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.

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Are clear skies a sign that we'll soon retire the combustion engine?

Bob McDonald's blog: Pollution free skies over cities during the pandemic are an opportunity to ponder the next technological revolution.
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Persistent pollutants and the unintended side effects of the Montreal Protocol

Bob McDonald's blog: The Montreal Protocol banned chemicals to protect the Earth's ozone. Now, the alternatives to those chemicals are showing up in Arctic ice and we don't know if they pose a threat to human health.
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Florence Nightingale used mathematics to improve health care

Bob McDonald's blog: Born 200 years ago, she's famous for her work in nursing, but was an accomplished statistician as well.
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Hubble telescope's 30th anniversary was possible because it could be repaired

If it were not for the fact that the Hubble Space Telescope was designed to be repaired and upgraded while in orbit, it would not have reached its 30th anniversary this month. But repair isn't possible with its successor.
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Science in a time of crisis

Bob McDonald's science blog: We are witnessing an incredible global effort where scientists from around the world are sharing their data in an all-out effort to beat COVID-19.
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Two early images of Earth that bolstered the environmental movement

Bob McDonald's science blog: These iconic images captured from Apollo moon missions changed humanity's perspective of itself
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Travel to far-off places and far back in time through VR

Bob McDonald's science blog: Here are some exotic locations you can visit virtually while you're physically distancing at home.
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Escape from isolation by exploring space from home

Bob McDonald's science blog: A few ideas to take your mind off the situation on the ground by thinking about our place in the stars
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Our golden connection to a cosmic explosion

Bob McDonald's science blog: A neutron star merger 100 million years ago may be the source of Earth’s gold
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As entertainment shuts down, take in the spectacle nature has to offer

Bob McDonald's science blog: Immersing yourself in nature can have positive effects on your physical and mental health.
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Seismic technology to probe the Earth adapted to probe the brain

Bob McDonald's science blog: Scientists have developed a portable brain scanner that could open up new research opportunities.
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Early toolkits and toolmakers more diverse than previously thought

Bob McDonald's science blog: New finds of the remains of Homo erectus and their stone tools reveals a culture that developed new ideas, but didn't abandon old ones
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First robot-to-robot docking a big step towards dealing with space junk

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Canadian Space Agency searching for young astronauts

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NASA re-masters Carl Sagan's iconic 'Pale Blue Dot' image 30 years later

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