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Sep 19: Woodpecker wars, hibernating squid, Viking DNA and COVID Vaccines from Quirks and Quarks Complete Show from CBC Radio

From Quirks and Quarks Complete Show from CBC Radio - 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


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 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


Ironclad beetle's uncrushable shell, extinction made us upright and warm blooded, 'Forever chemicals' contaminate all of Canada, and a vet takes on great apes
2020-10-22 21:10:00
The diabolical ironclad beetle's super-tough shell can even resist being run over by a car; How birds and mammals got their evolutionary edge by getting their legs under them; How 'forever chemicals' have come to contaminate even the remotest parts of Canada; How a Canadian vet took on the challenge of saving the world's great apes.


Coronavirus and pain, sampling an asteroid, intersex moles, wildfires and CO2, Angry Weather and oxygen from trees.
2020-10-15 21:10:00
The coronavirus could be messing with your pain perception – and that could help it spread; A NASA probe with Canadian content will touch an asteroid next week; Which forest fires spew out the most CO2? It's the soil that matters, not the trees; Female moles are intersex – they have testicle-like tissue that helps them grow big and tough; Angry Weather: the science of blaming droughts, hurricanes and wildfires on climate change; Which trees provide the most oxygen over the course of a year, deciduous or evergreen?


A Nobel for CRISPR, awakening with a sleeping pill, sea turtle egg decoys thwart thieves, and the toxic threat of forever chemicals
2020-10-08 21:10:00
Jennifer Doudna on her Nobel win, the ethics of gene editing, and CRISPR's full potential; Decoy sea turtle eggs with GPS crack illegal egg trafficking; An 'awakening' moment: a sleeping pill restores function to a brain-injured patient; A new class of 'forever chemicals' is an emerging threat to our health and environment.


Fat bears and living with grizzlies, singing dogs back from the dead, wasp ovipositor inspires medical device and the price of too much information.
2020-10-01 21:10:00
Here's how Canada's grizzlies are faring during Fat Bear week; DNA testing confirms singing dogs aren't extinct in the wild after all; A wasp's gruesome egg-laying organ inspires a new medical tool; Too much information: a new book explores the paradox of the information age; Is a planet full of exhaling humans contributing to global warming?


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


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


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


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


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?


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).


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)


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)


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).


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.


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


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


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.


Apr 25: Deepwater Horizon 10 years later, COVID-19 and understanding immunity. Invaders eat Europe's ragweed, and making AI compatible with humans.
2020-04-23 21:10:00
10 years after Deepwater Horizon – what has science learned from the spill? COVID-19 What we're learning – and what we need to know – about immunity. The threat from AI is not that it will revolt, it's that it'll do exactly as it's told. Ragweed allergy sufferers in Europe get relief thanks to invasive beetle


Apr 18: Age, sex and COVID-19 vulnerability, learning from pterosaur flight and, Earth Day's odd birthday, and a super-dupernova
2020-04-16 21:10:00
'Men are at a huge disadvantage' – who is getting hit hardest by COVID-19 and why. Pterosaurs haven't soared for 67 million years, but they can still teach us about flight. Earth Day 2020 – the 50th anniversary will be the weirdest Earth Day ever. The 'super' in this supernova means the biggest and brightest one we've ever seen


Introducing Unlocking Bryson's Brain
2020-04-13 21:10:00
Bryson seems like a perfectly healthy baby. But soon doctors confirm his parents' worst fears: something is wrong with Bryson's brain. Despite dozens of tests over nearly a decade, doctors come up empty in their efforts to find a diagnosis.Then one day, everything changes. Scientists working at the cutting edge of genetics believe they know what's causing Bryson's disease – and think it could be reversed. Here's the first episode of the new CBC podcast, Unlocking Bryson's Brain. More episodes are available at hyperurl.co/unlocking


Apr 11: COVID-19 transmission, reliving Apollo 13 in real time, birds watch out for rhinos, toads outbreed in hard times, and sports in mesoamerica 3400 years ago.
2020-04-09 21:10:00
Why speaking 'moistly' could be partly to blame for the rapid spread of COVID-19. Apollo 13 was a near-disaster that became a triumph – now you can experience it in real time. The birds on their backs are a distant early warning system for endangered rhinos. A desert toad chooses to mate with another species when times get tough. Play ball! Researchers find ancient ballcourt in Mexico's highlands.


Apr 4 Testing for COVID-19, blood plasma clinical trials to begin, vaccine development, COVID threatens mountain gorillas and these boots were made for running
2020-04-02 21:10:00
How we test for the COVID-19 virus – and how can we do it faster? COVID-19 could be treated with blood plasma from those who've recovered. We need vaccines for the coronavirus – here's how we'll make them. The coronavirus could threaten endangered mountain gorillas. Electric assist running boots may be the future of recreational jogging.


Mar 28: Mobilizing scientists in the COVID 19 fight, riding the COVID wave, NASA's space salad and Escobar's hippos are restoring an ecosystem
2020-03-26 21:10:00
Scientists are mobilizing from the ground up and the top down in our war against COVID-19. Can we control the pandemic and move from 'flattening the curve' to 'riding the wave'. Salads in space: NASA has learned to grow lettuce on the space station. How Pablo Escobar's escaped hippos are helping to restore an ancient ecosystem


COVID vulnerability, COVID and climate, iring a cannonball at an asteroid and a fossil 'wonderchicken'
2020-03-19 21:10:00
How aging increases vulnerability to COVID-19 and how pollution can make it worse. COVID-19 has led to huge emissions reductions – can we learn from this? 'Wonderchicken' walked among the dinosaurs just before the mass extinction. Japanese space scientists shoot an asteroid to learn about its past.


Coronavirus epidemiology, Greenland glaciers melt, squatting a better way to be sedentary and SmartICE supports northern life
2020-03-12 21:10:00
COVID-19: Why reacting early and aggressively is the key to avoiding crisis; How the Greenland Ice Sheet is melting from the bottom up; Squat, don't sit: The way we are sedentary could make a big difference in our health; SmartICE: Supporting Inuit knowledge of the landscape with technology.


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