Date: Saturday, 30 Nov 2013 01:05
Australian synchrotron - a Ferrari stuck in first gear Testosterone has a dance partner in many roles and functions The place of ancient parasites in human disease and health Developing better treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy Life Fantastic - three lively genetics lectures for Christmas The Best Australian Science Writing 2013 Solar provides outdoor concerts with better power, light and sound
Date: Saturday, 23 Nov 2013 01:05
Consilience powers the big scientific ideas Insects a biological clock following a murder Volcanism as an active planetary process on Venus Lapwing seeks refuge by a human’s side Polyandry brings evolutionary rewards in the avian world Bonobo behaviour and their reactions to humans Fifty years of Dr Who
Date: Saturday, 16 Nov 2013 01:05
Building the future with new materials Are those who fly with strong green concerns hypocrites? Beating the ferals with sterilisation Tentative signs of recovery in some Terania Creek frogs Birds without feathers Trees I've Loved - Nine out of ten by GC Smith
Date: Saturday, 09 Nov 2013 01:05
Will online learning replace the university campus? Prize winner pleas for early career fellowships, the Prime Minister's Prizes for Science 2013 - the teachers, more than just the mug and jug approach to teaching science, the effect of exercise on the brains of Alzheimer’s patients, walnut sized bird brains capable of complex tasks, and Leo Szilard remembered in musical Atomic.
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Date: Saturday, 26 Oct 2013 01:05
Chinese fossil a major piece of the evolutionary puzzle, fossilised dino bird tracks 105 million years old, tooth shows 5m-long pliosaurs swam in Australian rivers, crocs of the cretaceous and why dinosaurs went extinct, how Banksias response to dryer and hotter conditions, The Earth has been much colder, and much hotter than today, and microscopic algae producing half the oxygen we breathe.
Date: Saturday, 19 Oct 2013 01:05
Li-Fi: the LED-based alternative to household Wi-Fi, weighing the hidden universe, meteorites reveal Mars’ watery past, bacteria programmed to respond to dangerous and toxic compounds and Michael Mosley: eat light, pedal fast.
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Date: Saturday, 12 Oct 2013 01:05
When you have a heart attack a billion cells may die. This injury incapacitates your heart, unless the cells can be replaced. Now, a team at Oxford thinks they may have found an answer, using a kind of stem cells. Actually they are already part of your cardiac muscle, but need to be woken up and put on standby. This could foreshadow a revolution in treating dicky hearts. It is very exciting work.
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Date: Saturday, 05 Oct 2013 02:05
Do mathematicians make you giggle? Well, they do in The Simpsons! Many of The Simpsons' scriptwriters have impressive science degrees from Ivy League universities. Mathematician Simon Singh went to watch them work and returned with both maths jokes and ideas about the crossover between being really silly and being formidably clever. This week The Science Show does stand-up.
Date: Saturday, 28 Sep 2013 02:05
Imagine the future. Apply what we know in 2013, then take a punt. That’s what Jonathon Porritt has done in his book The World We Made. Does nuclear rule? Will GM work? Will geo-engineering be necessary with stuff put up in the sky to keep the Earth from boiling? Jonathon Porritt, who arrives in Australia this weekend, takes a view on what’s to come.
Date: Saturday, 21 Sep 2013 02:05
Duelling dinosaurs fossil to be auctioned. The British Science Association: getting the science message out. Concrete that fills its own cracks. Reducing the use of animals in experiments. English football on TV saturated with alcohol advertising. Participation rates in exercise programs. The benefits and risks of barefoot running.
Date: Saturday, 07 Sep 2013 02:05
Celebrating 40 years of the Anglo-Australian Telescope.
Date: Saturday, 31 Aug 2013 02:05
How do you find out when a Neanderthal mum stopped breastfeeding? You can’t really ask her, can you? It takes a Frenchman to find out – one now at Southern Cross University in Lismore, NSW. He examined ancient teeth. Which raises the question: how can you discern breastfeeding habits by looking at molars?
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Date: Saturday, 24 Aug 2013 02:05
The Australian Museum in Sydney has announced the decoding of the koala genome and this week scientists are meeting to discuss how to use it. Will it reveal how killer diseases such as Chlamydia may be tackled? Some populations of koalas are vulnerable and our knowing their genes could make a huge difference in saving this, our icon.
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Date: Saturday, 17 Aug 2013 02:05
If there is a real ‘breakthrough’ to rival the discovery and development of penicillin as a drug it is surely that of the cure for tuberculosis. So many precious lives succumbed to TB over the centuries, so many bright spirits from John Keats to Mimi in La Boheme. And, suddenly, seventy years ago this month, young Albert Schatz in New Jersey found the answer. Do you know his name? Do you say it with the same awe as you mention Howard Florey’s or Chain’s? Schatz was made to ‘disappear’ by his professor, who promptly took the credit and won the Nobel Prize. Peter Pringle tells the incredible story in this week’s Science Show.
Date: Saturday, 10 Aug 2013 02:05
Will the candidates be concentrating entirely on innovation, mental health, physical fitness, space research, deserts, crops, fish or fowl, the long term future? If not, why not? We shall ask those who know. And which party will be the first to mention the Higgs boson? The Science Show dares to ask!
Date: Saturday, 03 Aug 2013 02:05
Yes, Errol Flynn was a swashbuckling lothario, a 20th century film star of very mixed fame. But what about his dad? TT Flynn was a noted biologist in Hobart who looked at fossils, fish, Tasmanian Devils and much more. A new biography calls him 'Not just Errol’s Father' and details his considerable contributions to Australian science. But was he too 'In like Flynn'?
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Date: Saturday, 27 Jul 2013 02:05
Last year there was a huge fuss about scientists creating the next generation of killer plague. In fact they had genetically tweaked a flu virus to make it more infectious. The fuss was about publishing how it was done. Given the recipe, it was argued, terrorists or other malign forces could make copies. Publication went ahead, nonetheless, in the interests of scientific freedom. Now Laurie Garrett, the famed science writer, warns of the next stage in this concern. Could DNA technology now enable almost anyone to conjure the ingredients of Armageddon in their own shed?
Date: Saturday, 20 Jul 2013 02:05
How can a woman choose: a guy whose chemistry is exciting, who has all the high-testosterone characteristics of a square jaw and an alpha line—or the nicer softie who’ll be a good dad reliable with the garbage? Does nature offer a compromise? Pushing your boat out is a limited option; romance doesn’t last, but the garbage is forever. Professor Rob Brooks from UNSW, a sex biology specialist, offers a view.
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