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.


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?

Getting strung out on those extra dimensions  

In October 2016 on The Science Show, Roger Penrose described his idea of the cycle of universes. Today we grapple with extra dimensions, not just one or two, but as many as 26 extra dimensions.

HG Wells: author who imaged a future based on scientific achievement  

He foretold the atomic bomb, he believed in a world government, he wrote books about both science and science fiction and was the first popular communicator of scientific ideas. Today we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Herbert George Wells.

How people connect with the natural world  

Join Indira Naidoo, Amelia Telford and David Suzuki in this discussion which considers our links with the natural world.

David Suzuki: Changing climate the ultimate crisis for our species  

David Suzuki says we are the first species in the history of life on Earth to have created the conditions for our own demise.

The archaeology of Dylan Thomas  

Robyn Williams visits the restored home of Welsh writer Dylan Thomas. Does the house help us understand the writing of Swansea’s most famous son?

How Aristotle can change your life  

Edith Hall says Aristotle provides fruity philosophical ideas to bolster someone who is secular, rational, pro-progress and who longs for a successful personal life.

Photosynthesis the key for major boost in crop yields  

Jane Langdale’s lab at Oxford is part of a worldwide group of labs trying to develop crops using C4 photosynthesis. The reward for this massive endeavour would be a 50% boost in yield.

Enriching the lives of zoo animals  

Primates can be challenged in zoos with ropes, swings, games and puzzles. Sarah Webber is developing games where orang utans engage with images on an interactive floor.

Crows as smart as an eight-year-old child  

Crows can be observed rooks using stones to replace water in a tube. The birds understand the concept of heavy solid objects sinking and replacing water, raising the water level. This concept is understood by children when eight years old.

Helping native birds survive the hot dry periods  

During the prolonged dry period between 1997 and 2010 37 species of birds declined significantly. Three years later, even with abundant water only 5 species showed signs of recovery.

Investigating the link between vitamin D and multiple sclerosis  

Tasmanians are seven times more likely to develop MS than people living in northern areas such as Cairns. Clinical neuroscientist, Professor Bruce Taylor, is working out why.

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.

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