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Self-Improvement Wednesday

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Sydney, NSW

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Episodes

Why do fish need to climb ladders?

6/20/2018
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River fish can travel over a thousand kilometres in order to breed, they rely on the flow of rivers to do so. What happens when we put a dam or weir in the middle of the river?

Duration:00:09:44

The History of Vegemite

6/13/2018
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We may all adore our vegemite, but do you know who invented it? And why has it become such an iconic Australian product?

Duration:00:09:07

Does listening to music make you smarter?

6/6/2018
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Is there any evidence that music and intelligence are related?

Duration:00:09:35

What plants tells us about the history of our planet

5/30/2018
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Shifting continents and dinosaur trees, what can plants tell us about history of Earth?

Duration:00:11:08

Self Improvement: The Tale of the Tattooed Mummy

5/23/2018
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The oldest known tattoos are over five thousand years old, what was used to make them and what were the tattoos? Find out in this week's Self Improvement.

Duration:00:09:46

Simone de Beauvoir: Philosopher, feminist or neither?

5/2/2018
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When you hear the name Simone de Beauvoir, there are two labels that probably spring to mind: philosopher and feminist. However, she rejected both of those titles for most of her life.

Duration:00:10:10

Mars – could it be Earth’s Lifeboat?

3/28/2018
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Some say the forth rock from the son could be a future home for humans.

Duration:00:11:52

Self Improvement: Why do we have wisdom teeth?

3/21/2018
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Troublesome for many, wisdom teeth are your third molar, but do we still need them?

Duration:00:08:43

Symbiosis - the good, the bad and the ugly

3/7/2018
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The parasitical relationships at the heart of nature.

Duration:00:10:10

How can you help put frogs on the map?

3/2/2018
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FrogID citizen scientists are putting frogs on the map.

Duration:00:09:14

From Pakistan and Iran to the MCA Sydney

2/21/2018
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Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, Elizbeth-Anne McGregor walks us through the life journey of Pakistan-born artist Khadim Ali.

Duration:00:08:45

The Cheetah: Racing to Extinction

2/14/2018
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Cheetahs have vanished from approximately 90 percent of their historic range in Africa, and are extinct in Asia except for a single, isolated population of perhaps 50 individuals in Iran. Ben Britton, director of Wild Animal Encounters Foundation explains the challenges of life as a cheetah.

Duration:00:09:45

Back to Ancient Rome - the man in charge of the cult of Jupiter

2/7/2018
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The Flamen Dialis: Jupiter's High Priest - a man both utterly free and utterly restricted.

Duration:00:09:21

How can invertebrates reveal the health of the environment?

1/31/2018
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It's a bug's life - invertebrates can give a good indication of sea, air or ground pollution.

Duration:00:08:48

The life and career of philosopher John-Paul Sartre

1/24/2018
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Your lesson this week: The life and philosophy of John-Paul Sartre with Dr Tim Dean, honorary associate, University of Sydney.

Duration:00:08:18

The life and career of Mona Hatoum

12/5/2017
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A glimpse into the work of an extraordinary woman

Duration:00:08:29

The sex life of plants

11/28/2017
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How do plants reproduce and disperse?

Duration:00:11:16

Where have all the Christmas beetles gone?

11/21/2017
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Have you noticed there are fewer Christmas beetles around?

Duration:00:08:19

The Caracal - a small African wild cat

11/14/2017
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One of Africa's most striking wild cats - the acrobatic and tufted Caracal

Duration:00:06:17

The life and work of Australian novelist Christina Stead

11/7/2017
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Born here in Sydney in 1902 and died here in 1983, Christina was on the greatest novelists Australia has produced.

Duration:00:13:11