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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 306: Don't Call It A Wolphin

8/11/2018
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Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall, Alayna Hansen. 00:00:58 We're hosting Dr. Pamela Gay for a talk, Q&A session and live show in Melbourne on Wednesday 10 October! Tickets $20 from scienceontop.com/live and all proceeds go to the non-profit Astronomical Society of the Pacific. 00:02:23 The government of Sierra Leone has announced the discovery of a new species of Ebola virus. Fortunately there's no indication that it's spread to humans yet, but that could be just a matter...

Duration:00:21:11

SoT 305: Dolphins Doing Backflips

8/5/2018
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Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Professor Jonti Horner, Sarah de Garis 00:01:22 The longest lunar eclipse in 18 years gave viewers in much of the world a stunning spectacle - a blood red moon. 00:03:08 Radar data from the Mars Express probe has revealed a large lake of liquid water beneath the red planet's surface. 00:14:49 CRISPR is a defence mechanism used by bacteria against viruses. And it's pretty good - but it has one major weakness that viruses exploit. 00:22:22 Researchers...

Duration:00:23:04

SoT 304: Licking the Walls

7/27/2018
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Hosts: Ed Brown, Lucas Randall, Dr. Carolyn de Graaf 00:01:04 It was one of the most incredible news stories of the year - the rescue of twelve kids and their soccer coach from the flooded Thai cave. Made even more remarkable that they all returned in relatively good health - especially considering all the diseases and illnesses they were at risk of catching. 00:10:48 Whether it's Ebola, Hendra, SARS, or rabies; bats are often blamed for the spread of viruses. But is that fair? Are...

Duration:00:21:52

SoT 303: The Elf Who Could Not Love

7/15/2018
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Hosts: Ed Brown, Lucas Randall, Daniel Midgely 00:01:18 Billed as having "mastered sign language", Koko The Gorilla has passed away. But was she all she was cracked up to be? Koko's First Interspecies Web Chat: Transcript Project Nim: the chimp who was brought up like a childClever Hans It’s time to stop exposing people to the dangers of Facilitated CommunicationSue Savage-Rumbaugh 00:29:43 An international team has discovered a galaxy unlike any other. Smaller than the Milky Way, the...

Duration:00:55:11

SoT 302: A Sad Albino Parrot

7/9/2018
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Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall, Dr. Brad McKay 00:01:55 The WHO calls "gaming disorder" a mental health condition - so what is it, how serious is it, and what can we do about it? 00:14:08 Satellites have found the coldest place on Earth and it could kill you! 00:18:20 Can parasites control animals they haven't physically infected? Probably not, but tapeworms infecting stickleback fish can indirectly influence other, noninfected fish. 00:28:24 A drawing of an...

Duration:00:26:40

SoT 301: Underground Camouflaged Silent Frogs

6/27/2018
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Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall 00:01:05 A critically endangered frog lives underground in a remote mountainous region of Australia. Researchers are now trialling an adorable new method for finding and studying them. 00:07:15 Diabetes is a growing problem around the world, and now some researchers are looking to an odd-looking Australian icon for a potential new treatment. 00:16:07 A new paper published in Science has caused quite a buzz, by demonstrating that honeybees...

Duration:00:18:46

SoT 300: Science and Selfies

6/21/2018
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Hosts: Ed Brown, Dr. Shayne Joseph, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall, Dr. Helen Maynard-Casely, Dr. Mick Vagg 00:03:26 The recent discovery of dunes on Pluto surprised planetary scientists. With very little atmosphere or wind, what could cause them? 00:11:48 A sample from Mars, analysed by the Curiosity rover, has found organic molecules - the building blocks of life. 00:18:25 One of the most famous psychology experiments, the Stanford marshmallow test, looked at delayed gratification in...

Duration:00:27:18

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