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The Australian podcast about science, health and technology news. Join Ed Brown and his panel of co-hosts each week as we talk about the latest and coolest research and discoveries in the world of science. We're joined by special guests from all over the science field: doctors, professors, nurses, teachers and more.

The Australian podcast about science, health and technology news. Join Ed Brown and his panel of co-hosts each week as we talk about the latest and coolest research and discoveries in the world of science. We're joined by special guests from all over the science field: doctors, professors, nurses, teachers and more.
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The Australian podcast about science, health and technology news. Join Ed Brown and his panel of co-hosts each week as we talk about the latest and coolest research and discoveries in the world of science. We're joined by special guests from all over the science field: doctors, professors, nurses, teachers and more.

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Episodes

SoT 299: Ingesting Geese

6/13/2018
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Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall 00:01:04 Vitamania is stronger than ever, with more than half of Americans and nearly a third of Australians regularly taking vitamin supplements. But a new study finds that most vitamin supplements have little or no benefit, and some can even be doing harm. 00:10:03 If there's life elsewhere in the universe, there's a good chance it's bacteria or something much like it. Now astrobiologists are pushing for more attention to be paid to...

Duration:00:21:50

SoT 298: Streptococcus Galactica

6/7/2018
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Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall 00:01:12 Jaundice, fairly common in newborn babies, could be an evolutionary advantage. 00:10:14 France is being invaded by giant, carnivorous, cloned flatworms. And it has been for more than two decades. 00:16:16 The rare birds native to the South Georgia islands, in the middle of nowhere, are no longer at risk from introduced rodents. They have been saved by a successful eradication project. 00:20:51 Asteroid 2015 BZ509 has mystified...

Duration:00:29:02

SoT 297: Creepy Masks Are Creepy

5/29/2018
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Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall, Alayna Hansen, and Peter Miller. 00:02:13 The internet blew up with the Yanny/Laurel audio illusion. Why do some people hear one thing, others hear another, and some people can hear both? 00:08:50 A new look at old data reveals signs of plumes of water coming from Jupiter's moon Europa. 00:13:35 Watching Europa is Peter's audio-visual artwork imagining life on Europa. 00:23:02 The chytrid fungus is devestating amphibian populations, but...

Duration:00:28:23

SoT 296: Classic Neanderthal Styling

5/22/2018
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Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Dr. Carolyn de Graaf 00:11:15 Harvard researchers have systematically profiled every cell in developing zebrafish and frog embryos, showing how one cell develops into an entire organism. 00:15:28 81-year-old James Harrison has saved millions of babies. His weekly blood donations have been used to create a treatment to protect unborn babies from the deadly Rhesus D Haemolytic Disease (HDN). 00:23:16 Experts from around the wold have signed a letter to the...

Duration:00:22:17

SoT 295: The Red Light District

5/7/2018
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Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Sarah de Garis 00:01:25 A study by a team from University of Sussex shows that horses can not only distinguish human facial expressions, but they remember people's emotional states several hours later. 00:08:23 Male fruit flies enjoy sex. 00:17:07 There's a fungus that uses tiny crystals to sense gravity. And it can do that, because it stole genes from a bacteria. 00:21:06 Kids have a lot of energy - but in terms of endurance and recovery, they can...

Duration:00:16:55

SoT 294: Plastics Bad, Bacteria Good

5/1/2018
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Hosts: Ed Brown, Dr. Shayne Joseph, Lucas Randall 00:01:31 While studying the enzyme produced by a bacteria that eats plastic, an international team has accidentally made it even better. 00:08:57 NASA's new planet-hunding spacecraft has launched. TESS will study 85% of the sky, and will be able to study the mass, size, density and orbit of thousands of exoplanets. 00:23:37 Retrotransposons - elements of DNA that can spread to other species - are being found more and more often. And...

Duration:00:19:55

SoT 293: Hot Chilli Wars

4/21/2018
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Hosts: Ed Brown, Lucas Randall, Peter Miller 00:01:13 The bowhead whale sings a different tune to the humpback whale. It's more jazz to the humpback's classical. 00:07:38 The closest star outside our solar system just did a big burp. And it wouldn't be good for any life on its planet. 00:21:57 The hottest chilli in the world was the Carolina Reaper. A competitive eater ate one, then regretted it. This episode contains traces of Will Smith interviewing astronaut Drew Feustel on the...

Duration:00:31:03

SoT 292: The Little Telescope That Could

4/14/2018
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Hosts: Ed Brown, Dr. Shayne Joseph, Lucas Randall, Jo Benhamu. 00:01:00 New York researchers have detailled the "structure and distribution of an unrecognized interstitium in human tissues". Or as some are calling it, a brand new organ. 00:16:37 New evidence lends credibility to an old theory of how Vikings navigated the seas. They could have used 'sunstones' and polarised light to find the sun in cloudy conditions. 00:24:39 Thanks to gravitational lensing, astronomers using the Hubble...

Duration:00:28:28

SoT 291: Orbital Mechanics Are So Cool

4/6/2018
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Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall 00:01:06 The Draw-A-Scientist test has been a regular investigation of children's ideas about science. The proportion of women being drawn has risen sharply since the test was first done in the 1960s. 00:09:09 70,000 years ago a small red dwarf star hurtling through space came within a light-year of our sun. Scholtz's star is now about 20 light years away but it's likely responsible for the orbits of a lot of comets and asteroids in our...

Duration:00:27:14

SoT 290: There's No Fuel Gauge

3/29/2018
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Hosts: Ed Brown, Dr. Shayne Joseph, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall 00:01:15 Stephen Hawking led a remarkable life, and a brilliant career in theoretical physics and cosmology. His genius will be sorely missed. 00:08:53 Contrary to many news reports, NASA's twin experiment did NOT find that 7% of astronaut Scott Kelly's DNA was changed by space travel. There were some health effects, but he definitely remained human. 00:15:58 Some media outlets, such as LiveScience, issued...

Duration:00:23:50

SoT 289: A Wisdom of Wombats

3/20/2018
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Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Dr. Helen Maynard-Casely 00:02:37 The Juno spacecraft has returned extraordinary new data about Jupiter's cloud system and interior. 00:14:51 Diabetes, which affects about 415 million people around the world, has conventionally been categorised into three types - Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes. But a new study indicates that there may in fact be 6 different types of diabetes. 00:20:39 Using satellite and drone technology, researchers have found...

Duration:00:23:12

SoT 288: The Fly On Kauai With The Lavae

3/13/2018
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Hosts: Ed Brown, Dr. Shayne Joseph, Penny Dumsday 00:01:04 In April 2015, unusually heavy thunderstorms flooded Chile's Atacama desert, the second driest region in the world. This messed up the plans of researchers there to study life in the Mars-like desert, but it also told them more about how life can survive in long periods of drought. 00:09:27 Two Dutch researchers have looked at more than 100 examples of dice from the last 2,000 years. This huge collection can give us some clues...

Duration:00:18:27

SoT Special: 2017 Bloopers and Outtakes

12/30/2017
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2017 was a big year for science. Gravitational waves were detected four times, it was the end of Cassini's mission, and lady dragonflies faked their own deaths to avoid sex. And we talked about all these stories and more on Science on Top. But not everything goes to plan, and this year was no exception! We had all sorts of Skype troubles, we forgot things, we were interrupted by dogs and phones... lots went wrong! But instead of losing the hilarious moments of chaos, we've saved them all...

Duration:00:02:12

SoT 285: Our Favourite Science Stories of 2017

12/23/2017
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Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall 00:01:08 Six reasons why the latest gravitational wave discovery is huge 00:07:36 Scientists solve Roman concrete puzzle 00:11:01 A look back at Cassini's incredible mission to Saturn before its final plunge into the planet 00:14:09 The first results from the Juno mission 00:17:40 A Dinosaur So Well Preserved, It Looks Like a Statue 00:20:47 We created a song that makes babies happy 00:23:33 A Thorny Debate in Plate Tectonics May...

Duration:00:20:09

SoT 284: The Executive Committee Range

12/11/2017
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Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall 00:01:07 Antarctica is littered with volacanoes, and while there hasn't been a major eruption in 8,000 years, there are signs that there might be one coming. 00:12:48 Rock art in Saudi Arabia dates back thousands of years, and possibly features the oldest images of dogs. 00:17:53 The "Cat's Brain" long barrow in Wiltshire, near Stonehenge dates back to around 3,800BC. It's recent excavation offers new insights into Britain's neolithic...

Duration:00:23:53

SoT 283: Multicellular Life Is Everywhere

12/2/2017
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Hosts: Ed Brown, Dr. Shayne Joseph, Penny Dumsday. 00:01:03 Stromatolites - rocky mounds made of bacterial colonies - have been around for at least 3.5 billion years. But the rise of multicellular life wiped them out except for in a few salty marine locations. Now researchers have discovered some in a remote freshwater wetland in Tasmania. 00:06:51 You wouldn't think it would matter if you were injured in the daytime or at night - but it does. Wounds inflicted during the day can heal...

Duration:00:14:54

SoT 282: Funny Little Organism

11/19/2017
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Hosts: Ed Brown, Dr. Shyane Joseph, Penny Dumsday. 00:01:08 A 7-year-old boy's life is saved from a rare skin disease after researchers genetically modify and grow his skin in a lab. 00:07:25 The widespread use of penicillin may been a factor in the very early development of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). 00:15:06 A new study suggests that while cold blooded dinosaurs ruled the daytime, mammals evolved to be nocturnal. And when the dinosaurs were wiped out, many...

Duration:00:19:13

SoT 281: Little Bit Magnificent Goat

11/13/2017
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Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall 00:00:51 A strange rock hurtling through space turns out to be the first known detection of a visitor from another solar system! By which we mean: not aliens. 00:15:08 Lentils might not sound like exciting archaeological discovery, but a find at the prehistoric site of Gurga Chiya in Iraqi Kurdistan could provide clues about the formation of permanent settlements and the development of social stratification. 00:22:45 Using muon-scanning...

Duration:00:18:32

SoT 280: The 2017 Ig Nobel Prizes

11/8/2017
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Hosts: Ed Brown, Dr. Shayne Joseph, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall, Dr. Mick Vagg. The Ig Nobel Prizes honour achievements that first make us laugh, then make us think. We take a look at this year’s winners: from cats in jars to disgusting cheese! You can watch the award ceremony here. 00:01:30 The Physics Prize was awarded to French scientist Marc-Antoine Fardin, "for using fluid dynamics to probe the question 'Can a Cat Be Both a Solid and a Liquid?'" 00:06:20 The Peace Prize went to...

Duration:00:34:46

SoT 279: Obviously, You've Missed The Bird

10/31/2017
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Hosts: Ed Brown, Dr. Shayne Joseph, Lucas Randall. 00:01:11 A fifth gravitational wave detection in just two years confirms the dawn of a new era in astronomy. And this one was not only caused by two neutron stars coliding, it was accompanied by gamma ray detections, gave us more clues to the size of the universe, and a better understanding of how gold is formed. 00:17:00 Bacteria inside cancer cells can weaken or destroy some chemotherapy drugs, rendering them useless. But antibiotics...

Duration:00:40:48