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Chocolate plants get fungus armour from their parents

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Cacao plants pass on good microbes to "baby" plants through their leaf litter.


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Plants avoid sunburn by shivering away extra heat

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

MIT chemists now understand how plants, mosses and algae can photosynthesize without getting burnt by the sun.


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Looking for aliens in all the right places

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Bob McDonald interview Dr. Jon Willis about his book 'All These Worlds Are Yours - The Scientific Search For Alien Life'


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Why do our bodies make us hot? Quirks question

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Dr. Chris Heyn explains how our bodies generate heat


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Your dog’s mutant superpower is... love

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

A new study has discovered a genetic link between unusual human super-sociability, why your dog loves pleasing you and why wolves don't.


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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170722_12389.mp3




Scientists unlock the key to why cancer spreads

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

By targeting the molecular signal that causes tumours to mestastasize, researchers think they can slow the spread.


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Why don't we have potato-shaped planets?

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Dr. Ray Jayawardhana answers this week's Quirks Question.


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Whiskey-sipping artificial tongue has a taste for the good stuff

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

A group of researchers in Germany spent 1,000 Euros of their own money on high-end whiskey in order to test a new "artificial tongue" they have developed.


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Toxins from Greenland's melting ice may be cleaned up by bacteria

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Scientists are concerned the toxic pollutants in the ice ending up on our dinner plates.


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Scientists scouring southern Canada for Zika-carrying mosquitos

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Canadian scientists here are testing our mosquitoes to see if they can transmit infections like the Zika virus.


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Brain training apps won't make you smarter

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

A new study looking at popular "brain training" programs that are meant to improve cognition and decision skills suggests that they work no better than ordinary video games.


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Future forest fires will be more frequent, bigger, and harder to control

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

A warming climate is leading to dryer conditions, which increase the risk of bigger, more intense wildfires.


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Drumming birds lay down a wicked beat to impress the ladies

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Spend enough time in the remote forests of Australia and you might be lucky enough to hear a cockatoo tap out a beat.


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Why are there no stars in the Apollo moon landing pictures?

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Dr. Karun Thanjanur answers this week's Quirks Question.


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Encore: This author tried to learn to sniff like a dog

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

In her book, Being a Dog, Dr. Alexandra Horowitz explores what makes dogs such great smellers, then attempts to apply those lessons to develop her own sense of smell.


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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170708_49400.mp3




Working the graveyard shift may trigger cancer

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Regular night shift work affects your melatonin cycle, which plays a role in repairing damaged DNA.


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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170708_57928.mp3




Why chimpanzees are stronger than you

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Pound for pound, Chimps are stronger than humans. It turns out this is because of the fibers that make up their muscles.


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Flying into the heart of a wildfire, for science

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Scientists on a bumpy adventure through wildfire plumes discover the blazes can produce up to three times more smoke per amount of fuel burned than previously thought.


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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170708_83121.mp3




City birds use cigarette butts to ward off ticks

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

A study in Mexico city suggests there might be an upside to building with trash.


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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170708_79096.mp3




Canada 150 - Forestry science, eugenics in Canada, and our own great DNA discovery

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Three scientists from The Royal Society of Canada discuss Canada's contribution in forestry, eugenics and DNA science.


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Protecting Islam’s archaeological heritage against vandalism and development

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Islamic archaeological sites lost to militant vandalism, but also development.


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Canada 150 - Science sovereignty, unveiling the atom, and Canadian inventors

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Scientists from The Royal Society of Canada discuss science sovereignty, the atom, and inventors with regard to Canada's contribution.


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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170701_23356.mp3




Walking Dead: zombie beetle edition

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Fungus turns beetles into zombies


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Canada 150 - Nobels for physics, Indigenous health, and our 3 oceans

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Scientists from The Royal Society of Canada discuss Canada's Nobel prizes, Indigenous health and ocean science.


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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170701_38668.mp3




Why don’t whales get the bends?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Whales can dive over 1000 meters and have special adaptations for not getting decompression sickness.


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Scaredy-cat cougars frightened into killing more prey

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Cougars' fear of humans forces them to kill more deer.


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Your pancake breakfast could be making you cranky

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

A high-carb breakfast makes you more likely to punish those who treat you unfairly


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When you get your DNA scanned is your genetic privacy safe?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Sharing your genetic data with companies like 23andMe is great for science, but could be risky for your privacy


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Iron Man takes his first steps - an exoskeleton that learns to walk

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

A wearable, personalized robotic exoskeleton makes walking easier.


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Mass drownings of wildebeest nourish Serengeti river ecosystem

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

When migrating wildebeest drown en masse, it enriches an iconic river in the Serengeti.


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Bees are disappearing - can pollinating flies pick up the slack?

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Flies do pollinate, but they are not as efficient as bees, so they cannot pick up the slack.


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Illiterate adults can rewire their brains by learning to read

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Learning to read as an adult profoundly reorganizes the brain


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For Father’s Day: Can animals can teach you how to be a better Dad?

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Animal parents have lessons to teach us about raising our kids.


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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170617_97683.mp3




Brainy elk become bulletproof by outsmarting hunters

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Wise, older elk can learn to outsmart human hunters in Alberta.


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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170617_33111.mp3




Newly discovered fish are being eaten by voracious invasive predator

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Invasive Lionfish are eating rare species of goby before scientists can discover them.


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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170617_16968.mp3




An iceberg the size of PEI is about to break off of Antarctica

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

The Larsen C ice shelf is about to break off Antarctica, and is a sign of what’s to come.


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What's with all those red-bearded hockey players?

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Dark hair with a red beard is the result of a genetic process called incomplete dominance.


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This autism prediction breakthrough could help with early treatment

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Machine learning could be used to predict autism in 6-month-old babies.


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Your baby can recognize the shape of faces before it’s even born

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Scientists can now decipher the neural signals in the brain that codes for faces.


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Cannibal insects are getting hungrier in a warming climate

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

As the climate warms, damselflies have an increasing appetite for other damselflies.


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Hear the tune that explains the deep space mystery of Trappist-1

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Astronomers make music, inspired by the gravitational dance of planets.


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Bacteria turns poop blue when you’re sick

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Engineered bacteria in mice signal inflammation when their poop turns blue.


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We’ve found 50 genes for intelligence. Could that lead to discrimination?

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

The discovery of a large number of genes for intelligence means being smart is more complicated than we thought.


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A bend in its skull helps a blind fish find its way

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Asymmetry is rare in nature, but a bent skull helps Mexican blind cavefish thrive


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Scientists using CRISPR discover hundreds of unintended mutations

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Unintended mutations could lead to undesirable side-effects.


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Trump ignores most of the world and all of the science

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Scientists publish official rebutall to the main talking point among powerful climate change skeptics about satellite data.


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Quirks & Questions: Are humans the only mammals with different blood types?

Fri, 26 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT

The answer is no, dogs, cats, horses, cows and primates have different blood types as well.


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Out of Africa, or maybe Europe?

Fri, 26 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT

A fossilized tooth and jawbone point to Europe, not Africa, for the emergence of human ancestors.


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Do I look fat in this face?

Fri, 26 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT

An experiment shows that people systematically think their faces look fatter than they really are.


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When did whales get super-sized?

Fri, 26 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Why some whales became monster-sized was a mystery. New research has solved it.


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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170527_66219.mp3




The Sherpas' super-power

Fri, 26 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Genetic changes have made it possible for Sherpas to excel at living and climbing in high altitudes.


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What science says about the risks of energy drinks

Fri, 26 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Energy drinks could result in giving you more than just wings


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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170527_27984.mp3




Quirks Question of the Week

Fri, 19 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT

If the Sun is burning its fuel up, is it getting lighter, and will the Earth's orbit change as a result?


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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170520_70978.mp3




Diving deep for glass sponges

Fri, 19 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT

A mission to explore a unique ecosystem off the B.C. coast.


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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170520_27659.mp3




NASA's big rocket is going nowhere

Fri, 19 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT

NASA's big new rocket, won't make a first flight with astronauts, despite the Trump administration's request.


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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170520_40730.mp3




The late birds are missing the worm

Fri, 19 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Climate change is shifting the times when songbirds should fly north.


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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170520_54861.mp3




Orangutans babies know breast is best

Fri, 19 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Orangutan teeth indicate a nursing period of eight or nine years.


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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170520_77842.mp3




The Puzzle of Pain

Fri, 19 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Pain is incredibly complex to understand and to treat.


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Quirks & Question

Mon, 15 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Why Don't we harvest cadaver blood?


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Money-puck

Mon, 15 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Analytics in hockey is the focus of a conference in Ottawa.


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Re-evaluating the origins of life

Mon, 15 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Life likely existed in Australia three and one-half billion years ago.


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A dinosaur goes Hollywood

Mon, 15 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT

The Royal Ontario Museum unveiled anklyosaur, nicknamed zuul from Ghostbusters.


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Human's Smell

Mon, 15 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Human sense of smell is better than we think.


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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170513_21559.mp3




Neuro-privacy

Mon, 15 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Protecting our neuro-privacy in a future of brain computer interfaces.


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Quirks & Questions: Can cats really drink saltwater?

Fri, 05 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT

This urban myth turns out to be true and related to their ability to concentrate their urine.


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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170506_83056.mp3




Killam Prize for engineering medical jello

Fri, 05 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Dr. Molly Shoichet from the U of T has received this year`s Prize for for her work on tissue engineering.


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The smallest cars ever compete on the world's shortest racetrack

Fri, 05 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Nanocars - microscopic, molecular vehicles made by chemists - raced around a microscopic racetrack last month.


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Exercise in a pill

Fri, 05 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT

A simple drug in pill form could boost endurance in mice enormously.


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Can marathoners break the magical two hour barrier?

Fri, 05 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Elite runners are getting a bit of help from science in attempting to go under two hours.


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23andMe for Dogs

Fri, 05 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT

A new family tree for dogs reveals some surprises.


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Quirks & Question - Why do hot and cold water sound different when poured?

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Hot water does in fact sound different from cold water when they are poured due to surface tension, size of droplets when heated and auditory perception.


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Oil sands emissions under-reported

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Researchers discover oil sands' emissions are 2 - 4.5 times greater than reported.


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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170429_53676.mp3




'Let There Be Light'

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT

A documentary compares the massive scale ITER approach to fusion with the much smaller approach by a Canadian company.


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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170429_51936.mp3




The mixed scientific legacy of Henrietta Lacks' HeLa cells

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks' is about a woman whose cancer cells became the human cells that could be tested in a lab.


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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170429_16096.mp3




Worms that eat plastic

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Waxworms have been found to be able to break down polyethelene in a similar way to how they break down beeswax.


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Inflating Penises and Silicone Vaginas. It's not what you think

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT

That's how one researcher figured out the reproductive anatomy of dolphins


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Bill Nye on Marching for Science: 'Science is political!'

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Bill Nye says the thing to keep in mind when it comes to climate change is that 'we're all in this together.'


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Global perspective climate change panel

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Perspective on climate change from the United States, China and Indian in a panel discussion


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Jane Goodall activist

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Jane Goodall talks about her decision to embrace activism.


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Quirks & Question: How can I become a fossil when I die?

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT

The science behind how fossils are created is answered in this week's question.


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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170415_59548.mp3




7,000 Methane Bubbles Beneath Siberia

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT

The permafrost in Siberia is melting, giving up methane and eventually forming lakes.


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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170415_67722.mp3




Time for a change to Canada's 'research ecosystem'

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT

A major report signals that we've got to support our scientists where it counts.


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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170415_49779.mp3




Pulling water out of thin air

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Harvesting water out of thin air with a new device powered only by sunlight.


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Is your building giving off bad vibes?

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Study will look at solutions to health issues caused by swaying office towers and vibrating floors.


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Teeth scratches show earliest evidence of right-handedness

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Fossil teeth from 1.8 million years ago indicate right-handedness in one Homo habilis.


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Quirks & Questions: Are birds evolving to avoid window collisions?

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT

A 30 year study on cliff swallows shows the evolution of shorter wings are better for avoiding cars.


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What instincts being 'hardwired in the brain' could really mean

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Epigenetics controls how our DNA is expressed. That might be the key to developing instincts.


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There was an old badger who buried a cow

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Camera trap footage reveals never-before-seen animal smarts, a badger burying a cow.


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The most Canadian scientific discovery of all time

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Maple Syrup might be for more than just pancakes, it might enhance the potency of antibiotics.


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The Curse of the Monkey God

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT

The book 'The Lost City Of The Monkey God' chronicles finding the mythical 'White City' in Honduras.


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Photographing a Black Hole

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Turning our planet into a giant telescope to get a photo of a black hole.


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Question: Why do our hands shake and voices crack whe we are really nervous?

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Dr. Tamara Franklin from Dalhousie says it is related to our fight or flight response.


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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170401_76266.mp3




There's a new kind of cloud in the sky

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Asperitas is now recognised as a new cloud in the International Cloud Atlas.


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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170401_68121.mp3




The climbing death toll of cheap consumer goods

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT

A new study tallies pollution-related deaths that result from our relentless need to consume


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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170401_24224.mp3




Killer heat, how temperature made Mayans more violent

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Many studies show a link between hot weather and violence. Turns out the same was true a thousand years ago.


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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170401_45501.mp3




"I am an Arctic researcher. Donald Trump is deleting my citations."

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT

A researcher says there is an ongoing deletion of climate related information by the Trump administration


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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170401_59625.mp3




Neurolaw and the changing landscape of crime and punishment

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Neuroscience can identify abnormalities in the brain that link to criminal behaviour, which in turn changes how the law perceives criminal acts.


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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170401_85846.mp3




Quirks Question: What is the environmental footprint of the internet?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT

The environmental footprint of the internet is difficult to measure, but like its power consumption, measures 2 to 8% of the world's total.


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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170325_75763.mp3




Searching for a lost star that's been on the run for 500 years

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT

A star that went missing from the skies has finally been located after 500 years.


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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170325_71700.mp3




Prepping for the biotech onslaught

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT

The list of biotech products is growing, but so too may the health risks.


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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170325_53061.mp3