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Why did the eclipse go west to east when the sun goes east to west? Quirks Question

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

The eclipse started on the west coast, and ended on the east coast - why?


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Three ways Neanderthals made glue from birch bark

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Experimental archaeologists recreate Neanderthal glue made 200,000 years ago


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No amount of hurricane destruction can change some views on climate change

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Neither Harvey nor Irma are likely to change America's climate change attitudes


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Recipes for survival in a world with superintelligent artificial intelligence

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

The author talks about his book 'Being human in the age of Artificial Intelligence'.


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How bacteria help cancer tumours fight chemotherapy

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Cancer resists chemotherapy - with help from bacteria.


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Explainer: North Korea’s nukes, missiles and nuclear winter

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

North Korean nuclear threat could lead to long term climatic consequences


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Why don’t dogs that bark so much get laryngitis?

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Dogs do not get laryngitis from barking, but can get the inflammation from strain, infection and even tumours.


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Voyager at 40: Space exploration that just keeps on going

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

After 40 years, the Voyager spacecraft still sends daily updates to NASA.


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Cassini’s Grand Finale - ‘like a Jules Verne adventure come true.'

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Cassini in the conclusion of the most comprehensive exploration of a remote planetary system ever undertaken.


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Will you have to become a cyborg for your job?

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Technology may literally become a part of us in the future working world.


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Quirks Question: Why does my tummy hurt when I’m nervous?

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Dr. Maria Ines Pinto Sanchez from McMaster University answer's 'Why does my tummy hurt when I'm nervous or scared?'


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One minute of exercise a day can keep you healthy

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Repeat episode from earlier this season on Quirks.


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To save endangered caribou, shoot a moose

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Threatened woodland caribou can be protected from wolves by removing invasive moose from their habitat


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Whales are learning to dodge deafening military sonar

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Cuvier's beaked whales change their behaviour when they hear sonar


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A flooded Houston weather forecaster, on the future of his city

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Eric Berger, a space journalist and meteorologist, reports on the inundation of his home city


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Is Canada prepared for a Hurricane Harvey disaster?

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Warming temperatures could allow hurricanes to hit Canada at full force.


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Harvey reminds cities their wetlands are worth money too

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT

In protecting against hurricanes like Harvey, wetlands tend to be gravely undervalued


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Quirks Question - How is melatonin regulated in people who are blind?

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Dr. Parveen Bhatti answers this week's Quirks Question about how melatonin is regulated in blind individuals.


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The Lost City of The Monkey God

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

LIDAR technology is used to find this mythical, lost and cursed city in Central America.


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Sea snake adapts to pollution by turning black

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

The turtle headed sea snake has become jet black as an evolutionary adaptation to deal with pollution.


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Mysterious disappearance of a civil war sub solved

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

What happened to a civil war submarine, which dissappeared after becoming the first to sink another ship in combat.


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Pro fighters help scientists understand evolution of concussions

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

A long term study of hundreds of professional fighters is developing a comprehensive picture of what combat sports do to brains


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Did you hear that voice? It could be your brain looking for patterns

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

People who experience auditory hallucination could be better at hearing voiced hidden in noise.


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Can whales smell through their blowholes? Quirks Question

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

This week a scientist answers a question about whales capacity to smell through their blowhole.


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Skeletons say arthritis isn’t about aging - it’s about activity

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Osteoarthritis has doubled in prevalence in recent times due to lack of physical activity.


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More bad news for bees from neonicotinoid pesticides

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Neonics compromise the queens' ability to start hives and lay eggs for the next generation


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Baseball researcher finds “the zone” in brain wave experiment

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

By looking at the brainwaves of batters, scientists were able to identify which frequency compares to being in the zone.


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What scientists will be watching during this total eclipse

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Total solar eclipses provide special conditions that are available at no other time.


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Bob McDonald is on the road to the total eclipse

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Bob McDonald’s watching the eclipse - here’s what he’ll see


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Eclipse experiment draws in ham radio buffs

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Scientist and ham radio operator Nathaniell Frissell will probe changes in the Earth's atmosphere during the eclipse.


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Why does scar tissue persist when cells renew?

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Dr. Saeid Amini-Nik answers this week's Quirks Question.


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Lab weed is weak and it's a research problem

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

The THC content of weed bought in stores or on the street is higher than lab weed and researchers think lab studies don't reflect reality.


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A super-supernova could happen in our neighborhood

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

A new study shows that a kind of super bright supernova can happen in galaxies similar to our own.


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This armoured and spiky dinosaur still had to hide from predators

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

A newly discovered dinosaur is so well preserved that scientists have been able to tell that it had a kind of camouflage.


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Mass grave from ancient Athens could be executed rebels

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

For almost 2500 years the grave sites of Cylon's army has been a mystery.


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Massive ice sheets weirdly warmed us up

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

A new study finds that glaciers might have their own feedback system.


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Puppies that get tough love succeed as guide dogs

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

A study shows that more neglectful dogs make more resilient pups


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Why can't you remember when you get knocked out?

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Dr. Carmela Tartaglia answers this weeks Quirks Question.


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Chicken bone discovery reveals a rich backstory

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

New evidence dates arrival of domestic chickens in the horn of Africa.


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Searching for new crown jewels in the high Arctic

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Baffin Island sapphire find might tell us where to look next.


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Spying scientists listen in on fish conversations

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Listening in on fish talking could help in conservation.


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Socially awkward honeybees might provide clues about autism

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Socially unresponsive bees share many genetic traits with those on Autism Spectrum Disorder


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Indigenous stories lead scientist to discover plants can hear

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT

A new study demonstrates that plants can sense and move towards the sound of running water.


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A game-changing blood test for concussion diagnosis

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

A new means of diagnosing concussions is proving to be highly accurate.


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How your t-shirt could charge your phone

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

Researchers in the US have developed a material much thinner than a human hair — that can collect electricity from even small body movements.


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Scientists figure out how to wipe out all life on Earth

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

It's good news for alien hunters that Earth's hardiest creature, the Tardigrade, can survive astrophysical doomsday scenarios.


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Fish that are stressed out are less likely to get caught

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

A new study shows that a fish's reaction to stress is the biggest indicator of whether or not it will bite a hook.


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Who should be in charge of geoengineering our planet?

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

The Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative is trying to start the debate around geoengineering now so we're ready if and when we need to deploy it.


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Why we’re fighting mosquito-borne diseases — with more mosquitoes

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT

A bacteria is aiding our fight against viral diseases carried by mosquitoes.


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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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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 metastasize, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170610_29916.mp3




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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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170603_13877.mp3




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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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170603_13136.mp3




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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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170603_72448.mp3




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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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170603_40947.mp3




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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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170527_30176.mp3




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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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170527_42578.mp3




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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https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170527_57899.mp3




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.


Media Files:
https://podcast-a.akamaihd.net/mp3/podcasts/quirks_20170527_51405.mp3