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.


Celebrating chaos  

The lady with the lamp or the lady with the logarithm? The answer to the great question of life and everything Fun with primes, so why the resistance? Mathematics improves weather forecasting Predicting the speed at which epidemics spread Alex the Astronaut – combining music, science and sport Finding Fibonacci Catastrophes open opportunities for changed biodiversity

Poisoned bore water and Kepler  

Call for action to clean up drinking water in remote communities Kepler helps determine composition of the universe False memory a dilemma for courts Increase in labiaplasty surgery Ribosomes in bacteria target for new antibiotics The secret language of bees

Mac's first lecture - and a murder threat!  

Vale Phillip Playford Unearthing the geological history of central Australia Changing cities for the future Reflections by Zappa and Clarke Science Friction returns 12th August Peter Mason -  physics, radio broadcasts and a contentious family history

Did Shakespeare foresee the second law of thermodynamics?  

Nobel Prize for molecular motor boosts for new field of dynamic chemistry Academic curiosity leads to promising cancer treatment Improving services for young people after cancer treatment New Antarctic heat maps to improve predictions of sea level rise Was Shakespeare also a scientist? BHP finalist Mary-Anne Poyitt awarded in US competition Ideas competition for young students

Pitching to Trump  

New evidence of first Australians 65,000 years ago Lawrence Krauss pitches big science to the president Promising results from new Taiwanese energy technologies Leaf-cutter ants – the ultimate egalitarian workforce Ancestor’s Trail traces the evolution of life on Earth Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani dies from breast cancer The appeal of maths

Can birds sing music – or are they just noisy robots?  

Juno sweeps low over Jupiter’s mega storm The story of the universe and our place in it Music in human evolution and modern-day society Understanding birdsong

Can a scientist be a sentinel?  

John Church – we’re approaching the climate threshold and need to act now The scientist as sentinel

Germs at war  

How a mother’s health affects the foetus Ominous signs for Larson C ice shelf DNA mutations used to track down source of melanomas Cartoon introduces students to bacterial invaders Looking for combinations of antibiotics for that knockout punch Biometrics the key for improved online authentication Shrinking the synchrotron Wollongong academic wins Alan Alda science coms prize

The eclipse that helped launch American science  

Ultrasound used to jump-start brain of a coma patient Urgent action to save the Southern Black-throated Finch Pollination secrets of Western Australian plants Exposing the full effects of cuts to science and medical research Racing for the total solar eclipse of 1878 Analysing wastewater reveals population health Shifting electricity use to when demand and prices are low Dear Science puts a science twist on agony aunt questions

Whales killed by red tide  

E-records boost outcomes for companion animals Controlling elephants in Sri Lanka Message to a developing embryo New bird guide covers Australia’s more than 900 species Tracking the Latham’s snipe Understanding protein structure may lead to treatment for amyloid diseases Whales possible first megafauna victims of warming Taking the geek out of artificial intelligence The next direction for computing

BHP Science Award winners: Average age 15!  

Early life on land dated at 3.5bn-year-old in Pilbara hot spring Turbo charging crops to feed the billions Honey offers beneficial boost to our biome Big ideas from BHP Science and Engineering Awards finalists Australian tax law splits science and humanities Possible new treatment for phobias, from under the radar

More concerns about CSIRO  

Budget almost silent on science and climate John Church: Grim assessment of climate and CSIRO leadership How the science tribe can wield more power The formation of cyclones Chronic fatigue traced to mitochondria Viruses: ubiquitous, not always pathogenic and often beneficial

Waste - the resource, the barriers, and the possibilities  

Waste - the resource, the barriers, and the possibilities.

How do you become a professor of physics at Harvard?  

Pinning down the fast radio burst Insects the next superfood? Gila monster may help reveal evolution of sex chromosomes Cosmic Shambles in Australia and New Zealand Maths is all around us: Margaret Wertheim Museum of Science Boston aims at young curiosity Melissa Franklin: Harvard’s first female professor of physics

Marching for science  

Soil carbon ‘a saviour’ in locking up carbon CRISPR gene editing adapted from bacteria Working through the Drake equation with Cosmic Vertigo The threat to science and science integrity

Australia’s human history older than thought  

Australia’s human history older than thought.

Old and young: Views from two generations  

Giving plants a leg up in their fight against viruses Chinese missions to study lunar dust Fur seals recovering, sea lions under threat in Southern Ocean Legislative and social hurdles ahead before new genetics assists with conservation Science Friction introduces young nuclear physicist Jared Diamond links the internet age with decline of political compromise

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