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Self-Improvement Wednesday

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Sydney, NSW

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Self Improvement: The Sting in the Tail

11/14/2018
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With summer on the way it's time to start digging out the mozzie coils and insect spray. If you've ever wondered why insects feel the need to bite us in the first place though, then let Dr Eliza Middleton from the Invertebrate Behaviour and Ecology Lab at the University of Sydney explain.

Duration:00:08:44

The Enduring Mystery of the Mary Celeste

11/7/2018
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On 7th November 1872 a ship set sail from New York...less than a month later the vessel was found deserted. The cargo was intact and there was plenty of food in the hold but the lifeboat was missing. The image of the ghost ship caught the imagination, and the term mary celeste or marie celeste came to mean ‘an unsolvable mystery’. Take a listen to this week's lesson with Tom Wright, Artistic Director at Belvoir.

Duration:00:08:26

Self Improvement: A tribute to the wonderful Richard Gill

10/31/2018
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Legendary conductor, teacher and music educator Richard Gill, who died over the weekend, gave several Self Improvement lessons on Drive. Take a listen to this one from 2013 on The Marriage of Figaro. Richard will be greatly missed.

Duration:00:16:50

Platypus: The world's most enigmatic animal

10/24/2018
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It is on every 20c coin, yet not many have ever seen one in the wild. Professor Richard Kingsford from UNSW talks us through the mysterious world of the platypus.

Duration:00:10:26

Not playing nice: how English words have changed their meaning

10/17/2018
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Over centuries, or even within a lifetime, the meaning of words in the English language changes. ABC language expert Tiger Webb takes you on a journey through time with a selection of words whose meaning or pronunciation has changed.

Duration:00:13:16

In a bind? Here’s how ancients used magic to improve their lives

10/10/2018
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Recovering from a sprain or hoping to defeat a foe? Take a leaf from the book of the ancient Greeks and Romans.

Duration:00:07:58

Probing the Edge of the Solar System – NASA’s mission to Ultima Thule

10/3/2018
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For the past few months, Ultima Thule has been the informal nickname given to a tiny icy asteroid that will be visited next New Year’s Day by a NASA spacecraft. Find out more in this week's Self Improvement lesson with astronomer Fred Watson.

Duration:00:10:04

African Crested Porcupine - the Quilled Pig!

9/26/2018
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The crested porcupine is one of the largest rodents in the world, weighing up to 30kg, and growing nearly up to a metre in length. Find out all about them in this week's lesson with Ben Britton, director of Wild Animal Encounters.

Duration:00:09:25

Self Improvement: Shakespeare’s King Lear and “Nothing”

9/19/2018
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Why does the word 'nothing' appear 29 times in King Lear? Is it just that play, or does Shakespeare have a tendency to repeat words in his other works? Find out in this week's lesson with Huw Griffiths from the University of Sydney.

Duration:00:09:49

Self Improvement: The hidden abundance of frogs

9/12/2018
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Unless you head into your local wetlands after rain, or the desert in a flood, you might not realise just how many frogs there are! Would you be surprised to learn that in some cases amphibians may be more abundant than birds, mammals or reptiles. Take a listen to this week's lesson with Dr Jodi Rowley from the Australian Museum.

Duration:00:10:13

A breath of fresh air - the Chinese philosophy of Daoism

9/5/2018
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There are three big pillars of Chinese philosophy - Confucianism, Buddhism and Daoism. Today's lesson looks at Daoism - take a listen to this week's Self Improvement with philosopher Tim Dean.

Duration:00:09:11

Self Improvement: Is music really good for you? The Science on Music and Health

8/29/2018
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We might enjoy listening to music, but is it actually good for your health?

Duration:00:10:39

Self Improvement: Deciding which species we save

8/22/2018
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Just last week another Australian species was declared extinct, what was it?

Duration:00:09:34

The Life and Work of Artist, Lee Bul

8/8/2018
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Elizabeth Ann McGregor. Museum of Contemporary Art, talks you through Lee’s inspiration, from a range of sources including film, literature and modern architecture, as well as both European and South Korean political and cultural history.

Duration:00:09:55

Step into the world of Emily Brontë

7/11/2018
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200 years ago - this month - Emily Brontë was born, the author of one of the most unusual novels in all of literature, Wuthering Heights.

Duration:00:09:01

Is there anybody out there?

7/4/2018
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Professor Fred Watson explains astrobiology and how it's being used in the search for life in the universe.

Duration:00:10:08

The true identity of some Aussie frogs

6/27/2018
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It’s taken some serious investigation across three countries to solve some 150 year old mysteries about two Australian frog species.

Duration:00:09:54

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