I subscribe to about 20 podcasts, many of them related to science and technology. One of my favourites is Quirks and Quarks from the Canadian CBC Radio. It uses plain language and a friendly tone — it’s science for ordinary folks. Although the show is about an hour long, it’s broken into half a dozen segments for the podcast which allows a lot of flexibility for listening.
Join host Bob McDonald each week to find out the latest in science, technology, medicine and the environment.
We cover the quirks of the expanding universe to the quarks within a single atom … and everything in between.
Each week one segment answers a question, and sometimes whole shows are devoted to questions. Experts in their field answer questions such as
- How do astronauts adapt to life without an up or a down?
- Why does hair turn grey?
- Why do cats appear to stare at nothing?
A quick count suggested there are more than 450 questions on the archive page:
Here are all the questions we’ve asked as Questions of the Week since 1992.
For the last little while I’ve been idly wondering why we humans need to wash our hands with soap and water to prevent germs but a dog can lick and eat the most gross things without any apparent adverse consequences. I’ve sent my question to Quirks and Quarks. Now to wait and see if it’s chosen for an answer.