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Dissection and discussion of science and science issues made digestible for public consumption. Find us on Facebook and Twitter! The intro and outro theme is Soft Illusion and was generously provided by Andras. https://andras.bandcamp.com/track/soft-illusion


Melbourne, VIC


Dissection and discussion of science and science issues made digestible for public consumption. Find us on Facebook and Twitter! The intro and outro theme is Soft Illusion and was generously provided by Andras. https://andras.bandcamp.com/track/soft-illusion




Dark Matter, Green Wellbeing and Stress on the Brain

Dr Natalie Mitosin from University of Wollongong discusses the effect on stress on the brain. Dr Jayden Newstead from the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne talks all things dark matter, presentng the solid evidence for its existence. We may have little idea what it is, but dark matter is the most fundamental mystery in particle physics and the subject of intense and diverse worldwide experimental programs. In science news, a neurobiological view of anxiety in dogs and the...


Using the immune system to fight the battle against cancer.

Dr Shane, Dr Jen, Dr Euan, Dr Gracey present Fossil evidence of early human tool use may be flawed, meteorite strike in West Texas, Chernobyl’s impact on dogs. Dr Gracey presents: Tape worms Second Guest: Dr Sathana Dushyanthen Digital Health Workforce Development Specialist Centre for Digital Transformation of Health University of Melbourne. Using the immune system to fight the battle against cancer. The Team then discuss coulrophobia - The fear of clowns! Science is everywhere,...


Autistic Adult Research, Ultra-processed Foods and Cognition, Whale Communication Research

Dr Lauren Lawson, Clinical Psychologist from the School of Psychology & Public Health, La Trobe University, talks about her research into the mental health and wellbeing of autistic adults; and Dr Barbara Cardoso, Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food, Monash University, discusses the association between the intake of ultra-processed foods and cognitive performance. Plus, in weekly science news, the team discusses Endometriosis month, deep ocean research, bird flu H5N1 deaths, and...


Naked Mole-Rats, Re-engineering Antibiotics and Fossil Dating

Universities come alive for the new semester this week so presenters Dr Shane, Dr Laura and Dr Ailie kick-start your brain with new information on how fungi perfume attracts bugs, and naked mole-rats defy the laws of mortality. They are joined by Dr Céline Valéry and PhD candidate Priscila Cardoso from the School of Health and Biomedical Sciences at RMIT University, who share their new approach to engineering antibiotics; and palaeoanthropologist and geochronologist, Professor Andy I.R....


Veteran Journalist Peter Hitchener OAM

From rural Queensland to half-a-century reporting the news at Channel 9, Peter Hitchener has been fascinated by science and science communication his entire life. This week he returns to Einstein A Go-Go for the first time in 25 years to discuss journalism and the big events in science across his career, from the moon landing, to artificial wombs, and how covid changed the way his newsroom operates. With presenter Dr Shane. Program page: Einstein-A-Go-Go Facebook page:...


Bees, Fires and the Melbourne Pollen Count

Presenter Dr Shane is joined by Drs Jen and Euan for the latest science news; Dr Scarlett Howard from School of Biological Sciences at Monash University discusses how bees can provide the solution to some of our biggest challenges including in food security and climate change; Dr Hamish Clarke informs us of what drives wildfire and what a changing climate might mean for the spread of fires; and Dr Edwin R. Lampugnani and Dr Anders Barlow from the University of Melbourne provide an update on...


Greenspace, Comets and Nostrils.

Presenter Dr Shane is joined by Drs Stacey, Ray and Graci. In science news they discuss ChatGPT, Galapagos in Houston, the Dallas Zoo saga, and timezones on the moon. Then, Professor Stephen Livesly, urban ecosystem researcher from the University of Melbourne, talks about the design and management of city greenspace; and Dr Sarah Webb, astrophysicist from Swinburne University, talks about comets, space station experiments and fast radio bursts; and Graci talks about nostrils. Remember,...


Lost Radioactive Material, Meat-Eating Mushrooms, Silicosis and Climate Change Adaptation

The team provides an update on a wide array of topics including, a highly radioactive puck lost somewhere in Western Australia, meat-eating mushrooms, and shape shifting robots. Then, Associate Professor Jane Bourke from Monash University joins the team to discuss silicosis - what it is and what is being explored to prevent it? And Professor Lauren Rickards, currently from RMIT but soon to be Latrobe University, provides an update on the subtle changes and challenges we can expect from...


Vaping, Antarctica and Green Infrastructure

Australia has seen a tidal wave of cheap and highly addictive e-cigarettes cross our borders and flood our communities, and Dr Sandro Demaio, CEO of VicHealth, explains why he believes the Government should do more to protect the next generation vulnerable to nicotine; Georgia Watson from Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future (SAEF) talks about her trip to Antarctica in 2022 and the long term study she's conducting to measure the stressors from climate change affecting Antarctica's...


2022: The Biggest and the Weirdest in Science News

An influx of La Nińa; Dr Robert Steadmen’s work on the famous “Feels Like” aspect of temperature; the possible resurrection of the Thylacine; Humans cohabiting with dextrous cockatoos; favourite smells and musical harmony of civilisations; the effects of music on aging Emmental cheese; the first images of the James Webb Space Telescope; using leeches to map animal movement; the language of fungi; the living planet index; the human genome sequencing finally completed; new U.S. legislation...


Award winning Osteoarthritis Online Help, Properly Cooked Potatoes Are Healthy, Silence is Great for Us

Dr Rachel Nelligan, Physiotherapist, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Health Exercise and Sports Medicine, Department of Physiotherapy, Melbourne School of Health Sciences, University of Melbourne, talks about her award-winning free digital educational program for osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a chronic joint condition ranked the 12th highest contributor to global disability, and evidence shows that many people with osteoarthritis are not receiving high-value care, such as...


Deafening Whales and Controlling Stem Cells

Do we drive trucks through nature reserves? Presenters Dr Shane, Dr Ray, Dr Ailie and Dr Graci discover the answer is… sort of! Also: Wildlife scientist Dr Vanessa Pirotta has found that over 18% of Australia’s marine parks had shipping exposure in excess of 365 vessels per year for the last few years, which is particularly troublesome for our ocean megafauna (big things like whales and sharks) who are impacted by both the water and sound pollution. And Clinical haematologist Dr Ashley Ng...


Fetal Growth Restriction, "Hairy Plate Animals and Cancer, and Understanding SARS-CoV-2 in the Body

Zahrah Azman, Perinatal PhD Student at The Ritchie Centre, Hudson Institute of Medical Research, talks about her research on foetal growth restriction (FGR), which is a common pregnancy complication affecting up to 10% of pregnancies in Australia and is defined as the failure of a baby to reach its biological growth potential; Professor Patrick Humbert, Director of the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS), and Dr Jens Hauslage from the German Aerospace Centre, talk about recent...


Poo Transplants, Nutrition in Space, and Artemis I Rocket

Dr Felice Jacka OAM, Professor of Nutritional Psychiatry, and Director of the Food & Mood Centre at Deakin University, and founder and president of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research, explains the history of developing a "whole system" approach to psychiatry - especially the link of nutrition and food to brain health. Felice and the team explore poo transplants as a new treatment for people with depression, and also her experiences at NASA advising on nutrition in...


Norfolk Island Archaeology, Strokes and Science Reproducibility.

Presenter Dr Shane is joined by co-hosts Euan, Graci and Chris KP. In science news they explore octopodes throwing things; treatments for nightmares; and trees causing extinction events. Then, Nicola Jorgensen, archeology Masters student at the University of Sydney, talks about recent Norfolk Island archaeological finds, and Dina Pogrebnoy, PhD Candidate, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle, explains the latest research about strokes; and...


New COVID Variants, Photographic Tiger Sharks, King Tut's Tomb, Antibiotics & Bacteriophages

The team provides an update on the latest COVID variants, and explore the latest science news such as camera wielding tiger sharks, microscopy, King Tut's tomb, and Gracey provides insight into a range of extinct (and quite scary!) animals. Then, Dr Joseph Tucci, Associate Professor in Clinical Pharmacy, Pharmacy Discipline Lead, Department of Rural Clinical Sciences, La Trobe Rural Health School, tells the team about the difference between and future of antibiotics and bacteriophages. With...


Stuttering, Oceanic Plates, BoM Kerfuffle

Professor Meghan S. Miller, Research School of Earth Sciences, The Australian National University, talks about her research into critical tectonic plate boundaries, in particular, subduction zones where oceanic plates are descending into the Earth’s deep interior (e.g. Indonesia, Alaska, Japan, Italy). Her research asks questions such as, How has the outermost layer of the Earth evolved? How do processes and structures deep within the Earth control the geology we can observe at the surface?...


Anxiety and Optimism, Undiscovered Viruses, Great Guts

Writer Anna Spargo Ryan talks about her new book 'A Kind of Magic: A memoir about Anxiety, Our Minds, and Optimism in Spite of it All'; Emma Harding from the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences at the UNSW Sydney, who used the UNSW supercomputer Katana to comb through petabytes of amphibian and reptile RNA data in search of new viruses, explains how there are millions of undiscovered viruses globally and her search has found roughly one new virus per ten samples. And Dr Lincon...


Teaching Evaluations, Brain Cancer Treatment, and the Hidden Dangers of Floodwaters

Dr Megan Lee from Bond University chats about student evaluations of teachers and how these contribute to increased stress in academics. When feedback isn't constructive it can be harmful - and asking both academics and students for ideas on how to improve the process is resulting in promising ways forward; Dr Jessica Buck from the Telethon Kids Institute and the University of Western Australia talks about the difficulties of treating brain cancer, however combining drugs with traditional...


All Things De-Extinction and Cryopreservation

We’re wiping out species at a rate not seen in 66 million years, so the Museums Victoria Research Institute have decided to do something about it! Dr Kevin Rowe, Senior Curator of Mammals, joins Dr Jen and Dr Shane to talk genomes, innovation, and how institutions all play a role in managing our past and future ecology. At the other end of the spectrum, RMIT Research Fellow (and Renaissance woman) Dr Saffron Bryant shares the latest in her cryopreservation research. And then, while many of...