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Cat faces are more expressive than you think; Cats can get sick with coronaviruses – and get better with COVID-19 antivirals; Cats are built to purr; Cats can make it harder to get away with murder; Even when they're curled up in your lap, cats have "one paw in the wild".
These bats copulate for hours with enormous penises but without penetration; Jumping spiders think it matters if you’re black and white; Forewarned and three-armed; Red snow in the morning, climate scientists take warning; We need to save biodiversity to preserve billions of years of natural experiments.
Hummingbirds sidle sideways to slip through tiny gaps; Do you speak fish? A new online dictionary of fish sounds debuts; When girls are in the audience, all-boy choirs change their tune; Ancient whales - tiny and titanic - from 40 million years ago; Alien blobs lurk inside our planet, and could be feeding supervolcanoes; Quirks & Quarks Listener Question.
Edible fats and oils could be synthesized from fossil fuels; Sea stars lost their tails to get a head; Southern Right whale skin samples helps tell the story of their history and future; Music soothes physical as well as emotional pain; Does biology trump free will? A behavioural scientist argues we have no choice; Quirks listener question — Fires and oxygen.
Canadian AI researcher wins Herzberg medal, cautions world about his work; Pro football player lifespan depends on the position they play; Killer whale blubber is telling a sad story about pollution; Smart glasses help blind people see with sound; The most powerful solar storm ever struck before it could do much damage.
We’ll see a century of major melting of Antarctic ice, no matter what we do; For Halloween — How your body’s microbiome will help recycle you after you die; Climbing down from trees could be why we can throw a baseball; Brain waves from false memories look different from real ones; Finding the biological signature of long COVID.
A metal mission — NASA launches a spacecraft to Psyche; Hungry Hippos don't chew very well; Music makes your heart go pitter-pat just like other people's hearts; Cicadas boom and trees get busted; Understanding the risks and rewards of deep sea mining.
A Nobel Prize for colourful quantum dots; A future supercontinent will make Earth uninhabitable; Scientists use lasers to melt lunar dust into bricks to pave a lunar highway; How Neanderthals took down a mighty cave lion; The evolution of women.
Nobel prize winners set the table for mRNA COVID vaccines; Human conversation scares African wildlife more than lions; James Webb Telescope is opening our eyes to young black holes; Evidence of fires in the La Brea tar pits suggests an explanation for extinction; Finding concrete solutions to one of the world’s hardest environmental problems.
What a trilobite ate and what ate it; Antimatter falls down, much to the relief of physicists; Hospitals have controlled C. difficile outbreaks — but people are bringing their own; Some early cows – and cowboys – in the Americas came from Africa; Ugly babies: A new book looks at cute-challenged but fascinating baby animals.
A special bonus episode of CBC Radio's program looking at the world of medicine. Pediatrician and vaccine scientist Dr. Peter Hotez warns the anti-vaccine movement has morphed into a dangerous anti-science force. In The Deadly Rise of Anti-Science: A Scientist's Warning, Hotez says failing to act now will threaten governments’ ability to fight serious infectious diseases.
Vatican scientist will be among the first to study space rocks delivered from the heavens; The base of the food chain in Great Slave Lake has been altered as climate changed; The stone age was probably also the wood age; Investigating what makes a good bat-condo; Climate change is making marine heat waves more frequent and intense – and that's changing life in the ocean; Listener question:What impact do solar flares have on the planets closer to the Sun than Earth?
Whale scientist see the birth of baby sperm whale for the first time; A robot that runs on gas is an explosive new innovation; Reduced pollution from ships led to a warmer climate; An octopus's garden off Costa Rica; Only we can prevent forest fires? It depends on location.
Reintroducing a rare butterfly to a restored ecosystem; Studying Vancouver’s bats in front of a curious audience; Investigating whether Arctic methane seeps could tell us about life on Mars; Revealing the hidden worlds in Pacific ocean depths; Plan a, forget it. Plan b, oh well. Plan c study Saskatchewan ticks; Dodging wild boars while doing archeology in southern Italy; Sidewalk gardens keep harmful chemicals out of streams.
We close out our season with another edition of our always enlightening, always intriguing listener question show. We have answers to questions like: What would happen if a comet side-swiped our atmosphere? What determines a bird's speed of flight? Can you store light in a battery? How did large dinosaurs support their incredible bulk? All these and much more this week on the Quirks & Quarks Question Show.
Dragging STEM forward - LGBTQ scientists perform their work for inclusion; Lucy was swole! Scientists reconstruct a 3.2 million-year-old hominid’s muscles; Canada Jay siblings fight to see who lives at home, and who moves out; Baby skateboard gives a boost to preemie development; Cockroach baits don’t just kill, they’re driving evolution of the pest’s love life.
A gene therapy for cat contraception; Octopuses edit their genetic code on the fly to adapt to changing temperatures; Termites could inspire energy efficient air conditioning; Corals may bleach because rising temperatures drive viral infections; A new book looks at the fragility and malleability of the mind.