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Open the door - or else!
2019-05-17 19:05:00
Sulawesi hit by rare supershear earthquake in Sep 2018 Nuclear and renewables or nuclear or renewables? Challenges for Alzheimer's research How Australia's first regional university offers more Pouched rats sniff for land mines and medical samples
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The Coastline - as vital as your skin. Keep it healthy or we die.
2020-01-24 17:05:58



How bees see, how fish change their sex and a poem on bushfires, climate, politics and society
2020-01-17 17:05:33



Science Extra: 2019 in space
2020-01-15 10:00:00
The first image of a black hole, Apollo 11 celebrations, and the successes and failures of 2019's satellite missions. Plus what to expect from the Mars-bound missions in 2020.


Carl Zimmer explores the history of our understanding of heredity
2020-01-10 17:05:13



Science Extra: 2019 in environment
2020-01-08 10:00:00
Droughts, fires, and discussions around climate change intensified in 2019. A recap of the year in environment news, and a glimpse of what's to come in 2020.


Melting ice and burning forests signs of a changing world
2020-01-03 17:05:37
3. The importance of Antarctica for the Earth's climate


Science Extra: 2019 in science
2020-01-01 10:00:00
From quantum 'supremacy' to deep life, catch up on the big themes from a busy year of science. Plus will scientists build a brand new eukaryote in 2020?


Identifying cholera and de-extinction - should we bring back extinct animals?
2019-12-27 17:05:39
2. Resurrection - should we try to bring back extinct animals?


Science Extra: 2019 in health
2019-12-25 10:00:00
Recapping the dangers of vaping and e-cigarettes, and the latest trials aimed at warding off Alzheimer's disease. Plus what's ahead in health news for 2020?


The role of forensic science in criminal investigations
2019-12-20 17:05:55
This discussion from the World Science Festival in Brisbane explores the forensic techniques used to convict 21st century criminals and the issues presented for those in science and the law.


Big themes for 2020 - Youth, identity, climate, AI and always, birds.
2019-12-13 17:05:01
* Zofia bids farewell to her school days * Roots revives early memories of racial abuse for science writer Michael Brooks * Bird Haven festival celebrates the joy of birds * Move aside big banana and big prawn, here comes the big periodic table * Is there life beyond carbon? * Marilyn Renfree - Academy honours a lifetime of research * The march of artificial Intelligence


Teenagers design museum galleries
2019-12-06 17:05:16



Seaweed, sex and nano
2019-11-29 17:05:35
Nanotechnology brings new challenges, new solutions Quantum computing promises new computing capabilities Micro algae show potential to replace fossil fuel-based products Heartbreak pain is like physical pain to the brain Ode to Antarctica PLC student Phoebe Adam honoured in 2019 Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing


Uglies, parrots and Leonardo da Vinci
2019-11-22 17:05:18
Why climate change denial persists Abbotsleigh student Arwyn Stone wins 2019 Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing Ugly animals on parade in the Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals Insurance policy for frogs in decline Increasing the efficiency of silicon solar panels Celebrating Leonardo da Vinci Thinking Like a Parrot


Dinos, Denisovans and tipping complexity
2019-11-15 17:05:18
Self-interest preventing progress on world problems It wasn't an instant goodnight for all when the asteroid hit Emptying the dustbin to assemble the Iguanodontian tree Opalised dinosaur to star in a film and a new museum Tracing distribution of ancient humans A new approach to treating pancreatic cancer Ancient reefs reveal early history of life on Earth


Where are the birds? And mould-breaking young scientists
2019-11-08 17:05:07
After 180 years, suddenly we know more about breasts Magic mushroom compound psilocybin shows promise for treatment of anxiety and depression How to build affection for city rivers Insects feeling the heat of changing climate Oxford encourages swifts with a tower of nesting boxes Birds threatened by rapid climate change Unnatural Selection explores and compares selective breeding with natural selection


Is nuclear safe? Plus, a stroll through the science of secrets
2019-11-01 18:05:28
Gerry Thomas questions our fear of nuclear power Could California save the Tarkine by leasing it? The University of Newcastle looks at new uni model, new energy options Electrolysis may help pull carbon dioxide from the atmosphere Look at our beautiful website! You can trust us! British grapes roasted by extreme heat London's Science Museum presents Top Secret: From ciphers to cyber security


The cancer-causing addictive drug, fourth in line after caffeine, alcohol and nicotine, gets no research
2019-10-25 18:05:27
UNSW celebrates 70 years Prime Minister's Prizes for Innovators and Innovation 2019 Prime Minister's Prizes for Science Teaching in Primary and Secondary Schools 2019 STEM careers extend throughout industry Linking climate passion with education and careers Betel quid - fourth most commonly consumed drug after caffeine, alcohol and nicotine, but this cancer-causing addiction gets no research


Growing fish near old power stations
2019-10-18 18:05:55
Latrobe Valley aquifer could power new industries New efficiencies coming for the mining industry Eucs a new source of graphene Prime Minister's Prizes for Science 2019 Should we communicate with ET?


Transformed coal brings promise of new smart industries
2019-10-11 18:05:20
Nobel Prizes 2019 PhD candidate investigates proteins and DNA in resistant breast cancer cells Newcastle University helps city move from smokestacks to innovative industries Transforming coal to a high value resource, not one that is burnt for 10c per Warming England has mice on the move Robots allow scientists a few more hours sleep How physics inspires and consoles Tim Radford


Meet the first female editor of Nature, and who are the orphans of Apollo?
2019-10-04 19:05:04
Nature celebrates 150 years New missions bring new excitement for the Moon The mystery and complexity of our sense of smell Lignin a possible basis for new bioplastics Polluting petrochemical solvent replaced by green biochemical alternative


The Science Show is sent to Coventry
2019-09-27 19:05:38
UK's Warwick University - collaborative projects and filling skills gaps Alice Roberts - how to approach humanity's huge challenges High-res scans reveal dodo's violent death Autonomous vehicle for those sprawling campuses and shopping centres How car batteries will change over time Talking to young children helps with language development Seed collection conserves genetic diversity of vegetables


Where did the Moon come from?
2019-09-20 19:05:00
What can time-travelling seeds teach us about climate change? Five schools across four continents look to the stars together Under the stars: a new book introducing children to astrophysics Where DID the Moon come from? The Moon: A History for the Future


Where DID the Moon come from?
2019-09-20 19:05:00
What can time-travelling seeds teach us about climate change? Five schools across four continents look to the stars together Under the stars: a new book introducing children to astrophysics Where DID the Moon come from? The Moon: A History for the Future


The Magic of Mushrooms
2019-09-13 19:05:00
Magic Mushrooms: Can their mycelia give us safer plastic replacements?


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