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.


Bionic Bodies part 2 of 2  

Carl Smith explores bionic eyes, organs and even brains. With such surreal technologies already being developed, where are the ethical boundaries?

Bionic Bodies part 1 of 2  

Carl Smith introduces the people whose lives have been changed, and the innovators whose ideas and initiative are behind the remarkable developments in bionics.

Hope for Parkinson’s patients  

Brain stimulation and practice produce improvement for people with Parkinson’s disease.

Tasmanian east coast changing fast  

Gustaaf Hallegraeff has embarked on a program collecting sediment cores from along the Australian east coast, including Tasmania. The information will help interpret the recent large changes to aquatic ecosystems.

Secondary teeth reveal age of crustaceans  

It’s been impossible to determine the age of crustaceans. Until now.

Salt tolerant plant holds the key for agricultural species  

Botanists hope to crack the code of salt transport in one salt tolerant plant and apply this to agricultural species.

Monitoring birds visiting for food and water  

A citizen science project will collect data so guidelines can be developed for people to feed birds so they can do so with minimum risk to our avian friends.

Anti-cancer drugs show promise against virus thought to cause asthma  

A virus, caught by young children is thought to contribute to asthma later in life.

Misshaped proteins the cause of many diseases  

Rivka Isaacson determines macromolecular structure and interactions of molecules such as proteins, which are relevant to health and disease.

Molecular pathways open way for new, faster treatment of tuberculosis  

A vulnerable enzyme is the target of new drugs for TB which should offer fast and affordable treatment.

Poems by Janet Kenny  

Today’s program includes two poems written and read by Janet Kenny. Her book of poetry is Whistling in the Dark published by Kelsay Books.

A brief history of plate tectonics  

It was first described as continental drift. Then fifty years later, the theory of plate tectonics was developed describing the forces and movement at the edges of the massive plates.

Games deliver therapy for kids with autism  

Gail Alvares is developing tablet based games which deliver therapy for children with autism which his cheap and accessible.

Targeting cancer drugs to reduce side effects  

Jerikho Bulanadi is developing a method of delivering cancer drugs straight to tumour cells to reduce side effects.

How to get engagement in science from those with little interest  

Vicki Martin has investigated citizen science projects to determine how they can engage people who show little interest in science.

Pigeons smarter than we thought  

Pigeons are showing their intelligence in surprising ways.

Fewer, less viable sperm follows inbreeding of NZ endangered birds  

In New Zealand genetic diversity is proving a barrier for conservation measures aimed at boosting numbers of endangered birds.

Effects of the changing climate in south western Australia  

Local and global effects have combined to produce a marked change in the climate of south western Australia. Reduced rainfall has impacted on agricultural output and the people of Perth now rely on desalination plants. Bill Bunbury reports.

This is About - The moon and other things  

This is the little known story of just how hard the Apollo 11 mission was - and how close it came to disaster.

CERN - where the world collaborates to answer the big questions in physics  

The most notable discovery so far has been the fundamental particle, the Higgs boson. What lies ahead?

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