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Self Improvement: More than just Moon rock – the legacy of the Apollo missions

7/17/2019
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Fifty years ago this week, the world watched as three NASA astronauts made their way to the Moon on board their Apollo 11 spacecraft. What were the scientific results of that and subsequent missions? Take a listen to this week's lesson with Australia's astronomer at large Fred Watson. You can take your own personal tour of the Moon here https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-16/pocket-guide-to-the-moon/11260558

Duration:00:12:35

Self Improvement: Seeing the ‘Unseen’ World of Bacteria

7/10/2019
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We can never get rid of bacteria, not even the bad ones because our life is dependent on them but we do need to know more about them. Take a listen to this week's lesson with Professor Liz Harry, Director of the ithree institute at UTS.

Duration:00:08:18

Self Improvement: Emotional Intelligence

7/3/2019
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What exactly is emotional intelligence and do you just have it or can you develop it? Take a listen to this week's lesson with Tim Dean, philosopher and faculty member at the School of Life.

Duration:00:08:34

Self Improvement: Cacti and succulents and their adaptations

5/22/2019
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Are cacti and succulents the same thing, and do they suit our Australian gardens? Take a listen to this week's lesson with Dr Brett Summerell, Chief Botanist at the Royal Botanic Garden right here in Sydney.

Duration:00:10:13

What evolution tells us about sex, slimming and selfies

5/15/2019
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How human evolution has shaped the modern world. Take a listen to this week's lesson with Rob Brooks, Professor of Evolution at the University of New South Wales.

Duration:00:10:08

The battle to save Australia's bite-sized native animals

5/14/2019
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Australia has the worst extinction record in the world with 29 of our mammals now extinct. The common denominator for those extinctions and also for several species which are now threatened is weight - that is they can easily be eaten by cats and foxes. Take a listen to this week's lesson with Richard Kingsford, Professor of Environment Science at the University of New South Wales.

Duration:00:09:34

The People's Park: A History of Centennial Park

4/17/2019
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Originally a swamp, Sydney's Centennial Park is now a playground for adults and children alike. Professor Paul Ashton from the Australian Centre for Public History at the University of Technology takes us through the history of this Sydney landmark.

Duration:00:07:07

What are the benefits of honey?

4/10/2019
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It's been around for millions of years and humans have been using it as long as we've been on earth. Learn about some of the benefits of honey in this super sweet Self Improvement with Liz Harry from the University of Technology Sydney.

Duration:00:09:35

The curious velvet worm.

4/3/2019
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In some Australian species of the velvet worm, the male places a sperm packet on his head like a tiny trophy in order to attract females. Just one bizarre fact from today's Self-Improvement lesson with Eliza Middleton from the University of Sydney.

Duration:00:09:05

The science behind why we like music.

3/27/2019
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Music is everywhere and most of the time we voluntarily choose to listen to music. But why? Take a listen to this week's lesson with Professor Emery Schubert, Leader of the Empirical Musicology Laboratory at the University of New South Wales.

Duration:00:11:43

New light on how the pyramids were built

3/20/2019
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New discoveries are casting fresh light on the long-asked question of how the Giza Pyramids were built. We know that they were not built with slaves - there was a permanent workforce of skilled labour, but also a form of obligatory labour during times of the annual Nile flood when farm workers were unable to work the fields. Now, new evidence from desert stone quarries has emerged demonstrating how the Pyramids were constructed 4,500 years ago. Find out everything you need to know from Dr...

Duration:00:09:23

Contemporary artist Lindy Lee

3/13/2019
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Lindy Lee is one of Australia’s most respected contemporary artists, with a career spanning three decades in Australia and internationally. As a first generation Chinese Australian Lindy Lee has always felt ambivalent about where she belonged. Take a listen how her life has influenced her art with Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Duration:00:08:12

Liking Lichens

3/6/2019
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Everything you need to know about lichens in this week's self improvement with Dr Brett Summerell from the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

Duration:00:08:55

The mysteries of Buddhism

2/27/2019
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We might say we're feeling 'zen', or seeking 'nirvana', but where did the terms come from and what's the philosophy behind them? Take a listen to this week's lesson about Buddhist philosophy with Tim Dean from the University of Sydney.

Duration:00:10:20

The modern day sabre-tooth – The Clouded Leopard

2/20/2019
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Clouded Leopards are two species of wild cat that live in forests throughout Southeast Asia. They are secretive and rare in the wild, preferring to remain alone and hidden from view so it's tricky to study them. Take a listen to this week's lesson with Ben Britton from the Wild Cat Conservation Centre.

Duration:00:09:27

History of the Murray Darling Basin

2/13/2019
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There's a lot we don't know about the Murray-Darling Basin. Richard Kingsford from the University of NSW delves into the depths of the basin to reveal all about this massive geographical area.

Duration:00:10:32

The vanishing rings of Saturn

2/6/2019
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The planet Saturn is losing its distinctive rings. But have you ever wondered where they came from, or what they're made of? Australia's astronomer-at-large, Fred Watson, has got all the intel on these disappearing rings and explains how a recent measurement of their gravity has revealed some new information.

Duration:00:09:08

Rediscovered Frogs

1/30/2019
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Frogs are in a lot of trouble globally, so it’s important to highlight the good news- and this is certainly good news for the Booroolong Frog. Thought to be extinct it was recently 'rediscovered'. Take a listen to its story, along with a few more happy tales, in this week's Self Improvement with Jodi Rowley from the Australian Museum.

Duration:00:09:06

The Intelligence of Bees

1/23/2019
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Bees are clever creatures; they can recognise faces, display emotion, have mathematical skills and can teach their peers.. find out just how intelligent they are but listening to this week's lesson with Dr Eliza Middleton, from the Invertebrate Behaviour and Ecology Lab at the University of Sydney.

Duration:00:09:10

Follow the star - what was the Star of Bethlehem?

12/12/2018
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A festive Self Improvement to finish the year, the story being the star of Bethlehem with astronomer Fred Watson.

Duration:00:11:05