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.


The next direction for computing  

Computer engineers are trying to apply principles of how the human brain works to computers in the hope of producing even faster computing.

Taking the geek out of artificial intelligence  

David Hemmi at Monash University is working to make artificial intelligence simpler, cheaper, and accessible to more users.

Whales possible first megafauna victims of warming  

Toxic micro-organisms, the result of warming ocean waters, are thought to have caused the mass death of thousands of sei whales in Chilean Patagonia in 2015.

Understanding protein structure may lead to treatment for amyloid diseases  

Knowing the structure of amyloid proteins may lead to designer molecules to disrupt the collection of amyloid. The collection leads to diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Tracking the Latham’s snipe  

As the population declines, tracking technology should reveal the bird’s migratory route between Japan and Australia allowing implementation of conservation measures.

New bird guide covers Australia’s more than 900 species  

The Australian Bird Guide (2017) covers subspecies, rarities and is the best guide for southern seabirds.

Message to a developing embryo  

Zebra finches chirp to their unborn chicks. Amazingly, the chicks then grow smaller allowing them to keep cool in hotter conditions.

Controlling elephants in Sri Lanka  

Elephants are a problem for farmers in Sri Lanka. Sounds of dominant females have young male elephants running for the hills.

E-records boost outcomes for companion animals  

Data will reveal which disorders individual breeds are susceptible to and the risk factors which affect health and welfare over dogs’ lives.

Possible new treatment for phobias, from under the radar  

The new therapy involves rewarding the brain directly when exposed to a perceived threat.

Australian tax law splits science and humanities  

Australian laws define the scientific work of the NSW Royal Society as not being cultural.

Big ideas from BHP Science and Engineering Awards finalists  

Three finalists including two prize winners from the 2017 BHP Science and Engineering Awards discuss their projects.

Honey offers beneficial boost to our gut bacteria  

Nural Cokcetin tested 25 Australian honeys and found they offered a significant boost to beneficial gut bacteria. The favourable changes can be achieved with just 20g of honey consumed daily.

Turbo charging crops to feed the billions  

Sugar, sorghum and maize are far more productive than other crops such as rice and wheat. Labs all over the world are trying to isolate the genes responsible and apply them in other crops. If successful, yields in wheat and rice are expected to be 50% higher than present.

Early life on land dated at 3.5bn-year-old in Pilbara hot spring  

The rock formation has revealed the earliest convincing evidence of land-based life. The findings extend the known geological record of inhabited terrestrial hot springs on Earth by a massive 3 billion years.

Viruses: ubiquitous, not always pathogenic and often beneficial  

They are found with all organisms, sometimes in curious and unique combinations.

Chronic fatigue traced to mitochondria  

Blood tests reveal nothing. Warren Tate is looking at the source of our energy, the mitochondria in our cells for clues to the condition which leaves people drained and barely able to move.

The formation of cyclones  

Physicist Helen Czerski describes some of the processes which lead to the formation of cyclones and the types of storms which are experienced in Scotland.

How the science tribe can wield more power  

Craig Cormick describes how the science tribe can more effectively generate trust, and ultimately wield more power and influence.

John Church: Grim assessment of climate and CSIRO leadership  

John Church worked in climate research at CSIRO from 1978 until 2016. He studied how oceans transport heat, and worked on projections of sea level. He says our greenhouse emissions targets are inadequate and questions leadership at CSIRO.

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