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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 o

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The PM’s Science Prize and the extent of aboriginal astronomy

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:05:02 +1100

The 2016 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science and Innovation The excitement and promise of engineering The origins of DNA fingerprinting Aboriginal stories and songs reveal scientific understanding Aboriginal culture on full display at Uluru astronomy weekend Roger Penrose’s cycle of universes

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Another universe and another energy source

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 12:05:48 +1100

Geothermal promising for Latrobe Valley Floor plans for visually impaired Making up for inadequacy of dermatology teaching in Australia Hawaiian crow observed using tools to forage for food Pluto - the images keep coming Proxima Centauri b – a nearby planet in the Goldilocks Zone

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Mermaid in Melbourne playing the flute

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 12:05:00 +1100

Nobel Prizes 2016   Beating congestion in the skies for super frequent flyers Misconceptions around childbirth UK: lowest rate of breast feeding in the world Opening up museum collections Russian science hamstrung by crackdown on collaboration

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Can anything be achieved in politics?

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 12:05:21 +1000

Predicting earthquakes How to get results in politics Reducing infection in prosthetic joints with new film coatings App with strategies for anxiety and depression Science, engineering and business combine at new Swansea campus Gearing up for the hydrogen economy Politics holding back Russian science

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The sunfish and the hackers’ space

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:05:57 +1000

Enormous Aussie fish preserved in London museum Mercury pollution captured with new materials Combating the tragedy of teen road deaths Are older drivers more dangerous? Probing the ethics of artificial intelligence Capturing video of big biomolecules in action Launceston museum attracts young people with hands-on tech activities

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Top world scientist enjoys world’s oldest beer

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 12:05:45 +1000

Newcastle researcher to represent Australia at Falling Walls Lab Berlin Piltdown Man - honing in on whodunit Francis Crick Institute opens in London Cleaner greener method for making lab chemicals The 26th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony

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Beyond the coal rush part 3: The transition begins

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 12:05:58 +1000

Beyond the coal rush part 3: The transition begins.

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Beyond the coal rush part 2: The age of coal

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 12:05:00 +1000

Beyond the coal rush part 2: The age of coal.

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Beyond the coal rush part 1: The march of coal

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 12:05:37 +1000

Beyond the coal rush part 1: The march of coal

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Warning your embryo about weather

Sat, 20 Aug 2016 12:05:54 +1000

Zebra finches program offspring for a hotter world Preparing PhDs for the future STEM PhDs have skills for tomorrow’s work place A replacement for plastic Large Hadron Collider arrives in Sydney Tandem solar cells to capture even more light Pumped hydro for the cloudy windless days, and nights

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Women on ice

Sat, 13 Aug 2016 12:05:21 +1000

Women in Antarctica making up for lost time A letter to students considering a PhD Response to rapidly changing climate - deflect, distract, deny and delay Ronald Falk, actor well known in theatre, television, film and heard on The Science Show Human-bird interaction good for people, but for birds? Options for tropical fish: adapt, move or die Brian Cox - be curious and open to change, not proud and dogmatic How satellites see almost everything

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Sir David at 90

Sat, 06 Aug 2016 12:05:35 +1000

Can we trust electronic voting? Overzealous immune response the killer with bird flu Identify animals in the wild with Wildlife Spotter Bioscan reveals insects of Los Angeles Big data and super computers help solve Hawaiian geological enigma Fluid dynamics - a part of everyday life David Attenborough reflects after 90 years

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Top 5 (actually six) Under 40 take off

Sat, 30 Jul 2016 12:05:32 +1000

Batteries and software energise renewables The next flu pandemic - not if, but when How vertebrates first moved from water to land Genetics behind skeletal disease Graphene – the wonder material The simplicity of maths on show at National Science Week

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Beethoven bugs and wind turbines

Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:05:46 +1000

Ministerial changes following the general election E-waste a rich resource of rare metals Expectation influences reporting of adverse health effects from wind farms Soil microbes burp carbon dioxide after drought-breaking rain The perilous road for graduating PhDs Girls inspired to get inventing Disengaged teenagers hooked on algebra

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Joining a seven trillion dollar industry

Sat, 16 Jul 2016 12:05:24 +1000

Photonic chips backbone of the internet, smart phones next Unravelling the strangeness of gluons Square Kilometre Array building expertise in Western Australia 44% US bees die in one year The Man Who Knew Infinity Crochet use to share the beauty and threats to coral reefs

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Slave labour science

Sat, 09 Jul 2016 12:05:45 +1000

STEM vital for workers of tomorrow Game-changer for new energy technologies CSIRO chief retains award for dodgy science Squishiness important in cancer cells and pies Making snack food nutritious The struggle for mid-career scientists

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Are birds geniuses?

Sat, 02 Jul 2016 12:05:23 +1000

QUT robot hopes to hop on the Moon Private money allows students and researchers from developing countries to study in Australia Imagining Australia in 2030 Focus on cancer protein for targeted therapy The genius of birds Tracing the history and evolution of birds and flight

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To infinity and beyond

Sat, 25 Jun 2016 12:05:49 +1000

Today we present a discussion from The World Science Festival in Brisbane held in March 2016 which saw four of the world’s top astrophysicists come together to chew over some big questions… and possible answers regarding the universe, its origin, where it’s going, and its possible future. Gravity waves, cosmic microwave radiation, dark matter and dark energy flow freely in this entertaining discussion.

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HG Wells - author who imaged a future based on scientific achievement

Sat, 18 Jun 2016 12:05:48 +1000

He foretold the atomic bomb, he believed in a world government, he wrote books about both science and science fiction and was the first popular communicator of scientific ideas. Today we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Herbert George Wells.

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The changing world of power generation and consumption

Sat, 11 Jun 2016 12:05:39 +1000

There are big changes happening in the way we generate, buy and sell electricity. We’re seeing batteries, microgrids, and the possibility of self-sufficiency based on renewable energy, both for individual households, and in some cases, whole towns. In many places, the new options presented by technology and innovation are marching ahead of regulations, meaning some initiatives are being restrained by laws drafted for a different world. This discussion, recorded at WOMAD in March 2016 considers some of the new possibilities.

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Green cities

Sat, 04 Jun 2016 12:05:00 +1000

Science absent at halfway point of election campaign WA starlings show natural selection in action Faulty mitochondria behind many human diseases Cleaning up salty water with smart polymers Why Malcolm loves Famelab China’s Solar Valley lives the motto: ‘Solar Everything’ Cities often canyons of extreme waste Ancient mechanism ready to kick in when we get lost

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The elephant in the street

Sat, 28 May 2016 12:05:30 +1000

Big solar – Australian sunlight could power the planet Mother’s voice and heartbeat sounds vital for early brain development Zobi and he Zoox introduces reef ecology to young children Breath used to detect disease Innovation replaces old industry in Nantes The wide use of mathematics in industry Maths used to estimate populations of elusive plants and animals Tracing Western Australia’s pest starlings

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Celebrating Oliver Sacks

Sat, 21 May 2016 12:05:40 +1000

Celebrating Oliver Sacks.

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Ancient atmospheres and noisy babies

Sat, 14 May 2016 12:05:10 +1000

Micrometeorites reveal composition of ancient upper atmosphere Horse welfare questioned in Olympic equestrian events Falling Walls Berlin presents big ideas in science and society Gut contents reveal wasps’ favourite caterpillars Women flying high at University of Otago How sound affects premature babies and learning in young children

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Lords a leaping and Australia’s space industry

Sat, 07 May 2016 12:05:19 +1000

Boost for Antarctic research and GBR in 2016 Australian federal budget Australian space industry lies dormant The Times accused of biased reporting, misrepresenting climate science Reliability of results in psychology questioned Open source removes the secrecy in drug research

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Big bangs with the Brians

Sat, 30 Apr 2016 12:05:33 +1000

Big bangs with the Brians.

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Connected apes

Sat, 23 Apr 2016 12:05:07 +1000

New evidence for life not long after Earth’s formation Orangutans take to interactive video games Dogs with short skulls plagued with health problems Gene sequencing to maximise chances for the kakapo Urban sprawl impacting on snails and slugs around Los Angeles How images are used in communicating climate change Vale David MacKay

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Oral sex and macadamia nuts

Sat, 16 Apr 2016 12:05:00 +1000

The gender difference in risk of acquiring human papillomavirus The evolution of bilateral floral symmetry Chinese crops and native flora hit by ongoing environmental changes 3 million deaths each year from air pollution Solar the best option for Uganda Fossils reveal ancient marine mammals and environments Citizen scientists help document reptiles and amphibians of southern California

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Methuselah germs and the billion-year-old rotary motor

Sat, 09 Apr 2016 12:05:11 +1000

Assembly of the flagellar motor revealed When evolution hasn’t been necessary Father of artificial intelligence Marvin Minsky dies aged 88 Home testing avoids over medication, save lives. Singapore’s investment in universities, research pays off

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The Hobbit is older!

Sat, 02 Apr 2016 12:05:24 +1100

Indonesian ‘hobbits’ disappeared as modern humans arrived - earlier than thought The evolution, making and working of teeth A leg up for corals following bleaching Coping with heatwaves Past climates indicate what’s to come Submersible vehicles measure sea water

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Ada Lovelace: A super-heroine?

Sat, 26 Mar 2016 12:05:22 +1100

Home modifications produce large payback Reflecting on women in science, then and now - 200 years since the birth of Ada Lovelace

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Sat, 19 Mar 2016 12:05:49 +1100

Synchrotron a beacon of hope for scientists in Middle East DNA matching helps convict traders of illegal timber Examples of Australia’s ancient forests not far from Hobart The value of large trees World Science Festival to wow Brisbane for 6 years Dinosaurs come to life at Queensland Museum thanks to holograms and 3D printing

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Killing elephants in the wild

Sat, 12 Mar 2016 12:05:11 +1100

Fighting wildlife crime with forensic science Can cloning bring back extinct animals and save those on the brink?

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Maths fights crime!

Sat, 05 Mar 2016 12:05:39 +1100

Reefs grow slower as ocean water acidity increases Maths reveals crime hotspots The role of singing and dancing in human evolution Housing for older Australians Seeing proteins move helps in drug selection for treatments

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Baby’s blood to the rescue

Sat, 27 Feb 2016 12:05:47 +1100

Genetic discovery could lead to cure for common blood diseases University of Wollongong links research with business Flexible electronics opens up exciting possibilities Enhancing the experience for everyone in palliative care Science book market strong:  University of Chicago Press Jellyfish swarms a visible indicator that oceans are out of balance Orchid research in China and Australia

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America tackles the big scientific questions

Sat, 20 Feb 2016 12:05:52 +1100

Gravitational waves - the discovery of the decade Been there done that – CSIRO’s attitude to climate science The effects of Neanderthal DNA on human traits Smart phone app to help build a global seismic network Concerns around new methods of editing human genes The decline of amphibians - we’re witnessing a mass extinction New science book for young children

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Gravitational waves to open up the universe

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 12:05:28 +1100

Gravitational waves to allow new observations of the universe Polar ice melting faster contributing to sea-level rise, mantle instability Levitation to assist in biological applications Assessing the vulnerability of fish to an increasingly hypoxic world The development of turkey red Bush Blitz uncovers new violet in Tasmania Addressing animal welfare and farm inefficiencies in dairy cows, bobby calves and carbon cycles

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Algae, soft corals, lichen and fire

Sat, 06 Feb 2016 12:05:47 +1100

Algal bloom closed Tasmanian seafood industry for four months Corals found in deep dark freezing Antarctic waters Smoke from 1997 Indonesian forest fires killed more than 100,000 Killing the Koala and Poisoning the Prairie Visual processing may offer the edge for elite sportspeople Lichens which buck the trend

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The physical basis of memory

Sat, 30 Jan 2016 12:05:18 +1100

Where memory resides UTS Gehry designed building reflects new approach to learning Vents in the Southern Ocean reveal secrets of ocean chemistry Royal Botanic Garden Sydney celebrates 200 years Advertising models sell more than just products Patterns in nature

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Powering cities of the future

Sat, 23 Jan 2016 12:05:26 +1100

A panel of scientists and engineers consider power options for Australian cities as the urgency to move away from fossil fuels increases.

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Goodbye lonesome George

Sat, 16 Jan 2016 12:05:47 +1100

Galapagos frolic.

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High in the Andes

Sat, 09 Jan 2016 12:05:20 +1100

Machu Picchu - World Heritage site, testimony to the Inca civilization Literature provides insights into workings of the brain Gold and the Incas - Lost World of Peru

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Writing science

Sat, 02 Jan 2016 12:05:19 +1100

Beatrix  Potter – author and amateur pioneer mycologist Peering through the looking glass at Lewis Carroll A tribute to Terry Pratchett A nod to Dylan Thomas

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Festive frolics on the Science Show for Christmas

Sat, 26 Dec 2015 12:05:05 +1100

The comedy of climate change Fun and games, science and planes at 24th Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony Fossilised beer can challenges human history, theory of evolution.

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Another of your relatives discovered?

Sat, 19 Dec 2015 12:05:46 +1100

Human ancestors with us longer than we ever thought 3D-printed body parts the surgeon’s roadmap Engineering and business combined in new Welsh campus Good prospects in the fight against cervical cancer Challenges for scientists as they report and publish their results The struggle of the fish of the desert Tough times ahead for snapper? The last Siamese Redwood under threat in Cambodia

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May we edit your genes?

Sat, 12 Dec 2015 12:05:40 +1100

Advances in gene editing brings fears of designer babies A puzzle questioning the existence of males Teeth reveal history of human migration UK National Media Museum traces history of the flicks Emissions jump with dietary changes in China The ubiquity of water – on Earth and elsewhere Vale Barrie Oldfield

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Old and young

Sat, 05 Dec 2015 12:05:20 +1100

Touch the emotions to communicate science - Ramakrishnan Science Olympiads allows students to imagine their future Sex, death and desperation: Infanticide in colonial Western Australia(1829-1901) Max Day’s advice for students - Go for it! University of the Third Age keeps mature brains active It’s no myth: MythBusters to finish in 2016 Internet choked with devices

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The science of numbers

Sat, 28 Nov 2015 12:05:01 +1100

How ribosomes make proteins in our cells Challenge and fun for students preparing for Science Olympiads Adam Spencer’s World of Numbers James Clerk Maxwell - mathematician, poet and the father of light

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Exercise and cancer

Sat, 21 Nov 2015 12:05:02 +1100

Preparing for COP21 in Paris The climate message on stage The slow collapse of the world’s forests Immune therapy for treating cancer Exercise the best medicine after surgery or cancer treatment Shining light from the golden age of Islamic science

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Was modern science born in ancient Greece?

Sat, 14 Nov 2015 12:05:25 +1100

The catastrophe of Indonesia’s forest fires Ecosystems in the age of large animals Urban areas threatened by megafires in early days of climate change Sensors in a box warn when fire strikes Detecting early stage lung cancer from the breath Introducing the ancient Greeks

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