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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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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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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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