The Science Show - Separate stories podcast

The Science Show - Separate stories podcast


The Science Show separate stories podcast makes it easy to find your favourite stories each week. 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.


Science careers poorly promoted  

Bob Hill argues while it is science that will produce solutions to the world’s problems, politicians lack the imagination to promote careers in science.

Tackling air pollution in China  

Air pollution is a serious problem in many Chinese cites and throughout the countryside. Now the government is taking action with new environmental laws and a crackdown on the most polluting factories. In Beijing coal fired power stations are being replaced by gas.

More LIGOs planned on Earth, and in space  

Additional LIGO detectors are on their way with a third detector being built in Italy, another in Japan, and one in India. Joe Giaime describes the possibilities with additional LIGO detectors on Earth, and the ambitious plan to build a LIGO detector placed in solar orbit.

This is About – The Moon and other things  

Cosmologist Katie Mack, recounts the captivating, little known story of her grandfather, Captain Willard Samuel Houston, who acted quickly - and secretly - when Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins were in grave danger.

Whale exhibition coming to London’s Natural History Museum  

London’s Natural History Museum is preparing for a major display on whales which is scheduled to open in June 2017.

How the corals of the Great Barrier Reef affect Queensland’s climate  

Stressed and dying coral release varying amounts of gas which influence the formation of clouds. Scientists are investigating the prospects for Queensland’s weather as parts of the Great Barrier Reef die following bleaching by hot ocean waters.

Bionic eye restores sight for visually impaired  

School student Zofia Witkowski-Blake describes a bionic eye which sends images to the brain by wireless transmissions.

Celebrating the centenary of May Gibbs’ Gumnut Babies and Gum Blossom Babies  

Rather than seeing Australian plants and animals as primitive, primeval and vulgar as was common early last century, May Gibbs’ stories demonstrate an early appreciation of Australian flora and fauna.

Large ecological cost as peat removed for palm oil  

Peat is a concentrated store of carbon which when dried and burnt to make way for palm oil plantations, releases large amounts of carbon dioxide.

How the internet influences politics and democracy  

Fake news reports were shared hundreds of thousands of times in the lead up to the US presidential election. What is the responsibility of internet giants Facebook and Google?

Flying emu takes physics to kids  

Niraj Lal reads his story, Henry the emu that could fly.

Uni of Newcastle offers first online course in natural history illustration  

This is a MOOC, a massive open online course. Drawing Nature, Science and Culture: Natural History Illustration will be offered by The University of Newcastle in late 2016 and early 2017.

So what is beauty?  

Semir Zeki studies the primate visual brain. He investigates how the brain reacts to experiences such as love, desire and beauty. And what is the beauty that some mathematicians find in their equations?

Creativity - the link between science and art  

Traditional education classifies students as being either artistic or scientific. Some say this rigidity ignores what links science and arts, and that’s creativity.

Combining the arts and science  

Flautist and medical student Bronwen Needham hopes to be a freelance flautist and a cardio thoracic surgeon. So how does the brain respond to the separate challenges of a performing musician, and taking in the information and ideas required to be a doctor?

Catalyst ‘remodelled’ but can it deliver?  

Despite enviable ratings, ABC television has decided to replace its weekly half-hour magazine science program with 17 one-hour programs sprinkled across the year.

The trapped ion approach to quantum computing  

Quantum computers promise super-fast computing speed, much greater power and computers which can’t be compromised. Make it happen is the focus of labs all over the world, including the Clarendon Laboratory in Oxford.

Imperial College London - riding the wave of revolutions in science  

Alice Gast says collaboration is increasingly important and Imperial College London continues to build partnerships with Australian universities and research institutes.

Piecing together the mystery of how our genes actually work  

Much is known about the effects of our genes. But knowledge about how they work is in its infancy.

Diamonds reveal history of our solar system  

The composition of meteorite diamond is different to anything else found in the solar system and can be a geological tracer for the history of meteorites.

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