Quirks & Quarkswith Bob McDonald


Oct 12, 2019: Canada's latest Nobel laureate and our election science policy debate

Hear from politicians discussing the issues our audience wants to hear about
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From theory to experiment — the search for dark matter

The Nobel prize was given, in part, for theorizing dark matter — now we need to find it

Hear from Canadian-born cosmologist James Peebles about his Nobel Prize

Manitoba-born cosmologist was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics "for [his] theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology"

The Quirks & Quarks science and environmental policy debate

The four major parties discuss fundamental science, evidence-based decisions, climate action and conservation of wilderness and species at risk

Oct 5, 2019: Is red meat bad? Deflecting asteroids, politics making us sick and more…

Growing human brains in the lab, evolution and orgasms and animals in the midnight sun.
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Let nature do the talking

A study using nearly 47,000 hours of audio recording reveals national parks can be noisy places

Hear from the scientist who says red meat might not be so bad for us after all

A thorough review of the evidence suggests the risk is small if it exists at all

NASA is testing a plan to deflect killer asteroids — by crashing into one

The DART spacecraft will slam into an asteroid to give it 'a little nudge'

Could modern political strife be making us sick?

A new study suggests engaging in politics can take a major toll on people's lives

We're making tiny brains in the lab — should we be worried for them?

Brain waves were detected in lab-grown brain organoids this summer. Could they become complex enough to think?

Hear how evolution may explain the female orgasm

Rabbit research suggest that the female orgasm evolved to trigger ovulation

How does 24 hour daylight impact animals in the far North?

Animals seem to adapt successfully to life under the midnight sun

Sep 28, 2019: Plastic tea-bag particles, Venus was habitable, driver memory fail and more…

Earliest North American migrants, plants ‘terraformed’ the Earth
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Time to move from protest to proactive on climate change

'Let's stop arguing about who's responsible for the problem and just get on with it.'

New plastic tea bags shed billions of tiny particles into the cup

Canadian researchers find hot water and plastic tea bags are not an ideal combination

Venus is a hellscape now, but might once have been blue like Earth

For billions of years Venus might have been temperate and pleasant — and even habitable

Lethal memory fail: Why drivers see, and then forget, motorcyclists

Driving simulation tests suggest that human memory, rather than negligence, may be responsible for "looked, but failed to see" collisions, a new study suggests.

Ever older remains of early migrants rewrite the story of the first North Americans

Artifacts dated to roughly 16,000 years ago mean migrants didn't wait for the ice age to end

Making Eden - how plants 'terraformed' the Earth

Plants made a bleak and barren landscape green, and also transformed the atmosphere and our planet's weather

Sep 21, 2019: Women in Science Special — How science has done women wrong

Why women still aren't equally represented in science, both as researchers, and in science done about women

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?

Glass obstacle course: Why so few women hold top STEM spots

Female scientists are forced to navigate informal and formal barriers - sometimes called the 'glass obstacle course' - to progress in STEM disciplines at every level.

Women's brains ARE built for science. Modern neuroscience explodes an old myth

Persistent arguments that women lack particular abilities valuable for science are based on bad evidence

Women and science suffer when medical research doesn't study females

Medical science has a deadly historical bias problem: until very recently, most studies only included males

Sep. 14, 2019 — Ground zero for dinosaur extinction, space archeology, toes on the brain and more…

Finding a lost jet engine on Greenland, mystery of the wandering whales and barren tablelands