Great Moments In Science - with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

Great Moments In Science - with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki


From the ground breaking and life saving to the wacky and implausible, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki reveals some of the best moments in science.


Dissing the dishwasher  

Are dishwashers better than people when it comes to water, energy and cleaning?

Death by chocolate  

Obviously chocolate is good for us - but what about for our pets?

Tricks of the Menu Trade  

A new kind of engineer has been born.

Life after decapitation  

When the guillotine was introduced, the French became very curious about how long a body-less head could survive.

SOFIA: Holy flying telescope - part 2  

What the Doctor saw when he flew in this baby, and the crazy engineering that let it happen.

Holy flying telescopes, part 1  

You'd have to be crazy - or an astronomer - to get on board a plane with a jumbo-sized hole in it.

Cane toads used for pregnancy test  

Cane toads - like mice and rabbits before them - were used for human pregnancy tests.

Why spiders don't go commando  

Spiders dropping down on their silk thread never get caught twisting in the breeze, like abseiling commandos do. Because ... chemistry.

Bird brains - dense, not dumb  

Some birds, especially parrots, songbirds and the entire crow family, are surprisingly intelligent - and not just compared to other birds.

Of mice, marijuana, memory and men  

A recent study found that low dose THC from cannibas improved memory in older mice.

Origin of life  

Did life begin on an invisible mountain range?

Ocean ridge secrets  

The ocean ridge is the biggest mountain range on Earth. And it could hold the secret to where life began.

Childhood amnesia  

No matter how memorable your childhood is, you probably won't actually remember it.

Can you beat the pokies? (Part 2)  

How did Russian gamblers cheat US casinos out of millions of dollars? Dr Karl explains their scam - and the Australian connection.

Can you beat the pokies? (Part 1)  

Poker machines are built to only pay back about 10 cents for every dollar you put in. But thanks to Putin and maths, it's possible to win.

Artificial uterus  

An artificial uterus has been trialled for lambs, but why do we need one in the first place?

Minus-calorie celery claim leaves food for thought  

Celery is low in kilojoules but it's the energy it takes us to chew and digest that pushes us into negative calories.

Why we yawn  

Yawning has all kinds of strange links to different aspects of human experience.

Animal poo times  

Headlines don't get much punchier than "All mammals poop in 12 seconds ...".

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