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Science Extra: The year in weird science

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 07:10:00 +1100

ABC Science Editor Jonathan Webb chats with science reporter Carl Smith about the weird science stories that caught his eye in 2017.


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Bionic Bodies part 2 of 2

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 12:05:14 +1100

Bionic Bodies part 2 of 2.


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http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2018/01/ssw_20180120.mp3




Science Extra: The year in tech

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 07:10:00 +1100

ABC Science Editor Jonathan Webb chats with tech reporter Ariel Bogle about the tech stories that caught her eye in 2017.


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Bionic Bodies part 1 of 2

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 12:05:46 +1100

Bionic Bodies part 1 of 2.


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Science Extra: The year in health

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 07:10:00 +1100

ABC Science Editor Jonathan Webb chats with health reporter Olivia Willis about the health stories that caught her eye in 2017.


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The archaeology of Dylan Thomas

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 12:05:19 +1100

The archaeology of Dylan Thomas.


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Science Extra: The year in space

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 07:10:00 +1100

ABC Science Editor Jonathan Webb chats with science reporter Genelle Weule about the space stories that caught her eye in 2017.


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Dava Sobel - The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 12:05:27 +1100

Dava Sobel - The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars.


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Science Extra: The year in environmental science

Sun, 24 Dec 2017 07:10:00 +1100

ABC Science Editor Jonathan Webb chats with environment reporter Nick Kilvert about the environmental science stories that caught his eye in 2017.


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Cost-benefit analysis - big science under the microscope

Sat, 23 Dec 2017 12:05:01 +1100

Cost-benefit analysis - big science under the microscope.


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Science Extra: The year in science

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 07:10:00 +1100

ABC Science Editor Jonathan Webb chats with science reporter Bel Smith about the science stories that caught her eye in 2017.


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Creating real wealth: How innovation done well can make a difference in Australia

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:05:21 +1100

CSIRO tries to bridge the innovation chasm Australia’s problem with innovation Genome reveals poor genetic health of thylacine Citizen scientists help with Alzheimer’s research Why are the wealthy so wealthy and the poor so poor? A chat with Dame Florence Lovejoy


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Anti-depressant drugs affecting fish

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 12:05:10 +1100

A new model for the electricity network Student essay winner calls for action to save the Great Barrier Reef Anti-depressant drugs affect fish behaviour Drones used for surveying Antarctic moss Southern Tasmanian waters show rich diversity of molluscs We’ve been texting for 25 years Special Assistance schools threatened with closure


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You need a Crook energy system!

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 12:05:38 +1100

Community owned energy retailer takes on big three Student essay winner explores potential solution to persistent plastic Australian Science Olympians bring home the silver The ubiquity of chemicals Measuring biodiversity, monitoring ecology Even more Dagg


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Where did whales come from?

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 12:05:41 +1100

Student essay winner reveals Australia’s dirty little secret – 60% of fresh produce is dumped Gathering clues on the evolution of whales The secret life of whales More Dagg


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Remembering Laika: The first creature in space

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:05:43 +1100

Cane toads to get the Crispr treatment Remembering Laika Adaptive optics removes the twinkle from stars The world according to Dagg Stopping the qubit chatter Challenging our thought processes, biases and assumptions Pt The Periodic Table – A visual guide to the elements Challenges for science writers


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A new Centre of Excellence and slender rats

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 12:05:58 +1100

New Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery Vale Neville Fletcher The role of music in human evolution and society today - part 2 New experience for visitors at Melbourne Museum Rats in Australia 6 million years before humans Controlling Indonesian peatland fires Revising the Nacophorini moths of southern Australia


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Brain cancer, printing brains and flying beyond Pluto

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 12:05:16 +1100

First lab model for testing brain tumour therapies 3D printed body tissues becoming a reality At home monitoring changes health care focus from curative to preventative Pluto mission chief still can’t believe they really did it Gravitational waves - the alerts, the secrecy, the teamwork, the science


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Prize-winning teachers, pioneering stargazers and typewriters!

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 12:05:22 +1100

More Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science 2017 How the typewriter changed the economy and society Human group intelligence applied to AI John Bolton – father of radio astronomy Warming waters threaten kelp


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The Prime Minister's prizes for science, more waves from space and a new plan for universities and jobs

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 12:05:35 +1100

The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science 2017 Latest gravitational waves ‘almost too good to be true’ University of Tasmania offers shorter, cheaper courses focussed on jobs How birds map and navigate as they fly around the planet Vision of bees applied to drone navigation


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DNA robots and heat stress

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 12:05:59 +1100

Uni of Tasmania's big plans for STEM accessibility DNA robots collect and sort molecules Exploding dots mathematics is visual, playful and powerful – Margaret Wertheim Effects of heat stress on workers and productivity Plastic an increasing problem along coast of Arnhem Land Aquatic worms hitch rides on the hulls of ships The role of music in human evolution and society today - part 1 Polished rock shows effects of earliest life on Earth


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Nobels, maths and science in India

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 12:05:55 +1100

Nobel Prizes 2017 Investigating the cellular basis of circadian rhythms Genetic and environmental links to ovarian cancer Indian science celebrated at London’s Science Museum James Tanton shares the joy of mathematics Technology helps preserve threatened languages Building trust for positive biosecurity outcomes


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Iconic creatures worth a buck?

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 12:05:26 +1000

Micropayments could amount to large sums for conservation Biggest fish in the sea still shrouded in mystery Dramatic loss of Arctic summer sea ice Corn starch possible alternative to plastic bags Less invasive method to detect cancer Making a difference with engineering Printed solar panels could produce solar power on every roof Magic crystals enhance biogas production New family tree proposed for dinosaurs


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Riots, rape and feral monsters

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:05:21 +1000

Understanding UK riots Self-examination swab allows DNA collection after rape Want to share your genome? Keeping the wheels on in orchestra rehearsal British Science Association reaches out to girls and women New approach to avoid pre-term births On the trail of those on the trail of Bigfoot


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Oxford: A PhD student builds new retinas and Richard Dawkins on writing post-stroke

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 12:05:38 +1000

Hydrogel retina first step in relief from macular degeneration. New battery technology reduces recharge time. The Arctic - big changes, super-fast. Homeward Bound aims to boost women in science. Richard Dawkins back writing following stroke. Science not under siege.


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Staying Connected – A Privacy Crisis

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 12:05:02 +1000

Staying Connected - A Privacy Crisis.


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The path to zero carbon energy

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 12:05:32 +1000

The path to zero carbon energy.


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42!

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 12:05:47 +1000

Harry Diculus does it with feeling *!*!*!*!* 42 *!*!*!*!* Ode to the typewriter Career advice for early and mid-career scientists Real-life tale mirrors le Carré novel


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Celebrating chaos

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 12:05:52 +1000

The lady with the lamp or the lady with the logarithm? The answer to the great question of life and everything Fun with primes, so why the resistance? Mathematics improves weather forecasting Predicting the speed at which epidemics spread Alex the Astronaut – combining music, science and sport Finding Fibonacci Catastrophes open opportunities for changed biodiversity


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Poisoned bore water and Kepler

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 12:05:17 +1000

Call for action to clean up drinking water in remote communities Kepler helps determine composition of the universe False memory a dilemma for courts Increase in labiaplasty surgery Ribosomes in bacteria target for new antibiotics The secret language of bees


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Mac's first lecture - and a murder threat!

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 12:05:06 +1000

Vale Phillip Playford Unearthing the geological history of central Australia Changing cities for the future Reflections by Zappa and Clarke Science Friction returns 12th August Peter Mason -  physics, radio broadcasts and a contentious family history


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Did Shakespeare foresee the second law of thermodynamics?

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 12:05:31 +1000

Nobel Prize for molecular motor boosts for new field of dynamic chemistry Academic curiosity leads to promising cancer treatment Improving services for young people after cancer treatment New Antarctic heat maps to improve predictions of sea level rise Was Shakespeare also a scientist? BHP finalist Mary-Anne Poyitt awarded in US competition Ideas competition for young students


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Pitching to Trump

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:05:08 +1000

New evidence of first Australians 65,000 years ago Lawrence Krauss pitches big science to the president Promising results from new Taiwanese energy technologies Leaf-cutter ants – the ultimate egalitarian workforce Ancestor’s Trail traces the evolution of life on Earth Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani dies from breast cancer The appeal of maths


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Can birds sing music – or are they just noisy robots?

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 12:05:03 +1000

Juno sweeps low over Jupiter’s mega storm The story of the universe and our place in it Music in human evolution and modern-day society Understanding birdsong


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Fly me to Mars!

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 12:05:18 +1000

Fly me to Mars!


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Can a scientist be a sentinel?

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 12:05:43 +1000

John Church – we’re approaching the climate threshold and need to act now The scientist as sentinel


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Has ‘denying’ won?

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:05:47 +1000

Has ‘denying’ won?


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Celebrating Anne Deveson

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 12:05:19 +1000

Celebrating Anne Deveson.


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Germs at war

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 12:05:35 +1000

How a mother’s health affects the foetus Ominous signs for Larsen C ice shelf DNA mutations used to track down source of melanomas Cartoon introduces students to bacterial invaders Looking for combinations of antibiotics for that knockout punch Biometrics the key for improved online authentication Shrinking the synchrotron Wollongong academic wins Alan Alda science coms prize


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The eclipse that helped launch American science

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 12:05:32 +1000

Ultrasound used to jump-start brain of a coma patient Urgent action to save the Southern Black-throated Finch Pollination secrets of Western Australian plants Exposing the full effects of cuts to science and medical research Racing for the total solar eclipse of 1878 Analysing wastewater reveals population health Shifting electricity use to when demand and prices are low Dear Science puts a science twist on agony aunt questions


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Whales killed by red tide

Sat, 27 May 2017 12:05:04 +1000

E-records boost outcomes for companion animals Controlling elephants in Sri Lanka Message to a developing embryo New bird guide covers Australia’s more than 900 species Tracking the Latham’s snipe Understanding protein structure may lead to treatment for amyloid diseases Whales possible first megafauna victims of warming Taking the geek out of artificial intelligence The next direction for computing


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BHP Science Award winners: Average age 15!

Sat, 20 May 2017 12:05:10 +1000

Early life on land dated at 3.5bn-year-old in Pilbara hot spring Turbo charging crops to feed the billions Honey offers beneficial boost to our biome Big ideas from BHP Science and Engineering Awards finalists Australian tax law splits science and humanities Possible new treatment for phobias, from under the radar


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More concerns about CSIRO

Sat, 13 May 2017 12:05:44 +1000

Budget almost silent on science and climate John Church: Grim assessment of climate and CSIRO leadership How the science tribe can wield more power The formation of cyclones Chronic fatigue traced to mitochondria Viruses: ubiquitous, not always pathogenic and often beneficial


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Waste - the resource, the barriers, and the possibilities

Sat, 06 May 2017 12:05:48 +1000

Waste - the resource, the barriers, and the possibilities.


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How do you become a professor of physics at Harvard?

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:05:10 +1000

Pinning down the fast radio burst Insects the next superfood? Gila monster may help reveal evolution of sex chromosomes Cosmic Shambles in Australia and New Zealand Maths is all around us: Margaret Wertheim Museum of Science Boston aims at young curiosity Melissa Franklin: Harvard’s first female professor of physics


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Marching for science

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:05:19 +1000

Soil carbon ‘a saviour’ in locking up carbon CRISPR gene editing adapted from bacteria Working through the Drake equation with Cosmic Vertigo The threat to science and science integrity


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Australia's human history older than thought

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 12:05:43 +1000

Australia's human history older than thought.


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Old and young: Views from two generations

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 12:05:24 +1000

Giving plants a leg up in their fight against viruses Chinese missions to study lunar dust Fur seals recovering, sea lions under threat in Southern Ocean Legislative and social hurdles ahead before new genetics assists with conservation Science Friction introduces young nuclear physicist Jared Diamond links the internet age with decline of political compromise


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Star stuff

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 12:05:40 +1100

The immigrant who changed the world Moon myths, asteroids and Mercury’s molten core Searching for neutrinos Gearing up for next stage for Lisa Pathfinder mission Head-on collision gives rise to our moon Rebecca Richards: Australia’s first Indigenous Rhodes Scholar Young kids lap up molecular structure and the periodic table


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How many bleachings can the Great Barrier Reef take?

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:05:12 +1100

Chance cyclone saved southern GBR from 2016 bleaching Building products and procedures tested for cyclonic conditions Concern on sharp decline of dwarf minke whale sightings Despite earlier concern, Torres Strait dugongs no longer under threat


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