer this question, we're joined by Dr. Sandra Trehub, a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, Mississauga.
     
  • "Why don't land mammals the size of the big dinosaurs exist today?"  Joining us to answer this question is Dr. David Evans, a curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Royal Ontario Museum, and assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Toronto. 
     
  • "Does artificial intelligence exist?"  Joining us to answer this question is Dr. Sheila McIlraith, a professor of computer science at the University of Toronto.
     
  • "Given the impacts of climate change, where in Canada will be the best place to live 100 years from now?"  To help answer this question, we're joined by Dr. Barry Smit, a professor emeritus of geography at the University of Guelph.
     
  • "Why does every living thing die?"  For this question, we're joined by Dr. Michelle Aarts, an assistant professor of cell and systems biology at the University of Toronto.



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