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The Science Show - Full Program Podcast

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The Science Show gives Australians unique insights into the latest scientific research and debate, from the physics of cricket to prime ministerial biorhythms.

The Science Show gives Australians unique insights into the latest scientific research and debate, from the physics of cricket to prime ministerial biorhythms.


Sydney, NSW


The Science Show gives Australians unique insights into the latest scientific research and debate, from the physics of cricket to prime ministerial biorhythms.




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Botanical tales, tariffs for renewable energy and extracting fossils

Proposed tariff a disincentive for household renewable energy Extracting fossils from their rocky tombs Peter Raven - Driven by Nature Retired botanist becomes word doctor


Full-on assault against natural ecosystems

Conservation, what’s that? Natural ecosystems now being removed faster Smart irrigation keeps Adelaide’s parks greener and cooler Scientists petition to end political persecution in Russia Russian science a shadow of its former self Fungal art featured at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney Lockdown allows David Suzuki to reconnect with nature


Suzuki on racism, Darwin on psychology and saving the pines on Norfolk Island.

David Suzuki deplores racism, explores its roots and prevalence today The Psychology of Charles Darwin Aussie Stem Stars – Gisela Kaplan The return of sea birds may save Norfolk Island’s iconic pines Winery takes a low impact approach


Seaweed a hope to capture carbon and help cool the planet

Seaweed a strong hope for drawdown of atmospheric carbon Festival reveals the beauty, wonder and potential of seaweed Key indicators of planetary health getting worse faster Do trade unions speak to scientists? Climate change is f*%#ing terrifying. Has the media failed in telling the truth? Saving the threatened plants and animals of Norfolk Island


Adelaide car plant closes and becomes an innovation hub employing more people than before

ANU plans to end neuroscience research The arts, humanities and sciences dance together Catastrophic scene as rainfall decreases on Norfolk Island How to fix a brain in 5 minutes Adelaide car factory becomes innovation precinct A guide to finding, identifying, collecting and preparing mushrooms for consumption


Restoring shellfish reefs and a helping hand for the green parrots of Norfolk Island

Economic arguments help win funds to restore shellfish reefs Life After Gravity - The story of Isaac Newton's decades in London Overlooked astronomer Vera Rubin showed existence of dark matter Overview effect offers reassurance in hard times Green parrots make a comeback on Norfolk Island


Ecological repair for Australian islands east and west

Stem cells - a mix of promise and hype Canberra doctor buys fish fossil site in central NSW Native animals reintroduced on Dirk Hartog Island WA Invasive animals removed, now vegetation being reintroduced on Phillip Island Understanding internet trolls Philosopher Michael Strevens charts how science began in The Knowledge Machine - How Irrationality Created Modern Science


$2.4 billion proposal to commercialise science and the importance of infant gut bacteria

$2.4 billion proposal to commercialise science Gut bacteria in infants play a vital role for life-long health Genetic study answers key questions about the pink cockatoo Dung beetles. Without them, we’d be buried in it. Microscopic animal demonstrates UV resistance


Fossil fish site in central NSW now in safe hands and Manly festival celebrates beauty and importance of seaweed

Less security than a barista for early career researchers in Australia Fossil fish site in central NSW now in safe hands A tribute to Japan’s father of seismology Seaweed festival celebrates importance and joy of seaweed


How Rosalind Franklin aided our pandemic response and attracting the world’s top researchers, despite COVID

COVID pandemic an apt time to rewrite the significance of Rosalind Franklin Iceberg introduces children to Antarctica Scheme attracts the world’s top researchers to Australia Changing language brings pain for some The Botany of Gin


Changing climate questions where and how we build close to forested areas, and investigating the top speed of sound

New approach needed for urban settlements after apocalyptic bushfires Plans for the Australian Space Agency Sharing the overview effect Investigating the upper limit to the speed of sound


Fish moving polewards and 3D printing of body parts

3D printers now producing body parts Fish moving polewards so they can breathe What led to Greta? Perovskites promise new ways of generating solar power Ten Journeys on a Fragile Planet


Science Extra: The Moon is more fun than Venus

Three missions to Mars, phosphine on Venus and water molecules on the Moon. ABC senior science reporter Genelle Weule looks back on the big space news of 2020, with science editor Jonathan Webb.


Howard Florey - the Australian researcher who developed penicillin

Serendipity, brilliance and hard work led to the development of penicillin, a drug that has saved billions of lives.


Science Extra: What happened to the COVIDSafe app?

What is QAnon and what’s it doing in Australia? What was behind the spread of misinformation during the Black Summer bushfires? And what went wrong with Australia’s ‘sunscreen’, COVIDSafe? Jonathan Webb speaks with the science unit's tech reporter James Purtill about 2020 in technology news.


A portrait of Sir John Eccles - Australian pioneer of neuroscience

EnviroTeens take young readers on fun adventures learning about the environment A portrait of Sir John Eccles - Australian Nobel Laureate who devoted his life to unravelling the complexities of the human brain


Science Extra: When your flatmate is Homo erectus

What happened when three human species met in South Africa? What caused the biggest gravitational waves we’ve detected so far? Also, alligators on helium. That’s it. That’s the story. Science reporter Belinda Smith reviews her favourite stories from 2020 with science editor Jonathan Webb.