The Science Show - Full program podcast

The Science Show - Full program podcast


RN's science flagship: your essential source of what's making news in the complex world of scientific research, scandal and discovery. The Science Show with Robyn Williams is one of the longest running programs on Australian radio. One single audio file of each program - good for continuous listening.


The PM’s Science Prize and the extent of aboriginal astronomy  

The 2016 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science and Innovation The excitement and promise of engineering The origins of DNA fingerprinting Aboriginal stories and songs reveal scientific understanding Aboriginal culture on full display at Uluru astronomy weekend Roger Penrose’s cycle of universes

Another universe and another energy source  

Geothermal promising for Latrobe Valley Floor plans for visually impaired Making up for inadequacy of dermatology teaching in Australia Hawaiian crow observed using tools to forage for food Pluto - the images keep coming Proxima Centuri b – a nearby planet in the Goldilocks Zone

Mermaid in Melbourne playing the flute  

Nobel Prizes 2016   Beating congestion in the skies for super frequent flyers Misconceptions around childbirth UK: lowest rate of breast feeding in the world Opening up museum collections Russian science hamstrung by crackdown on collaboration

Can anything be achieved in politics?  

Predicting earthquakes How to get results in politics Reducing infection in prosthetic joints with new film coatings App with strategies for anxiety and depression Science, engineering and business combine at new Swansea campus Gearing up for the hydrogen economy Politics holding back Russian science

The sunfish and the hackers’ space  

Enormous Aussie fish preserved in London museum Mercury pollution captured with new materials Combating the tragedy of teen road deaths Are older drivers more dangerous? Probing the ethics of artificial intelligence Capturing video of big biomolecules in action Launceston museum attracts young people with hands-on tech activities

Top world scientist enjoys world’s oldest beer  

Newcastle researcher to represent Australia at Falling Walls Lab Berlin Piltdown Man - honing in on whodunit Francis Crick Institute opens in London Cleaner greener method for making lab chemicals The 26th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony

Beyond the coal rush part 3: The transition begins  

Beyond the coal rush part 3: The transition begins.

Beyond the coal rush part 2: The age of  coal  

Beyond the coal rush part 2: The age of coal.

Beyond the coal rush part 1: The march of coal  

Beyond the coal rush part 1: The march of coal

Warning your embryo about weather  

Zebra finches program offspring for a hotter world Preparing PhDs for the future STEM PhDs have skills for tomorrow’s work place A replacement for plastic Large Hadron Collider arrives in Sydney Tandem solar cells to capture even more light Pumped hydro for the cloudy windless days, and nights

Women on ice  

Women in Antarctica making up for lost time A letter to students considering a PhD Response to rapidly changing climate - deflect, distract, deny and delay Ronald Falk, actor well known in theatre, television, film and heard on The Science Show Human-bird interaction good for people, but for birds? Options for tropical fish: adapt, move or die Brian Cox - be curious and open to change, not proud and dogmatic How satellites see almost everything

Sir David at 90  

Can we trust electronic voting? Overzealous immune response the killer with bird flu Identify animals in the wild with Wildlife Spotter Bioscan reveals insects of Los Angeles Big data and super computers help solve Hawaiian geological enigma Fluid dynamics - a part of everyday life David Attenborough reflects after 90 years

Top 5 (actually six) Under 40 take off  

Batteries and software energise renewables The next flu pandemic - not if, but when How vertebrates first moved from water to land Genetics behind skeletal disease Graphene – the wonder material The simplicity of maths on show at National Science Week

Beethoven bugs and wind turbines  

Ministerial changes following the general election E-waste a rich resource of rare metals Expectation influences reporting of adverse health effects from wind farms Soil microbes burp carbon dioxide after drought-breaking rain The perilous road for graduating PhDs Girls inspired to get inventing Disengaged teenagers get hooked on algebra

Joining a seven trillion dollar industry  

Photonic chips backbone of the internet, smart phones next Unravelling the strangeness of gluons Square Kilometre Array building expertise in Western Australia 44% US bees die in one year The Man Who Knew Infinity Crochet use to share the beauty and threats to coral reefs

Slave labour science  

STEM vital for workers of tomorrow Game-changer for new energy technologies CSIRO chief retains award for dodgy science Squishiness important in cancer cells and pies Making snack food nutritious The struggle for mid-career scientists

Are birds geniuses?  

QUT robot hopes to hop on the Moon Private money allows students and researchers from developing countries to study in Australia Imagining Australia in 2030 Focus on cancer protein for targeted therapy The genius of birds Tracing the history and evolution of birds and flight

To infinity and beyond  

Today we present a discussion from The World Science Festival in Brisbane held in March 2016 which saw four of the world’s top astrophysicists come together to chew over some big questions… and possible answers regarding the universe, its origin, where it’s going, and its possible future. Gravity waves, cosmic microwave radiation, dark matter and dark energy flow freely in this entertaining discussion.

HG Wells - author who imaged a future based on scientific achievement  

He foretold the atomic bomb, he believed in a world government, he wrote books about both science and science fiction and was the first popular communicator of scientific ideas. Today we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Herbert George Wells.

The changing world of power generation and consumption  

There are big changes happening in the way we generate, buy and sell electricity. We’re seeing batteries, microgrids, and the possibility of self-sufficiency based on renewable energy, both for individual households, and in some cases, whole towns. In many places, the new options presented by technology and innovation are marching ahead of regulations, meaning some initiatives are being restrained by laws drafted for a different world. This discussion, recorded at WOMAD in March 2016 considers some of the new possibilities.

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