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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.

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
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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


May 16: COVID unknowns, a giant sloth graveyard, drying northern peatlands, and this is your brain on fear
2020-05-14 21:10:00
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 faces the science behind her fears
54 minutes, 1


May 9: COVID stress and pregnancy, a black hole in our backyard, solving koalas' drinking problem and how to live on Mars
2020-05-07 21:10:00
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 on Mars
54 minutes, 1


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
2020-04-30 21:10:00
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 faster in the Maritimes, but science can help communities plan and prepare.
54 minutes, 1




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