Subscribe: Science on Mornings, on triple j
Added By: Feedage Forager Feedage Grade B rated
Language: English
answer questions  answer  body  brain  dogs  hair  joins karl  karl  people  questions  science  space  water  zan rowe  zan 
Rate this Feed
Rate this feedRate this feedRate this feedRate this feedRate this feed
Rate this feed 1 starRate this feed 2 starRate this feed 3 starRate this feed 4 starRate this feed 5 star

Comments (0)

Feed Details and Statistics Feed Statistics
Preview: Science on Mornings, on triple j

Dr Karl on triplej

Join Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Zan Rowe and their scientific guests, with a bunch of curious triplej listeners for a weekly injection of science, myth-bashing and answers! Thursdays from 11am EST.

Published: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 13:58:00 +1000

Copyright: Copyright Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Drinking rusty water, re-animation, dying from heart break

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:00:00 +1000

How many sports drinks is too many? Can you die of heart break? Is it possible to re-animate a dead body?

Media Files:

Chemotherapy and hair, sharks and magnets!

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 09:00:00 +1000

Why does hand colour/ type change after chemo? How long does it take your body to adjust to a new time zone? What do sharks think about magnets?

Media Files:

Alcohol and energy, prune skin, tickle tickle!

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 09:00:00 +1000

What happens to your body when you mix alcohol with energy drinks? Why does wet skin shrivel? And why is it that your're more susceptible to other people's tickling than your own?

Media Files:

Magnet brain, time travel, that disgusting water dogs drink

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:00:00 +1000

If you put two magnets on either side of your head, what happens to your brain? Will time travel be possible in my lifetime? Why can dogs drink disgusting looking water?

Media Files:

Contagious laughter, spoon reflections, neanderthal hair

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:00:00 +1000

Is laughter contagious? When I look into a spoon, why is my reflection upside down? Why does your voice sound different when recorded?

Media Files:

Peeing on your feet, Pluto's planet status, contagious hiccups

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:00:00 +1000

Is Pluto a planet? Does peeing on your feet cure fungal infections? Are humans more intelligent now than in the past?

Media Files:

Jet fuel vs. steel beams, supernovas, bone cracking

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 09:00:00 +1000

Can jet fuel melt steel beams? If the sun went supernova, what would we see? Why can we crack bones in our body?

Media Files:

Double dipping, zombie apocalypse, developing sonar

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 09:00:00 +1000

Is double dipping harmful? What are the chances of a zombie apocalypse happening? Are people attracted to similar looking partners?

Media Files:

Colourblindness, lucid dreaming, fart training

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:00:00 +1000

Why do some people fart more than others? Is your consciousness in control of lucid dreaming? Will there ever be a cure for colorblindness?

Media Files:

Spider bites, daddy long-legs poison, acronophobia

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 09:00:00 +1000

Biochemist, science communicator and spider fan Dr Maggie Hardy joins Dr Karl to answer your questions about spiders!

Media Files:

Going commando, hybrid vegetables, world records

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 09:00:00 +1000

How are hybrid vegetables created? Is going commando bad for testicular cancer? Why does phone reception improve at night?

Media Files:

Starkiller Base, time travelers, the opposite of gravity

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 09:00:00 +1000

Physicist Brian Cox joins Dr Karl to help answer all your questions about space and astrophysics.

Media Files:

Same food different farts, is Paleo valid, should I go Vegan

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:00:00 +1000

Why can the same meal cause different levels of flatulence? Is it better to go vegan or eat meat? What's the validity of the Paleolithic diet?

Media Files:

Killer sounds, holding in pee, space growth

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 09:00:00 +1000

Can you stretch your bladder by holding pee in? Is there a sound that can kill you? What would happen if the moon was destroyed?

Media Files:

Shrinkage, muscle memory, nanotechnology

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 09:00:00 +1000

What causes shrinkage? How does a dowsing stick find water? How does muscle memory work?

Media Files:

Horny food, body hair, itching

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 09:00:00 +1000

Why do women have less body hair than men? Are foods like oyster really an aphrodisiac? What causes an itch?

Media Files:

Terraforming a planet, spicy food, reanimation

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 09:00:00 +1000

Is it possible to terraform a planet? Why does spicy food burn on they way out? Could you freeze someone, then re-animate then?

Media Files:

Nuclear cockroaches, dynamic gravity, dish washing

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:00:00 +1000

Can cockroaches survive a nuclear blast? Why do kids sometimes write letters backwards? Is it better to wash dishes with hot water?

Media Files:

Animal laughs, fussy eaters, living in a simulation

Thu, 16 Jun 2016 09:00:00 +1000

Do animals laugh? Why are some people fussy eaters? Are we living in a simulation?

Media Files:

Space babies, the Northern Lights, flickering stars

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 09:00:00 +1000

Zan and Dr Karl are joined by Cosmologist Geraint F. Lewis to answer all your questions about SPACE!

Media Files:

Breaking the seal, the colour of snot, sleepy coffee

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 09:00:00 +1000

Why is snot green? Where is the Internet? Why are bubbles round? Can you vomit poop?

Media Files:

Sleep peeing, white bubbles, moon rings

Thu, 26 May 2016 09:00:00 +1000

Why do cats gravitate to sleeping on top of your face? Does the shipping industry contribute to rising sea levels? Is ADD a modern diagnosis or an evolutionary trait?

Media Files:

Salami rocket fuel, spoon reflections, self-cleaning planets

Thu, 19 May 2016 09:00:00 +1000

Are we still taking plants to outer space? Would the earth clean itself, if humanity left the planet? Can you cultivate a pimple in a particular spot?

Media Files:

Artificial gravity, Goldilocks planets, gravitational waves

Thu, 12 May 2016 09:00:00 +1000

Special guest Warwick Holmes (formerly with the European Space Agency) helps Dr Karl answer your science questions!

Media Files:

Event horizons, tap water taste, shooting stars

Thu, 05 May 2016 09:00:00 +1000

Why do birds always fly in front of cars at the last second? If the polar caps melt will the Earth move off its axis? Do artificial lights mess up our diets?

Media Files:

Sleep talking, the edge of space, sonic booms

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:00:00 +1000

What's on the edge of space? Is sleep talking hereditary? Is there any difference to your body weight after you fart?

Media Files:

Cryogenic freezing, Smelly sneezes, Flat Earth thoeries

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:00:00 +1000

Why does water expands when it freezes? Can artificial sweeteners cause an insulin spike? Why do sneezes smell? Can you be frozen and unfrozen like Austin Powers?

Media Files:

Solar sails, constantly yawning, quantum computers

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 09:00:00 +1000

Why do we constantly yawn? Do blind and vision impaired people have better hearing? Does the tide have an impact on speed of the earth's rotation?

Media Files:

Bloodshot sex eyes, hiccups, melted cheese

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 09:00:00 +1000

Why do men's eyes get bloodshot after sex? Why do humans get hiccups? Why does cheese taste better melted?

Media Files:

Tangled earphones, drunk mosquitoes, hungry noses

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 09:00:00 +1000

Why do earphones get so tangled? Do mozzies prefer vegans, and can they get drunk from humans? Can you smell things better when you're hungry?

Media Files:

Testicle taste buds, dilated pupils, alternate realities

Thu, 24 Mar 2016 09:00:00 +1000

Do men have taste buds on their testicles? How high do bugs fly? Is there an alternate reality in which there are no other alternate realities?

Media Files:

Brain microchips, BO, burping

Thu, 17 Mar 2016 09:00:00 +1000

Is it possible for one armpit to stink more than the other Why do people who have liver failure go yellow? When will we be able to have microchips inserted into brains?

Media Files:

Terraforming Mars, population control, cryosleep

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 09:00:00 +1000

This week the legendary David Suzuki joins Dr Karl and Zan Rowe to answer your questions about the environment!

Media Files:

Zero carb diets, veganism, skipping breakfast

Thu, 03 Mar 2016 09:00:00 +1000

Special Guest Professor Clare Collins - Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Newcastle joins us! Is a zero carb diet viable in the long term? Why am I eating more after quitting smoking?

Media Files:

Excitement vomit, positive nightmares, alcohol resistence

Thu, 25 Feb 2016 09:00:00 +1000

Are there any positive effects from nightmares? Can you build up a resistance to alcohol? Why do I vomit whenever I get excited? Why do I get sugar crashes?

Media Files:

Astro-projection, milky bones, subjective pain

Thu, 18 Feb 2016 09:00:00 +1000

Why do galaxies and planet form in a disc? Does reading short articles and using social media affect they way we read longer, denser writings? If you drill a hole through the earth would you float when you reach the middle?

Media Files:

The 10th dimension, choke sneezing, viral assistance

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:00:00 +1000

Could viruses assist evolution? Why do I always sneeze after choking on something? Why do wheels look like they're going backwards, when the car is going fast?

Media Files:

The Zika virus with special guest Dr Cameron Webb

Thu, 04 Feb 2016 09:00:00 +1000

This week Zan and Dr Karl are joined by Medical entomologist Dr Cameron Webb to answer all of your questions about the Zika virus.

Media Files:

Wagging tails, chili tolerance, sun burn

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 09:00:00 +1000

Why are dogs the only animals that wag their tails, when they're happy? How long does it take for the average person to start getting sun burnt? Are all numbers imaginary numbers?

Media Files:

Second winds, sleep sneezing, fog sounds

Thu, 21 Jan 2016 09:00:00 +1000

Can you sneeze while you're asleep? Can fog effect sound? How do you get a second wind?

Media Files:

Smoking dreams, bright satellites, dog poo

Thu, 14 Jan 2016 09:00:00 +1000

Why can you sense when it's about to rain? Are people born with personalities? Is the world a hologram?

Media Files:

Dog burps, potato clocks, vaping

Thu, 10 Dec 2015 09:00:00 +1000

Are people with better imaginations more able to experience fear? Are vaporisers or e-cigarettes as bad as normal cigarettes for second-hand smoking? Why do you get an impending sense of doom when you step onto an escalator that's not moving?

Media Files:

Red beards, toxic potatoes, the worst part of a nightmare

Thu, 03 Dec 2015 09:00:00 +1000

How does the sphincter know the difference between a poo and a fart? Why do you always wake up during the worst part of a nightmare? How thick is a bolt of lightening?

Media Files:

Hairy poos, space junk, scar tissue fingerprints

Thu, 26 Nov 2015 09:00:00 +1000

Why is my poo hairy and black when I take vitamins? Do fingerprints grow through scar tissue? How big does space junk need to be for it to make land contact?

Media Files:

Guide dogs, bloody noses, sunset colours

Thu, 19 Nov 2015 09:00:00 +1000

Where do the colours of the sunset and sunrise come from? What came first - maths or language? Why are Labradors used as guide dogs over other dogs?

Media Files:

Puppy breath, mole hairs, freezing lungs

Thu, 12 Nov 2015 09:00:00 +1000

Why do hairs grow out of moles thicker and faster? Why does puppy breath smell nice, but dogs breath smells bad? Why do you get brain freeze when you drink an icy?

Media Files:

Fart breathing, killer nightmares, spider muscles

Thu, 05 Nov 2015 09:00:00 +1000

Why do humans need pillows? Why do dogs sneeze when they lie on their back? Why do house flies fly in a box formation?

Media Files:

Cow farts, alien pyramids, ear cracking

Thu, 29 Oct 2015 09:00:00 +1000

How can I crack my ears without moving any parts of my body? What state of matter is a flame? How does wind occur?

Media Files:

Deep sea climate change, enviro bags, over-fishing

Thu, 20 Aug 2015 09:00:00 +1000

It's a Marine Science Special! Professor Emma Johnson joins Dr Karl and Zan Rowe to help answer your ocean-based science questions.

Media Files:

3D printed organs, muscle memory, that op shop smell

Thu, 13 Aug 2015 09:00:00 +1000

Why do op shops all smell the same? Why can't we use 3D printers to print organs? Is there any benefit to avoiding gluten?

Media Files:

Emotional chords, hungover libido, forced smiles

Thu, 06 Aug 2015 09:00:00 +1000

Does forcing a smile really make you happier? Why do certain notes or chords have emotional responses? Is urine good for helping lemon trees grow?

Media Files:

Big dinosaurs, sun flames, four seasons in one day

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:00:00 +1000

How does addiction work? Why were dinosaurs so big? Does stress shorten your life?

Media Files:

Runny noses after eating? Why is urine yellow? Could space be a sphere?

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 09:00:00 +1000

Why does my partner get a runny nose, after eating a hot dinner? Why is urine actually yellow? Could space possibly be a sphere?

Media Files:

Dog love, ozone hole, scuba peeing

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:00:00 +1000

Do dogs feel love? How big is the hole in the ozone now? Why can't I hear myself snore? Why does Scuba diving increase the urge to urinate?

Media Files:

Green salt, ceiling flies, eating like a bear

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 09:00:00 +1000

Why does salt turns green on hot chips? Why does the sun never run out of energy? How do flies land on the ceiling? How can you train yourself to eat like a bear?

Media Files:

CD lifespan, gasping for air, quick years

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 09:00:00 +1000

How long do CDs last for? How do targeted pain tablets work? Why does our concept of time change?

Media Files:

Brain training, cold sores, epilepsy, tickling yourself and sneezing from chocolate.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:00:00 +1000

Can you train your brain NOT to dream? Are some people immune to cold sores? Why can't you tickle yourself? Why does eating chocolate cause you to sneeze?

Media Files:

The science of driving

Thu, 29 Mar 2012 13:24:00 +1000

Why do people get tired when driving? Is it possible to drive a fast car upside-down in a long, circular tunnel? Are your chances of surviving a car accident better if you are asleep and you're body is limp?

Media Files:

Rocking during sleep, morning sickness and coloured cat fur

Thu, 22 Mar 2012 13:09:00 +1000

Why do people rock from side-to-side when they sleep? Plus: are humans the only mammal that suffers morning sickness during pregnancy?; and why can cat fur have different colours along the length of each strand of hair?

Media Files:

Peeing on lemon trees, hereditary birth marks and yellow sunglasses

Thu, 08 Mar 2012 13:46:00 +1000

Why is it considered a good thing to urinate on lemon trees? Plus: can birth marks be hereditary?; and why do yellow sunglasses make daylight appear brighter?

Media Files:

Swallowing chewing gum, taste buds and drinking milk

Thu, 01 Mar 2012 13:12:00 +1000

What happens if you swallow chewing gum? Plus: can a woman's tastebuds change during and after pregnancy?; and can drinking milk cause osteoporosis?

Media Files:

Exploding crockery, furry male allergies and female ejaculation test results

Thu, 23 Feb 2012 12:48:00 +1000

Why does crockery seem to randomly explode? Plus: Is it possible to be allergic to only male furry animals?; and a caller reports the results of his and his partner's female ejaculation tests.

Media Files:

Sex, multiple orgasms and curing a morning glory

Thu, 16 Feb 2012 12:34:00 +1000

As part of triplej's 'sex week', Dr Karl and Zan Rowe take talkback questions ranging from female 'squirting' to male morning glories and having sex during pregnancy.

Media Files:

Earbud headphones, jet-lag and funny trivial things

Thu, 08 Dec 2011 13:06:00 +1000

When using earbud-style headphones, why does the music's pitch seem lower when they're removed? Is there a way to reduce the effects of jet-lag?Why is it when you are extremely tired that trivial things seem very funny?

Media Files:

Head spins, granite cookware and bullets fired in the air

Thu, 01 Dec 2011 13:16:00 +1000

Why does your head seem to spin when you lie down if drunk? What are the differences between various cookwares and are any types dangerous? What happens to bullets that are fired into the air?

Media Files:

Celebrating 30 years of science talkback with Dr Karl

Thu, 24 Nov 2011 13:20:00 +1000

Previous 'Mornings' presenters drop by to share their favourite Dr Karl moments from the last 30 years on triplej. Plus: Karl's favourite organ; his first comments on radio re-enacted; and the five most-common science questions asked by listeners.

Media Files:

Cannabis use and psychosis, with Dr Matthew Large

Thu, 17 Nov 2011 13:20:00 +1000

In a special triplej listener talkback, Zan Rowe and Dr Karl discuss the link between mental illness and marijuana use with psychiatrist Dr Matthew Large, from the University of New South Wales.

Media Files:

Bad apples and the strange sounds our body can make

Thu, 10 Nov 2011 13:01:00 +1000

Does cold storage affect how food metabolises and germinates? Plus: why do some people's eyes squeak when they rub them?; and why can some people make their ears 'crack' when they press them?

Media Files:

Do snipers consider the Coriolis effect?

Thu, 03 Nov 2011 12:48:00 +1000

Do snipers need to take in to account the Coriolis effect when taking a shot? Plus: what happens if you pee on an electric fence?; and can babies breathe underwater?

Media Files:

Poltergeist phones and period cravings

Thu, 27 Oct 2011 13:51:00 +1000

Why do some mobile phones ring when they are switched off? And why do many women crave chocolate just before their periods?

Media Files:

Frozen wasps, projecting black and foggy windscreens

Thu, 20 Oct 2011 12:37:00 +1000

Why do wasps survive being frozen? If black is a shade of light, then how does a projector recreate it? Why does cold air clear a foggy windscreen better than warm air?

Media Files:

Blocking phone signals, vinegar-soothed sunburn and popping a yawn

Thu, 13 Oct 2011 12:53:00 +1000

Do microwave ovens block mobile phone reception? Will vinegar sooth sunburn? How can you 'pop' a yawn?

Media Files:

Soft copper, blue tyres and compression pants

Thu, 22 Sep 2011 12:53:00 +1000

Can copper pipes be made hard again after they have been overheated then cooled? Why do new tyres sometimes leave a blue mark on the ground? Do sports compression shorts work?

Media Files:

Farmer's tales, shaved-head hair, and quantum physics and God

Thu, 15 Sep 2011 13:44:00 +1000

What happens when fruit and vegetables cross-pollinate? Why does my hair appear to grow quicker now I shave my head? Does quantum physics imply the existence of a God?

Media Files:

Clean scars, ear plugs and sobering exercise

Thu, 01 Sep 2011 12:39:00 +1000

Why don't scars get dirty the same way as the rest of your skin? Do noise-reducing ear plugs damage your ears if you wear them for too long? Can exercising after drinking alcohol help you sober up more quickly?

Media Files:

Green tomatoes, vegans and static shock

Thu, 25 Aug 2011 12:59:00 +1000

How do you get green tomatoes to ripen quickly? Can people on a vegan diet receive the same amount of nutrients as meat-eaters? Can static shocks through headphones be dangerous?

Media Files:

Itchy ankles, swelling cheeks and bellybutton fluff

Thu, 18 Aug 2011 12:20:00 +1000

Why do some people get itchy legs when they exercise? Plus: what causes some people's cheeks to swell and tingle while eating cheese? And why is bellybutton fluff always blue?

Media Files:

Seeing spots, white rainbows and ghosts

Thu, 11 Aug 2011 12:30:00 +1000

Why do some people see thousands of tiny spots when they look up at the sky or a bright light? What causes a white rainbow? And is there any science to explain ghosts?

Media Files:

Space special with NASA astronaut Dr Gregory Chamitoff

Thu, 04 Aug 2011 12:40:00 +1000

What's it like to live in space for 183 days? NASA astronaut Dr Gregory Chamitoff joins Dr Karl to answer all your space questions.

Media Files:

Workout music and rumbling stomachs

Thu, 28 Jul 2011 13:06:00 +1000

Why do some people work harder at the gym when they listen to a favourite tune? Plus: why does your stomach rumble when you are hungry? And why do your hands tingle after an orgasm?

Media Files:

Upset apples, brain capacity and caffeine sickness

Thu, 21 Jul 2011 13:05:00 +1000

Why does a bruised apple taste differently to an unbruised one? Plus: is it possible to evaluate the capacity of the brain in gigabytes? And why does caffeine make you feel sick in the stomach?

Media Files:

Sunburnt nipples and global warming

Thu, 14 Jul 2011 12:17:00 +1000

Why doesn't the skin around nipples get sunburnt? Would global warming interrupt the Atlantic conveyer current and cause an ice age in the northern hemisphere?

Media Files:

Unmoving escalators, circumnavigating ash clouds and orange oranges

Thu, 07 Jul 2011 13:30:00 +1000

Why does it feel unusual when walking on a stationary escalator? Plus: why did the recent Chilean volcano ash cloud travel in the opposite direction to the prevailing winds? And why are oranges orange?

Media Files: