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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.

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?
2020-01-09 21:10:00
'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 oldest evidence of parental behaviour; Burned roots are the first evidence of humans cooking vegetables and sharing food; Why do we seem to generate so much poop?
54 minutes, 11 seconds


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.
2020-01-02 21:10:00
The annual Quirks & Quarks Listener Question show
54 minutes, 11 seconds


Quirks & Quarks year in review We look at some of the most significant science stories we covered (and one we didn't) in 2019
2019-12-26 21:10:00
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; Measles sabotages the immune system — so it's much more dangerous than we'd realized .
54 minutes, 11 seconds


Quirks Holiday Book Show: Three science books looking at forensic ecology, the many worlds of quantum mechanics and culinary extinction
2019-12-19 21:10:00
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.
54 minutes, 11 seconds


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
2019-12-12 21:10:00
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 former astronaut: Who will build the rocket that takes us to Mars?; Concussions can damage the connection that helps your left brain talk to the right; As water covers most of the Earth, why isn't it completely shrouded in clouds?
54 minutes, 11 seconds


Inflammation and the brain, NASA visits the Sun, climate shrinks birds, ancient paint from lake goo, smelling without olfactory bulbs, and tweeting birds.
2019-12-05 21:10:00
Our brains could be collateral damage in our body's fight against infection; NASA's mission to touch the sun releases its first results; Songbirds are shrinking, probably because of climate change; Ancient indigenous people made durable rock paint from lake goo; Scientists surprised to discover women lacking olfactory bulbs who smell just fine; Do different species of birds understand each other's tweets?
54 minutes, 11 seconds


Inflammation and the brain, NASA visits the sun, climate shrinks birds, ancient paint from lake goo, smelling without olfactory bulbs and tweeting birds.
2019-12-05 21:10:00
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 durable rock paint from lake goo; Scientists surprised to discover women lacking olfactory bulbs can smell just fine; Do different species of birds understand each other's tweets?
54 minutes, 11 seconds


Tipping into climate catastrophe, blue whale heartbeat, thinking twice on fake news, a swift-swimming tunabot and the life of an 'under-wolf'
2019-11-28 21:10:00
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 researchers build a speedy 'tunabot'; The triumphant life of an 'under-wolf' in Yellowstone.
54 minutes, 11 seconds


Psychedelics and 'waking-dreams,' adding feeling to virtual reality, the greatest ape, AI learns how music affects us, foreign accent syndrome and the latitude of venomous animals.
2019-11-21 21:10:00
The psychedelic DMT modifies brain waves to produce 'waking-dreams'; New device adds a sense of touch to virtual reality; The greatest ape — an extinct, half-ton monster — now has its place on our family tree; Machines on music - An AI figures out how music tickles your brain and your body; 'Now I have a lovely Scottish brogue' — The science behind foreign accent syndrome; Why are there fewer venomous animals in colder climates?
54 minutes, 11 seconds


Watching wildfire with radar, the return of race science, laundry and microplastic, submarines for your bloodstream and oxygen for airplanes.
2019-11-14 21:10:00
New high-powered radar gives scientists a 3D view of wildfires in real time; The return of race science — the quest to fortify racism with bad biology; Your laundry and plastic pollution — which fabrics shed the most microplastics; Tiny submarines could make a 'fantastic voyage' into our bodies; How do high-flying airplanes have enough oxygen for their engines?
54 minutes, 11 seconds




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