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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.
109 Episodes
The science of why bad words feel so good during painful moments (1:40). 40 years ago Mount St. Helens blew its top, here's how it got green again (10:05). Recycling spare genes was how some plants turned into carnivores (27:48). COVID reopening: hoping it goes right — watching carefully how it might go wrong (35:53).
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.
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
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
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.
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
‘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
Unlocking Bryson’s Brain is the latest release from CBC Podcasts. Bryson seems like a perfectly healthy baby. But soon doctors confirm his parents’ worst fears: something is wrong with Bryson’s brain. Despite dozens of tests over nearly a decade, doctors come up empty in their efforts to find a diagnosis.Then one day, everything changes. Scientists working at the cutting edge of genetics believe they know what's causing Bryson's disease — and think it could be reversed. Here’s the first bonus episode of the new CBC podcast, Unlocking Bryson’s Brain. More episodes are available at
Why speaking ‘moistly’ could be partly to blame for the rapid spread of COVID-19. Apollo 13 was a near-disaster that became a triumph — now you can experience it in real time. The birds on their backs are a distant early warning system for endangered rhinos. A desert toad chooses to mate with another species when times get tough. Play ball! Researchers find ancient ballcourt in Mexico’s highlands.
How we test for the COVID-19 virus — and how can we do it faster? COVID-19 could be treated with blood plasma from those who’ve recovered. We need vaccines for the coronavirus — here’s how we’ll make them. The coronavirus could threaten endangered mountain gorillas. Electric assist running boots may be the future of recreational jogging.
Scientists are mobilizing from the ground up and the top down in our war against COVID-19. Can we control the pandemic and move from 'flattening the curve' to 'riding the wave'. Salads in space: NASA has learned to grow lettuce on the space station. How Pablo Escobar’s escaped hippos are helping to restore an ancient ecosystem
How aging increases vulnerability to COVID-19 and how pollution can make it worse. COVID-19 has led to huge emissions reductions — can we learn from this? ‘Wonderchicken’ walked among the dinosaurs just before the mass extinction. Japanese space scientists shoot an asteroid to learn about its past.
COVID-19: Why reacting early and aggressively is the key to avoiding crisis; How the Greenland Ice Sheet is melting from the bottom up; Squat, don’t sit: The way we are sedentary could make a big difference in our health; SmartICE: Supporting Inuit knowledge of the landscape with technology.
‘It’s like you have a hand again’ — A major breakthrough in robotic limb technology; Is damming the entire North Sea a realistic way to defend against sea level rise?; Your dog’s cold wet nose may help it ‘see’ in infrared; Ancient ocean crust suggests Earth was once almost entirely covered in water; The tale of the two female pilots who could have been the first women in space; Would leaving compostables in with the garbage help break the garbage down?
We may have passed the tipping point in the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak; Whales may migrate to warm water for a full body exfoliation; Long-lived trees may have found the cellular secret to theoretical immortality; We've been cloud seeding for decades, but now we finally know if it works; Walrus knocking, seals trilling — these are the sounds of the Arctic; Why do some animals lay eggs, and others give live birth?
The Dose is a new weekly podcast that answers everyday health questions like: What vaccines do adults need? Does your Fitbit actually make you fitter? Or, should I bother taking vitamins? Dr. Brian Goldman and the team behind White Coat Black Art bring you the best science from top experts in about the same amount of time as an appointment with your GP. Subscribe to The Dose at
Tracking the spread of viruses in live animal markets by building one in a lab; The largest turtle that ever lived had fighting horns on its shell; NASA's building a robot to explore Jupiter's moon Europa - from underneath it's icy shell; Vivid and fabulous jewel beetles actually use their colours for camouflage; Why the way we talk about climate change makes some people stop listening; How can planes travel against the rotation of the Earth?
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?
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?
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.
Comments (5)

Mmm Taylor

I'm in Canada. I'm 42. have had a scope done on each knee. Told I will need knee replacement in my future but am too young to have it now, which I understand. Recently referred to as the beginning stage of arthritis. If there is a way for it to be regenerated I'll do it. Right now taking Synvisc 1 injection. Made my appointment for the 2nd one. I dont think people look at this as having mobility issues but this is my life.

Nov 3rd

Foaad Soleymany

excellent science podcast. I have listened for many years on the CBC Radio Vancouver and now the podcast. lots of new blow your mind science and tech news with smart guests.

Jul 11th


I like the information that you can get from this podcast. but their hosts sound so mechanical and not off the cuff and that he's written it all down before the interview, It really kind of ruins any atmosphere that it would have. And the guest hosts just sound silly. Great information, Some of the most boring hosting ever.

Mar 27th


Great podcast, but the choice of transition music is terrible!

Feb 27th

Martin Z

i really don't appreciate this nonsense of moving channels to a new place thats exactly the same thing only now i dont know what ive listened to and what i havent

Jan 30th
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