Quirks and Quarks from CBC Radio

Quirks and Quarks from CBC Radio

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CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks covers the quirks of the expanding universe to the quarks within a single atom… and everything in between.


May 23: Can COVID cut climate emissions permanently? Robot stand-up comedy and more, evolving animals from worm guts to fish fingers and adapting to climate change on the prairies
May 22 • 54 min
Turning COVID-related drop in CO2 emissions into a plan to fight climate change. A stand-up robot understands that timing is the secret to comedy. Fish fingers and bilateral symmetry — new fossils shed light critical stages of evolution. ‘Pretty much…
May 16: COVID unknowns, a giant sloth graveyard, drying northern peatlands, and this is your brain on fear
May 15 • 54 min
COVID-19 and scientific confusion — What we don’t know and why we don’t know it. Vast boreal peatlands may dry up and burn in a warming climate. A giant sloth graveyard shows how these enormous animals died - and lived. Your brain on terror - a writer…
May 9: COVID stress and pregnancy, a black hole in our backyard, solving koalas’ drinking problem and how to live on Mars
May 8 • 54 min
What the ice storm can teach us about the pre-natal impacts of pandemic stress, An unseen black hole has been lurking in our galactic neighbourhood. Now we know how koalas drink (we didn’t before). Pathway to Mars - How astronauts will survive and thrive…
May 2: COVID and social isolation, COVID and dreams, the most dangerous place on Earth, Satellite streak watcher and Coping with sea level rise in Nova Scotia
May 1 • 54 min
Your brain’s ‘hunger’ for social interaction and your strange COVID dreams. Scientists describe ‘the most dangerous place in the history of planet Earth.’ The wrong kind of ‘constellations’ are threatening astronomical observations. Sea level’s rising…
Apr 25: Deepwater Horizon 10 years later, COVID-19 and understanding immunity. Invaders eat Europe’s ragweed, and making AI compatible with humans.
Apr 24 • 54 min
10 years after Deepwater Horizon — what has science learned from the spill? COVID-19 What we’re learning — and what we need to know — about immunity. The threat from AI is not that it will revolt, it’s that it’ll do exactly as it’s told. Ragweed allergy…
Apr 18: Age, sex and COVID-19 vulnerability, learning from pterosaur flight and, Earth Day’s odd birthday, and a super-dupernova
Apr 17 • 54 min
‘Men are at a huge disadvantage’ — who is getting hit hardest by COVID-19 and why. Pterosaurs haven’t soared for 67 million years, but they can still teach us about flight. Earth Day 2020 — the 50th anniversary will be the weirdest Earth Day ever. The…
Introducing Unlocking Bryson’s Brain
Apr 14 • 54 min
Unlocking Bryson’s Brain is the latest release from CBC Podcasts. Bryson seems like a perfectly healthy baby. But soon doctors confirm his parents’ worst fears: something is wrong with Bryson’s brain. Despite dozens of tests over nearly a decade, doctors…
Apr 11: COVID-19 transmission, reliving Apollo 13 in real time, birds watch out for rhinos, toads outbreed in hard times, and sports in mesoamerica 3400 years ago.
Apr 10 • 54 min
Why speaking ‘moistly’ could be partly to blame for the rapid spread of COVID-19. Apollo 13 was a near-disaster that became a triumph — now you can experience it in real time. The birds on their backs are a distant early warning system for endangered…
Apr 4 Testing for COVID-19, blood plasma clinical trials to begin, vaccine development, COVID threatens mountain gorillas and these boots were made for running
Apr 3 • 54 min
How we test for the COVID-19 virus — and how can we do it faster? COVID-19 could be treated with blood plasma from those who’ve recovered. We need vaccines for the coronavirus — here’s how we’ll make them. The coronavirus could threaten endangered…
Mar 28: Mobilizing scientists in the COVID 19 fight, riding the COVID wave, NASA’s space salad and Escobar’s hippos are restoring an ecosystem
Mar 27 • 54 min
Scientists are mobilizing from the ground up and the top down in our war against COVID-19. Can we control the pandemic and move from ‘flattening the curve’ to ‘riding the wave’. Salads in space: NASA has learned to grow lettuce on the space station. How…
COVID vulnerability, COVID and climate, iring a cannonball at an asteroid and a fossil ‘wonderchicken’
Mar 20 • 54 min
How aging increases vulnerability to COVID-19 and how pollution can make it worse. COVID-19 has led to huge emissions reductions — can we learn from this? ‘Wonderchicken’ walked among the dinosaurs just before the mass extinction. Japanese space…
Coronavirus epidemiology, Greenland glaciers melt, squatting a better way to be sedentary and SmartICE supports northern life
Mar 13 • 54 min
COVID-19: Why reacting early and aggressively is the key to avoiding crisis; How the Greenland Ice Sheet is melting from the bottom up; Squat, don’t sit: The way we are sedentary could make a big difference in our health; SmartICE: Supporting Inuit…
New technology gives amputees a hand, a big dam proposal, your dog’s heat sensitive nose, was the Earth once a waterworld, the fight to be the first female astronaut and composting garbage
Mar 6 • 54 min
‘It’s like you have a hand again’ — A major breakthrough in robotic limb technology; Is damming the entire North Sea a realistic way to defend against sea level rise?; Your dog’s cold wet nose may help it ‘see’ in infrared; Ancient ocean crust suggests…
Coronavirus containment window closing, whale skin care, gingko trees eternal youth, does cloud seeding work, and Does cloud seeding work, and listening to the sounds of the Arctic ocean
Feb 28 • 54 min
We may have passed the tipping point in the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak; Whales may migrate to warm water for a full body exfoliation; Long-lived trees may have found the cellular secret to theoretical immortality; We’ve been cloud seeding for decades,…
Introducing The Dose with Dr. Brian Goldman
Feb 25 • 16 min
The Dose is a new weekly podcast that answers everyday health questions like: What vaccines do adults need? Does your Fitbit actually make you fitter? Or, should I bother taking vitamins? Dr. Brian Goldman and the team behind White Coat Black Art bring…
Live animal markets and viruses, largest turtle’s horned shell, a robot for Europa, jewel beetles iridescent camouflage, better talk on climate change and flying west
Feb 21 • 54 min
Tracking the spread of viruses in live animal markets by building one in a lab; The largest turtle that ever lived had fighting horns on its shell; NASA’s building a robot to explore Jupiter’s moon Europa - from underneath it’s icy shell; Vivid and…
Agriculture moving north, Arrakoth’s secrets, the microbiome for flight, isheries science with indigenous perspective, slippery surface and seasons on other planets
Feb 14 • 54 min
Wheat and potatoes in Nunavut? Climate change could bring agriculture to the North; Arrakoth reveals how the solar systems building blocks were built; The secret to flight in birds and bats is not just wings, it’s guts; Bringing ‘two eyed seeing’ —…
Coronavirus treatment, parentese helps baby talk, seals clap back, splicing damaged nerves, getting astronauts to Mars healthy and sane and smoke on glaciers
Feb 7 • 54 min
Treating the coronavirus: improvising now, but with real hope on the horizon; ‘Parentese’ is not just baby talk. It boosts baby’s language skills; Gunshot-loud underwater clapping could be how grey seals intimidate rivals and attract mates; New…
Understanding the coronavirus, cyborg jellyfish, judging cat pain, an AI knows how you dance and Canada’s newest and youngest astronaut
Jan 31 • 54 min
Tracking coronaviruses post SARS — how science has made for rapid response; Wiring jellyfish for speed — what modding a sea creature can tell us about the ocean; Me-owch — could resting cat face tell us about kitty’s pain?; Forget face recognition — an AI…
Intermittent fasting, the math of espresso, biological bricks, scurvy in modern Canada, snake venom sans snakes and chile tolerance.
Jan 24 • 54 min
Intermittent fasting — why not eating (for a bit) could work for weight loss and health; Brewing a better espresso with less coffee and more math; Bringing biology to bricks — concrete details on how to grow building materials; Avast! Scurvy is still a…
Ancient gum preserves genome, a living robot, wolf puppies play fetch, rattlesnakes skin holds raindrops for drinking, science of imagination and quiet snow.
Jan 17 • 54 min
Ancient chewing gum reveals reveals identity of chewer and what she ate; Scientists create a robot made entirely of living cells; Wolf, fetch! How scientists discovered a ‘domesticated’ trait in wolves; Rattlesnakes have skin that’s sticky for raindrops…
Fires in Australia, cuttlefish watch 3D movies, coal pollution harms crops, fossils show ancient parenting, first evidence of cooked vegetables, and why so much poop?
Jan 10 • 54 min
‘A billion animals gone’ — understanding the effects of Australia’s fires on wildlife and people; Pass the popcorn - scientists are playing 3D movies to cuttlefish; The cost of coal - pollution takes lives, but also costs food; Cape Breton fossils are the…
The Quirks & Quarks Listener Question show - where we answer your questions. Why dinosaurs are so big, why winter skies are so clear and much more.
Jan 3 • 54 min
The annual Quirks & Quarks Listener Question show
Quirks & Quarks year in review We look at some of the most significant science stories we covered (and one we didn’t) in 2019
Dec 27, 2019 • 54 min
Another tragic and destructive year for wildfires — is this the new normal?; Year of reckoning for nutritional science — red meat studies point the way forward; Arctic ice losses were at near record levels — with particular concerns about Greenland melt;…
Quirks Holiday Book Show: Three science books looking at forensic ecology, the many worlds of quantum mechanics and culinary extinction
Dec 20, 2019 • 54 min
Exploring culinary extinction: the foods we have eaten out of existence; How quantum particles could spawn an infinity of new universes — and we never notice them; Tales of a forensic ecologist — tracking criminals with pollen and spores.
Saving the ozone helped climate change, extra-solar comet, great auk extinction, rockets for Mars, concussions and brain hemispheres and a question of cloud cover
Dec 13, 2019 • 54 min
When we saved the ozone layer we saved ourselves from even worse climate change; An interstellar visitor could be lighting up for astronomers in time for the holidays; Penguin-like great auk extinction has human signature all over it; NASA, SpaceX, a…
Inflammation and the brain, NASA visits the sun, climate shrinks birds, ancient paint from lake goo, smelling without olfactory bulbs and tweeting birds.
Dec 6, 2019 • 54 min
Our brains could be collateral damage in our body’s fight against infection; NASA’s mission to touch the sun reveals ‘rogue waves’ and flipping magnetic fields; Songbirds are shrinking and climate change may be to blame; Ancient Indigenous people made…
Tipping into climate catastrophe, blue whale heartbeat, thinking twice on fake news, a swift-swimming tunabot and the life of an ‘under-wolf’
Nov 29, 2019 • 54 min
Climate scientists warn we’re on the precipice of disastrous ‘tipping points’; Thar she beats! The challenge of measuring a blue whale’s pulse; Think twice about posting once — breaking the fake news cycle; Imitating a swift-swimming fish helps…