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

Youth '92 all over again at the 2019 Youth Climate Summit

27 years ago, young people got together to advocate for climate action. Will they be more successful today?
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Generating light from darkness

New device generates electricity from the cold night sky
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Chasing Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo

Quirks & Quarks host Bob McDonald travelled thousands of kilometres in an attempt to witness Virgin Galactic's first commercial space flight
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The other 'first man' who was supposed to go to the moon

Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov was supposed to beat the Americans to the moon
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Humans vs robots in space: We need both

To explore space, we need robots to do the early reconnaissance and primary science
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A child's question about climate change

Young people's voices make a difference because the future is theirs
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New computer model explains faltering jet stream

New model incorporates ozone layer to explain weakening of the jet stream
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Neuroethicists warn of extraordinary claims from 'neurowearables'

The claims of manufacturers are often ahead of the neuroscience
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Kissing Kuiper belt objects produce a planetesimal

Ultima Thule's two lobes came together in a gentle collision that allowed them to stick together without breaking up
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Finding the fingerprint of human influence on climate

Scientists created a global, historical 'drought atlas' showing a clear pattern of warming associated with emissions
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Ups and downs of commercial spaceflight

This year — the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing — will be a landmark year for commercial space flight
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Cost of climate change rising even faster

Arctic feedback loops are accelerating the rate of climate change — making it more expensive to fix the longer we wait.
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Old and new science keep Notre Dame standing

The iconic architecture has kept the building standing for hundreds of years, and survived this week's fire as well
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How Canadian astronomy made the black hole photo possible

Canada pioneered the radio telescope integration used in the Event Horizon Telescope
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Scientists plan to freeze ship in Arctic ice to understand melt

Disappearing ice is like a receding hairline for the planet. Canada's Arctic is going bald.