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.


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

Star stuff  

The immigrant who changed the world Moon myths, asteroids and Mercury’s molten core Searching for neutrinos Gearing up for next stage for Lisa Pathfinder mission Head-on collision gives rise to our moon Rebecca Richards: Australia’s first Indigenous Rhodes Scholar Young kids lap up molecular structure and the periodic table

How many bleachings can the Great Barrier Reef take?  

Chance cyclone saved southern GBR from 2016 bleaching Building products and procedures tested for cyclonic conditions Concern on sharp decline of dwarf minke whale sightings Despite earlier concern, Torres Strait dugongs no longer under threat


Two thirds of northern Great Barrier Reef coral killed by intense heat Mission to observe Arctic climate from 2019 Stripping carbon dioxide from the atmosphere Should we be worried about CRISPR gene editing? Did Neanderthals know about antibiotics? Gene for teeth used to track ancient human populations Kids book goes inside the crow’s smart bird brain Social and cultural influences of antibiotic consumption and resistance

Talk to your babies before they are born  

After being severed, nerves retain memory of the functions they once controlled Adopted babies can retain birth language memory which helps in language re-learning Babies’ early vocabulary:  Look at the… Big early vocab helps children learn to read Placenta could offer clues about cancer genes The immunological effects of caesarean sections on newborns in Sao Paulo Brazil Bereavement, and how families deal with organ donation requests on the death of a loved-one

Two extraordinary women to mark International Women’s Day  

Journey to the improbable and unique asteroid, Psyche Phiala Shanahan named in Forbes Top 30 Under 30 NZ physicists collide ultracold atoms to observe a key quantum principle How scientists should confront the antagonists Mosquito borne diseases on the rise Law enforcement and counter terrorism in the digital age DNA puts faces to crimes beating eyewitness accounts Ohio junior takes up the fight in treating cystic fibrosis

Trump versus science  

Fears of a rough ride ahead for US science Science in the era of Trump Call for open discussion on governance of gene editing technologies Seagrass ecosystems reduce bacterial pathogens in seawater Event horizon telescope provides highest resolution ever Gross science takes out the Kavli Gold Award for Children’s Science News Getting more out of recycling e-waste

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