Bob McDonald

Bob McDonald is the host of CBC Radio's award-winning weekly science program, Quirks & Quarks. He is also a science commentator for CBC News Network and CBC-TV's The National. He has received 12 honorary degrees and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Latest from Bob McDonald


Robotic dogs and fish could help explore deeper into other worlds

Bob McDonald's blog: Robotic animals could boldly go where wheeled rovers can't

Apollo landing sites now protected by U.S. law, but what about the flags?

Bob McDonald's blog: Fading flags open the question of how to preserve the legacy of the landings.

COVID-19 in 2020 showed science and society in action

Bob McDonald's blog: The pandemic gave rise to unprecedented global scientific cooperation to combat the greatest health threat of our lives. Here's a look back at how it all unfolded. 

An encounter with the real stuff

Bob McDonald's blog: Meeting the test pilot legend Chuck Yeager, who died this week.

New 3D map of the Milky Way continues a quest that began in Canada

Bob McDonald's blog: The map includes data from more than 1.8 billion stars

Chinese sample return mission to the moon harkens back to 1960s lunar race

Bob McDonald's blog: Robot mission will return first moon rocks since 1976

Famous Arecibo telescope was the first to send a signal to alien civilizations

Bob McDonald's blog: Damage to historic instrument means it will be dismantled

Would hyperloop transportation technology work in Canada?

Bob McDonald's blog: Travelling by hyperloop could theoretically get you from Toronto to Montreal in 1 hour, or Edmonton to Calgary in 30 minutes

20 years of living in space: What's next for the ISS?

Bob McDonald's blog: It's going to come down eventually, so how? And what might replace it?

Halloween costs more than the Canadian space program

Bob McDonald's blog: Canada's contributions in space benefit science, technology and the development of true superheroes.