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

    Agriculture moving north, Arrakoth’s secrets, the microbiome for flight, isheries science with indigenous perspective, slippery surface and seasons on other planets

    Agriculture moving north, Arrakoth’s secrets, the microbiome for flight, isheries science with indigenous perspective, slippery surface and seasons on other planets

    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?

    • 54 min
    Coronavirus treatment, parentese helps baby talk, seals clap back, splicing damaged nerves, getting astronauts to Mars healthy and sane and smoke on glaciers

    Coronavirus treatment, parentese helps baby talk, seals clap back, splicing damaged nerves, getting astronauts to Mars healthy and sane and smoke on glaciers

    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?

    • 54 min
    Understanding the coronavirus, cyborg jellyfish, judging cat pain, an AI knows how you dance and Canada’s newest and youngest astronaut

    Understanding the coronavirus, cyborg jellyfish, judging cat pain, an AI knows how you dance and Canada’s newest and youngest astronaut

    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.

    • 54 min
    Intermittent fasting, the math of espresso, biological bricks, scurvy in modern Canada, snake venom sans snakes and chile tolerance.

    Intermittent fasting, the math of espresso, biological bricks, scurvy in modern Canada, snake venom sans snakes and chile tolerance.

    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?

    • 54 min
    Ancient gum preserves genome, a living robot, wolf puppies play fetch, rattlesnakes skin holds raindrops for drinking, science of imagination and quiet snow.

    Ancient gum preserves genome, a living robot, wolf puppies play fetch, rattlesnakes skin holds raindrops for drinking, science of imagination and quiet snow.

    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?

    • 54 min
    Fires in Australia, cuttlefish watch 3D movies, coal pollution harms crops, fossils show ancient parenting, first evidence of cooked vegetables, and why so much poop?

    Fires in Australia, cuttlefish watch 3D movies, coal pollution harms crops, fossils show ancient parenting, first evidence of cooked vegetables, and why so much poop?

    ‘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?

    • 54 min

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