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Quirks & Quarks

Quirks & Quarks is Canada's award-winning national science program. Every week, host Bob McDonald  presents the people behind the latest discoveries in science, technology, medicine and the environment  - from the smallest sub-atomic particle to the largest objects in the sky and everything in between.

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Kim Thúy on Montreal

The award-winning novelist has called the city home since leaving communist Vietnam by boat.

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Young and Indigenous in the city

Millennials discuss how they are combining urban and Indigenous cultures.

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A biotech rescue for the northern white rhino, smarty-pants parrots brain structure, high-energy neutrino source found, night shifts disrupt our brain and gut clocks, sizing up human roars and more

Lab-made hybrid embryos could save the northern white rhino from extinction; Parrot's unique brain structure explains why they're so smart; Freshly detected 'ghost particle' offers a new way to observe the universe; Night shifts put your brain and gut clocks out of whack; Humans can judge a person's strength from their aggressive roars; Incredible dandelions could hold the key to growing plants on the oil sands; Why do predatory dinosaurs have eyes on the sides of their head?

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Curbing violent thoughts, Arctic archaeological treasures at risk, Chernobyl's wandering wolves, tracking Asian hornet bee-killers, our tree-climbing ancestors, the genetics of divorce, and more

A tiny zap of electricity to the brain can reduce violent intentions; The Arctic is melting - putting thousands of archaeological sites at risk; A radioactive wolf was spotted leaving Chernobyl's 'exclusion zone'; Asian hornets chop off the heads of honeybees; Toddler's fossil foot opens window into human evolution; Genetics is a big reason divorce runs in families; Where are we in the Milky Way galaxy?

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A comet from the stars, microbiome and arthritis, polar bear treadmill, engineering a decompression chamber for deep sea fish, and more

Our solar system's first interstellar visitor has its own natural 'rockets'; Your microbiome may be giving you arthritis. How can we understand it better?; Polar bears on a treadmill: why scientists wanted to test their walking metabolism; Engineering a decompression chamber to retrieve fish from the 'twilight zone'; Fossils of our civilization - what humans will leave behind; Do animals have the same sleep requirements as humans?

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Lasting effects of trauma in children's brains, catching criminals with 'bacterial fingerprints", Why fur seals can get by without REM sleep, how the Antarctic is rising, and more

Separating children from parents can negatively affect brain development; Identifying criminals by the 'bacterial fingerprints' they leave behind; Seals who sleep with half their brains help explain how humans snooze; Antarctica's rising bedrock could stabilize the ice melt; How long did it take to wipe out the dinosaurs?

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Animals becoming nocturnal, cod comeback stumbles, mantis shrimp's brainy punch, drilling holes in skulls, to Pluto and beyond and why cereal sticks together.

Fear of humans is driving animals into the darkness - and nocturnal life; Newfoundland's cod comeback faces a setback - is fishing to blame?; The mantis shrimp's violent punches harness brains as well as brawn; Incan doctors scraped holes in skulls with stone tools - and the patients survived; To Pluto and beyond! The inside story of a mission to the edge of the solar system; Why do Cheerios stick together when they are floating in milk?

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Rising CO2 levels making food less nutritious, neonicotinoids and bees, tricking facial recognition systems, slowing cyclones, crocodiles' brains on Bach, and more

Rising carbon dioxide levels is turning rice and fish into junk food; Hurricanes are slowing down and settling in to do more damage; Scientists say restrictions on neonic pesticides aren't enough - we need a ban; AI researchers develop a way to trick facial recognition systems; Crocodile Bach - what classical music does to a reptile's brain; Where was the Higgs boson particle 'hiding' before it was discovered?

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Kids and Concussions, the gene for our big brain, island hopping into the Americas and animals are loud, humans are quiet

Kids and concussions - the latest science on risks and long term effects; A gene for our big brains was rescued from the DNA garbage bin; The first Americans ‘island hopped’ down the west coast past the glaciers; Animals vocalize 100 times louder than humans - it’s a matter of survival

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Someone’s cheating on the ozone treaty, nano-nutrients for crops, why birds almost died with the dinosaurs, sports excellence needs great brains, not enough sleep or too much awake and lightning zig-zags

Scientists discover secret polluters may be eroding the ozone layer; Dino killing asteroid also took out the trees - and the birds that lived in them; Cancer researcher uses medical nanotech to deliver nutrients to hungry crops; Great athletes have high performance brains, as well as bodies; The sleep deficit puzzle - is it not enough sleep or too much being awake?; Why doesn't lightning travel in a straight line?

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Science of psychedelics, understanding Kilauea up close, hippo poop kills fish Also pain enables flesh eating bacteria, green blooded lizards and genes for ethnicity?

Michael Pollan on the science of how psychedelics can ‘shake your snow globe’; Kilauea’s lava has been flowing for 35 years - what’s science learning from the latest eruption?; Flushing hippo toilets smother fish in African rivers; Flesh eating bacteria stun the immune system into silence - with pain; Green-blooded reptiles are on the edge of poisoning themselves; Is there a genetic marker for ethnicity?

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James Hansen's 'I told you so', elephant earthquakes and third-hand smoke Also digging into Mars, New Brunswick floods and health risks, and could humans get heartworm?

‘Father of global warming’ worries the climate young people inherit will be out of their control; ‘Third hand smoke’ can leap from clothes and surfaces into the air you breathe; Listening for elephant earthquakes might help us save pachyderms from poachers; Mars InSight lander will use seismology to see what’s shaking on Mars; Flood waters up in BC, down in NB - what health concerns do they leave behind?; Why don't humans get heartworm like our canine friends?

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Preserving brains for uploading, Coral reefs sound sick, South American child sacrifice and more…A ray-gun to stop rogue vehicles, the first bird beak and the Earth’s ‘dark side’.

Preserving your brain might kill you, but it could it help you live forever; The Great Barrier Reef sounds sick, so baby fish aren't attracted to it; Ancient Peruvians sacrificed 140 children by tearing their hearts out; Could this Pentagon-developed ‘ray gun’ have stopped the Toronto van attack?; The first bird beak came with teeth as well; Will the Earth ever have a ‘dark side’?

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Scrap medical weed; women in space; and more

Doctor’s group wants to scrap Canada’s medical cannabis program' Right stuff, wrong gender - the true story of the women who almost went to the moon; An ancient giant sloth hunt, frozen in time; Study after study has shown that corporate anti-bias training doesn’t work; How do tiny songbirds sing so loud, for so long?

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Chemical weapons history, exploding ant, switchblade fish and more

A scientific history of chemical weapons; Kamikaze ants blow themselves up and cover their victims with killer slime; Deep-diving ‘sea nomads‘ have evolved an internal scuba tank; Trans Mountain spill ‘could have significant impacts’ says Canadian government scientist; One of the most venomous fish in the ocean also has switchblade eyes; Why doesn't life continue to spontaneously occur around hydrothermal vents in the ocean?

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Arctic salt lake, eyebrow communication, and creating Captain America PLUS - Hummingbird songs, and the double-edged sword of aerosol reduction

Newly discovered salt lakes in Canadian arctic help us understand Jupiter's moons; Why humans ditched the mono brow, for two eyebrows; Chasing Captain America: Author explores real-life science that could build a super-soldier; Hummingbirds 'sing' with their tail feathers to impress the females; Catch-22: polluting aerosols cool the Earth, removing them warms it; Can we make veggies winter hardy like daffodil plants?

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Microplastics contaminate land, a four-eyed lizard, and dark matter goes missing. Also coffee and pot, the science of luck, and do trees radiate heat?

Scientists worry microplastics found on farmers’ fields could end up in our food; Why a lizard from 49 million years ago had four eyes; A strange new kind of galaxy has no dark matter, and we don’t know why; Wake ‘n’ bake - what coffee and cannabis have in common; How you can use the science of luck to change your fortunes; Nature retracts CRISPR ‘bull in a China shop’ paper about gene editing; Do trees radiate heat?

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Time to re-think human anatomy, a new ‘organ’ has been found; How a massive volcano helped to convert Iceland's pagans to Christianity; On a hunt for North America's indigenous crops; and more

The interstitium, a newfound human organ has been hiding in plain sight; Brain scans reveal why the 'Iceman' can withstand insanely cold temperatures; The volcano that brought Christianity to Iceland; On a hunt for North America's indigenous crops; Using tailpipe tech to make smoked bacon safer to eat; Why do fingers and toes wrinkle when they are in the water for a long time?

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Alien-looking skeleton revealed as a human that lost the genetic lottery; Scientists say it’s time to make ‘3-parent baby’ technology legal in Canada; The death of a rhino symbolizes the catastrophe of the “sixth extinction”; and more

A bizarre skeleton that looks alien is actually a human with a lot of bone mutations; Scientists say it’s time to make ‘3-parent baby’ technology legal in Canada; A dead rhino is a canary in the coal mine for mass extinction; Novichok and the science of assassination with chemical weapons; Bats teach other bats what a good meal sounds like; Why does ear hair grow as men age?

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Hawking’s science, thoughts on God, and the formula for his tombstone; How DIY radiation sleuths are holding Japan’s government accountable; Far out visions for the future of humanity from Michio Kaku; and more

Hawking’s science, thoughts on God, and the formula for his tombstone; How DIY radiation sleuths are holding Japan’s government accountable; Far out visions for the future of humanity from Michio Kaku; Something unusual is happening with our planet's magnetic field; How do archaeological sites become covered in the first place?

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Planet-sized cyclones just one highlight of Juno’s view of Jupiter; We can’t blame violent video games for mass shootings. Here’s the science; ‘Gates of Hell’ ritual sacrifices were a deadly geological magic trick

Planet-sized cyclones just one highlight of Juno’s view of Jupiter; We can’t blame violent video games for mass shootings. Here’s the science; ‘Gates of Hell’ ritual sacrifices were a deadly geological magic trick; Looking inside our brains to reconstruct images and communicate with those who can’t; A 127 million year old baby bird fossil sheds new light on avian evolution; How do cell phone towers affect birds that nest on them?

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The universe’s dark age ended with the first stars - and we’ve found them; The vampire molecule: scientists discover why young blood helps reverse ageing; The secret to finding life on Mars begins in Chile's Atacama Desert

The universe’s dark age ended with the first stars - and we’ve found them; The vampire molecule: scientists discover why young blood helps reverse ageing; ‘Acoustic tweezer’ tractor beam could replace invasive surgeries; Scientists can look in your brain to determine your intelligence; The secret to finding life on Mars begins in Chile's Atacama Desert; Why do we have wax in our ears?

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Neanderthals good at art, treating fake news, fighting flu with UV light; overmedicating seniors and more.

These paintings prove Neanderthals weren't so brutish after all; From dresses to space travel graphene could do just about anything; This online game could be a ‘psychological vaccine’ against fake news;Could we stop flu outbreaks with UV light bulbs? Over-medicated seniors are an ‘unseen epidemic’; How much oil have we taken out of the ground?

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Corruption, bribery and cover-ups - is the sugar story too sweet?; Ants treat battleground wounded during termite wars; Scientist use nanorobots to attack and kill cancer in mice; and more

Corruption, bribery and cover-ups - is the sugar story too sweet?; Ants treat battleground wounded during termite wars; Scientist use nanorobots to attack and kill cancer in mice; The Earth burped lava after being smashed by a dinosaur-killing asteroid; NASA is designing a sub to explore Titan’s methane oceans; Do offshore wind turbines generate noise that is harmful to marine life?

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SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch ‘a true turning point in our journey into space’; Turning off anxiety could be as easy as flicking on a light in your brain; Lego and video games STEM the gender divide; and more

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch ‘a true turning point in our journey into space’; Turning off anxiety could be as easy as flicking on a light in your brain; Take the quiz that shows the universal qualities of music; The secret to female attraction could be a tiny molecule; Lego and video games STEM the gender divide; Do bears actually hibernate in caves?

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Would you take this new blood test that can screen for Alzheimer’s?; Friends share more than interests, their brains are similar too; Canadian beetles are shrinking because of climate change; and more

Would you take this new blood test that can screen for Alzheimer’s?; Friends share more than interests, their brains are similar too; Are junk clearing lasers the first step towards weaponizing space?; Canadian beetles are shrinking because of climate change; ‘There is a lot of tension’: why efforts to monitor Ontario wolves face opposition; Why do some non-evergreens keep their leaves in winter?

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Breathing spreads the flu; What happens if we stop geoengineering? Your eyes are pointing your eardrums; Flipping Earth’s magnetic field; Animal athletes; and Freezing duck feet

Breathing spreads the flu; What happens if we stop geoengineering? Your eyes are pointing your eardrums; Flipping Earth’s magnetic field will lead to disaster; Animal athletes race for life and death; and Freezing duck feet

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Do lobsters feel pain?; Fighting cocaine addiction; Monkey fight club for peace; Moon Express, Extinct animals fought with their tails; Our brain vs. a computer

Do lobsters feel pain when we boil them alive?; Hacking the immune system to fight cocaine addiction; Monkey fight club helps animals to learn to live together peacefully; Canadian entrepreneur wants to send the first private lander to to the moon; Why extinct creatures fought with their tails, while today animals use their heads; How much RAM and hard drive space does a human brain have?

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