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Sydney, NSW

Description:

Science journalist and broadcaster Robyn Williams presents Ockham's Razor - a soap box for all things scientific, with short talks by researchers and people from industry with something thoughtful to say about science.

Twitter:

@abcscience

Language:

English

Contact:

Ockham's Razor ABC Radio National GPO Box 9994 Sydney 2001 (02) 8333 1423


Episodes

Code breakers

9/23/2017
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You may be familiar with the story of how British intelligence cracked Nazi codes at Bletchley Park during World War II. But in the Pacific, two secret organisations existed in Australia to break Japan's military codes.

Duration: 00:10:13


How comic books can improve healthcare

9/16/2017
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Using stories to teach is an ancient tradition, and learning from stories helps prepare healthcare professionals for the challenging situations they face on a daily basis.

Duration: 00:09:48


Glue ear and Indigenous health

9/9/2017
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Aboriginal children have the highest rates of glue ear — a middle ear infection that causes hearing loss — of any people in the world. But it doesn't have to be like this, argues Don Palmer.

Duration: 00:10:51


Telegraph Todd

9/2/2017
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Charles Todd became a legend in his own lifetime for introducing Australian colonists to a new information age, but only recently has the full extent of his many and varied achievements come to light.

Duration: 00:11:12


The trouble with fragrance

8/26/2017
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Five years ago in science writer Clare Pain's household, scented products became not a pleasure, but a threat.

Duration: 00:10:09


Florence Nightingale: Mathematician

8/19/2017
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The Lady with the Lamp ought to be known as the Lady with the Logarithm, argues Australia's Chief Scientist Alan Finkel.

Duration: 00:10:06


Reducing restraint in juvenile detention

8/12/2017
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Integrating a concept known as "sensory modulation" — using the body's senses to calm a person down — into our approach to children in detention can help us, as a society, move beyond enjoying either public safety or the rehabilitation of young offenders. We can have both, argues nurse Mike Wilson.

Duration: 00:11:12


The Frankenstein postdoc

8/5/2017
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When Kylie Soanes bounced out of her graduation ceremony with a newly-minted PhD, she thought she knew what she was in for.

Duration: 00:09:51


Reducing transport emissions

7/29/2017
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The uptake of renewables and gas is slowly reducing electricity CO2 emissions — but transport emissions are on the rise, and negating some of those improvements.

Duration: 00:12:31


Innovation on a grand scale

7/22/2017
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Is Australia looking effectively at the shape of things ahead when it comes to innovation?

Duration: 00:11:32


Māori culture and history

7/15/2017
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Can you imagine New Zealand without a robust and vital Māori presence? Tony Barta says few understand how close the country came to genocide.

Duration: 00:12:40


A teacher changed my life

7/8/2017
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Some teachers are hard to forget, as Bodhi Hardinge has found.

Duration: 00:11:28


Scotland, camping, and pesky ticks

7/1/2017
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Professor John Bradshaw reminisces on a romantic camping trip – disrupted by an infestation of ticks.

Duration: 00:12:09


Connecting people with science

6/24/2017
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In today’s post-fact, post-truth world, how do scientists engage with everybody in the general public — not just the ones who are already listening?

Duration: 00:10:39


The relics of scientists

6/17/2017
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How is it that philosopher Jeremy Bentham attends senate meetings at University College London, almost two centuries after his demise?

Duration: 00:10:30


The march of pseudoscience

6/10/2017
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Are scientists and the scientific method being replaced by the misinformation of pseudoscience, new-age therapies and quantum mysticism?

Duration: 00:09:06


Solving humanity's greatest risk

6/3/2017
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Humanity is up against enormous challenges, says science writer Julian Cribb. So what could be the key to survival?

Duration: 00:11:12


Vulnerable animals and private land

5/27/2017
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The ANU's Dr George Wilson has long been worried about the way our animals are disappearing from the landscape. Could market forces play a role in conservation?

Duration: 00:12:18


Plants in the southern hemisphere

5/20/2017
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The southern continents were once united as the supercontinent Gondwana, but does this explain the links between the plants of the southern hemisphere? Dr Barbara Briggs travelled to Madagascar to find out.

Duration: 00:13:26


Fighting ignorance from ivory towers

5/13/2017
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To overcome the rising tide of public anti-intellectualism, Professor Mark Dodgson says the association in the public mind with academic and elite has to be broken.

Duration: 00:11:19

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