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February 25, 2020
The Dose is a new weekly podcast that answers everyday health questions like: What vaccines do adults need? Does your Fitbit actually make you fitter? Or, should I bother taking vitamins? Dr. Brian Goldman and the team behind White Coat Black Art bring you the best science from top experts in about the same amount of time as an appointment with your GP. Subscribe to The Dose at smarturl.it/thedosecbc
February 21, 2020
Tracking the spread of viruses in live animal markets by building one in a lab; The largest turtle that ever lived had fighting horns on its shell; NASA's building a robot to explore Jupiter's moon Europa - from underneath it's icy shell; Vivid and fabulous jewel beetles actually use their colours for camouflage; Why the way we talk about climate change makes some people stop listening; How can planes travel against the rotation of the Earth?
February 14, 2020
Wheat and potatoes in Nunavut? Climate change could bring agriculture to the North; Arrakoth reveals how the solar systems building blocks were built; The secret to flight in birds and bats is not just wings, it’s guts; Bringing 'two eyed seeing' — indigenous knowledge and science to fisheries conservation; Canadian scientists engineer self-cleaning surface that can repel dangerous bacteria; Do other planets in the solar system have orbital tilt and seasons?
February 7, 2020
Treating the coronavirus: improvising now, but with real hope on the horizon; ‘Parentese’ is not just baby talk. It boosts baby’s language skills; Gunshot-loud underwater clapping could be how grey seals intimidate rivals and attract mates; New implantable nerve guide tricks severed nerves into growing together again; Pathway to Mars — Can we get astronauts to Mars sane and healthy?; Has smoke and soot from the Australian wildfires made its way to the Antarctic?
January 31, 2020
Tracking coronaviruses post SARS — how science has made for rapid response; Wiring jellyfish for speed — what modding a sea creature can tell us about the ocean; Me-owch — could resting cat face tell us about kitty’s pain?; Forget face recognition — an AI can tell who you are by how you dance; Canada’s newest astronaut is a scientist fascinated by fire.
January 24, 2020
Intermittent fasting — why not eating (for a bit) could work for weight loss and health; Brewing a better espresso with less coffee and more math; Bringing biology to bricks — concrete details on how to grow building materials; Avast! Scurvy is still a health issue in 21st century Canada; Fangs very much. Scientists use stem cells to make snake venom — without the snake; How come I can’t tolerate spicy foods, but my kids can?
January 17, 2020
Ancient chewing gum reveals reveals identity of chewer and what she ate; Scientists create a robot made entirely of living cells; Wolf, fetch! How scientists discovered a ‘domesticated’ trait in wolves; Rattlesnakes have skin that's sticky for raindrops so they can sip from their scales; Exploring the science of imagination, so we can build a creative computer; Why does a snowfall damp sound so well?
January 10, 2020
‘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?
December 27, 2019
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 .
December 20, 2019
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.
December 13, 2019
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?
December 6, 2019
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?
November 29, 2019
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.
November 22, 2019
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?
November 15, 2019
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?
November 8, 2019
The lionfish is an Olympic athlete of digestion — and that's an ecological disaster; After a 42-year journey, Voyager 2 goes interstellar; 'We have to do everything:' Why capturing carbon shows real promise; AI is reviewing scientists' old work and discovering things they missed; Fear and trauma are useful for animals — can we learn from them how to live without it?; Do animals ever have heart attacks or is it just humans?
November 1, 2019
Pollution sniffing investigators find air near roads is high in contaminants; A common fungus may drive tumour growth in pancreatic cancer; The universe was full of cold goop, then came the big bang; Infant eels use the moon and an internal compass to finish their trans-ocean migration; Pathway to Mars — what’s the biggest challenge, money or technology?
November 1, 2019
Pollution sniffing investigators find air near roads is high in contaminants; A common fungus may drive tumour growth in pancreatic cancer; The universe was full of cold goop, then came the big bang; Infant eels use the moon and an internal compass to finish their trans-ocean migration; Pathway to Mars — what’s the biggest challenge, money or technology?
October 25, 2019
Females flinch from the mating call of the world’s loudest bird; A lemur from Madagascar has been hiding a sixth finger on its hand; Beer belly — a rare yeast infection makes the gut into a microbrewery; Climate science goes underground to understand the implications for earthworms; The patient researcher: a scientist’s cancer diagnosis changes her life’s work; What is indigestion and why is it so painful?
October 25, 2019
Females flinch from the mating call of the world’s loudest bird; A lemur from Madagascar has been hiding a sixth finger on its hand; Beer belly — a rare yeast infection makes the gut into a microbrewery; Climate science goes underground to understand the implications for earthworms; The patient researcher: a scientist’s cancer diagnosis changes her life’s work; What is indigestion and why is it so painful?
October 18, 2019
Understanding extinction — humanity has destroyed half the life on Earth; Could we prevent arthritis by regenerating cartilage?; Building a better cyborg leg — adding a sense of touch to artificial limbs; People with autism might be suffering from an oversensitivity to touch; Why isn't there a Lyme disease vaccine for humans?
October 18, 2019
Understanding extinction — humanity has destroyed half the life on Earth; Could we prevent arthritis by regenerating cartilage?; Building a better cyborg leg — adding a sense of touch to artificial limbs; People with autism might be suffering from an oversensitivity to touch; Why isn't there a Lyme disease vaccine for humans?
October 11, 2019
Hear from Canadian-born cosmologist James Peebles about his Nobel Prize; The Quirks & Quarks science and environmental policy debate
October 11, 2019
Hear from Canadian-born cosmologist James Peebles about his Nobel Prize; The Quirks & Quarks science and environmental policy debate
October 4, 2019
Hear from the scientist who says red might not be so bad for us after all; NASA is testing a plan to deflect killer asteroids — by crashing into one; Could modern political strife be making us sick?; We're making tiny brains in the lab — should we be worried for them?; Hear from a researcher who’s investigating how evolution explains the female orgasm; How does 24 hour daylight impact animals in the far North?
October 4, 2019
Hear from the scientist who says red might not be so bad for us after all; NASA is testing a plan to deflect killer asteroids — by crashing into one; Could modern political strife be making us sick?; We're making tiny brains in the lab — should we be worried for them?; Hear from a researcher who’s investigating how evolution explains the female orgasm; How does 24 hour daylight impact animals in the far North?
September 27, 2019
New plastic tea-bags shed billions of tiny particles into the cup; Venus is a hellscape now, but might once have been blue like Earth; Lethal memory fail: why drivers see, and then forget motorcyclists; Ever older remains of early migrants rewrite the story of the first North Americans; Making Eden - how plants 'terraformed' the Earth.
September 20, 2019
The glass obstacle course: Why so few women hold the top spots in STEM disciplines; Women’s brains ARE built for science. Modern neuroscience explodes an old myth; Women and science suffer when medical research doesn’t study females.
September 13, 2019
Rocks recovered from ground zero reveal how the dinosaurs died; Archaeology from space - discovering history from a few hundred kilometres up; A jumbo jet lost an engine over Greenland — these researchers found it; The toes of foot painters are mapped in the brain as if they were fingers; Why are right whales roaming into danger off the East coast?; Why are the Tablelands of Gros Morne National Park barren?
September 6, 2019
Dodging venomous vipers and plant poachers to study how climate change impacts insects; Searching for dinosaurs in BC’s rockies — and finding grizzly bears instead; When the desert doesn’t bloom fake flowers are a scientist’s solution; A moment of distraction leads to near disaster while studying insects in a tropical paradise; Projectile vomiting birds are among the challenges in studying arctic lakes.
July 26, 2019
Check back for our new season September on 7. Enjoy your summer
July 19, 2019
Quirks & Quarks is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Armstrong and Aldrin putting the first human boot prints on the Moon. We’ve collected reminiscences and reflections from Canadian astronauts and from scientists across a diverse range of fields. They explain how the historic Apollo 11 landing inspired them and shaped the future that they’re continuing to create.
June 28, 2019
We're taking a little summer break, but check back for a new program celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing on July 20.
June 21, 2019
Your Wi-Fi router could be used to watch you breathe and monitor your heartbeat; We’ve bred dogs to have expressive eyebrows that manipulate our emotions; A face-eating parasite is devastating Darwin’s famous Galapagos finches; AI is now learning to do things it hasn’t been taught; Do your genes smell bad? DNA shows what our noses know; Bonobo mothers act as wing-mums for their sons; A research assistant named Spongebob? Sea sponges collect data for science; Do electric car batteries take more CO2 to make than they save?
June 14, 2019
In our first ever Quirks & Quarks public debate, recorded live in Toronto, astronaut Chris Hadfield, cosmologist Renée Hložek, planetary scientist Marianne Mader and space flight historian Amy Shira Teitel weigh in on whether we should leave space to the robots. An extended podcast edition includes Q&A segments not in the radio broadcast.
June 7, 2019
We're consuming a lot of plastic and have no idea of the risks; Canada is using science to lay claim to the North Pole; The elephant's mathematical trunk can smell numbers; Depressing conclusion as new research reverses 25 years of research; Concussion symptoms reversed in mice using magnetic therapy; Do auroras occur on other planets and moons?
May 31, 2019
Video games aren't corrupting young minds - they may be building them; Don't bury or cremate - soon you may compost your corpse; Drink like an Egyptian - 5000 year old yeast is resurrected to brew ancient beer; Right whales were in the wrong place because of the wrong climate; Did our ancestors evolve to walk upright because of supernovae?
May 24, 2019
Flying food for fish? Tiger sharks are somehow eating songbirds; Fungus fossils shows the complexity of Earth's life a billion-years-ago; Scientists create robot-like biomaterial with key traits of life; Ancient beavers as big as bears died out because of their woodless diet; No, really, calculus can be beautiful and this mathematician will tell us why; What happens to oil spills after dispersant is used?
May 17, 2019
We need plastics - how do we avoid choking the planet with them?; Learning from tragedy - a baby lacking critical brain cells and a medical detective story; Processed food is full of bad stuff, but the real problem is you eat too much of it; 'Siri, does my baby have an ear infection?' An app does medical diagnosis; Moonquakes show the moon is still geologically 'alive; Why do Canada geese honk while migrating?
May 10, 2019
Cutting-edge experiments show an electrical zap improves memory in older adults; Countdown to the moon landing: Apollo 10 - the mission that came so close to the moon; It's all about the sugar fix: Eating too much sugar causes fruit flies to eat even more; Barnacles stuck to ancient whales kept an itinerary of whale migration routes; The secret of STEVE's glow - understanding the purple pal of the aurora borealis.
May 3, 2019
How late is too late to revive a brain? Pig brain study raises questions; Hippo poop provides a key mineral for vital algae's tiny skeletons; Stitching up surgical cuts with slug slime; How air conditioners could keep you cool and capture carbon; Holy coral reefs? They've got a 'halo' that could show if they're healthy; How big is too big for quantum mechanics?
April 26, 2019
CO2-sniffing plane finds oilsands emissions higher than industry reported; Cataracts, small brains, and DNA damage - Chernobyl's wildlife 33 years after the meltdown; Mice reinvent the hamster wheel in zero gravity; A comet fragment trapped inside an meteorite captures a time capsule of the early solar system; Transcending the uncertainty of quantum mechanics in 'Einstein's Unfinished Revolution'; Have species from Canada invaded other places?
April 18, 2019
Scientists have put a human brain gene into monkeys. Have they crossed the line?; Pee-oneering archeology. A new technique uses urine to study the ancient past; Why the long face? Human faces evolved to reveal emotions and communicate; Sharks cope with levels of heavy metals in their blood that would kill other animals; Is there life 'out there?' How we'll search for traces of life on nearby exoplanets; How do insects like ants time their emergence so precisely?
April 12, 2019
Seeing the first black hole - and what we'll see next; A new tiny hominin discovery gives the 'hobbit' a distant cousin; Collapsing coral reefs - can we rebuild them?; Ketamine works its magic on depression by 'stabilizing the brain in a well state'; Female dolphins may know the joy of sex thanks to a human-like clitoris; How and why do cats purr?
April 5, 2019
A catastrophe frozen in time - a new fossil site shows how the dinosaurs died; The race to the moon - what the Russians were doing behind the Iron Curtain; Tasmanian Devils are learning to live with the cancer that was pushing them to extinction; Roadside THC tests do not test for impairment. How can science help?; Permafrost landslides are eating great swathes of Arctic landscape.
March 29, 2019
How to remember to forget - the new science of erasing memories; Big, old and banged-up - Canada is home to the world's largest Tyrannosaurus Rex; A woman who can smell Parkinson's disease could hold the key to early diagnosis; Meet the odd little moons that interact with Saturn's spectacular rings; Google glasses could help kids with autism read emotional cues in people's faces; What would happen if the Yellowstone supervolcano exploded?
March 22, 2019
A Japanese spacecraft visits an asteroid - and will bring back a souvenir; "Weird wonders" in China - new half-billion year-old fossils from the dawn of animal life; Your gut bacteria are actively involved in your emotions, how you think, and even behave; Our farming ancestors are the reason we can say 'f' words today; Mysterious green icebergs from Antarctica might be fertilizing the southern ocean; How long does it take to dream a dream?
March 15, 2019
Actors' brains have different activity patterns when they're in character; Inactive ingredients in your meds might not be so inactive after all; Super-powerful solar storms hit Earth in the past - and could recur in the future; When a butterfly's disguise fails, its backup plan is poison; 'Skeleton Keys' - a new book explores the secret life of bones; Do wind turbine farms have an effect on climate?
March 8, 2019
Exploring the powerful emotion of awe - how it can be awe-some and aw-ful; Military sonar puts blue whales off their feed; Your brain may need sleep to repair your brain's DNA 'potholes'; Clam gardens have been cultivated by indigenous people for millenia; Man and man's best friend have both been experiencing declines in sperm quality.
March 1, 2019
The Goodness Paradox - Why humans are so good and so bad; Potty talk: the secrets Kim Jong Un could be hiding in his private portable toilet; Creating coal from CO2 - undoing fossil fuel burning to save the climate; Countdown to the Moon landing - How Apollo 9 tested the lunar lander in Earth orbit; How selecting for genes to keep the hive clean could help honeybee survival; Do cows produce more methane than rotting grass?
February 22, 2019
Tiny tyrannosaur fossil helps scientists understand how T-rex grew so large; Art gets a bad case of acne and it has conservators concerned; Zebra stripes confuse tiny predators, not the big ones;Scientists can read the 'rust' on a person's DNA to predict when they'll die; Hacking photosynthesis to re-engineer crop plants and feed the world; What would it be like to stand on the surface of the sun?
February 15, 2019
Flavour chemicals in e-cigarettes could damage lung tissue; Canadian researcher proves Darwin right by jailing mice in Nebraska; Breast milk is best, but is there a problem with pumping?; Swallowing needles packed in a turtle shell to treat diabetes; 'Earth Shattering' - all the ways the universe is trying to kill us; Do animals suffer from dementia as we do?
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