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Quirks and Quarks Complete Show from CBC Radio
CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks covers the quirks of the expanding universe to the quarks within a single atom... and everything in between.

Sep 26: Tailings pond detoxification, baboon friendship and longevity, ancient DNA in dirt, tickling rats for science and 5 ways the universe might die
2020-09-24 21:10:00
Oil sands tailings ponds are toxic. Canadian-made nanotech could help fix that. Male baboons make friends with females for just one reason: a longer life. Less than a teaspoon of dirt could hold the history of an entire landscape. Tickling rats to improve animal - and scientists' - welfare. Five ways the universe might die - including one that could happen at any time
54 minutes, 1


Sep 19: Woodpecker wars, hibernating squid, Viking DNA and COVID Vaccines
2020-09-17 21:10:00
In lethally violent 'woodpecker wars' some birds fight, and some just come for the show. Unlocking the secrets of jumbo squid hibernation might improve human medicine. Short, dark and southern – many Vikings aren't who you thought they were. Fast, effective and ethically distributed – what we need from a COVID vaccine
57 minutes, 16 seconds


Sep 12: Summer Science Special – Fishing with the boys, COVID garbage, recognizing Black birders and Cougar kills
2020-09-10 21:10:00
Fisheries biologist copes with the shutdown by drafting his kids as research assistants. A stranded plastic pollution researcher maps COVID litter in her own backyard. Studying sparrows - and launching a movement in support of Black scientists. Dangerous, difficult and disgusting – Tracking cougar kills gives insights into the big cats
1 hour, 7 minutes, 2 seconds


Jul 3: Quirks & Quarks podcast on hiatus until September
2020-07-02 21:10:00
Quirks & Quarks is on hiatus for the summer. Our podcast will resume with new programs in September. In the meantime, you can dig deep into the feed for programs you missed, or visit our website to listen to our archives online. Have a great summer
32 seconds


June 27: The Quirks & Quarks Question show
2020-06-25 21:10:00
Another episode of the always fascinating, always fabulous, Quirks & Quarks listener Question Show. We're answering questions like: do viruses have predators? What do animals taste? How do you weigh the earth, and how do bacteria eat plastic?
54 minutes, 1


Jun 20: A cosmic iceberg visit, female genetic superiority, a megadrought in the southwest and science fights Lyme disease invading Quebec
2020-06-18 21:10:00
Oumuamua could be a relic from giant clouds where stars are born (1:33). Female genetic superiority: when it comes to survival, two X chromosomes beat an X and a Y (9:55). Megadrought: will the southwest part of North America be parched for decades? (24:56) How scientists in Quebec are stepping up to fight a climate-related rise in Lyme disease (32:44). Web extras: A snake with a toxic surprise (54:17), the secrets of ambergris (1:01:59), and adapting coral to climate change (1:10:02).
1 hour, 19 minutes, 36 seconds


Jun 13: What if we hadn't locked down? The return of race science, a dinosaur's last meal and maybe we can go to Mars, but should we?
2020-06-11 21:10:00
What if we hadn't locked down? Studies show we saved many millions of lives. (1:36) The return of race science – the quest to fortify racism with bad biology. (9:31) A dinosaur's s last meal of fresh ferns fossilized in incredible detail. (30:13) Pathway to Mars – is it ethical to go to the Red Planet? (38:07)
54 minutes, 1


Detecting COVID in sewage, SpaceX's Crew Dragon, pet dogs fail at rescue, AI sources fossil poop, and the insect apocalypse
2020-06-04 21:10:00
The key to early detection of COVID-19 outbreaks might be in sewage. (1:42) SpaceX takes humans to orbit, but who loses in the new landscape of space launch? (9:05) Experiment shows dogs might be willing to help you in a crisis, but they probably aren't able. (17:55) Machine learning helps archaeologists identify the source of ancient poop. (25:33) Can we avoid an insect apocalypse with a new appreciation for creepy-crawlies? (32:16)
54 minutes, 1


May 30: Swearing makes pain more tolerable, Mt. St. Helens 40 years later, turning plants into carnivores and COVID reopening speedbumps
2020-05-28 21:10:00
The science of why bad words feel so good during painful moments (1:40). 40 years ago Mount St. Helens blew its top, here's how it got green again (10:05). Recycling spare genes was how some plants turned into carnivores (27:48). COVID reopening: hoping it goes right – watching carefully how it might go wrong (35:53).
54 minutes, 1


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
2020-05-21 21:10:00
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 gambling:' Canadian Prairie farmers are struggling with unstable conditions which will be worse with climate change.
54 minutes, 1




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