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An ancient whale mystery hidden in the cliffs around Bells Beach

From The Science Show - Clues to an ancient whale mystery, in the cliffs of the Victorian Surf Coast. 'Geopoetry' inspired by the work of Australia's first female Professor. The Nobel Prize winner who co-authored a paper with his pet. The Chase continues... with a hunt for the night parrot.


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An ancient whale mystery hidden in the cliffs around Bells Beach
2019-02-08 17:05:00
Clues to an ancient whale mystery, in the cliffs of the Victorian Surf Coast. 'Geopoetry' inspired by the work of Australia's first female Professor. The Nobel Prize winner who co-authored a paper with his pet. The Chase continues... with a hunt for the night parrot.
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2019-10-11 18:05:20
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Where DID the Moon come from?
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Gravity, with Einstein
2019-08-16 19:05:01
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Hard questions and hydrogen
2019-08-09 19:05:44
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How did just five species of dinosaurs survive Armageddon 65 million years ago to give us 10,000 species of birds today?
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Electric brains and 'magic' furniture
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