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Quirks and Quarks Complete Show from CBC Radio | Best Science Podcasts (2018)

Our selection of the best science podcasts of 2018. New science podcasts are updated daily from your favorite science news services and scientists.


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.

Is China winning the race to the moon, Pig heart transplants, cute aggression, dust is alive, frogs sing in the city and science engineers the perfect christmas tree
2018-12-14 09:00:00
China's race to the moon - their new lander is a small step towards a great leap; A transplanted pig's heart lives for months in a baboon - is a human trial next?; Is that baby so adorable you want to eat it up? You're committing 'cute aggression'; Your dust bunnies are alive but fighting them with antibacterials is a bad idea; Frogs sing a rich song in the city but a simpler tune in the country; Science gets the holiday spirit and produces the perfect Christmas tree; Cognitive abilities vary among humans, is the same true of other species?
54 minutes, 17 seconds


Why are users taking fentanyl, making stuff with moon dust, an app to detect anemia, why octopuses are smart, the real bad guy in Alzheimer's and an absence of volcanoes?
2018-12-07 09:00:00
Drug users aren't choosing dangerous fentanyl - they don't know what's in their drugs; Selfies for health - a smartphone app can detect anemia; Making it on the Moon - 3D printing useful stuff with moon dust; The octopus might have traded its shell for intelligence; Have researchers been wrong about Alzheimer's? A new theory challenges the old story; What would happen to Earth if there were no volcanoes?
54 minutes, 27 seconds


Genetically edited babies, Fast Radio Bursts, Spinal Injury patients walk again, Improving the science around medical devices, what makes words funny and bon voyage David Saint-Jaques
2018-11-30 09:00:00
Will the 'rogue science' that created genetically edited babies lead to backlash against research?; Mysterious fast radio bursts from space: Five explanations for what they could be; Spinal injury patients take steps again thanks to spinal pacemaker; A lack of scientific data behind medical implants could seriously hurt Canadians; That sounds funny - the science behind why certain words make us laugh; Canadian Astronaut David Saint-Jacques will get to watch the world go around.
54 minutes, 33 seconds


Accidental domestication, a solid-state electric airplane, the science of gender identity, InSight lands on Mars, bat and dolphin sonar crosstalk and how birds find seeds.
2018-11-23 09:00:00
Captive rearing can accidentally change animals so they may not survive in the wild; A new plane with no moving parts flies by electrifying the air; Scientist refutes notion that gender identity is an 'unscientific liberal ideology'; Mars-quakes may shake the red planet, and NASA's new lander will detect them; How bats and dolphins use their sonar when everyone's talking at once; How do birds find seeds?
54 minutes, 32 seconds


Greenland asteroid impact, short people in the rainforest, reef islands and sea level, stealth moths, walking on water and climbing the walls and is the night sky changing?
2018-11-16 09:00:00
An asteroid impact on Greenland left a massive crater under the ice; Will coral reef islands rise or fall? It's a greenhouse-gas paradox; How moths evolved a kind of stealth jet technology to sneak past bats; Tiny people have evolved in rainforests because it's where tiny steps are better; The mysteries of animal movement - how they walk on water and climb up walls; What are the visible changes in the night sky in the last 3,000 years?
54 minutes, 3


Bitcoin's energy costs, beatboxers invent new sounds, wind farms change lizards, chucking salmon for science, piranha barking, smells and mapping, and heat and humidity.
2018-11-09 09:00:00
Bitcoin mining uses more energy than mining for real gold; Beatboxers have invented whole new ways of making sounds; Wind farms in India are driving a population boom of skinny, fearless lizards; For 20 years, scientists have been chucking fish into the forest. Here's why; Barking piranhas and screeching catfish are the sounds of the Amazon River; Sniffing your way around - our brains are built to navigate by scent; Why does humidity make us feel hotter in the summer and colder in winter?
54 minutes, 36 seconds


Tai Ask Why: Bonus
2018-11-08 09:00:00
We interrupt your usual Quirks & Quarks podcast feed with a little bonus this week. It's called "Tai Asks Why" and it's hosted by a curious young fellow named Tai Poole - an 11-year old! - who's on a mission to solve the mysteries of life, love and science.
25 minutes, 54 seconds


Politics puts the Amazon at risk, the problem with probiotics, biggest bird was blind, transforming robots, the origins of chocolate and why fish aren't salty.
2018-11-02 09:00:00
The 'Trump of the Tropics' is now in charge of the lungs of the planet. Here's why that's scary; Probiotics probably aren't making you well, and they could make you sicker; The biggest bird in history might have been blind as a bat; A step towards Optimus Prime - transforming robots can reshape themselves; Aged chocolate: Archeologists find evidence of 5000 year old chocolate drink; Why are salt water fish not salty to eat?
54 minutes, 36 seconds


Neanderthal nursing, Antarctica's singing snows, Fish and hook injuries and more, Our purple planet, Evolution goes to town and why two ears don't hear louder than one.
2018-10-26 09:00:00
Neanderthals nursed their sick and injured back to health with ancient medicine; Listen to the Antarctic ice sheet sing a song of melting ice; There's a catch to 'catch and release:' hook injuries interfere with fish feeding; Purple reign: life on Earth might once have been dominated by purple micro-organisms; Evolution is going uptown as plants and animals adapt to city life; Why is the sound we hear in two ear buds not twice as loud as the sound from one?
54 minutes, 14 seconds


Climate change and beer shortages, an omnivorous shark, the dung beetle's babysitting STI, biological explorers in the BC back-country, why you don't go blind when you blink and why you don't sneeze when asleep.
2018-10-19 09:00:00
Beer shortages could be a consequence of climate change thanks to barley crop failures; A dung beetle's genital worms will help care for its offspring; A meat eater chooses a side of seagrass - this shark's an omnivore; Rain, spiders and bears are all part of discovering Canada's backcountry biology; Why you don't go momentarily blind when you blink; Why don't we sneeze when we're asleep?
54 minutes, 14 seconds




Best Science Podcasts 2018

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