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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?
The arts meet the sciences - and ads in the sky? 2020-03-13 18:05:19 White dwarfs reveal composition of gobbled planets
How light pollution impacts animals
Plan to create advertising messages in the sky using satellites
Tragedy of the commons now being played out in space
The arts and sciences dance together with inspiring results
Curiosity the cornerstone for artists and scientists
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.
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.
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?
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?
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
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
Uncharted There's so much we've yet to explorefrom outer space to the deep ocean to our own brains. This hour, Manoush goes on a journey through those uncharted places, led by TED Science Curator David Biello.
#556 The Power of Friendship It's 2020 and times are tough. Maybe some of us are learning about social distancing the hard way. Maybe we just are all a little anxious. No matter what, we could probably use a friend. But what is a friend, exactly? And why do we need them so much? This week host Bethany Brookshire speaks with Lydia Denworth, author of the new book "Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life's Fundamental Bond".
This episode is hosted by Bethany Brookshire, science writer from Science News.
Dispatch 1: Numbers In a recent Radiolab group huddle, with coronavirus unraveling around us, the team found themselves grappling with all the numbers connected to COVID-19. Our new found 6 foot bubbles of personal space. Three percent mortality rate (or 1, or 2, or 4). 7,000 cases (now, much much more). So in the wake of that meeting, we reflect on the onslaught of numbers - what they reveal, and what they hide.
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