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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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    • 4.6, 1.3K Ratings

CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks covers the quirks of the expanding universe to the quarks within a single atom... and everything in between.

    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

    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

    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.

    • 54 min
    May 16: COVID unknowns, a giant sloth graveyard, drying northern peatlands, and this is your brain on fear

    May 16: COVID unknowns, a giant sloth graveyard, drying northern peatlands, and this is your brain on fear

    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

    • 54 min
    May 9: COVID stress and pregnancy, a black hole in our backyard, solving koalas’ drinking problem and how to live on Mars

    May 9: COVID stress and pregnancy, a black hole in our backyard, solving koalas’ drinking problem and how to live on Mars

    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

    • 54 min
    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

    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

    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.

    • 54 min
    Apr 25: Deepwater Horizon 10 years later, COVID-19 and understanding immunity. Invaders eat Europe’s ragweed, and making AI compatible with humans.

    Apr 25: Deepwater Horizon 10 years later, COVID-19 and understanding immunity. Invaders eat Europe’s ragweed, and making AI compatible with humans.

    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

    • 54 min
    Apr 18: Age, sex and COVID-19 vulnerability, learning from pterosaur flight and, Earth Day’s odd birthday, and a super-dupernova

    Apr 18: Age, sex and COVID-19 vulnerability, learning from pterosaur flight and, Earth Day’s odd birthday, and a super-dupernova

    ‘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

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

Ben 2112 ,

Informative and understandable

A good way for the layman to keep up with goings on in the sceince community. And if you're worried about not having visuals in an audio medium, don't - Bob always asks "what does it look like"!

hunny, no ,

Very nice podcast

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solange rennie ,

10/10

Great Canadian content

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