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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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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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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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Sat, 18 Mar 2017 12:05:05 +1100

Two thirds of northern Great Barrier Reef coral killed by intense heat Mission to observe Arctic climate from 2019 Stripping carbon dioxide from the atmosphere Should we be worried about CRISPR gene editing? Did Neanderthals know about antibiotics? Gene for teeth used to track ancient human populations Kids book goes inside the crow’s smart bird brain Social and cultural influences of antibiotic consumption and resistance

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Talk to your babies before they are born

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 12:05:52 +1100

After being severed, nerves retain memory of the functions they once controlled Adopted babies can retain birth language memory which helps in language re-learning Babies’ early vocabulary:  Look at the… Big early vocab helps children learn to read Placenta could offer clues about cancer genes The immunological effects of caesarean sections on newborns in Sao Paulo Brazil Bereavement, and how families deal with organ donation requests on the death of a loved-one

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Two extraordinary women to mark International Women’s Day

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 12:05:53 +1100

Journey to the improbable and unique asteroid, Psyche Phiala Shanahan named in Forbes Top 30 Under 30 NZ physicists collide ultracold atoms to observe a key quantum principle How scientists should confront the antagonists Mosquito borne diseases on the rise Law enforcement and counter terrorism in the digital age DNA puts faces to crimes beating eyewitness accounts Ohio junior takes up the fight in treating cystic fibrosis

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Trump versus science

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:05:54 +1100

Fears of a rough ride ahead for US science Science in the era of Trump Call for open discussion on governance of gene editing technologies Seagrass ecosystems reduce bacterial pathogens in seawater Event horizon telescope provides highest resolution ever Gross science takes out the Kavli Gold Award for Children’s Science News Getting more out of recycling e-waste

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Bionic Bodies part 2 of 2

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 12:05:14 +1100

Bionic Bodies part 2 of 2.

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Bionic Bodies part 1 of 2

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 12:05:25 +1100

Bionic Bodies part 1 of 2.

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How old is that lobster on your plate?

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 12:05:00 +1100

Molecular pathways open way for new, faster treatment of tuberculosis Misshaped proteins the cause of many diseases Anti-cancer drugs show promise against virus thought to cause asthma Monitoring birds visiting for food and water Salt tolerant plant holds the key for agricultural species Secondary teeth reveal age of crustaceans Tasmanian east coast changing fast Hope for Parkinson’s patients

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Kiwis and robins shooting blanks

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 12:05:54 +1100

Fewer, less viable sperm follows inbreeding of NZ endangered birds Pigeons smarter than we thought How to get engagement in science from those with little interest Targeting cancer drugs to reduce side effects Games deliver therapy for kids with autism A brief history of plate tectonics Poems by Janet Kenny

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Effects of the changing climate in south western Australia

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 12:05:33 +1100

Effects of the changing climate in south western Australia.

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Extra dimensions, big physics at CERN, and Apollo 11’s brush with disaster

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:05:16 +1100

Getting strung out on those extra dimensions. CERN - where the world collaborates to answer the big questions in physics. This is About - The moon and other things.

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

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 12:05:05 +1100

HG Wells: author who imaged a future based on scientific achievement.

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How people connect with the natural world

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 12:05:43 +1100

How people connect with the natural world.

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David Suzuki: Changing climate the ultimate crisis for our species

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 12:05:55 +1100

David Suzuki: Changing climate the ultimate crisis for our species.

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The archaeology of Dylan Thomas

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 12:05:50 +1100

Robyn Williams visits the restored home of Welsh writer Dylan Thomas. Does the house help us understand the writing of Swansea’s most famous son?

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Happy birthday Ari, you’re 2,400 years old!

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 12:05:01 +1100

Investigating the link between vitamin D and multiple sclerosis Helping native birds survive the hot dry periods Crows as smart as an eight-year-old child Enriching the lives of zoo animals Photosynthesis the key for major boost in crop yields How Aristotle can change your life

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Bionic eyes and LIGO 3

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 12:05:39 +1100

Bionic eye restores sight for visually impaired How the corals of the Great Barrier Reef affect Queensland’s climate Whale exhibition coming to London’s Natural History Museum This is About – The Moon and other things More LIGOs planned on Earth, and in space Tackling air pollution in China Science careers poorly promoted

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100 years of Gumnut Babies

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 12:05:35 +1100

How the internet influences politics and democracy Large ecological cost as peat removed for palm oil Celebrating the centenary of May Gibbs’ Gumnut Babies and Gum Blossom Babies

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Art meets science

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 12:05:40 +1100

Catalyst ‘remodelled’ but can it deliver? Combining the arts and science Creativity – the link between science and art So what is beauty? Uni of Newcastle offers first online course in natural history illustration Flying emu takes physics to kids

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Diamonds in the sky and junk in your genes

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 12:05:01 +1100

The scientific literacy of president-elect Trump Breaking the wall of corporate impunity The 2016 Prime Minister’s Prize for New Innovators Diamonds reveal history of our solar system Piecing together the mystery of how our genes actually work Imperial College London – riding the wave of revolutions in science The trapped ion approach to quantum computing

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Cooling the Earth - and a hungry yellow robot

Sat, 05 Nov 2016 12:05:31 +1100

New weapon for war on crown-of-thorns starfish 2016 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Excellence in Science Teaching Geoengineering – best used early and sparingly, not in response to a crisis The physics in our everyday world New approach to provide clean water for poor communities Hurdle for piglets when moving from mother’s milk to solid food

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Tracking animals like never before and building telescopes from space dust

Sat, 29 Oct 2016 12:05:43 +1100

Ear prosthetic project relies on crowdfunding Powerful imagery to aid development of new drugs The 2016 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Physical and Life Sciences Securing the future of the Wollemi Pine New tag monitors animals’ every move Geoengineering becoming more necessary as emissions increase and temperatures continue to rise Imagining space exploration in future decades

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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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