Quirks and Quarks Complete Show from CBC Radio | Top Science Podcasts 2021

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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.
Magnetic pole reversals, viruses hunt bacteria, solar powered microflyers, trans people and sexual health, the music of endangered birds and why elliptical orbits?
2021-02-18 21:10:00
When the magnetic poles flip out, Earth seems to suffer; Bacteria-hunting viruses can track down antibiotic resistant bugs where they hide; Levitating solar-powered micro flyers may fly high where planes and rockets can't; HIV testing study of trans people in the UK reveals health care gaps; Music inspired by endangered bird calls brings focus on conservation and creativity; If the sun is round, why are the planets in elliptical orbits?

54 minutes, 1
Driving a rover on Mars, a stinky romantic gift, coral that can handle bleaching, easy choices aren't stress free, monkeys 'self-domesticate' and unhealthy water holes
2021-02-11 21:10:00
Meet the Canadian engineer who will help guide NASA's new rover on Mars; Butterfly males leave a stinky parting gift with mates that deters further suitors; Biologists can tell how some corals survive climate-related coral bleaching events; Quick decisions might not be easy ones as 'choice overload' leads to stress; Monkeys are 'naturally selecting' themselves for domestic cooperation and tranquility; Why don't animals get sick from filthy, drying-up water holes in Africa?

54 minutes, 9 seconds
COVID treatments: what have we learned? Breakups change language, algae blooms on Greenland, bats' impressive flight, amateur astronomers find brown dwarfs and fish in space?
2021-02-04 21:10:00
Treating COVID-19 one year in: what have we learned?; Me, myself and I: Little words might signal a breakup is coming, long before you know it; What's feeding the algae growing on – and helping to melt – Greenland's ice?; Faster, higher, stronger – bats reach Olympian heights and record speeds; Amateur astronomers use the 'mark one eyeball' to find brown dwarf stars; If fish don't experience gravity, can astronauts learn from them to stay in shape?

54 minutes, 9 seconds
New climate war tactics, lizard burrows are wildlife condos, sleep lunacy, blind naked mole-rat dialects, male mantises don't go down easily, and how do astronauts float?
2021-01-28 21:10:00
Prominent climatologist behind 'hockey stick' graph talks about the 'New Climate War'; Australian monitor lizards build underground condos used by dozens of other species; Phases of the moon could be playing with your bedtime without you knowing it; Naked mole rats learn their 'language' from their queens and speak in dialect; Scientists find male praying mantises taking a stand against cannibal females; Why aren't astronauts affected by gravity or centrifugal force in the space station?

54 minutes, 9 seconds
A pandemic of boredom, dinosaur's nether regions, a giant telescope on the moon, greenhouse gases and a mussel's shell game and cancer 'sleeps through' chemotherapy
2021-01-21 21:10:00
Pandemic boredom research is thrilling and – and might even be helpful; A dinosaur's 'butthole' was a swiss-army-knife of orifices; Building Earth's largest telescope on the far side of the moon; Mussels play a 'shell game' to deal with increasingly corrosive ocean waters; Cancer cells 'hibernate' to hide from chemotherapy.

54 minutes, 8 seconds
Introducing: Tai Asks Why Season 3
2021-01-19 21:10:00
Fourteen year-old Tai Poole returns with Season 3 of Tai Asks Why to ask: What's happening in my teen brain? How is the Universe going to end? Why do humans dance? And how much screen time is too much? Join Tai as he boldly goes where no 9th-grader has gone before to find you answers you never knew you needed. His conversations with everyone from NASA experts, to physicists and dancers, to his little brother Kien will expand your mind, no matter how old you are! More episodes are available at http://hyperurl.co/taiaskswhy

23 minutes, 42 seconds
Snake lasso climbing, detecting gravitational waves with pulsars, coping with soil compaction, what land should we protect to reach 30% and electric eels hunt in packs.
2021-01-14 21:10:00
Snakes tie themselves in knots to climb up slippery poles after endangered prey; Spinning stars act as cosmic lighthouses to help detect gravitational waves; Heavy machinery is compacting agricultural soils. Can we persuade plants to put up with it?; Canada committed to protecting 30% of our territory by 2030. Which 30% should it be?; 'Shocking' electric eel pack-hunting behaviour discovered in the Amazon.

54 minutes, 9 seconds
COVID-19 and fighting viral evolution, ice-age wolf pup, how jellyfish swim so efficiently and how to do online learning to make education better
2021-01-07 21:10:00
New COVID variants: what's driving the virus to evolve, and what we can do about it; A 60,000 year-old frozen wolf cub paints a picture of ice age life; Jellyfish are the ocean's most efficient swimmers - here's how they do it; An online learning expert explains how the COVID crisis might help change education for the better.

54 minutes, 9 seconds
Listener question show – we answer your science questions, like: Where are the missing dinosaurs? Why does cold make you pee? Do insects feel pain? And much more.
2020-12-31 21:10:00
The Quirks & Quarks annual Question show, ten questions, ten answers.

54 minutes, 9 seconds
Our producers' favourite stories of 2020. Tickling rats, the power of swearing, amazing awakening, squat don't sit, woodpecker wars and more
2020-12-24 21:10:00
The 'best of' Quirks 2020 season as selected by the show's producers

54 minutes, 9 seconds
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