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Inquiring Minds

Season 1 1999 - 2000

  • 1999-09-12T00:00:00-04:00 on TVO
  • 30 mins
  • 11 hours, 0 mins
  • Canada
  • English

Welcome to the Inquiring Minds guide at TV Tome. This informative series answers questions to the most frequently asked questions, in they explain and discuss the subject in most detail they can bring up. Near the end of the show, they answer puzzling questions that were sent in by viewers.
This great series has just finished production, but they left with some nominations from the Gemini Awards
1995 - Best Lifestyle Information Series
Inquiring Minds
Chris Robinson, Michael Kinney 1997 - Best Youth Program or Series
Inquiring Minds
Chris Robinson, Michael Kinney

22 episodes

1x01 Why Is The Sky Blue?

  • Series Premiere

    1999-09-12T00:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

The Exploration of sunlight. How the sky is like a giant pinball machine and where the sun is located at different times of the day. The explanation of what would happen if there were no air molecules.

1x02 How Do People Survive Lightning Strikes?

  • 1999-09-19T00:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

An explanation of lightning, including the amount of energy in a lightning bolt, how lightning is formed, and what we actually see in a streak of lightning. The group also explains about the different ways that attract lightning and how to prevent yourself from these strikes.

The discovery of how the density of several elements affects sound, what is needed for sound to be present, and how sound works. The pitch of a person's voice compared to that of a musical instrument is discussed, along with how changing the speed of sound affects the pitch of the voice, and how the pitch can be changed.

1x04 Why Don't Satellites Fall Out Of The Sky?

  • 1999-10-03T00:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

Explains what a satellite is, how it is put into orbit and how it maintains its orbit. The team also talks about how satellite dishes work and how they provide better television signals. The hosts clarifies interrelationships in earth/space systems, and information on the history of artificial satellites.

1x05 How Does The Dry Cleaning Process Work?

  • 1999-10-10T00:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

The revelation of why certain clothes are dry cleaned, the history of the dry cleaning process, and introduces water as a universal solvent. A demonstration is performed of how like-substances dissolve, and how emulsifiers break up oil-based stains.

1x06 Why Are Hurricanes Seasonal?

  • 1999-10-17T00:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

The exploration of why hurricanes strike only in late summer or early fall. The hosts also explain what a hurricane is, why it is the most destructive natural force on Earth, and demonstrates how to make a hurricane in the kitchen.

1x07 Why Do Voices Sound Different On Recorders?

  • 1999-10-24T00:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

The examination of how sound is produced and explains hearing by air conduction, and bone construction.

1x08 How Do Astronauts Land On The Moon?

  • 1999-10-31T00:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

The revealation of how a rocket actually gets to the moon, and how it is compared to flying to the moon as vacation.

The explanation of atmospheric pressure and its relevance to the weather report and our daily lives. Also explained are pressure instruments and their uses, how isobars are mapped out, and how to read weather charts.

1x10 Why Do Some Rock Concerts Sound So Bad?

  • 1999-11-14T00:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

The definition of an echo, and the demonstration of how it occurs and its effects in different background. The hosts describe the acoustic challenges presented by most rock concert and presents some strategies to improve the sound.

1x11 How Do No Tears Shampoos Work?

  • 1999-11-21T00:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

How surfactant, the ingredient in shampoo that causes the burning sensation and helps rid the hair of dirt, reacts with the eye's tear film. And a look at amphoteric surfactants, which are found in 'no-tears' shampoo, and their properties.

1x12 How Do Artificial Flavours Fool Our Taste Buds?

  • 1999-11-28T00:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

A mass spectrometer analyzes the contents of a substance and displays the results on a computer. The human tongue and its ability to recognize four main tastes. The make-up of synthetic imitations and how they are created. Advantages of using artificial flavors rather than their natural counterparts.

1x13 How Is Snow Manufactured?

  • 1999-12-05T00:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Information on how nature creates snow, the components used by snow-making machines to manufacture snow, and natural snowflakes compared to artificial ones.

1x14 How Are Athletes Timed In A Race?

  • 1999-12-12T00:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

The history of the stopwatch and analysis of its accuracy. The starter's pistol, the starting block sensors, and the horn in present-day races are used for timing modern races. How a high resolution video camera and computer technology help to determine the runner's finish time in a race - the finish time is the moment when the person's torso crosses the line.

1x15 How Do Bulletproof Vest Work?

  • 1999-12-19T00:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

The structure of a bullet- proof vest, including the characteristics of an Aramid fiber-energy absorption, stretching ability. How the strength of a fabric depends on how the fibers are woven together.

1x16 Why Do Some People Wear Glasses?

  • 1999-12-26T00:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

The explanation of the parts of the eye, such as the lens and the muscles surrounding it, the iris and its function of letting light into the eye, the retina, lined with light-sensitive cells shaped like rods and cones. How the shape of one's eyeball determines the eye's capacity to see.

1x17 Why Is The Ocean Salty?

  • 2000-01-02T00:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

The hosts talk about the two principle sources of salt. Underwater volcanoes and rivers, plus the different levels of salt concentration in rivers and ocean, and also the salt's tendency to absorb water. They also explain how salt reacts with body cells and the kidneys' role as the organs responsible for removing excess salt from the body.

The definition of carnivores and herbivores, - their respective diets and eating mechanisms. Human's teeth, digestive systems, and diet in comparison to those of carnivores and herbivores.

1x19 How Do We Determine The Age Of Dinosaurs?

  • 2000-01-16T00:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Calculating the age of bones from the amount of carbon 14 they contain and the potassium atoms in rocks surrounding bones. Explanations of how bones help determine what the dinosaurs looked like, their habits, and their diet.

1x20 Why Is Gold So Valuable?

  • 2000-01-23T00:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Gold's properties, its appeal to human beings and impact on society throughout history. The advantages of gold over other metals, its chemical stability where it does not react with water or air, measures of its purity in carats, and its use in high-tech equipment.

1x21 Why Does Fluoride Prevent Cavities?

  • 2000-01-30T00:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

What bacteria are and why they are so dangerous. Information on what eggshells and teeth have in common, what fluoride is and how it prevents cavities. The structure and function of living systems such as bacteria, the concept of causative agents, science in personal health, science in society, collaborative efforts of sciences, and environmental costs and benefits.

1x22 What Is A Computer Virus?

  • 2000-02-06T00:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

How a computer virus causes infections, the three stages of program infection, and routes to protection. A presentation of a comparison of viruses in humans and computers, the characteristics of organisms, organisms and their environment, basic understanding of computer theory, and the binary code.