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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.