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Taiwanese eels: slipping away

2013-06-28 :: ABC Radio National

Intense fishing is driving Taiwanese eels to extinction.…

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The coming crisis for the oceans

2013-06-21 :: ABC Radio National

Callum Roberts describes the stresses being applied to the worlds oceans and how the impact is showing up in the decline of fish species.…

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Body and art

2013-06-14 :: ABC Radio National

Why the body gradually falls apart, and why we have art and music.…

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Climate science: beyond party politics

2013-06-07 :: ABC Radio National

The challenge for scientists is to get the climate message beyond party politics. How will this be achieved?…

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Hot rocks: why not now?

2013-05-31 :: ABC Radio National

Like nuclear fusion geothermal schemes always seem to be thirty years away. Yet some are already working in Australia and others are looking good. When will hot rocks really deliver and when will gas from the ground prove to be a safe option? Australian scientists sum up the present state of play and Sir David King, former chief scientist in the UK, gives some policy options.…

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The Willy Show

2013-05-26 :: ABC Radio National

With the vagina featuring so prominently at the Sydney Writers’ Festival The Science Show offers appropriate balance with a program devoted to the penis. Why is it so varied, so unreliable (according to Leonardo da Vinci), and so long (in legend).  And, indeed, what is it for? Due to special broadcasts from The Sydney Writers' Festival there will be no Saturday broadcast of The Science Show this week. Listen Monday at 2pm or online.…

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Old bones and a new dinosaur

2013-05-17 :: ABC Radio National

Paul Willis found it in a pit and recognised it as the vertebra of the Loch Ness Monster's ancestor. Has he discovered a new dinosaur?…

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Why are cockatoos falling from the sky in WA?

2013-05-10 :: ABC Radio National

Steve Hopper is a renowned Australian scientist just back from running the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew. Now he sees unmistakable signs of climate change in the West – cockatoos dropping from heat stress and others invading the city looking for water. Plus, argument against the suggestion that growing crops causes more animal death than farming for meat.…

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The Science Show - 2013-05-04

2013-05-03 :: ABC Radio National

The Science Show receives innumerable lengthy dissertations showing that Einstein was wrong, that the universe is a pyramid or that atoms are basically made of custard. We politely ignore them. Margaret Wertheim doesn’t: she goes to meet the guys with the way-out theories. What is so instructive about these eccentrics and their world?…

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The physics of Black Caviar

2013-04-26 :: ABC Radio National

How did the wonder horse win 25 races so easily? Scientists have investigated and can reveal the champion’s secrets – as well as offer genetic advice for her breeding. Now it’s possible to select for speed or for endurance. We shall also investigate bats, mice and Doctor Who on his 50th birthday. Or is it his 900th?!…

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Growing new fingers, kidneys, teeth?

2013-04-19 :: ABC Radio National

Growing new fingers, kidneys, teeth? The most important innovation challenge we face. Two years after Fukushima. UK removing carbon from the energy equation. Impact of marine biofouling on durability of marine concrete. Shell grit used to suppress dust and as mulch. …

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Lazarus frogs and tree giants

2013-04-12 :: ABC Radio National

The news that a team from the University of New South Wales has produced an embryo of a frog thought to be extinct went around the world. Professor Mike Archer tells how it was done using DNA from the gastric brooding frog. We also visit the jungles of Vietnam where a giant tree frog has been found. Is this part of the “gold rush” of new species to be found there?…

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Concussions, Celebrating Bragg, snoring, solar lamps, electric cars, better batteries and carb-fed fish

2013-04-05 :: ABC Radio National

Alzheimer's, depression and suicide risk from concussions. Celebrating the work of William Lawrence Bragg. Snoring in children. Solar lanterns replace kerosene killers in Africa. Batteries for electric cars. The sodium battery. Brook trout. …

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The scientist who answered his critics – by winning a Nobel!

2013-03-29 :: ABC Radio National

He found crystals which confounded the experts. Linus Pauling, the most famous chemist of the 20th century said he was crazy. But then Dan Shechtman did the experiments again and showed he was right. In 2011 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for chemistry. Now Professor Shechtman, from Technion in Israel, also teaches entrepreneurship – to classes of 600 students. Join him and Professor Edwina Cornish in a forum on bright ideas and business at Monash University in Melbourne.…

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Newton and the Counterfeiter

2013-03-22 :: ABC Radio National

Asia Pulp and Paper pledges immediate end to deforestation. The risks of mercury poisoning from fluorescent lamps. The role of metals in cells. Newton and the Counterfeiter. …

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The Science Show 16th March 2013

2013-03-15 :: ABC Radio National

Clouds help keep the Earth cool, but not cool enough. The Chandra X-ray observatory: from success to success. Gravity waves: the search and the promise. A better start for pre-term babies. Putting the flavour back into tomatoes. Ozharvest reduces waste and hunger. …

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The Science Show 9th March 2013

2013-03-08 :: ABC Radio National

Robotic devices can help paralysed people walk.…

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The Science Show 2nd March 2013

2013-03-01 :: ABC Radio National

Dark Matter: are we on the cusp? SLAC: diffract before destroy. Testing the effect of colour on the ability to memorise. US climate and weather extremes. Lead in the environment - still a concern. Changes to human skin and hair. …

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The Science Show 23rd February 2013

2013-02-22 :: ABC Radio National

The origin of cosmic rays. Obama promises more funds for research. Busting the myth that cattle calve in response to barometric pressure. Vegemite an acquired taste. Now we know when. An update on the planets. Scientific research remains strong in Europe. Chimps have high level cognitive abilities and social tolerance. …

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The Science Show 16th February 2013

2013-02-15 :: ABC Radio National

Paul Nurse - Making science work. Investigating Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. …

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The Science Show 9th February 2013

2013-02-08 :: ABC Radio National

Innovation in Australia part 3 of 3 - getting to where we want to be. Mango peels investigated for pharmaceutical components for weight loss. …

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The Science Show 2nd February 2013

2013-02-01 :: ABC Radio National

Innovation in Australia part 2 of 3 - recent times. Carbon nanotubes - investigating bonds for additional strength and wider applications. …

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The Science Show 26th January 2013

2013-01-25 :: ABC Radio National

Innovation in Australia part 1 of 3 - early beginnings. Habits of perception - the implications of virtual environments. …

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The Science Show 19th January 2013

2013-01-18 :: ABC Radio National

New tunings for stringed instruments. A portrait of philosopher Karl Popper. …

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The Science Show 12th January 2013

2013-01-11 :: ABC Radio National

Cleaning up environments contaminated with uranium. Radiolab - Guts. …

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The Science Show 5th January 2013

2013-01-04 :: ABC Radio National

Drawing and modelling an extinct species. Radiolab - Colours. …

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The Science Show 29th December 2012

2012-12-28 :: ABC Radio National

How we know what’s next. Radiolab - Animal Minds. …

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The Science Show 22nd December 2012

2012-12-21 :: ABC Radio National

New materials for soaking up carbon dioxide. Global warming a severe problem and the dilemma for governments. The impact of fire on fauna. Learning from the London Olympics. Henry Sutton - inventor of television. Prosecuting sexual violence once the conflict stops. Dark matter and dark energy. Gearing up for a 2016 mission to Mars. Garden of Earthly Delights. …

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The Science Show 15th December 2012

2012-12-14 :: ABC Radio National

Where did Dr Who go to university and become a ‘doctor’ over 700 years ago? Paris? Padua? Oxford?  Cyberspace College on Planet Zog? New information has reached The Science Show and we shall reveal the astonishing truth in the program this week.…

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The Science Show - 2012-12-08

2012-12-07 :: ABC Radio National

Why big brains? It has been shown that many people manage full lives with half a brain. So why do we invest in such expensive massive brains requiring over a fifth of our energy budget to run? The answer may surprise you!…

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The Science Show - 2012-12-01

2012-11-30 :: ABC Radio National

We take chemical drugs to treat maladies sometimes daily. But antibody drugs, which are proteins, could sit inside us for months doing their work. The advantages are manifest. Sir Gregory Winter, the new Master Of Trinity College, Cambridge, listed in British newspapers as a scientific multimillionaire, explains the stunning antibody potential.…

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The Science Show - 2012-11-24

2012-11-23 :: ABC Radio National

This week the World Bank warns that we risk facing a four degree warming with its likely catastrophic consequences. So who is still denying the science? A professor of psychology from the University of WA, Stephan Lewandowsky, reveals some startling conclusions.…

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17th November 2012

2012-11-16 :: ABC Radio National

Omega-3 builds muscle We seem to consume less omega-3 oil than previous generations. The deficit has been linked by some to adverse effects on the brain. Now a scientist in Scotland says he has shown that omega-3 boosts muscle growth and fitness when combined with exercise. This is especially beneficial as you grow older.…

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The Science Show 10th November 2012

2012-11-09 :: ABC Radio National

An eclipse of the sun is due on 14th November. How will it be seen from the north of Australia? And how did the rapid expansion of the universe first get noted? We report on the Red Shift and how it became recognised as a vital clue.…

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The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science

2012-11-02 :: ABC Radio National

Robyn Williams: This week on The Science Show, Alan Jones, stopping the boats, and will Kevin Rudd lead a caretaker government in the United States in the event of a tie in the presidential election? I'm Robyn Williams.…

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A mammoth show

2012-10-26 :: ABC Radio National

What happened to mammoths? Quite recently they were everywhere, from LA to Siberia. Then they disappeared – but much more recently than was thought. What killed them off? Us or the weather? And the wishbone: familiar at Christmas when turkeys are devoured, but how important was this bone in the evolution of flight?…

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Energetic disputes

2012-10-19 :: ABC Radio National

How much can the energy costs of buildings be reduced right now? Alex Summerfield from the Energy Institute at UCL (University College London) says we can cut a massive 75% with the right designs and adjustments. Meanwhile, how real are those adverse health effects of wind turbines? Professor Simon Chapman gives a withering assessment.…

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Nobel Prizes 2012

2012-10-12 :: ABC Radio National

The Science Show will present a summary of this year’s Nobel Prizes - medicine, chemistry and physics. And we shall visit the Superhuman exhibition in London where some astonishing augmentation to the human body is seen to go back 4,000 years. Noses, teeth, arms and legs – even dildos.…

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The Science Show - 2012-10-06

2012-10-05 :: ABC Radio National

Can maths be funny? Some pupils find it more of a pain. Matt Parker was a maths teacher in Perth, WA, who also did stand-up. Now he’s combined the two and gone international. So how do you make maths fun AND – the holy grail for teachers – how do you use techniques from comedy to keep a school classroom in your thrall?…

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Touring the sky with Brian Schmidt

2012-09-28 :: ABC Radio National

Our most recent Nobel Prize winner, professor of astronomy at ANU, Professor Brian Schmidt takes us on a short tour of the night sky. He says we can expect to find alien life on another planet within his lifetime! And, in London, we examine a large lump of Mars, just landed in Morocco.…

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Let the teenagers sleep

2012-09-21 :: ABC Radio National

Sleep experts claim that the performance of teenagers improves substantially if they are allowed to follow their hormonally induced inclination to get up later than children or adults. We explore the science behind these sleeping habits.…

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The Science Show in Scotland

2012-09-14 :: ABC Radio National

Aberdeen is the centre for the oil industry in Britain – and it’s just been the city taken over by the British Festival of Science now in its 181st year. The stars of the Festival are Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society, talking about the five great ideas in biology, Lord Krebs from Oxford, on how fast we need to change our behaviour to avoid environmental catastrophe, Prof. Charles Wang on a new particle like the Higgs, and a Scottish woman who uses the wastes from making whisky to clean up toxic sludge.…

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The Science Show - 2012-09-08

2012-09-07 :: ABC Radio National

Understanding the proteins behind mitochondrial disease. Forum on The Great Barrier Reef: Can coral reefs survive the 21st century. …

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The Science Show - 2012-09-01

2012-08-31 :: ABC Radio National

How zebra finches sound the alarm. Macquarie Island: ecological progress with challenges ahead. …

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Science Show - 2010-12-11

2010-12-10
Length: 54m 22s

Illicit web material captured at the scene A tool has been developed allowing police to search for illicit material on personal computers. It gathers information without writing over or interfering with data. Instead of the computer being confiscated and …

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Science Show - 2010-12-04

2010-12-03
Length: 53m 58s

Bacterium calls for biology rewrite A bacterium has been found in the sludge of Mono Lake in California which calls for a rewriting of biology textbooks. Until now, biologists have only known life which has phosphorus as a basic element of its genes. This…

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Science Show - 2010-11-27

2010-11-26
Length: 53m 58s

The physical approach to biology Nathalie Balaban is applying the rules of physics and the approach of physics to biological problems. She is looking at bacteria and using `tricks´ to sort them and keep the bacteria which are useful. The hope is to better…

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Science Show - 2010-11-20

2010-11-19
Length: 54m 2s

Prime Minister´s Prizes for Science 2010 John Shine is the 2010 recipient of the Prime Minister´s Science Prize for his research and leadership in biotechnology. Part of his work was done in the late 1980s at the Australian National University, determinin…

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Science Show - 2010-11-13

2010-11-12
Length: 53m 58s

Peak oil - the slow slide down Oil production peaked in 2008. It has been in decline since. Kjell Aleklett says the reserves are there, but the flow is lower than in the past. Kjell Aleklett disputes predictions of The International Energy Association. H…

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Science Show - 2010-11-06

2010-11-05
Length: 53m 58s

Jan Hendrik Schön, a remarkable scientific fraudster During the 1990s and early 2000s, Jan Hendrik Schön made extraordinary claims about his discoveries in nanotechnology which would change information technology forever. His claims and publishe…

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Science Show - 2010-10-30

2010-10-29
Length: 53m 58s

The Universe seen from Perth Carley Tillet takes planetarium virgin Chris Smith on a tour of the Horizon planetarium in Perth. She flicks a few switches and, courtesy of six computers and six projectors, the night sky appears on the planetarium ceiling. C…

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Science Show - 2010-10-23

2010-10-22
Length: 53m 58s

Spiders - taxonomy vital for medicine and eco management Staff at the Queensland Museum have described over 1,000 new species of spiders since 1976. Only the American Museum of Natural History in New York has described more. This indicates how many spider…

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The Science Show - Full program podcast

RN's science flagship: your essential source of what's making news in the complex world of scientific research, scandal and discovery. The Science Show with Robyn Williams is one of the longest running programs on Australian radio. One single audio file of each program - good for continuous listening.

The Science Show - Full program podcast


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