Quirks & Quarks

For the past 35 years, Quirks & Quarks has taken us to the cutting edge of scientific inquiry. Host Bob McDonald presents the people behind the latest discoveries in the physical and natural sciences — from the smallest sub-atomic particle to the largest objects in the sky and everything in between. The program also examines the political, social, environmental and ethical implications of new developments in science and technology. Quirks & Quarks is a program for those of us fascinated by the world above, below and around us.

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Episodes

Quirks & Quarks Ancient Plague Identified

Eight hundred years before the notorious Black Death plague, another pandemic devastated Europe. The Justinian plague wiped out up to half the population and is thought to have contributed to the fall of the Roman Empire. But not that much had been known about it — until now. Dr. Hendrik Poinar, an evolutionary geneticist at McMaster University, analysed the teeth ...
  • 2014
  • 00:08:10
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/06/2014

Quirks & Quarks Cows Give Daughters More Milk

Many human parents try hard to treat their sons and daughters equally. But when it comes to making milk, many mammals can be a bit unfair. Cows, for example, make significantly more milk for their daughters than their sons. Dr. Katie Hinde, an evolutionary biologist at Harvard University, discovered this, when she and her colleagues examined millions of dairy records. ...
  • 2014
  • 00:08:49
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/06/2014

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