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Oct 1: Redirecting an asteroid, rainforest politics, wildlife and COVID and more…

Megalodon was a monster, Indigenous perspectives on Astronomy
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Mi'kmaw astonomer says we should acknowledge we live under Indigenous skies

Mi'kmaw astonomer Dr. Hilding Neilson thinks we should go beyond land acknowledgements and think about sky acknowledgments as well, since we live under Indigenous skies. An astrophysicist at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Neilson has been working to integrate Indigenous knowledge and methodologies into Astronomy.

Celebrate Bob McDonald's 30 years as host of Quirks & Quarks

Get tickets for our live show on Oct. 25, or contribute a story or memory to the show.

Sep 24: The Milky Way tells its story, raccoon criminal masterminds, back to the water and more...

A medieval hate crime and a city's summer smells.
Analysis

James Webb Space Telescope offers spectacular new picture of Neptune's rings — but Voyager got there first

Bob McDonald's blog: Neptune's faint, dark rings are almost impossible to see using Earth-based telescopes. The best view we've had of them was from the 1989 Voyager 2 flyby. Now the James Webb telescope has produced a beautiful new image.
Q&A

A new book lets the Milky Way speak for itself — and it's kind of a jerk

A new book, "The Milky Way: An Autobiography of our Galaxy," by astrophysicist Moiya McTier, imagines our galaxy using its own voice to spill the beans on topics like how it came to be, what it really thinks of us humans, its complicated relationships with other galaxies — and how it will likely meet its demise.

How trash bandits, furry and feathered, outsmart humans for food

In their quest for food, animals venture into human environments to access one of the richest urban food sources: garbage. Two new studies published this month detail how cockatoos and raccoons, two notorious trash bandits, are using their smarts to overcome human obstacles and fill their stomachs.

Sep 17: 10,000 steps really are good for you, Astronomers thrilled by JWST, garbage picking cockatoos and more

On thin ice with Canadian glaciologists and red skies at night?

Walking 10K steps a day is a health sweet spot, study finds — and walking faster is even better

In recent years, walking 10,000 steps a day has become a popular fitness goal, but until now, there hasn’t been much scientific research to back that number. A new study looking at people wearing fitness trackers has finally determined that it is indeed a sweet spot for a range of health outcomes, but how fast you walk is also important.
Analysis

On thinning ice: This summer I got up close and personal with glaciers

Bob McDonald's blog: This summer I ventured into the land of ice at the top of the world. I wandered among towering icebergs, and came face to face with calving glaciers.

Sep 10: Our Summer in the Field special

For many of us, summer is the time for things like beaches, bike rides, and BBQs. For some scientists, however, summertime is also when they are at their busiest, travelling to remote locations to get up close and personal with nature.
Analysis

Artemis SLS rocket has taken years longer to develop than the Apollo moon program

Bob McDonald's blog: NASA's giant rocket program, plagued by delays and cost overruns, may finally launch, just as a private competitor might be ready to do it faster and cheaper. But does what looks like a boondoggle have hidden value?

September 3: Best of Quirks & Quarks - Summer Listener Question Show

In this show we'll answer listener questions like: Why don't humans have a tail even though we have a tailbone? Why is bird poop white and mammal poop brown? Why can't we remember our early years? What happens when you die in space? And much, much more

August 27: Best of Quirks & Quarks - Digging up the past

We’re digging up our most captivating interviews that provide a glimmer of insight into our ancient ancestors, such as how humans made clothes 120,000 years ago, where modern horses came from, and the discovery that prehistoric people made animated art in caves.

Feeding the future: As the problem of feeding the world gets bigger, some farmers go smaller

Some experts say our food systems are already at a breaking point and the need to feed an estimated 10 billion people by 2050 will create tremendous pressure on a structure that's been pushed to its environmental limits. We take a look at some of the ways agriculture is trying to adapt.

August 20: Best of Quirks & Quarks - Feeding the Future

Many experts say that our food systems are at a breaking point, and that the way we eat - and what we eat - has to change. But there are solutions, from resilient agriculture, to waste-free food systems, and even meat grown in a vat.

August 13: Best of Quirks & Quarks - Stories from our water world

We’re bringing you stories from our past season about the water on our planet, like an innovative experiment in Australia to protect the wondrous Great Barrier Reef, the sweet secret of seagrass meadows, historic Indigenous oyster fisheries, and more.

August 6: Best of Quirks & Quarks - Insects, arthropods and creepy crawlies

We share some of our favourite stories about creepy-crawlies from the past season, including how ants communicate by swapping vomit, how social spiders hunt in packs, and why you might want to wear a green shirt in mosquito country.

July 30: Best of Quirks & Quarks - Holiday book show

If you’re interested in a few fascinating science books that may inspire conversation around the campfire this summer, we have some suggestions for you.

July 23: Best of Quirks & Quarks - Holiday listener question show

It’s time for another edition of our popular listener question show, where we find the experts to answer your questions like: why do we retain scars? What’s the evolutionary purpose of menopause? And why are mammals’ body temperatures 36 C?

July 16: Best of Quirks & Quarks - Our favourite space science stories

From astronauts exploring Labrador to prepare for a visit to the moon, to the bubble that surrounds the Milky Way, here are some of our favourite space stories from this past season.

July 09: Best of Quirks & Quarks - Our favourite animal stories

From potty training cows to monkeys getting drunk, here are a few of our favourite animal stories from the past year.

July 02: Best of Quirks & Quarks - Summer Science Special

Whether it was canoeing on acid lakes, being bumped by belugas, or rescuing equipment from grizzlies, scientists across Canada were busy during the summer of 2021.

September 3: Best of Quirks & Quarks - Summer Listener Question Show

In this show we'll answer listener questions like: Why don't humans have a tail even though we have a tailbone? Why is bird poop white and mammal poop brown? Why can't we remember our early years? What happens when you die in space? And much, much more

Jun 18: Black Death origins, chicken domestication, the life of a mastodon and more…

Elephant seal whiskers and ‘The Secret Perfume of Birds’

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