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Podcast Profile: Quirks and Quarks from CBC Radio

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Site: www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks
18 episodes
Average episode: 49 minutes
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Podcaster's summary: CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks covers the quirks of the expanding universe to the quarks within a single atom... and everything in between.

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List Updated: 2022-Sep-28 12:10 UTC. Episodes: 18. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

2022-Sep-23 • 54 minutes
The Milky Way tells its story, raccoon criminal masterminds, back to the water, a medieval hate-crime and a city's summer smells.
A new book lets the Milky Way speak for itself - and it’s kind of a jerk; Watch out for the quiet ones – The smartest racoons are the most docile; 375 million years ago an animal crawled out of the water - then noped right back in; Seventeen bodies found in a medieval well were likely from a 12th century hate-crime; The science of a city’s summer smells; Quirks listener question - Food caching.
2022-Sep-16 • 54 minutes
10,000 steps really are good for you, Astronomers thrilled by JWST, garbage picking cockatoos, on thin ice with Canadian glaciologists and red skies at night?
Science says 10,000 steps are actually a health benefit sweet spot; What the James Webb Space Telescope really saw this summer; Garbage-picking Australian cockatoos are in an arms race with homeowners; Scientists get back to work on Canada’s Glaciers after COVID interruptions; Quirks listener question - Red sky at night?
2022-Sep-09 • 54 minutes
Quirks & Quarks Science in the Field special
This week we launch our season with our Summer in the Field program. For many of us, summer is the time for things like beaches, bike rides, and BBQs. For many scientists, however, summertime is also when they are at their busiest, travelling to remote locations to get up close and personal with nature. | | On today’s show you’ll hear from a marine biologist studying the recovery of sea stars from a devastating wasting disease, wetland scientists working with indigenous land guardians to map landscapes for...
Quirks and Quarks is on hiatus - new programs in September
We're on our summer break, so no new podcasts before our new season starts Sep 10. Check out our website at cbc.ca/quirks to listen to previous episodes.
2022-Jun-24 • 60 minutes
The Quirks & Quarks listener question show
We end our season with our ever-popular, always fascinating listener question show. In this show we'll answer listener questions like: | | Why humans don't have a tail - even though we have a tailbone? | What would happen to your body if you were to die in space? | Why the immune system doesn't permanently get rid of herpes viruses? | Why the Earth hasn't cooled through 4 billion years of floating in frigid space? | Why we can't remember our early years of life? | Why mammal poop is brown while bird poop ...
2022-Jun-17 • 54 minutes
Black Death origins, chicken domestication, the life of a mastodon, elephant seal whiskers and ‘The Secret Perfume of Birds’
The Black Death was history’s most lethal plague. Now we know where it started; When we first kept chickens it was likely because they were pretty, not tasty; Fossil tusks tell the life story of a mastodon that died by violence; Elephant seals feel their way to prey using whiskers in the deep, dark ocean; How do birds smell? A new book says very well, and sometimes very good.
2022-Jun-10 • 54 minutes
Music from the cosmos, thunderbird extinction, Hubble gets the big picture, invasive species and climate change and the natural history of sound.
Astronomers make the music of the cosmos, by turning data into sound; Evidence suggests that humans omletted Australian Thunderbirds to extinction; New Hubble image proves there’s life in the old space telescope; Why removing invasive species can help ecosystems battle climate change; A paleontologist reconstructs what Earth sounded like through its long history.
2022-Jun-03 • 54 minutes
Baby parrot babbling, a supernova stone, buzzing bats mimic hornets, scallops attracted by disco lights and why mushrooms are ‘world makers’
Why wild baby parrots babble like human babies; A mysterious stone found in the Egyptian desert is made of supernova stuff; Buzzing bats mimic hornets to deter predatory owls; Scallops will ‘go into the light’; A Canadian researcher makes the case for admiring the mighty mushroom.
2022-May-27 • 54 minutes
Flying salamanders, headbutting animals and brain damage, undersea cable sensors, secrets of plant survival, why sharks matter and marine mammals and storms
This salamander is an unlikely but agile, aerial amphibian; Headbutting animals can accumulate brain damage; We can use the cables that carry the internet as environmental sensors; Plants that can survive extreme conditions could help us engineer more resilient crops; What we lose as we lose most of the world’s sharks; How do marine mammals surface to breathe during storms?
2022-May-20 • 54 minutes
Losing sleep over climate change, growing plants in lunar soil, trilobite sex, the sound of biodiversity loss, carbon emissions and medical care and a question of blowing air.
Study says climate change could cause us to lose sleep – in more ways than one; Scientists successfully grow plants in moon dust; Fossil preserves critical evidence for how trilobites had sex half a billion years ago; A scientist recreates avian soundscapes so we can hear what we’re missing; How the medical system needs to – and is – engaging with its climate impacts; Quirks Question: Why does my breath feel warm when I exhale with an open mouth, and cool when I blow through tight lips?
2022-May-13 • 54 minutes
Ancient oyster mounds, seagrass’ sweet secret, saving the Mekong delta, reading minds to produce sound and next-gen COVID-19 vaccines
Oyster shell mountains show history of sustainable Indigenous fisheries; Seagrass is hiding a submerged sweet CO2 secret; Saving the Mekong delta in six (not) easy steps; Researchers can read a bird’s brain to tell what it’s about to sing; The first COVID-19 vaccines were a medical miracle – the next ones could be even better.
2022-May-06 • 54 minutes
Endangered tiny porpoise, Mars-quakes, thermal batteries, bloodworms metal fangs, finding alternatives to animal experimentation and why does coal release mercury?
With only 10 left, scientists say this tiny porpoise could survive – if we let it; Mars probe detects a whole lot of shaking going on; New heat-to-electricity device could make large thermal batteries a reality; A venomous marine worm with metal teeth reveals its secrets; Meet the Canadian researcher determined to take the animals out of lab testing; Question - Why does burning coal release mercury?
2022-Apr-29 • 54 minutes
Avian flu outbreak, prehistoric art and firelight, the dingo genome, joggers save calories, Canada’s space tourist and what tsunamis do to marine life.
Avian flu outbreak not currently a threat to humans, but awful for our feathered friends; Prehistoric people enjoyed “moving pictures” by combining rock art and firelight; The dingo genome tells a story of an animal that’s not quite dog or wolf; Joggers may be trying to make an effort, but mostly we run as efficiently as possible; A $50 million dollar ticket bought a Canadian millionaire the dream of space travel; Quirks Question - What do underwater volcanoes and tsunamis do to marine life?
2022-Apr-22 • 54 minutes
Shallow water on Europa, tourists making iguanas diabetic, dolphin social networking, working out how dinosaurs walked and what to do to save the world’s coral reefs.
Ridges on the surface of an icy Jupiter moon could mean water – and life; Ecotourists could be giving rare tropical iguanas diabetes; Dolphins whistle at each other to keep in touch with distant friends; Walking in the footsteps of the biggest dinosaurs; Humans have ravaged the world’s coral reefs, but some are working to fix them.
2022-Apr-20 • 5 minutes
Quirks and Quarks Introduces: Tai Asks Why - Season 4
Fifteen-year-old Tai Poole won’t rest until he’s uncovered the mysteries of the universe, one probing question at a time. In Season 4 of his Webby-winning podcast, Tai talks to everyone from NASA scientists to stand-up comedians to his equally curious little brother Kien. If you’ve ever wondered if we can keep eating meat without destroying the planet or if we’re alone in the universe, Tai has you covered. More episodes are available at hyperurl.co/taiaskswhy
2022-Apr-14 • 54 minutes
Legless fossils, smells of the past, research with Russia, sleeping sharks and the new story of the first peoples in the Americas.
The first land animal to go legless three hundred million years ago; What did history smell like? New field of science aims to find out; This Canadian researcher was trapped on a Russian ship as war broke out; Sharks sleep, sometimes with their eyes wide open; A new book puts together the story of how people came to the Americas.
2022-Apr-08 • 54 minutes
Arctic plastic pollution, the ‘drunken monkey’ hypothesis, the songs of the manatee, Indigenous led caribou conservation, the Norse in brown-land and tropical tree leaves.
Plastic pollution is all over the arctic | Monkeys consume fermenting fruit, likely for the extra calories from alcohol | Biologists record and translate the songs of the manatee | Indigenous-led conservation program saves caribou herd from extinction | The Vikings might have left Greenland when it turned into brown-land | Quirks Question - Do tropical trees lose their leaves?
2022-Apr-01 • 54 minutes
New human genome, lion cuddle chemical, Pluto’s ice volcanoes, deconstructing de-extinction, giant crocodiles in BC
Scientists sequence complete, gap-free human genome for the first time; Oxytocin helps aggressive rescue lions chill out in sanctuaries; Pluto’s strange landscape includes 7 km tall ice volcanoes; Deconstructing de-extinction; Giant crocodiles left trackways in northeastern BC 95 million years ago.