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Vale the professor of everything
2020-06-12 19:05:02

54 minutes, 7 seconds


Dr Dolittle turns 100 and the complex behaviour of birds
2020-08-07 19:05:48
Dr Dolittle turns 100, The Bird Way: a new look at how birds talk, work, play, parent and think and flies dance to lure their mate


The seaweed revolution and keeping brains fit
2020-07-31 19:05:04
The stars that time forgot - at the edge of our galaxy. Protect your hippocampus with exercise, diet, socialising and sex. Rope-like filaments common to rouge brain proteins. Kinky proteins suspected cause for Alzheimer's. Microalgae the basis for fuels, food and more. New seaweed processing plant opens in southern NSW. Singing frogs bid farewell to Mike Tyler.


The history of Boeing and the future of passenger flight
2020-07-24 19:05:45
Basics of naming in biology, museum returns human remains to traditional communities, the history of Boeing and the future of passenger flight, space rockets being developed in Queensland.


The Pilbara - used by ancient people and NASA, blown up by Rio Tinto
2020-07-17 19:05:46
Pilbara used by NASA to prepare for Mars missions. Pilbara Aboriginal site destroyed by Rio Tinto. Predicting earthquakes. Evolution of angiosperms. Mike Tyler reflects on Joseph Banks.


The Frog Man remembered + global genomes
2020-07-10 19:05:09



Are physicists bonkers?
2020-07-03 19:05:37



Could there be a Goldilocks Universe? And how to save our seahorses
2020-06-26 19:05:11



RN's Big Weekend of Books
2020-06-19 19:05:39



The Science Show shares some of its favourite books
2020-06-19 19:05:39
From mathematics and mammoths to the woman who found out what stars are made of: Robyn Williams and Carl Smith talk about books with Eddie Woo, Sharon Gilstrow, Zofia Witkowski-Blake, Craig Cormick, Danielle Clode and Chris Flynn.


Vale the professor of everything
2020-06-12 19:05:02



Climate grief 3 - How comedians approach climate change
2020-06-05 19:05:24



Tiahni Adamson - first ever Indigenous Time at Sea Scholarship recipient and how hard it is to read faces.
2020-05-29 19:05:06



Fear for the Amazon, and a chance to compost yourself!
2020-05-22 19:05:02
The plunder and destruction of the vast Amazon forests have been so terrible, that by 2035, they will cease to be a sink for CO2. The burning was so bad last year that the holocaust featured on the cover of The Economist magazine. This week The Science Show receives its first report from Ignacio Amigo who lives in Manaus and writes for the journal Nature. 


Fear for The Amazon, and a chance to compost yourself!
2020-05-22 19:05:02
The plunder and destruction of the vast Amazon forests have been so terrible, that by 2035, they will cease to be a sink for CO2. The burning was so bad last year that the holocaust featured on the cover of The Economist magazine. This week The Science Show receives its first report from Ignacio Amigo who lives in Manaus and writes for the journal Nature. 


Climate grief 2 - Singer-songwriter Missy Higgins
2020-05-15 19:05:57
Missy describes the emotions - and the science - that have inspired her songs about her grief for our rapidly changing climate.


Climate grief
2020-05-08 19:05:31
This is a time, not only for information and policy, but for emotion. How are all of us, not just the scientists, but the musicians, priests, schoolkids, even the comedians dealing with possible global upheavals, the turmoil that comes with severe climate change? 


A tribute to Australian doctor Catherine Hamlin who dedicated her life to helping young African women damaged by traumatic births
2020-05-01 19:05:54
Catherin Hamlin was born in Sydney. She worked in Ethiopia pioneering medical treatment for young women damaged by unsuccessful childbirth. In 2000, Pauline Newman visited Catherine Hamlin and her famous hospital in Addis Ababa. Catherine Hamlin died in March 2020 at the age of 93. By way of tribute today we revisit Pauline's program from nearly 20 years ago.


Hot Mess coming to RN
2020-04-30 08:00:59
It has been just over three decades since the warnings were first raised about global warming. The 20 hottest years on record have all occurred in the last quarter century. So why aren't we serious about climate change? Richard Aedy goes looking for answers in a 4-part series on RN - Sunday mornings at 8am from 3rd May and podcast.


PREVIEW RN Presents – Hot Mess: Why haven't we fixed climate change?
2020-04-30 08:00:59
It has been just over three decades since warnings were first raised about global warming. The 20 hottest years on record have all occurred in the last quarter century. So why aren't we serious about climate change? Richard Aedy goes looking for answers in a 4-part series on RN - Sunday mornings at 8am from 3rd May and podcast.


Jane Goodall, Christof Koch and an app to save dollars
2020-04-24 19:05:49
How can Jane Goodall have hope for the future, especially for the animals she loves, when the news about extinctions is so bleak? As The Hope, a 2-hour film about Jane and her life, is launched this week by National Geographic Jane joins Robyn on The Science Show to discuss the film, her work and her hope.


Three superstars - and one's only 18!
2020-04-17 19:05:43
Patrick Webster was head boy at Albany Senior High and became deeply involved with the waters of SW Australia. Which led him to think about climate (yes, we are obsessed by the virus, but this is even bigger). Hear Patrick's speech to a packed hall in Albany and realise there is hope.


Asteroids chock full of water, multiverses, and our planet full of life - deep as you go!
2020-04-10 19:05:30
A large asteroid carrying plenty of water will be worth millions of dollars we're told. But it's not sloshing around. Instead, the water is carried in chemical form within the rocks themselves. Now Dr Katarina Miljkovic from Curtin University has analysed gases coming off asteroids when they are bombarded as they fly through space. She has found there will be enough water to support human explorers when they venture through the galaxy. 


A schoolgirl's plea, a flying monster and kids on screens
2020-04-03 18:05:56
Despite shutdowns caused by that virus, we are gaining little benefit in emissions reduction. Rebecca Ford, age 16, who's at The Senior High School in Albany WA tells The Science Show  why she is so concerned and how much young people need our support. Yes, we are distracted, but climate change won't go away and could make corona seem like a mere passing sniffle if we're not careful. 


Fear! Should we be frightened? ...and survive?
2020-03-27 18:05:18



Why is it so cold in here?
2020-03-20 18:05:16
Besides the virus, what's bothering people in offices and cabs around the world? Well, it's freezing. Especially for women. Tom Chang at the University of Southern California did the tests and found there's a marked drop in productivity if people are uncomfortable because the air-conditioning is berserk. He published his findings and was astounded to find there were millions of responses. Is there a gender difference? Do men in suits really not feel the freeze? Can we afford to waste the energy on unwanted ice boxes to work in? 


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