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.


Roger Penrose’s cycle of universes  

Professor Penrose cites independent evidence for a previous universe to support his idea of an ongoing cycle of universes.

Aboriginal culture on full display at Uluru astronomy weekend  

An enormous body of astronomical knowledge can be found in Aboriginal culture following thousands of years of observations.

Aboriginal stories and songs reveal scientific understanding  

Long-term observations of the weather and the night sky, show a correct understanding of many atmospheric and astronomical principles in Aboriginal stories and songs.

The origins of DNA fingerprinting  

Alec Jeffreys describes the development of his DNA techniques in the 1980s which are now used worldwide in forensic science.

The excitement and promise of engineering  

Nisha Pradhan mentors girls at school and tells them about the possibilities offered by engineering.

The 2016 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science and Innovation  

The two big winners from this year’s Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science, Rick Shine and Michael Aitken.

Proxima Centuri b – a nearby planet in the Goldilocks Zone  

A planet around the closest star to our solar system has some conditions suitable for life. Now the search is on for oxygen, water and more.

Pluto - the images keep coming  

We now know Pluto has a geologically active surface, with ice flows of nitrogen and ice mountains.

Hawaiian crow observed using tools to forage for food  

The Hawaiian crow has joined its distant cousin, the New Caledonian crow in demonstrating dexterity by using twigs as tools as it forages for food.

Making up for inadequacy of dermatology teaching in Australia  

Dermatology is highly relevant but poorly taught. Philippa Dickison is combining e-learning with gaming to teach dermatology to medical students.

Floor plans for visually impaired  

Anuradha Madugalla is developing technology that will automatically transcribe online floor plans into a form accessible to the visually impaired.

Geothermal promising for Latrobe Valley  

The Latrobe Valley’s vast deposit of brown coal acts as a blanket over a rich source of geothermal heat. Being close to the surface makes it an ideal resource for generating electricity.

Russian science hamstrung by crackdown on collaboration  

The collapse of the Soviet Union added to decades of instability for Russian science. Today, funding for science is tight. So will the glory days of Russian science return?

Opening up museum collections  

A teaching museum of human tissue and models within the University of Melbourne will have parts of its collection made available by The Science Gallery Melbourne using streaming and other digital methods.

UK: lowest rate of breastfeeding in the world  

A report published in The Lancet in January 2016 lists rates of breastfeeding in every country. The UK is at the bottom, with the lowest rate of breast feeding in the world.

Misconceptions around childbirth  

Sarah McDonald hopes to reduce intervention at childbirth and improve outcomes for mothers and babies.

Beating congestion in the skies for super frequent flyers  

Alexander Robinson has developed a subscription service for very frequent travellers between Australian east coast cities.

Nobel Prizes 2016  

The 2016 Nobel Prizes for medicine or physiology, chemistry and physics have been announced. James Bullen reports.

Politics holding back Russian science  

Bridget Kendall traces the history of Russian science, from the 1950s and 60s when Russia was a strong force in science to today where funding has been slashed, there is a deep suspicion of foreigners, and collaboration is discouraged.

Gearing up for the hydrogen economy  

Fossil-based liquid fuels will eventually be replaced. Hydrogen is a strong contender.  It can be produced from water, using renewable electricity, then transported replacing petrol or natural gas.

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