Ockham's Razor - Program podcast

Ockham's Razor - Program podcast

Australia

A soap box for all things scientific, with short talks about research, industry and policy from people with something thoughtful to say about science.

Episodes

Glue ear and Indigenous health  

Aboriginal children have the highest rates of glue ear — a middle ear infection that causes hearing loss — of any people in the world. But it doesn't have to be like this, argues Don Palmer.

Telegraph Todd  

Charles Todd became a legend in his own lifetime for introducing Australian colonists to a new information age, but only recently has the full extent of his many and varied achievements come to light.

The trouble with fragrance  

Five years ago in science writer Clare Pain's household, scented products became not a pleasure, but a threat.

Florence Nightingale: Mathematician  

The Lady with the Lamp ought to be known as the Lady with the Logarithm, argues Australia's Chief Scientist Alan Finkel.

Reducing restraint in juvenile detention  

Integrating a concept known as "sensory modulation" — using the body's senses to calm a person down — into our approach to children in detention can help us, as a society, move beyond enjoying either public safety or the rehabilitation of young offenders. We can have both, argues nurse Mike Wilson.

The Frankenstein postdoc  

When Kylie Soanes bounced out of her graduation ceremony with a newly-minted PhD, she thought she knew what she was in for.

Reducing transport emissions  

The uptake of renewables and gas is slowly reducing electricity CO2 emissions — but transport emissions are on the rise, and negating some of those improvements.

Innovation on a grand scale  

Is Australia looking effectively at the shape of things ahead when it comes to innovation?

Māori culture and history  

Can you imagine New Zealand without a robust and vital Māori presence? Tony Barta says few understand how close the country came to genocide.

A teacher changed my life  

Some teachers are hard to forget, as Bodhi Hardinge has found.

Scotland, camping, and pesky ticks  

Professor John Bradshaw reminisces on a romantic camping trip – disrupted by an infestation of ticks.

Connecting people with science  

In today’s post-fact, post-truth world, how do scientists engage with everybody in the general public — not just the ones who are already listening?

The relics of scientists  

How is it that philosopher Jeremy Bentham attends senate meetings at University College London, almost two centuries after his demise?

The march of pseudoscience  

Are scientists and the scientific method being replaced by the misinformation of pseudoscience, new-age therapies and quantum mysticism?

Solving humanity's greatest risk  

Humanity is up against enormous challenges, says science writer Julian Cribb. So what could be the key to survival?

Vulnerable animals and private land  

The ANU's Dr George Wilson has long been worried about the way our animals are disappearing from the landscape. Could market forces play a role in conservation?

Plants in the southern hemisphere  

The southern continents were once united as the supercontinent Gondwana, but does this explain the links between the plants of the southern hemisphere? Dr Barbara Briggs travelled to Madagascar to find out.

Fighting ignorance from ivory towers  

To overcome the rising tide of public anti-intellectualism, Professor Mark Dodgson says the association in the public mind with academic and elite has to be broken.

Prostate cancer  

Prostate cancer is a controversial topic, and opinions on the diagnosis, treatment and management of the disease are more divergent than ever before.

Clean energy entrepreneurship  

How do we help foster the next generation of clean energy entrepreneurs in a country with a "risk-averse mindset" toward clean energy? Dr Adam Bumpus has some ideas.

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