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Great Moments In Science

English, Sciences, 1 season, 505 episodes, 2 days, 4 hours, 58 minutes
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From the ground breaking and life saving to the wacky and implausible, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki reveals some of the best moments in science.
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The Greatest Moment in Science

Dr Karl was first heard on the wireless in 1981 when he convinced Triple J that a talk about the space shuttle would be good listening because he had applied to be a NASA astronaut. The shuttle did (eventually) launch ... and along with it, the all-science-media career of one Dr Karl Kruszelnicki. This is Dr Karl's last Great Moment in Science, as we know it—but don't worry, he'll still be around and firing on all cylinders—including on the Science with Dr Karl podcast (from Triple J).
5/23/202329 minutes, 4 seconds
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The Greatest Moment in Science

Dr Karl was first heard on the wireless in 1981 when he convinced Triple J that a talk about the space shuttle would be good listening because he had applied to be a NASA astronaut. The shuttle did (eventually) launch ... and along with it, the all-science-media career of one Dr Karl Kruszelnicki. This is Dr Karl's last Great Moment in Science, as we know it—but don't worry, he'll still be around and firing on all cylinders—including on Triple J's Science with Dr Karl podcast. Science with Dr Karl
5/23/202329 minutes, 4 seconds
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Why the 'marijuana munchies' make you feel good

We know that the drug called cannabis, or marijuana, increases the appetitecommonly called the 'Marijuana Munchies', and we are finally getting closer to knowing what makes it happen. Half-a-billion years ago a biological system evolved to make sure that hungry animals would eat.
5/16/20230
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Why the 'marijuana munchies' make you feel good

We know that the drug called cannabis, or marijuana, increases the appetitecommonly called the 'Marijuana Munchies', and we are finally getting closer to knowing what makes it happen. Half-a-billion years ago a biological system evolved to make sure that hungry animals would eat.
5/16/20230
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Insects fly to the light

The ancient Romans thought that insects were attracted to bright light, and then there's the well-known phrase, "drawn like a moth to a flame", so it seems like people over many years have spotted insects coming into the lights, at night. But what's the real reason? Host: Dr Karl Kruszelnicki
5/9/20230
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Insects fly to the light

The ancient Romans thought that insects were attracted to bright light, and then there's the well-known phrase, "drawn like a moth to a flame", so it seems like people over many years have spotted insects coming into the lights, at night. But what's the real reason? Host: Dr Karl Kruszelnicki
5/9/20230
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Dreaming a diagnosis with Dr Karl

Some sleepers who act out their dreams are later diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. As Dr Karl explains, it's one of a few slightly odd new diagnostic tools. 
5/2/20230
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Dreaming a diagnosis with Dr Karl

Some sleepers who act out their dreams are later diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. As Dr Karl explains, it's one of a few slightly odd new diagnostic tools. 
5/2/20230
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Sniffing out disease with Dr Karl

The power of smell can't be understated — our noses don't just sniff out tasty treats, they can also alert us to danger.  In this episode of Great Moments in Science, Dr Karl tells the story of a super-sniffer who might've unlocked a powerful diagnostic tool.
4/25/20230
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Sniffing out disease with Dr Karl

The power of smell can't be understated — our noses don't just sniff out tasty treats, they can also alert us to danger.  In this episode of Great Moments in Science, Dr Karl tells the story of a super-sniffer who might've unlocked a powerful diagnostic tool.
4/25/20230
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How tall is time? Well, it's all relative

Atomic clocks are the most precise time-keepers we have. But that doesn't mean they can escape the timey wimey effects of gravity.  In this episode of Great Moments in Science, Dr Karl explains how this enables super-accurate clocks to not just measure time, but height as well.  
4/18/20230
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How tall is time? Well, it's all relative

Atomic clocks are the most precise time-keepers we have. But that doesn't mean they can escape the timey wimey effects of gravity.  In this episode of Great Moments in Science, Dr Karl explains how this enables super-accurate clocks to not just measure time, but height as well.  
4/18/20230
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The physics of dunking biscuits

Humans have been dunking biscuits for as long as biscuits have existed.  But why do we do it? Why are soggy biscuits so darn good? In this archive episode of Great Moments in Science, Dr Karl submerges himself into the mechanics of this age-old activity.
4/11/20230
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The physics of dunking biscuits

Humans have been dunking biscuits for as long as biscuits have existed.  But why do we do it? Why are soggy biscuits so darn good? In this archive episode of Great Moments in Science, Dr Karl submerges himself into the mechanics of this age-old activity.
4/11/20230
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Want to see an eclipse without travelling? You might be waiting a while

Thousands of people will descend on the tiny WA town of Exmouth later this month to witness the Moon block out the Sun for a whopping one minute.  But if you're a homebody not all that keen on a road trip, how long might it take to see a total solar eclipse from where you are right now? Dr Karl investigates in this archive episode of Great Moments in Science.
4/4/20230
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Want to see an eclipse without travelling? You might be waiting a while

Thousands of people will descend on the tiny WA town of Exmouth later this month to witness the Moon block out the Sun for a whopping one minute.  But if you're a homebody not all that keen on a road trip, how long might it take to see a total solar eclipse from where you are right now? Dr Karl investigates in this archive episode of Great Moments in Science.
4/4/20230
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I do not like green eggs and ham... or potatoes?

Green potatoes — would you like them here or there? Would you like them anywhere? Well as Dr Karl taught us last week, potatoes contain a potentially deadly chemical, and a green tinge is its greatest tell.  In this archive episode, we explore why green potatoes are best avoided. 
3/28/20230
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I do not like green eggs and ham... or potatoes?

Green potatoes — would you like them here or there? Would you like them anywhere? Well as Dr Karl taught us last week, potatoes contain a potentially deadly chemical, and a green tinge is its greatest tell.  In this archive episode, we explore why green potatoes are best avoided. 
3/28/20230
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Potentially poisonous potato no small fry

Given the right (or wrong) circumstances, the humble potato packs a punch.  It contains a chemical that could kill if ingested in large amounts. The catch-22? That chemical is exactly why potatoes taste so good.  In this archive episode of Great Moments, Dr Karl digs into the science. 
3/21/20230
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Potentially poisonous potato no small fry

Given the right (or wrong) circumstances, the humble potato packs a punch.  It contains a chemical that could kill if ingested in large amounts. The catch-22? That chemical is exactly why potatoes taste so good.  In this archive episode of Great Moments, Dr Karl digs into the science. 
3/21/20230
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Of Mice and Milk

What you eat or drink just after you finish pumping iron is crucial to laying down muscle.  Dr Karl weighs up the best way to bulk up, in this archive episode of Great Moments in Science from 2011. 
3/14/20235 minutes, 50 seconds
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Of Mice and Milk

What you eat or drink just after you finish pumping iron is crucial to laying down muscle.  Dr Karl weighs up the best way to bulk up, in this archive episode of Great Moments in Science from 2011. 
3/14/20235 minutes, 50 seconds
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Avalanche under the sea

The destructive force of a wall of snow is well known. Major avalanches can not only kill, they can also completely reshape a landscape.   But it's not just mountainsides we need to worry about. There are also avalanches happening under the surface of the ocean — forging canyons and threatening our telecommunications.
3/7/20237 minutes
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Avalanche under the sea

The destructive force of a wall of snow is well known. Major avalanches can not only kill, they can also completely reshape a landscape.   But it's not just mountainsides we need to worry about. There are also avalanches happening under the surface of the ocean — forging canyons and threatening our telecommunications.
3/7/20237 minutes
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A slip of the tongue

There are plenty of reasons why a person might poke their tongue out.  Sometimes it can be a rude or cute gesture. Maori warriors do it as a sign of defiance, and Tibetans do it as a greeting. But many times it's a sign of concentration. So here’s why your tongue helps your brain think. Host: Dr Karl Kruszelnicki
2/28/20230
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A slip of the tongue

There are plenty of reasons why a person might poke their tongue out.  Sometimes it can be a rude or cute gesture. Maori warriors do it as a sign of defiance, and Tibetans do it as a greeting. But many times it's a sign of concentration. So here’s why your tongue helps your brain think. Host: Dr Karl Kruszelnicki
2/28/20230
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Speaking your mind—with AI

In development is an amazing new technology which may, eventually, turn your thoughts into speech. It's being designed to help people who can’t speak, turn what they're thinking into speech. But it’s still early days.
2/21/20230
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Speaking your mind—with AI

In development is an amazing new technology which may, eventually, turn your thoughts into speech. It's being designed to help people who can’t speak, turn what they're thinking into speech. But it’s still early days.
2/21/20230
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Athlete deaths—and COVID vaccines

Athletes are not just fit, they also attract a lot of media attention, especially if stories are put around that COVID vaccines are a cause of death in this group. In late 2021 such claims were being made - and they’re plainly not true.
2/14/20230
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Athlete deaths—and COVID vaccines

Athletes are not just fit, they also attract a lot of media attention, especially if stories are put around that COVID vaccines are a cause of death in this group. In late 2021 such claims were being made - and they’re plainly not true.
2/14/20230
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Neanderthal DNA kills superbugs

In 2022 we found that Neanderthal DNA could kill superbugs. Wait, what ... didn't Neanderthals die out?  Yes, but their hidden power could make them important in modern medicine.
2/7/20230
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Neanderthal DNA kills superbugs

In 2022 we found that Neanderthal DNA could kill superbugs. Wait, what ... didn't Neanderthals die out?  Yes, but their hidden power could make them important in modern medicine.
2/7/20230
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Why hangovers happen, Part 2

Continuing the story about the effects of alcohol we arrive at the “drunchies”—short for the “drunken munchies”. They’re what occur after a bout of too much drinking. You become very hungry and much your way through any fast food within reach. Host: Dr Karl Kruszelnicki
1/31/20230
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Why hangovers happen, Part 2

Continuing the story about the effects of alcohol we arrive at the “drunchies”—short for the “drunken munchies”. They’re what occur after a bout of too much drinking. You become very hungry and much your way through any fast food within reach. Host: Dr Karl Kruszelnicki
1/31/20230
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Why hangovers happen, Part 1

Alcohol in small quantities can make people sociable; but too much of it can mean hangovers and associated consumption of non-nutritional foodstuffs. There's a whole chemical family of 'alcohols', so what's the deal with the one that humans kinda like—ethanol.
1/24/20230
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Why hangovers happen, Part 1

Alcohol in small quantities can make people sociable; but too much of it can mean hangovers and associated consumption of non-nutritional foodstuffs. There's a whole chemical family of 'alcohols', so what's the deal with the one that humans kinda like—ethanol.
1/24/20230
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How to snap spaghetti: Pt 2

For some snapping spaghetti is sacrilege — but for others it’s science.
1/17/20235 minutes, 26 seconds
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How to snap spaghetti: Pt 2

For some snapping spaghetti is sacrilege — but for others it’s science.
1/17/20235 minutes, 26 seconds
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How to snap spaghetti: Pt 1

From spaghetti strands to trees to nanotubes — we need to know about the physics of rod-like structures.
1/10/20235 minutes, 6 seconds
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How to snap spaghetti: Pt 1

From spaghetti strands to trees to nanotubes — we need to know about the physics of rod-like structures.
1/10/20235 minutes, 6 seconds
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Trees have senses too

How do trees face an incoming threat if they can't move, see, or hear?
1/3/20236 minutes
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Trees have senses too

How do trees face an incoming threat if they can't move, see, or hear?
1/3/20236 minutes
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Trees are made from air

Trees are solid and dense. However, they're made from air. Wait, what?
12/27/20226 minutes, 1 second
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Trees are made from air

Trees are solid and dense. However, they're made from air. Wait, what?
12/27/20226 minutes, 1 second
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Dark matter

About 95 per cent of the mass in the universe seems to be missing — what's going on!?
12/20/20225 minutes, 51 seconds
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Dark matter

About 95 per cent of the mass in the universe seems to be missing — what's going on!?
12/20/20225 minutes, 51 seconds
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Elastin in our skin and body

Our skin is like a personal space suit protecting us from the outside world. Skin is best when you are a child—because of the elastic protein keeping it fresh and supple—but, unfortunately, that freshness doesn’t last. Host: Dr Karl Kruszelnicki Producer: Diane Dean
12/13/20220
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Elastin in our skin and body

Our skin is like a personal space suit protecting us from the outside world. Skin is best when you are a child—because of the elastic protein keeping it fresh and supple—but, unfortunately, that freshness doesn’t last. Host: Dr Karl Kruszelnicki Producer: Diane Dean
12/13/20220
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The number of humans ever born

An interesting demographics exercise is to add up the number of humans who've existed. This is different from how many people are in a population—which in late November 2022, is about 8 billion. But using data going back as far as possible, the number of people who've existed is reckoned at over 100 billion. Host: Dr Karl Kruszelnicki
12/6/20220
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The number of humans ever born

An interesting demographics exercise is to add up the number of humans who've existed. This is different from how many people are in a population—which in late November 2022, is about 8 billion. But using data going back as far as possible, the number of people who've existed is reckoned at over 100 billion. Host: Dr Karl Kruszelnicki
12/6/20220
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Why we wear masks—and the N95 is a good one, Part 2

One might imagine that face masks work because the multiple layers will stop a virus getting through. But no, that's not it—they use a high-tech 'melt-blown' material, developed from a technique first noticed in volcano eruptions. Host: Dr Karl Kruszelnicki Producer: Diane Dean
11/29/20220
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Why we wear masks—and the N95 is a good one, Part 2

One might imagine that face masks work because the multiple layers will stop a virus getting through. But no, that's not it—they use a high-tech 'melt-blown' material, developed from a technique first noticed in volcano eruptions. Host: Dr Karl Kruszelnicki Producer: Diane Dean
11/29/20220
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Why we wear masks—and the N95 is a good one, Part 1

Nowadays we're pretty familiar with wearing a face mask to reduce infection rates, and that some masks are better than others.But understanding why the N95 mask is a really good mask one came as a surprise. Host: Dr Karl Kruszelnicki Producer: Diane Dean
11/22/20220
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Why we wear masks—and the N95 is a good one, Part 1

Nowadays we're pretty familiar with wearing a face mask to reduce infection rates, and that some masks are better than others.But understanding why the N95 mask is a really good mask one came as a surprise. Host: Dr Karl Kruszelnicki Producer: Diane Dean
11/22/20220
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Nuclear war would be pointless

Nuclear weapons carry enormous destructive power in a very small package. A nuclear weapon weighing about a quarter of a ton can release as much energy as exploding 1.2 million tons of TNT – that’s a multiplication factor of about five million. During the Cold War the combined numbers of US and Soviet nuclear weapons reached about 70,000. There are not so many these days but there are still enough to end civilisation as we know it.
11/15/20228 minutes, 6 seconds
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Nuclear war would be pointless

Nuclear weapons carry enormous destructive power in a very small package. A nuclear weapon weighing about a quarter of a ton can release as much energy as exploding 1.2 million tons of TNT – that’s a multiplication factor of about five million. During the Cold War the combined numbers of US and Soviet nuclear weapons reached about 70,000. There are not so many these days but there are still enough to end civilisation as we know it.
11/15/20228 minutes, 6 seconds
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Gamma ray bursters, Part 2

The further adventures of some of the most powerful events in our Universe: Gamma Ray Bursts. The biggest one recorded was in October 2022, in a galaxy far, far away. What would have happened if it had exploded inside our Milky Way galaxy?  
11/8/20227 minutes
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Gamma ray bursters, Part 2

The further adventures of some of the most powerful events in our Universe: Gamma Ray Bursts. The biggest one recorded was in October 2022, in a galaxy far, far away. What would have happened if it had exploded inside our Milky Way galaxy?  
11/8/20227 minutes
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Gamma ray bursters, Part 1

First on the list of Most Energetic Events Ever in our universe is The Big Bang. No mean contender for top ranking is the "Gamma Ray Burst" - aka the GRB. GRBs can put out more energy in a few seconds than our Sun produces in its 10-billion-year lifetime.
11/1/20220
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Gamma ray bursters, Part 1

First on the list of Most Energetic Events Ever in our universe is The Big Bang. No mean contender for top ranking is the "Gamma Ray Burst" - aka the GRB. GRBs can put out more energy in a few seconds than our Sun produces in its 10-billion-year lifetime.
11/1/20220
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Lifts and their new-fangled destination despatching

The invention of the elevator made city-living possible. It made possible a rapid mixing of cultures and concepts, efficient use of energy—and ultimately, increased economic output. And now there's a further improvement called 'destination despatching'.
10/25/20227 minutes, 36 seconds
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Lifts and their new-fangled destination despatching

The invention of the elevator made city-living possible. It made possible a rapid mixing of cultures and concepts, efficient use of energy—and ultimately, increased economic output. And now there's a further improvement called 'destination despatching'.
10/25/20227 minutes, 36 seconds
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Dogs 101—your canine companion

The first definite proof of a link between humans and dogs is a 15,000-year-old grave holding a dog, a man and a woman. Intensive breeding of dogs began about 200 years ago, which resulted in most of today's 450-or-so breeds. And there's a definite mutual appreciation society between people and canines
10/18/20226 minutes, 48 seconds
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Dogs 101—your canine companion

The first definite proof of a link between humans and dogs is a 15,000-year-old grave holding a dog, a man and a woman. Intensive breeding of dogs began about 200 years ago, which resulted in most of today's 450-or-so breeds. And there's a definite mutual appreciation society between people and canines
10/18/20226 minutes, 48 seconds
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Testes taste test

In 2013 the academic journal published an article called, “Taste perception: from the tongue to the testis”. It looked at some of the distinct taste sensations that we register in the Gustatory Cortex - the taste centre of our brain which are picked up by taste buds on the tongue. However, there's a difference between taste buds and taste receptors ... which is where the testis enters the story.
10/11/20226 minutes, 15 seconds
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Testes taste test

In 2013 the academic journal published an article called, “Taste perception: from the tongue to the testis”. It looked at some of the distinct taste sensations that we register in the Gustatory Cortex - the taste centre of our brain which are picked up by taste buds on the tongue. However, there's a difference between taste buds and taste receptors ... which is where the testis enters the story.
10/11/20226 minutes, 15 seconds
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Close encounters of the asteroid kind

Earth's defence against the existential threat of extraterrestrial rocks has been bolstered.  But is it really all that important for humanity to have a plan of attack for an asteroid ambush?
10/4/20226 minutes, 53 seconds
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Close encounters of the asteroid kind

Earth's defence against the existential threat of extraterrestrial rocks has been bolstered.  But is it really all that important for humanity to have a plan of attack for an asteroid ambush?
10/4/20226 minutes, 53 seconds
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Why did Tonga's huge volcanic eruption affect Australia's surf?

It wasn't the first, second or even third issue to come up in the wake of this year's huge undersea volcanic eruption in Tonga.  But the eruption, and the ensuing tsunamis, did have a far-reaching impact on the kingdom's neighbours and beyond — including on Australia's coastline. 
9/27/20228 minutes, 22 seconds
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Why did Tonga's huge volcanic eruption affect Australia's surf?

It wasn't the first, second or even third issue to come up in the wake of this year's huge undersea volcanic eruption in Tonga.  But the eruption, and the ensuing tsunamis, did have a far-reaching impact on the kingdom's neighbours and beyond — including on Australia's coastline. 
9/27/20228 minutes, 22 seconds
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The Solar System Is Weird

For a long time our home solar system was all we knew. But since we’ve gotten a better look at other systems near and far, it has become apparent... our solar system is weird.
9/20/20227 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Solar System Is Weird

For a long time our home solar system was all we knew. But since we’ve gotten a better look at other systems near and far, it has become apparent... our solar system is weird.
9/20/20227 minutes, 21 seconds
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Doubling down — taking a second look at the mystery of doppelgängers

Dr Karl explains how artificial intelligence detects and distinguishes between look-alikes.
9/13/20226 minutes, 53 seconds
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Doubling down — taking a second look at the mystery of doppelgängers

Dr Karl explains how artificial intelligence detects and distinguishes between look-alikes.
9/13/20226 minutes, 53 seconds
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Look twice — why it's worth doing a double-take on your doppelgänger

The term 'doppelgänger' goes back centuries, but in recent years the internet has made it much easier to find your look-alike
9/6/20226 minutes, 53 seconds
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Look twice — why it's worth doing a double-take on your doppelgänger

The term 'doppelgänger' goes back centuries, but in recent years the internet has made it much easier to find your look-alike
9/6/20226 minutes, 53 seconds
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Can a coin falling from a great height be lethal?

There's a precise science behind the impact of small, falling objects. Some can be deadly. Others don't pack much of a punch. 
8/30/20227 minutes, 3 seconds
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Can a coin falling from a great height be lethal?

There's a precise science behind the impact of small, falling objects. Some can be deadly. Others don't pack much of a punch. 
8/30/20227 minutes, 3 seconds
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Earth is accelerating, Pt 3

The final installment of why the Earth is suddenly speeding up—after more than a billion years of slowing down.  How do we measure the rate of the Earth’s revolution, and what happens when the time on our clocks doesn’t quite match up? 
8/22/20227 minutes, 3 seconds
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Earth is accelerating, Pt 3

The final installment of why the Earth is suddenly speeding up—after more than a billion years of slowing down.  How do we measure the rate of the Earth’s revolution, and what happens when the time on our clocks doesn’t quite match up? 
8/22/20227 minutes, 3 seconds
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Earth is accelerating, Pt 2

Part 2 of the explanation about the accelerating spin of the Earth - which is against the trend of the last one-and-a-half billion years.
8/16/20220
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Earth is accelerating, Pt 2

Part 2 of the explanation about the accelerating spin of the Earth - which is against the trend of the last one-and-a-half billion years.
8/16/20220
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Earth is accelerating, Pt 1

Part 1 about how the Earth is unexpectedly speeding up, and has recorded its shortest day ever – 1.59 milliseconds shorter than the standard 86,400 seconds
8/9/20226 minutes, 3 seconds
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Earth is accelerating, Pt 1

Part 1 about how the Earth is unexpectedly speeding up, and has recorded its shortest day ever – 1.59 milliseconds shorter than the standard 86,400 seconds
8/9/20226 minutes, 3 seconds
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Electric battery = car + house

Electricity supply is shifting to renewables, so batteries are important. It might even be cheaper to power your house with the battery from your electric car, rather than batteries specifically designed for houses.
8/2/20226 minutes, 22 seconds
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Electric battery = car + house

Electricity supply is shifting to renewables, so batteries are important. It might even be cheaper to power your house with the battery from your electric car, rather than batteries specifically designed for houses.
8/2/20226 minutes, 22 seconds
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Adventures in nose-picking

Nose-picking is something that people find disgusting—yet we still do it.  And how about the gunk that’s in your nose—is it ok to eat that?
7/26/20227 minutes, 34 seconds
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Adventures in nose-picking

Nose-picking is something that people find disgusting—yet we still do it.  And how about the gunk that’s in your nose—is it ok to eat that?
7/26/20227 minutes, 34 seconds
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The number of humans between dawn and dusk

7/19/20227 minutes, 29 seconds
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The number of humans between dawn and dusk

7/19/20227 minutes, 29 seconds
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Brain hotter than body

The highest standard for measuring body temperature is via a heart sensor—after that, it's from inside a body cavity; and you can do it from inside the mouth or the ear, but that's not as accurate, and even less so when measured on the skin. Measuring brain temperature is different again—and be astonished that the temperature of the human brain differs from the rest of the body.
7/12/20226 minutes, 15 seconds
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Brain hotter than body

The highest standard for measuring body temperature is via a heart sensor—after that, it's from inside a body cavity; and you can do it from inside the mouth or the ear, but that's not as accurate, and even less so when measured on the skin. Measuring brain temperature is different again—and be astonished that the temperature of the human brain differs from the rest of the body.
7/12/20226 minutes, 15 seconds
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What happens when you get winded?

Have you ever been winded? You suddenly lose the ability to do something you've done 15 times each minute of your life. It's one part anatomy, one part physiology, and one part don't panic.
7/5/20226 minutes, 19 seconds
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What happens when you get winded?

Have you ever been winded? You suddenly lose the ability to do something you've done 15 times each minute of your life. It's one part anatomy, one part physiology, and one part don't panic.
7/5/20226 minutes, 19 seconds
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Dogs tilt their heads

Dogs tend to hang around humans but do they really love us—and what’s with the head tilt? Their affability might be due to two genes known to influence sociability in mammals. Gradually genetics turned dogs and humans into best friends.
6/28/20226 minutes, 50 seconds
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Dogs tilt their heads

Dogs tend to hang around humans but do they really love us—and what’s with the head tilt? Their affability might be due to two genes known to influence sociability in mammals. Gradually genetics turned dogs and humans into best friends.
6/28/20226 minutes, 50 seconds
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Measles erases immune system memory

Measles is a nasty infection that you don't want to get. It can cause death and, what's more, it can also erase your immune system's memory. Only relatively recently scientists have measured this directly - by concentrating on antibodies – which can be generated by natural infection, and by vaccines.
6/21/20226 minutes, 40 seconds
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Measles erases immune system memory

Measles is a nasty infection that you don't want to get. It can cause death and, what's more, it can also erase your immune system's memory. Only relatively recently scientists have measured this directly - by concentrating on antibodies – which can be generated by natural infection, and by vaccines.
6/21/20226 minutes, 40 seconds
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Anticipation

Anticipation is a strange experience. It can take you all the way from hope and trust, to anxiety and fear. But there’s a happy balancing point where anticipation can enrich your life.
6/14/20225 minutes, 45 seconds
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Anticipation

Anticipation is a strange experience. It can take you all the way from hope and trust, to anxiety and fear. But there’s a happy balancing point where anticipation can enrich your life.
6/14/20225 minutes, 45 seconds
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Drunk animals

Who’d’ve thought that one of the most sober animals is the humble hamster. They love alcohol but it doesn’t affect them. And who’d’ve thought that there’s a way to measure inebriation levels in animals - it’s called the Wobbling Scale – but hamsters NEVER wobble. 
6/7/20225 minutes, 51 seconds
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Drunk animals

Who’d’ve thought that one of the most sober animals is the humble hamster. They love alcohol but it doesn’t affect them. And who’d’ve thought that there’s a way to measure inebriation levels in animals - it’s called the Wobbling Scale – but hamsters NEVER wobble. 
6/7/20225 minutes, 51 seconds
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The washing of bed sheets

The average recommendation is to wash your bed sheets at least every two weeks. This is because every day you shed a mix of dead skin cells, sweat, germs, and body oils.. Sometimes you can delay bed sheet washing, it all depends on what kind of things you get up to in bed.
5/31/20226 minutes, 27 seconds
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The washing of bed sheets

The average recommendation is to wash your bed sheets at least every two weeks. This is because every day you shed a mix of dead skin cells, sweat, germs, and body oils.. Sometimes you can delay bed sheet washing, it all depends on what kind of things you get up to in bed.
5/31/20226 minutes, 27 seconds
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Atmospheric rivers, part 2

Very long and very widebut only a few kilometres thick, atmospheric rivers carry water from the tropics towards the poles – and they shift huge amounts of heat as well. A few decades ago, atmospheric rivers hit West Antarctica and collapsed two massive ice shelves.
5/24/20228 minutes, 34 seconds
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Atmospheric rivers, part 2

Very long and very widebut only a few kilometres thick, atmospheric rivers carry water from the tropics towards the poles – and they shift huge amounts of heat as well. A few decades ago, atmospheric rivers hit West Antarctica and collapsed two massive ice shelves.
5/24/20228 minutes, 34 seconds
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Atmospheric rivers, part 1

A discovery in weather in the 1990s was the Atmospheric River. They've been around for pretty much ever though - one of them bankrupted California in 1862, and another dumped lots and lots of water onto Brisbane, in February 2022.
5/17/20226 minutes, 48 seconds
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Atmospheric rivers, part 1

A discovery in weather in the 1990s was the Atmospheric River. They've been around for pretty much ever though - one of them bankrupted California in 1862, and another dumped lots and lots of water onto Brisbane, in February 2022.
5/17/20226 minutes, 48 seconds
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Why are whales so big?

Whales are the giants of the marine realm, and here's why they get that way. This episode was originally published in May 2018
5/10/20226 minutes, 18 seconds
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Why are whales so big?

Whales are the giants of the marine realm, and here's why they get that way. This episode was originally published in May 2018
5/10/20226 minutes, 18 seconds
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Most distant star ever found

The star Earendel came into existence a long time ago, and is now famous as the most distant single star that astronomers have been able to obtain an image of.
5/3/20227 minutes, 35 seconds
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Most distant star ever found

The star Earendel came into existence a long time ago, and is now famous as the most distant single star that astronomers have been able to obtain an image of.
5/3/20227 minutes, 35 seconds
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Grasshopper can turn into locust

The Koran, the Bible, the Sanskrit Mahabharata, and the Greek Illiad all mention plagues of locusts, and they're seen as carvings in ancient Egyptian tombs. Large numbers of locust could have come about because, in certain circumstances, grasshoppers metamorphose—into locusts.
4/26/20226 minutes, 1 second
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Grasshopper can turn into locust

The Koran, the Bible, the Sanskrit Mahabharata, and the Greek Illiad all mention plagues of locusts, and they're seen as carvings in ancient Egyptian tombs. Large numbers of locust could have come about because, in certain circumstances, grasshoppers metamorphose—into locusts.
4/26/20226 minutes, 1 second
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Ivermectin and COVID—Part 2 of 2

The drug ivermectin is really good for treating worms; unfortunately it was falsely promoted as a COVID cure due to data errors, drug trial anomalies, or insufficient publication review.
4/19/20228 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ivermectin and COVID—Part 2 of 2

The drug ivermectin is really good for treating worms; unfortunately it was falsely promoted as a COVID cure due to data errors, drug trial anomalies, or insufficient publication review.
4/19/20228 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ivermectin and COVID

There are many cases of drugs being repurposed once a new aspect of them is discovered—their new use is often very beneficial. One such drug is ivermectin. It works well against various parasitic infections. It does not work against COVID.
4/12/20226 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ivermectin and COVID

There are many cases of drugs being repurposed once a new aspect of them is discovered—their new use is often very beneficial. One such drug is ivermectin. It works well against various parasitic infections. It does not work against COVID.
4/12/20226 minutes, 30 seconds
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The swing of bowling

Ball games were happening 3,500 years ago, and ever since then we’ve bounced and batted in all sorts of fun ways. We're especially interested in the mechanics of a ball curving as it travels through the air—which happens in swing bowling.
4/5/20226 minutes, 32 seconds
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The swing of bowling

Ball games were happening 3,500 years ago, and ever since then we’ve bounced and batted in all sorts of fun ways. We're especially interested in the mechanics of a ball curving as it travels through the air—which happens in swing bowling.
4/5/20226 minutes, 32 seconds
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Antarctic fiery flush

At Australia's Antarctic base they do lots of cool science stuff, and aim to create as little waste as possible—including the toilets. There's actually a toilet known as the 'Fire Breathing Dragon'—so more exciting than its official name of Electric Incinerating Toilet.
3/29/20225 minutes, 24 seconds
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Antarctic fiery flush

At Australia's Antarctic base they do lots of cool science stuff, and aim to create as little waste as possible—including the toilets. There's actually a toilet known as the 'Fire Breathing Dragon'—so more exciting than its official name of Electric Incinerating Toilet.
3/29/20225 minutes, 24 seconds
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Wood for the future

Wood has a loads of potential—from it we can make semi-conductors, batteries, steel, concrete, even plastics. It does need a lot of processing but we already do that with materials like steel, glass and concrete.
3/22/20227 minutes, 45 seconds
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Wood for the future

Wood has a loads of potential—from it we can make semi-conductors, batteries, steel, concrete, even plastics. It does need a lot of processing but we already do that with materials like steel, glass and concrete.
3/22/20227 minutes, 45 seconds
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Sydney smallpox epidemic

We're now quite familiar with terms like 'herd immunity' and 'epidemic', and that when separate groups of people—with separate germs—meet for the very first time, things can turn out badly. If you have never been exposed to a specific germ you won't be primed for protection against it.
3/15/20227 minutes, 54 seconds
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Sydney smallpox epidemic

We're now quite familiar with terms like 'herd immunity' and 'epidemic', and that when separate groups of people—with separate germs—meet for the very first time, things can turn out badly. If you have never been exposed to a specific germ you won't be primed for protection against it.
3/15/20227 minutes, 54 seconds
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Worm blobs

When digging the compost pile into the garden, Dr Karl noticed a ball of entangled shape-shifting worms. You might think 'yuck'—but there's a 'wow' factor because some animal groupings can generate intelligence, giving the group an advantage over solitary individuals.
3/8/20225 minutes, 29 seconds
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Worm blobs

When digging the compost pile into the garden, Dr Karl noticed a ball of entangled shape-shifting worms. You might think 'yuck'—but there's a 'wow' factor because some animal groupings can generate intelligence, giving the group an advantage over solitary individuals.
3/8/20225 minutes, 29 seconds
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Black holes bared

The final piece about why the 100 million or so black holes in our Milky Way galaxy are missing.
3/1/20226 minutes, 12 seconds
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Black holes bared

The final piece about why the 100 million or so black holes in our Milky Way galaxy are missing.
3/1/20226 minutes, 12 seconds
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Black hole buddies

More on the almost-emptiness that is black holes. Because they're invisible, they're difficult to find—but sometimes get discovered because they give off X-rays.
2/22/20226 minutes, 35 seconds
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Black hole buddies

More on the almost-emptiness that is black holes. Because they're invisible, they're difficult to find—but sometimes get discovered because they give off X-rays.
2/22/20226 minutes, 35 seconds
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Black hole basics

Even though it sounds totally crazy, astronomers are very confident that black holes exist. Our galazy is really old, it should carry at least 100 million black holes but we’ve found only a couple of dozen of them.
2/15/20226 minutes, 24 seconds
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Black hole basics

Even though it sounds totally crazy, astronomers are very confident that black holes exist. Our galazy is really old, it should carry at least 100 million black holes but we’ve found only a couple of dozen of them.
2/15/20226 minutes, 24 seconds
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Fartology 101—common scents

There's really no 'genteel' way to say it, this week we're... passing wind. But even though it's totally natural, it can be embarrassing.
2/8/20226 minutes, 57 seconds
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Fartology 101—common scents

There's really no 'genteel' way to say it, this week we're... passing wind. But even though it's totally natural, it can be embarrassing.
2/8/20226 minutes, 57 seconds
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COVID-19—the petering pandemic

It used to be thought that a pathogen (or germ) and its host develop in a 'mutually benign relationship'—this was called the 'Law of Declining Virulence'. If the common cold killed us there would be less hosts and the virus would decrease. So the common cold virus mutated to become less lethal, and more common. The Law of Declining Virulence was debunked in the 1980s, and the pathogen/host relationship is actually pretty complicated.
2/1/20227 minutes, 12 seconds
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COVID-19—the petering pandemic

It used to be thought that a pathogen (or germ) and its host develop in a 'mutually benign relationship'—this was called the 'Law of Declining Virulence'. If the common cold killed us there would be less hosts and the virus would decrease. So the common cold virus mutated to become less lethal, and more common. The Law of Declining Virulence was debunked in the 1980s, and the pathogen/host relationship is actually pretty complicated.
2/1/20227 minutes, 12 seconds
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Power steering kills steering

Power steering on a car involves various rods of steel moving relative to one another. How the rods connect is why mechanics are dealing with an unexpected problem.
1/25/20227 minutes, 39 seconds
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Power steering kills steering

Power steering on a car involves various rods of steel moving relative to one another. How the rods connect is why mechanics are dealing with an unexpected problem.
1/25/20227 minutes, 39 seconds
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DJ bats double the Doppler

Thanks to some fuzzy-looking photos, bat echolocation just got more amazing. This program was originally published on 3 September 2019
1/18/20226 minutes, 45 seconds
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DJ bats double the Doppler

Thanks to some fuzzy-looking photos, bat echolocation just got more amazing. This program was originally published on 3 September 2019
1/18/20226 minutes, 45 seconds
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Brain freeze

Why do some people get headaches from eating ice-cream or drinking something very cold. This program was originally published on 19 February 2019
1/11/20225 minutes, 26 seconds
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Brain freeze

Why do some people get headaches from eating ice-cream or drinking something very cold. This program was originally published on 19 February 2019
1/11/20225 minutes, 26 seconds
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Bacteria of champions

It's not just their ability to run 42 kilometres that separates marathon runners from the rest of us. They've got a secret energy source in their gut. This program was originally published on 5 November 2019
1/4/20227 minutes, 15 seconds
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Bacteria of champions

It's not just their ability to run 42 kilometres that separates marathon runners from the rest of us. They've got a secret energy source in their gut. This program was originally published on 5 November 2019
1/4/20227 minutes, 15 seconds
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The end of the internal combustion engine?

Combustion engines are marvels of engineering and power, but will they feature in the cars of the future? This program was originally published on 8 October 2019
12/28/20217 minutes, 31 seconds
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The end of the internal combustion engine?

Combustion engines are marvels of engineering and power, but will they feature in the cars of the future? This program was originally published on 8 October 2019
12/28/20217 minutes, 31 seconds
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Balloon popping

When a balloon pops, sometimes it leaves lots of small fragments of rubber, and sometimes it leaves just a couple of larger pieces. What's going on? This program was originally published on 14 May 2019
12/21/20216 minutes, 2 seconds
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Balloon popping

When a balloon pops, sometimes it leaves lots of small fragments of rubber, and sometimes it leaves just a couple of larger pieces. What's going on? This program was originally published on 14 May 2019
12/21/20216 minutes, 2 seconds
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Bird brains - dense, not dumb

Some birds, especially parrots, songbirds and the entire crow family, are surprisingly intelligent - and not just compared with other birds.
12/14/20215 minutes, 24 seconds
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Bird brains - dense, not dumb

Some birds, especially parrots, songbirds and the entire crow family, are surprisingly intelligent - and not just compared with other birds.
12/14/20215 minutes, 24 seconds
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The colour of bird poo

Bird poo is usually coloured white—because of the way birds excrete excess nitrogen. But the poo can sometimes be a different colour—because of their diet. Creatures have evolved three main ways of getting rid of excess nitrogen.
12/7/20216 minutes, 34 seconds
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The colour of bird poo

Bird poo is usually coloured white—because of the way birds excrete excess nitrogen. But the poo can sometimes be a different colour—because of their diet. Creatures have evolved three main ways of getting rid of excess nitrogen.
12/7/20216 minutes, 34 seconds
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What to know about sunscreens

Australia is very sunny, and because of that it's a skin cancer hotspot. UV light triggers skin cancer but sunscreen blocks UV light—so is it better to apply more? Not really—and do not mix your sunscreens because there are two different types.
11/30/20216 minutes, 40 seconds
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What to know about sunscreens

Australia is very sunny, and because of that it's a skin cancer hotspot. UV light triggers skin cancer but sunscreen blocks UV light—so is it better to apply more? Not really—and do not mix your sunscreens because there are two different types.
11/30/20216 minutes, 40 seconds
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How the earth is round

Even in this day and age there are people who think that the earth is flat. The educated people of ancient Greece - about two and a half thousand years ago - had already figured out that the Earth was round. They observed the data that was right in front of them.
11/23/20216 minutes, 38 seconds
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How the earth is round

Even in this day and age there are people who think that the earth is flat. The educated people of ancient Greece - about two and a half thousand years ago - had already figured out that the Earth was round. They observed the data that was right in front of them.
11/23/20216 minutes, 38 seconds
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More about the body when free diving

When diving to very great depths the body has mechanisms to cope - on the way down, and then back to the surface.
11/16/20217 minutes, 5 seconds
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More about the body when free diving

When diving to very great depths the body has mechanisms to cope - on the way down, and then back to the surface.
11/16/20217 minutes, 5 seconds
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The body and free diving

Free diving has a current world record of around 214 m straight down—that's greater than the height of 50-storey building. For thousands of years free divers would collect salvage from shipwrecks to build underwater barricades against invaders.
11/9/20217 minutes, 37 seconds
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The body and free diving

Free diving has a current world record of around 214 m straight down—that's greater than the height of 50-storey building. For thousands of years free divers would collect salvage from shipwrecks to build underwater barricades against invaders.
11/9/20217 minutes, 37 seconds
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Probiotics and Pre-biotics

The benefits of natural foods have always been a big deal. And there really is a tiny nugget of truth in the proclamations—but it's been greatly hyped
11/2/20217 minutes, 25 seconds
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Probiotics and Pre-biotics

The benefits of natural foods have always been a big deal. And there really is a tiny nugget of truth in the proclamations—but it's been greatly hyped
11/2/20217 minutes, 25 seconds
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Longest powered flight

We’ve been flying planes with engines for over a century, so have a guess at the record for the longest duration of powered flight - more than two months! And it was set more than half a century ago.
10/26/20217 minutes, 20 seconds
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Longest powered flight

We’ve been flying planes with engines for over a century, so have a guess at the record for the longest duration of powered flight - more than two months! And it was set more than half a century ago.
10/26/20217 minutes, 20 seconds
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Infertility and COVID-19 vaccines Part 2

Further intel on a mistruth being spread by social media - that COVID-19 vaccines can cause both male and female infertility. With males, the COVID disease can cause infertility, the COVID vaccines do not. The false claim about female infertility was that the vaccine would make the woman’s own immune system attack her natural proteins. No studies have proved this claim.
10/19/20217 minutes, 7 seconds
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Infertility and COVID-19 vaccines Part 2

Further intel on a mistruth being spread by social media - that COVID-19 vaccines can cause both male and female infertility. With males, the COVID disease can cause infertility, the COVID vaccines do not. The false claim about female infertility was that the vaccine would make the woman’s own immune system attack her natural proteins. No studies have proved this claim.
10/19/20217 minutes, 7 seconds
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Infertility and COVID-19 vaccines Part 1

We have several pretty good COVID-19 vaccines. They have enormously reduced the risks against getting sick, or dying from COVID. So why are people saying “no” to COVID vaccines? It seems the main reason for avoiding the very protective vaccines is wave after wave of misinformation and dis-information in social media. Let's make some aspects easier to understand.
10/12/20216 minutes, 50 seconds
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Infertility and COVID-19 vaccines Part 1

We have several pretty good COVID-19 vaccines. They have enormously reduced the risks against getting sick, or dying from COVID. So why are people saying “no” to COVID vaccines? It seems the main reason for avoiding the very protective vaccines is wave after wave of misinformation and dis-information in social media. Let's make some aspects easier to understand.
10/12/20216 minutes, 50 seconds
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Hidden Figures: the extraordinary women in science

Science is meant to be about data and logic, and yet that doesn't always stop it from being discriminatory. Women in science don't always get the recognition they deserve, but they have made extraordinary contributions.
10/5/20216 minutes, 38 seconds
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Hidden Figures: the extraordinary women in science

Science is meant to be about data and logic, and yet that doesn't always stop it from being discriminatory. Women in science don't always get the recognition they deserve, but they have made extraordinary contributions.
10/5/20216 minutes, 38 seconds
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How equal is an equinox?

If an equinox is truly equal, it should fall on a day when there's just as much darkness as there is daylight. But that's not always exactly the case, so what's going on?
9/28/20216 minutes, 7 seconds
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How equal is an equinox?

If an equinox is truly equal, it should fall on a day when there's just as much darkness as there is daylight. But that's not always exactly the case, so what's going on?
9/28/20216 minutes, 7 seconds
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Cosmic cannibalism

What happens when two stars eat each other to death? And does one get the last laugh in this tale of cosmic cannibalism?
9/21/20216 minutes, 4 seconds
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Cosmic cannibalism

What happens when two stars eat each other to death? And does one get the last laugh in this tale of cosmic cannibalism?
9/21/20216 minutes, 4 seconds
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Reaction Faster Than Action

Ever wondered how in Western gunfights, the person who is first to draw their gun is the first to get shot? It turns out that under threat, our muscles work faster than normal.
9/14/20216 minutes, 25 seconds
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Reaction Faster Than Action

Ever wondered how in Western gunfights, the person who is first to draw their gun is the first to get shot? It turns out that under threat, our muscles work faster than normal.
9/14/20216 minutes, 25 seconds
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Metabolism Mysteries

Our long-held beliefs about metabolism - you know that thing supposedly responsible for making you put on weight with age - might be wrong.
9/7/20216 minutes, 55 seconds
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Metabolism Mysteries

Our long-held beliefs about metabolism - you know that thing supposedly responsible for making you put on weight with age - might be wrong.
9/7/20216 minutes, 55 seconds
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Wing Walking: a sport not for the faint-hearted

For most of us, travelling by plane means boarding and buckling in. But Wing Walkers don't stop there - they venture outside of the plane too.
8/31/20217 minutes, 37 seconds
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Wing Walking: a sport not for the faint-hearted

For most of us, travelling by plane means boarding and buckling in. But Wing Walkers don't stop there - they venture outside of the plane too.
8/31/20217 minutes, 37 seconds
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Our Sixth Sense: the Sick Sense

Can you tell someone is sick just by looking at them? It turns out many of us can.
8/24/20216 minutes, 43 seconds
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Our Sixth Sense: the Sick Sense

Can you tell someone is sick just by looking at them? It turns out many of us can.
8/24/20216 minutes, 43 seconds
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The Muon Magnetic Anomaly: The Land of the Unknown Unknowns

There are mysteries all around us, but here's one that might just be the next Big Breakthrough of Physics! The Muon Magnetic Anomaly.
8/17/20216 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Muon Magnetic Anomaly: The Land of the Unknown Unknowns

There are mysteries all around us, but here's one that might just be the next Big Breakthrough of Physics! The Muon Magnetic Anomaly.
8/17/20216 minutes, 21 seconds
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Muon Mystery Part 2: The 'Jewel of Physics' becomes a duel with physics

There are mysteries all around us, but here's one that might just be the next Big Breakthrough of Physics! The Muon Magnetic Anomaly.
8/10/20217 minutes, 27 seconds
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Muon Mystery Part 2: The 'Jewel of Physics' becomes a duel with physics

There are mysteries all around us, but here's one that might just be the next Big Breakthrough of Physics! The Muon Magnetic Anomaly.
8/10/20217 minutes, 27 seconds
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The Muon Magnetic Anomaly: A Quantum Mystery!

There are mysteries all around us, but here's one that might just be the next Big Breakthrough of Physics! The Muon Magnetic Anomaly.
8/3/20217 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Muon Magnetic Anomaly: A Quantum Mystery!

There are mysteries all around us, but here's one that might just be the next Big Breakthrough of Physics! The Muon Magnetic Anomaly.
8/3/20217 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Dirt On Food

Is it true that Big Agriculture has totally ruined our soil, and used up practically all of its goodness, so there’s barely any nutrition left in our food? Well, no - but like all good myths, there is a small grain of truth.
7/27/20216 minutes, 34 seconds
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The Dirt On Food

Is it true that Big Agriculture has totally ruined our soil, and used up practically all of its goodness, so there’s barely any nutrition left in our food? Well, no - but like all good myths, there is a small grain of truth.
7/27/20216 minutes, 34 seconds
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Collagen Pt 2: a complex and wonderous protein

There's a lot of claims out there about the benefits of taking collagen supplements. Last week we spoke about the structure of collagen and what it does in the body. So what happens when you eat or drink it as a supplement?
7/20/20217 minutes, 30 seconds
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Collagen Pt 2: a complex and wonderous protein

There's a lot of claims out there about the benefits of taking collagen supplements. Last week we spoke about the structure of collagen and what it does in the body. So what happens when you eat or drink it as a supplement?
7/20/20217 minutes, 30 seconds
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Collagen Pt 1: can you really eat or drink your way to smoother skin?

One thing that we are quite confident about is that collagen is part-and-parcel of having healthy and glowing skin. But what about the claim that if you eat or drink it, the molecules will magically make their way to exactly where they are needed to smooth out that wrinkle on your face?
7/13/20215 minutes, 31 seconds
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Collagen Pt 1: can you really eat or drink your way to smoother skin?

One thing that we are quite confident about is that collagen is part-and-parcel of having healthy and glowing skin. But what about the claim that if you eat or drink it, the molecules will magically make their way to exactly where they are needed to smooth out that wrinkle on your face?
7/13/20215 minutes, 31 seconds
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What happens when a black hole eats a neutron star?

Astronomers have measured something amazing – a black hole eating a neutron star. In fact, they found this happening twice in just 10 days. We have found dozens of black holes smashing into each other, and we’ve found a handful neutron stars smashing into each other, but a black hole eating a neutron star – well that’s new!
7/6/20216 minutes, 3 seconds
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What happens when a black hole eats a neutron star?

Astronomers have measured something amazing – a black hole eating a neutron star. In fact, they found this happening twice in just 10 days. We have found dozens of black holes smashing into each other, and we’ve found a handful neutron stars smashing into each other, but a black hole eating a neutron star – well that’s new!
7/6/20216 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Mighty Water Bear

What creature has survived five mass extinctions, can do just as well in space as on earth, withstand temperatures as hot and cold as you can imagine and perform show-stopping feats of survival? The mighty water bear!
6/29/20215 minutes, 48 seconds
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The Mighty Water Bear

What creature has survived five mass extinctions, can do just as well in space as on earth, withstand temperatures as hot and cold as you can imagine and perform show-stopping feats of survival? The mighty water bear!
6/29/20215 minutes, 48 seconds
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Vaccine Victory Via Chickens

What can chickens teach us about the way out of a pandemic?
6/22/20215 minutes, 39 seconds
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Vaccine Victory Via Chickens

What can chickens teach us about the way out of a pandemic?
6/22/20215 minutes, 39 seconds
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Chlorophyll Water — part 2

Chlorophyll water has re-emerged as a darling of the wellness world - but does it stand up to the hype?
6/15/20216 minutes, 51 seconds
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Chlorophyll Water — part 2

Chlorophyll water has re-emerged as a darling of the wellness world - but does it stand up to the hype?
6/15/20216 minutes, 51 seconds
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Chlorophyll Water - part 1

Chlorophyll water has re-emerged as a darling of the wellness world - but does it stand up to the hype?
6/8/20218 minutes, 18 seconds
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Chlorophyll Water - part 1

Chlorophyll water has re-emerged as a darling of the wellness world - but does it stand up to the hype?
6/8/20218 minutes, 18 seconds
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Sleep update

It's not a good plan to skimp on sleep. A regular seven to nine hours a night puts you in a better position to live longer, and better.
6/1/20216 minutes, 53 seconds
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Sleep update

It's not a good plan to skimp on sleep. A regular seven to nine hours a night puts you in a better position to live longer, and better.
6/1/20216 minutes, 53 seconds
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Development of vaccines

Vaccines are not a new invention. One of the very first effective vaccinations against disease came from China about 1,500 years ago - and was widely used there to combat Smallpox.
5/25/20216 minutes, 57 seconds
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Development of vaccines

Vaccines are not a new invention. One of the very first effective vaccinations against disease came from China about 1,500 years ago - and was widely used there to combat Smallpox.
5/25/20216 minutes, 57 seconds
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Animal navigation

Today’s technology has given us an avalanche of information about how, and where, animals travel. We have radar, motion-activated cameras, drones, DNA sequencing, as well as battery-powered geo-location devices that are light enough to be carried by butterfly, but powerful enough to send their data to orbiting satellites.
5/18/20217 minutes, 26 seconds
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Animal navigation

Today’s technology has given us an avalanche of information about how, and where, animals travel. We have radar, motion-activated cameras, drones, DNA sequencing, as well as battery-powered geo-location devices that are light enough to be carried by butterfly, but powerful enough to send their data to orbiting satellites.
5/18/20217 minutes, 26 seconds
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Elements of you

Our modern periodic table has 118 known chemical elements. About 94 of them occur naturally and the rest were manufactured by us. An element is a pure substance made of atoms that have the same numbers of protons in their central nucleus. What does an atom look like, and where are these protons?
5/11/20217 minutes, 51 seconds
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Elements of you

Our modern periodic table has 118 known chemical elements. About 94 of them occur naturally and the rest were manufactured by us. An element is a pure substance made of atoms that have the same numbers of protons in their central nucleus. What does an atom look like, and where are these protons?
5/11/20217 minutes, 51 seconds
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First known computer, Pt 3

Dr Karl still has more to tell us about the first known computer - this week it's Part 3. After its discovery it took a little while to clean up - and for the conservators to see what was on the inside. They still didn't know what it was meant to do.
5/4/20216 minutes, 17 seconds
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First known computer, Pt 3

Dr Karl still has more to tell us about the first known computer - this week it's Part 3. After its discovery it took a little while to clean up - and for the conservators to see what was on the inside. They still didn't know what it was meant to do.
5/4/20216 minutes, 17 seconds
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First known computer, Pt 2

Going deeper into the Antikythera Mechanism - a box with 30 bronze gears inside connected to three dials outside. It predicted the movements of a bunch of astronomical data. But let's start with eclipses of the Sun.
4/27/20217 minutes, 12 seconds
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First known computer, Pt 2

Going deeper into the Antikythera Mechanism - a box with 30 bronze gears inside connected to three dials outside. It predicted the movements of a bunch of astronomical data. But let's start with eclipses of the Sun.
4/27/20217 minutes, 12 seconds
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First known computer, Pt 1

We tend to think of computers as being a fairly recent invention. But the world’s oldest known computer is actually a few thousand years old. It’s called the Antikythera Mechanism
4/20/20215 minutes, 59 seconds
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First known computer, Pt 1

We tend to think of computers as being a fairly recent invention. But the world’s oldest known computer is actually a few thousand years old. It’s called the Antikythera Mechanism
4/20/20215 minutes, 59 seconds
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Staring into empty space

Gazing off into empty space or being the target of a ‘stare bear’, it can happen to us all. Staring into the middle distance can be relaxing and head-clearing, but fixing our eyes on nothing at all for a very long time can be just plain dangerous.
4/13/20216 minutes, 23 seconds
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Staring into empty space

Gazing off into empty space or being the target of a ‘stare bear’, it can happen to us all. Staring into the middle distance can be relaxing and head-clearing, but fixing our eyes on nothing at all for a very long time can be just plain dangerous.
4/13/20216 minutes, 23 seconds
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Virus 104

The last few episodes have considered the difference between a virus and a bacterium; wondered whether a virus is alive or not; and looked at our discovery of these incredibly tiny critters. While mysteries surrounding viruses are intriguing, without them we couldn’t have babies or even think.
4/6/20216 minutes, 37 seconds
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Virus 104

The last few episodes have considered the difference between a virus and a bacterium; wondered whether a virus is alive or not; and looked at our discovery of these incredibly tiny critters. While mysteries surrounding viruses are intriguing, without them we couldn’t have babies or even think.
4/6/20216 minutes, 37 seconds
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Virus 103

This COVID-19 pandemic is the first one for 102 years. In 1918-1920 we had an influenza pandemic, which we now refer to as the Spanish Flu. Back then we didn’t know about a thing called a ‘virus’, so in 1918 no-one knew what was killing people. But we did know about germs.
3/30/20215 minutes, 48 seconds
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Virus 103

This COVID-19 pandemic is the first one for 102 years. In 1918-1920 we had an influenza pandemic, which we now refer to as the Spanish Flu. Back then we didn’t know about a thing called a ‘virus’, so in 1918 no-one knew what was killing people. But we did know about germs.
3/30/20215 minutes, 48 seconds
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Virus 102

Bacteria and viruses both have the genetic code needed to make babies but only a bacterium has all the biological machinery to make another bacterium. A virus has to get into a cell and make it start manufacturing copies of the virus. So, is a virus 'alive' – well, depends on the definition.
3/23/20216 minutes, 36 seconds
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Virus 102

Bacteria and viruses both have the genetic code needed to make babies but only a bacterium has all the biological machinery to make another bacterium. A virus has to get into a cell and make it start manufacturing copies of the virus. So, is a virus 'alive' – well, depends on the definition.
3/23/20216 minutes, 36 seconds
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Virus 101

2020 will be remembered as the Year of the Virus – the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. By early 2021 the COVID virus had truly left its mark on our population, lifestyle, and biosphere. But the universe is complicated, and viruses can be good guys too.
3/16/20217 minutes, 9 seconds
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Virus 101

2020 will be remembered as the Year of the Virus – the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. By early 2021 the COVID virus had truly left its mark on our population, lifestyle, and biosphere. But the universe is complicated, and viruses can be good guys too.
3/16/20217 minutes, 9 seconds
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Value of human life

Trying to talk about the dollar value of a human life really sounds like cold hard economics. Knowing how the calculations are done is chilling. But human life does have a value. Bizarrely, trying to work that out began with trying to work out the "value of death".
3/9/20216 minutes, 50 seconds
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Value of human life

Trying to talk about the dollar value of a human life really sounds like cold hard economics. Knowing how the calculations are done is chilling. But human life does have a value. Bizarrely, trying to work that out began with trying to work out the "value of death".
3/9/20216 minutes, 50 seconds
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Bulldust asymmetry

Fake News has been around for thousands of years. You’ve probably heard of Nero, who was accused of playing the fiddle while Rome burned. But nowadays, the word gets around a lot faster. Thanks to the Internet and Social Media, a lie can travel around the world before the truth has even got out of bed. So fake news spreads quickly, and it takes more time to set straight than it took to tell the original lie.
3/2/20216 minutes, 56 seconds
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Bulldust asymmetry

Fake News has been around for thousands of years. You’ve probably heard of Nero, who was accused of playing the fiddle while Rome burned. But nowadays, the word gets around a lot faster. Thanks to the Internet and Social Media, a lie can travel around the world before the truth has even got out of bed. So fake news spreads quickly, and it takes more time to set straight than it took to tell the original lie.
3/2/20216 minutes, 56 seconds
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Smell, part 2

More on how under-rated our sense of smell is – and how loss of smell can be an early indicator of COVID-19. In your DNA many of the genes associated with smell are located right next to a big bunch of genes that form your immune system. As a baseline, pre-COVID-19, about 1-5% of the general population had no sense of smell, and another 5-13% had a lessened sense of smell. But COVID-19 has bumped these percentages way up.
2/23/20217 minutes, 36 seconds
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Smell, part 2

More on how under-rated our sense of smell is – and how loss of smell can be an early indicator of COVID-19. In your DNA many of the genes associated with smell are located right next to a big bunch of genes that form your immune system. As a baseline, pre-COVID-19, about 1-5% of the general population had no sense of smell, and another 5-13% had a lessened sense of smell. But COVID-19 has bumped these percentages way up.
2/23/20217 minutes, 36 seconds
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Smell, part 1

We see our human sense of smell as woefully inadequate compared to other animals – but awareness of our sense of smell has become more of a hot topic recently with the COVID-19 pandemic. A significant number of people who get the virus lose their sense of smell early on. It seems that a loss of smell can be a very good early sign of COVID-19 infection. 
2/16/20216 minutes, 12 seconds
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Smell, part 1

We see our human sense of smell as woefully inadequate compared to other animals – but awareness of our sense of smell has become more of a hot topic recently with the COVID-19 pandemic. A significant number of people who get the virus lose their sense of smell early on. It seems that a loss of smell can be a very good early sign of COVID-19 infection. 
2/16/20216 minutes, 12 seconds
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How to measure a building

In a classic scientific 'urban myth' a physics student is asked to measure the height of a building using a barometer. In 2020 French and Italian physicists wrote a paper called 61 Ways To Measure The Height Of A Building With A Smart Phone. This opened up a bunch of extra-modern measuring methods because of the smartphone's array of internal sensory gadgets.
2/9/20217 minutes, 25 seconds
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How to measure a building

In a classic scientific 'urban myth' a physics student is asked to measure the height of a building using a barometer. In 2020 French and Italian physicists wrote a paper called 61 Ways To Measure The Height Of A Building With A Smart Phone. This opened up a bunch of extra-modern measuring methods because of the smartphone's array of internal sensory gadgets.
2/9/20217 minutes, 25 seconds
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Universe in a lifetime

Modern, pre-COVID, travel means it’s possible to trip around the world quite quickly. What if we had a super-advanced future rocket technology that could keep us accelerating at 1G. You could travel billions of light years - in less than a human lifetime!
2/2/20218 minutes, 14 seconds
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Universe in a lifetime

Modern, pre-COVID, travel means it’s possible to trip around the world quite quickly. What if we had a super-advanced future rocket technology that could keep us accelerating at 1G. You could travel billions of light years - in less than a human lifetime!
2/2/20218 minutes, 14 seconds
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The worst plane of WW2

During World War II a curious aircraft was built by the German air force. Its purpose was to combat Allied bombers, but not everything went to plan. What sounded like a ‘good idea at the time’ became, probably, the Worst Plane of World War II.
1/26/20216 minutes, 46 seconds
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The worst plane of WW2

During World War II a curious aircraft was built by the German air force. Its purpose was to combat Allied bombers, but not everything went to plan. What sounded like a ‘good idea at the time’ became, probably, the Worst Plane of World War II.
1/26/20216 minutes, 46 seconds
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BP's Carbon Campaign

Why would the fossil fuel company BP promote the idea of reducing our individual 'carbon footprint'?
1/19/20218 minutes, 51 seconds
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BP's Carbon Campaign

Why would the fossil fuel company BP promote the idea of reducing our individual 'carbon footprint'?
1/19/20218 minutes, 51 seconds
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Migrating Species

Climate change has begun displacing species, but just how many are on the move?
1/12/20218 minutes, 47 seconds
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Migrating Species

Climate change has begun displacing species, but just how many are on the move?
1/12/20218 minutes, 47 seconds
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Carrington Event

What was the mysterious Carrington Event of 1859? And why did it affect telegraph systems?
1/5/20216 minutes, 35 seconds
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Carrington Event

What was the mysterious Carrington Event of 1859? And why did it affect telegraph systems?
1/5/20216 minutes, 35 seconds
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Palaeolithic Dieting

Is it true that our bodies would prefer the 'Paleo diet'?
12/29/20206 minutes, 49 seconds
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Palaeolithic Dieting

Is it true that our bodies would prefer the 'Paleo diet'?
12/29/20206 minutes, 49 seconds
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Ribbon Curling

What twisted trickery causes ribbons to curl?
12/22/20206 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ribbon Curling

What twisted trickery causes ribbons to curl?
12/22/20206 minutes, 11 seconds
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Hot Dog Eating

What's the maximum number of hot dogs someone could eat in 10 minutes?
12/15/20208 minutes, 4 seconds
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Hot Dog Eating

What's the maximum number of hot dogs someone could eat in 10 minutes?
12/15/20208 minutes, 4 seconds
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Dust

Where does the world's dust come from? And how does it constantly fill up our homes!?
12/8/20207 minutes, 29 seconds
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Dust

Where does the world's dust come from? And how does it constantly fill up our homes!?
12/8/20207 minutes, 29 seconds
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Carbon Footprints

Are discussions about your individual 'carbon footprint' really a distraction, shifting blame onto everyday citizens?
12/1/20209 minutes, 22 seconds
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Carbon Footprints

Are discussions about your individual 'carbon footprint' really a distraction, shifting blame onto everyday citizens?
12/1/20209 minutes, 22 seconds
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Future Hamburgers

Would you eat a hamburger patty that was grown in a lab? What about fake meat that looks and tastes just like the real thing?
11/24/20206 minutes, 32 seconds
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Future Hamburgers

Would you eat a hamburger patty that was grown in a lab? What about fake meat that looks and tastes just like the real thing?
11/24/20206 minutes, 32 seconds
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Tea Bag Saves Space Station

A cuppa tea can be a life-saver - sometimes, literally!
11/17/20208 minutes, 43 seconds
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Tea Bag Saves Space Station

A cuppa tea can be a life-saver - sometimes, literally!
11/17/20208 minutes, 43 seconds
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Parking, science-style

Understanding thyself, and taking the middle path, can lead to a much faster and calmer parking experience
11/10/20207 minutes, 25 seconds
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Parking, science-style

Understanding thyself, and taking the middle path, can lead to a much faster and calmer parking experience
11/10/20207 minutes, 25 seconds
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The a-b-c of hepatitis - part 2

Could we really rid the world of Hepatitis C?
11/3/20208 minutes, 31 seconds
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The a-b-c of hepatitis - part 2

Could we really rid the world of Hepatitis C?
11/3/20208 minutes, 31 seconds
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The a-b-c of hepatitis - part 1

Hepatitis C is one sneaky little disease, caused by an equally sneaky virus.
10/27/20207 minutes, 7 seconds
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The a-b-c of hepatitis - part 1

Hepatitis C is one sneaky little disease, caused by an equally sneaky virus.
10/27/20207 minutes, 7 seconds
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Beetroot wee and spag bol stains

What is it with red food and stains? So many things!
10/20/20206 minutes, 59 seconds
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Beetroot wee and spag bol stains

What is it with red food and stains? So many things!
10/20/20206 minutes, 59 seconds
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The 'tail' of the missing anus

Regrowing your tail is one thing - but what if you lose more than your tail in the first place?
10/13/20206 minutes, 8 seconds
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The 'tail' of the missing anus

Regrowing your tail is one thing - but what if you lose more than your tail in the first place?
10/13/20206 minutes, 8 seconds
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When copper meets COVID

Copper is like kryptonite to COVID-19.
10/6/20207 minutes, 13 seconds
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When copper meets COVID

Copper is like kryptonite to COVID-19.
10/6/20207 minutes, 13 seconds
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For black holes, matter doesn't size

They can be superemassive, but black holes still have no size.
9/29/20206 minutes, 18 seconds
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For black holes, matter doesn't size

They can be superemassive, but black holes still have no size.
9/29/20206 minutes, 18 seconds
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Dead fish can swim

Why you should always read back copies of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics.
9/22/20207 minutes, 5 seconds
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Dead fish can swim

Why you should always read back copies of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics.
9/22/20207 minutes, 5 seconds
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Pterodactyl take-off

That's not a dinosaur - it's a flying catapult!
9/15/20206 minutes, 50 seconds
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Pterodactyl take-off

That's not a dinosaur - it's a flying catapult!
9/15/20206 minutes, 50 seconds
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Fish boot camp

Why are scientists exercising fish ... with a coffee plunger?
9/8/20206 minutes, 9 seconds
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Fish boot camp

Why are scientists exercising fish ... with a coffee plunger?
9/8/20206 minutes, 9 seconds
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The case of the disappearing bum - part 2

This creature has the only known case of an 'on-demand anus'
9/1/20206 minutes, 22 seconds
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The case of the disappearing bum - part 2

This creature has the only known case of an 'on-demand anus'
9/1/20206 minutes, 22 seconds
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The case of the disappearing bum - part 1

The anus is highlight of animal evolution - but it's still full of surprises.
8/25/20206 minutes
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The case of the disappearing bum - part 1

The anus is highlight of animal evolution - but it's still full of surprises.
8/25/20206 minutes
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Spider intelligence

They've got brains smaller than a pinhead, but spiders can count!
3/17/20207 minutes, 6 seconds
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Spider intelligence

They've got brains smaller than a pinhead, but spiders can count!
3/17/20207 minutes, 6 seconds
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Holy electric flying spiders!

Arachnophobes beware - flying B-grade horror spiders ahoy!
3/10/20207 minutes, 9 seconds
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Holy electric flying spiders!

Arachnophobes beware - flying B-grade horror spiders ahoy!
3/10/20207 minutes, 9 seconds
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Putting Einstein to the test - part 2

The short story: he passed the test. Again.
3/3/20207 minutes, 10 seconds
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Putting Einstein to the test - part 2

The short story: he passed the test. Again.
3/3/20207 minutes, 10 seconds
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Putting Einstein to the test - part one

There are very few places weird enough to test out Einstein's General Theory of Relativity.
2/25/20206 minutes, 59 seconds
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Putting Einstein to the test - part one

There are very few places weird enough to test out Einstein's General Theory of Relativity.
2/25/20206 minutes, 59 seconds
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The perfect coffee

At last - the real secret to the perfect espresso!
2/18/20207 minutes, 12 seconds
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The perfect coffee

At last - the real secret to the perfect espresso!
2/18/20207 minutes, 12 seconds
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Australian bushfires - part 3

A lot of players had a role in our horrific 2019/2020 bushfire season. Luckily, El Nino was not one of them.
2/11/20207 minutes, 54 seconds
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Australian bushfires - part 3

A lot of players had a role in our horrific 2019/2020 bushfire season. Luckily, El Nino was not one of them.
2/11/20207 minutes, 54 seconds
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Australian bushfires - part 2

Are these bushfires really unprecedented and related to global warming?
2/4/20206 minutes, 43 seconds
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Australian bushfires - part 2

Are these bushfires really unprecedented and related to global warming?
2/4/20206 minutes, 43 seconds
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Australian bushfires - part 1

The science behind our cataclysmic bushfire season
1/28/20207 minutes, 54 seconds
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Australian bushfires - part 1

The science behind our cataclysmic bushfire season
1/28/20207 minutes, 54 seconds
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NASA's space pen

The truth behind NASA's 'billion dollar' space pen.
1/21/20207 minutes, 35 seconds
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NASA's space pen

The truth behind NASA's 'billion dollar' space pen.
1/21/20207 minutes, 35 seconds
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The flat earth myth myth

Medieval people thought the world was flat right? Wrong.
1/14/20207 minutes, 6 seconds
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The flat earth myth myth

Medieval people thought the world was flat right? Wrong.
1/14/20207 minutes, 6 seconds
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Atomic gecko

Spiderman has got nothing on geckos when it comes to sticking to walls.
1/7/20206 minutes, 57 seconds
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Atomic gecko

Spiderman has got nothing on geckos when it comes to sticking to walls.
1/7/20206 minutes, 57 seconds
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Why do we sleep?

What our brains do when we clock off for the night...
12/31/20195 minutes, 38 seconds
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Why do we sleep?

What our brains do when we clock off for the night...
12/31/20195 minutes, 38 seconds
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5G hysteria is coming: part 2

If mobile phones don't cause cancer, why did two US studies show they do?
12/24/20198 minutes, 3 seconds
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5G hysteria is coming: part 2

If mobile phones don't cause cancer, why did two US studies show they do?
12/24/20198 minutes, 3 seconds
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5G hysteria is coming ...

5G promises incredibly fast download speeds - but what about those cancer rumours?
12/17/20197 minutes, 49 seconds
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5G hysteria is coming ...

5G promises incredibly fast download speeds - but what about those cancer rumours?
12/17/20197 minutes, 49 seconds
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Coffee naps

Coffee or a nap? Actually, both.
12/10/20195 minutes, 49 seconds
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Coffee naps

Coffee or a nap? Actually, both.
12/10/20195 minutes, 49 seconds
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Are you a mozzie magnet?

If you're pregnant, a bloke or a beer drinker, you're a prime target for mosquitos.
12/2/20196 minutes, 34 seconds
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Are you a mozzie magnet?

If you're pregnant, a bloke or a beer drinker, you're a prime target for mosquitos.
12/2/20196 minutes, 34 seconds
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How do planes really fly?

If you're bursting to shout "Bernoulli!", think again ... Also, CONGRATULATIONS to Dr Karl from all of us at ABC Science! http://ab.co/2raH8Wj
11/26/20196 minutes, 35 seconds
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How do planes really fly?

If you're bursting to shout "Bernoulli!", think again ... Also, CONGRATULATIONS to Dr Karl from all of us at ABC Science! http://ab.co/2raH8Wj
11/26/20196 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ultraprocessed foods

Obesity has been on the rise since the mid-seventies. As have ultraprocessed foods. Co-inky-dink?
11/19/20197 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ultraprocessed foods

Obesity has been on the rise since the mid-seventies. As have ultraprocessed foods. Co-inky-dink?
11/19/20197 minutes, 3 seconds
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Is a vegan diet healthy?

Can you be truly healthy on a diet that excludes both meat and dairy?
11/12/20196 minutes, 45 seconds
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Is a vegan diet healthy?

Can you be truly healthy on a diet that excludes both meat and dairy?
11/12/20196 minutes, 45 seconds
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Bacteria of champions

It's not just their ability to run 42 kilometres that separates marathon runners from the rest of us. They've got a secret energy source in their gut.
11/5/20197 minutes, 12 seconds
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Bacteria of champions

It's not just their ability to run 42 kilometres that separates marathon runners from the rest of us. They've got a secret energy source in their gut.
11/5/20197 minutes, 12 seconds
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What happens when you get winded?

Have you ever been winded? You suddenly lose the ability to do something you've done 15 times each minute of your life. But why?
10/29/20196 minutes, 19 seconds
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What happens when you get winded?

Have you ever been winded? You suddenly lose the ability to do something you've done 15 times each minute of your life. But why?
10/29/20196 minutes, 19 seconds
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Knife in the dishwasher - part two

At last - the answer to the burning question in kitchens the world over: does the dishwasher blunt your sharp knife?
10/22/20196 minutes, 9 seconds
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Knife in the dishwasher - part two

At last - the answer to the burning question in kitchens the world over: does the dishwasher blunt your sharp knife?
10/22/20196 minutes, 9 seconds
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Knife in the dishwasher: part one

Have you heard that you shouldn't put your sharp stainless steel kitchen knives in the dishwasher because they might go blunt?
10/15/201911 minutes, 59 seconds
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Knife in the dishwasher: part one

Have you heard that you shouldn't put your sharp stainless steel kitchen knives in the dishwasher because they might go blunt?
10/15/201911 minutes, 59 seconds
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The end of the internal combustion engine?

Combustion engines are marvels of engineering and power, but will they feature in the cars of the future?
10/8/20197 minutes, 17 seconds
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The end of the internal combustion engine?

Combustion engines are marvels of engineering and power, but will they feature in the cars of the future?
10/8/20197 minutes, 17 seconds
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The not-so-boring billion

We all go through slow patches - but the Earth went through a famous boring phase that lasted one billion years. Or did it ...
10/1/20196 minutes, 22 seconds
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The not-so-boring billion

We all go through slow patches - but the Earth went through a famous boring phase that lasted one billion years. Or did it ...
10/1/20196 minutes, 22 seconds
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And the Ig Nobel prizes go to ...

A new year, and a new crop of research to make us laugh and then make us think.
9/24/20198 minutes, 17 seconds
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And the Ig Nobel prizes go to ...

A new year, and a new crop of research to make us laugh and then make us think.
9/24/20198 minutes, 17 seconds
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Red sky at night... sailors' delight?

Could a glowing red sunset really foretell the next morning's weather?
9/17/20197 minutes, 33 seconds
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Red sky at night... sailors' delight?

Could a glowing red sunset really foretell the next morning's weather?
9/17/20197 minutes, 33 seconds
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Jargon moving forwards

Jargon has way more uses than just playing Buzzword Bingo. It's a popular item in the propaganda and social toolkits.
9/10/20196 minutes, 48 seconds
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Jargon moving forwards

Jargon has way more uses than just playing Buzzword Bingo. It's a popular item in the propaganda and social toolkits.
9/10/20196 minutes, 48 seconds
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DJ bats double the Doppler

Thanks to some fuzzy-looking photos, bat echolocation just got more amazing.
9/3/20196 minutes, 45 seconds
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DJ bats double the Doppler

Thanks to some fuzzy-looking photos, bat echolocation just got more amazing.
9/3/20196 minutes, 45 seconds
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Diseases stink!

Joy Milne has a superpower. She can smell Parkinson's disease - years before it's diagnosed.
8/27/20197 minutes, 30 seconds
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Diseases stink!

Joy Milne has a superpower. She can smell Parkinson's disease - years before it's diagnosed.
8/27/20197 minutes, 30 seconds
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Dead brains revived!

Tabloids love using 'Frankenstein' in headlines about science research. But this time, they weren't completely wrong.
8/20/20197 minutes, 6 seconds
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Dead brains revived!

Tabloids love using 'Frankenstein' in headlines about science research. But this time, they weren't completely wrong.
8/20/20197 minutes, 6 seconds
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Mirror Universe: part two

A nine second difference between physics experiments could have big implications. A whole universe worth of them!
8/13/20196 minutes, 45 seconds
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Mirror Universe: part two

A nine second difference between physics experiments could have big implications. A whole universe worth of them!
8/13/20196 minutes, 45 seconds
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Mirror Universe: part 1

As if our regular universe isn't crazy enough - there might be a completely different 'mirror' universe lurking amongst us!
8/6/20197 minutes, 11 seconds
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Mirror Universe: part 1

As if our regular universe isn't crazy enough - there might be a completely different 'mirror' universe lurking amongst us!
8/6/20197 minutes, 11 seconds
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Running out of sand: part two

The future of sand is ... recycled plastic?
7/30/20196 minutes, 59 seconds
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Running out of sand: part two

The future of sand is ... recycled plastic?
7/30/20196 minutes, 59 seconds
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Running out of sand, part one

How could something as common as sand possibly be running low?
7/23/20196 minutes, 40 seconds
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Running out of sand, part one

How could something as common as sand possibly be running low?
7/23/20196 minutes, 40 seconds
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Marco Polo and spaghetti: part two

There's plenty of evidence that Marco Polo didn't introduce pasta from China. So where did that myth start?
7/16/20195 minutes, 49 seconds
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Marco Polo and spaghetti: part two

There's plenty of evidence that Marco Polo didn't introduce pasta from China. So where did that myth start?
7/16/20195 minutes, 49 seconds
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Marco Polo and spaghetti: part one

We all know that Marco Polo brought spaghetti to the western world from his travels in China. Or did he?
7/9/20195 minutes, 50 seconds
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Marco Polo and spaghetti: part one

We all know that Marco Polo brought spaghetti to the western world from his travels in China. Or did he?
7/9/20195 minutes, 50 seconds
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Tobacco denialism: part two

A meeting in 1953 created the formula for a smokescreen that's still playing out today. And it's gone way beyond tobacco.
7/2/20197 minutes, 39 seconds
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Tobacco denialism: part two

A meeting in 1953 created the formula for a smokescreen that's still playing out today. And it's gone way beyond tobacco.
7/2/20197 minutes, 39 seconds
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Tobacco denialism: part one

When the science is certain, how do you push a product that kills? Ask Big PR.
6/25/20196 minutes, 35 seconds
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Tobacco denialism: part one

When the science is certain, how do you push a product that kills? Ask Big PR.
6/25/20196 minutes, 35 seconds
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Our solar system is weird

With our planets spread far and wide - and no super-sized Earths - we're nothing like the other solar systems we've found.
6/18/20196 minutes, 44 seconds
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Our solar system is weird

With our planets spread far and wide - and no super-sized Earths - we're nothing like the other solar systems we've found.
6/18/20196 minutes, 44 seconds
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5G hysteria is coming: part 2

If mobile phones don't cause cancer, why did two US studies show they do?
6/11/20197 minutes, 42 seconds
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5G hysteria is coming: part 2

If mobile phones don't cause cancer, why did two US studies show they do?
6/11/20197 minutes, 42 seconds
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5G hysteria is coming ...

5G promises incredibly fast download speeds - but what about those cancer rumours?
6/4/20197 minutes, 27 seconds
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5G hysteria is coming ...

5G promises incredibly fast download speeds - but what about those cancer rumours?
6/4/20197 minutes, 27 seconds
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Where gold comes from: part two

When it comes to making gold, alchemists never stood a chance. For that magic you need cataclysmic collisions, dying megastars and black holes.
5/28/20197 minutes, 30 seconds
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Where gold comes from: part two

When it comes to making gold, alchemists never stood a chance. For that magic you need cataclysmic collisions, dying megastars and black holes.
5/28/20197 minutes, 30 seconds
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Where gold comes from: part one

Gold can come from jewellery shops, bank heists, Mints and mines. But where is gold made?
5/21/20196 minutes, 58 seconds
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Where gold comes from: part one

Gold can come from jewellery shops, bank heists, Mints and mines. But where is gold made?
5/21/20196 minutes, 58 seconds
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Balloon popping

When a balloon pops, sometimes it leaves lots of small fragments of rubber, and sometimes it leaves just a couple of larger pieces. What's going on?
5/14/20195 minutes, 54 seconds
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Balloon popping

When a balloon pops, sometimes it leaves lots of small fragments of rubber, and sometimes it leaves just a couple of larger pieces. What's going on?
5/14/20195 minutes, 54 seconds
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Say cheese

Hard, soft, smelly or blue - there's a cheese for every occasion. But is it time to rethink our relationship with this delicious dairy product?
5/7/20196 minutes, 41 seconds
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Say cheese

Hard, soft, smelly or blue - there's a cheese for every occasion. But is it time to rethink our relationship with this delicious dairy product?
5/7/20196 minutes, 41 seconds
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Easter and the Equinox

Easter Sunday can fall in March or April, but the date is definitely not random.
4/30/20196 minutes, 12 seconds
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Easter and the Equinox

Easter Sunday can fall in March or April, but the date is definitely not random.
4/30/20196 minutes, 12 seconds
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Washing clothes: part two

Clothing is made of threads, which are made of smaller-still fibres. And that's where the dirt hides.
4/23/20196 minutes, 43 seconds
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Washing clothes: part two

Clothing is made of threads, which are made of smaller-still fibres. And that's where the dirt hides.
4/23/20196 minutes, 43 seconds
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Washing clothes: part one

Until recently, scientists couldn't work out how a washing machine actually lifted the dirt out of clothes.
4/16/20195 minutes, 59 seconds
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Washing clothes: part one

Until recently, scientists couldn't work out how a washing machine actually lifted the dirt out of clothes.
4/16/20195 minutes, 59 seconds
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Vaping, e-cigarettes, and big tobacco

Tobacco has done bad things for public health — but what about e-cigarettes?
4/9/20197 minutes, 16 seconds
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Vaping, e-cigarettes, and big tobacco

Tobacco has done bad things for public health — but what about e-cigarettes?
4/9/20197 minutes, 16 seconds
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Rogue planets: part two

Planets going rogue and abandoning their star to wander the galactic hood could actually be pretty common.
4/2/20196 minutes, 30 seconds
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Rogue planets: part two

Planets going rogue and abandoning their star to wander the galactic hood could actually be pretty common.
4/2/20196 minutes, 30 seconds
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Rogue planets: part one

Rogue planets drift freely through our galaxy, rather than orbiting around a star — and researchers estimate there could be billions in the Milky Way alone.
3/26/20195 minutes, 44 seconds
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Rogue planets: part one

Rogue planets drift freely through our galaxy, rather than orbiting around a star — and researchers estimate there could be billions in the Milky Way alone.
3/26/20195 minutes, 44 seconds
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Barcode invention: part two

Barcodes look deceptively simple, but it took 25 years - and two episodes of Great Moments in Science! - to get from that lightbulb moment on a beach to the first barcode and scanner at a checkout.
3/19/20196 minutes, 48 seconds
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Barcode invention: part two

Barcodes look deceptively simple, but it took 25 years - and two episodes of Great Moments in Science! - to get from that lightbulb moment on a beach to the first barcode and scanner at a checkout.
3/19/20196 minutes, 48 seconds
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Barcode invention: part one

The story of the barcode has everything - from gangsters to newborns and a whole lot of sand.
3/12/20196 minutes, 56 seconds
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Barcode invention: part one

The story of the barcode has everything - from gangsters to newborns and a whole lot of sand.
3/12/20196 minutes, 56 seconds
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Holy Hole Phobia!

If that image is creeping you out, you could have trypophobia.
3/5/20196 minutes, 9 seconds
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Holy Hole Phobia!

If that image is creeping you out, you could have trypophobia.
3/5/20196 minutes, 9 seconds
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Seashell Ocean Sound

When you pick up a seashell and hold it to your ear, why can you hear the sound of the ocean?
2/26/20196 minutes, 40 seconds
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Seashell Ocean Sound

When you pick up a seashell and hold it to your ear, why can you hear the sound of the ocean?
2/26/20196 minutes, 40 seconds
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Brain freeze

Why do some people get headaches from eating ice-cream or drinking something very cold
2/19/20195 minutes, 26 seconds
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Brain freeze

Why do some people get headaches from eating ice-cream or drinking something very cold
2/19/20195 minutes, 26 seconds
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Dodging rocks

We're all just one small rock away from extinction.
2/12/20196 minutes, 47 seconds
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Dodging rocks

We're all just one small rock away from extinction.
2/12/20196 minutes, 47 seconds
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Our planetary neighbourhood

Everybody needs good planetary neighbours. But who is our closest?
2/5/20195 minutes, 33 seconds
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Our planetary neighbourhood

Everybody needs good planetary neighbours. But who is our closest?
2/5/20195 minutes, 33 seconds
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Left face attractiveness

Want to look good? Put your left face forward.
1/29/20195 minutes, 39 seconds
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Left face attractiveness

Want to look good? Put your left face forward.
1/29/20195 minutes, 39 seconds
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Mobile phones and empathy

Is a mobile phone getting in the way of your relationship?
1/22/20196 minutes, 29 seconds
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Mobile phones and empathy

Is a mobile phone getting in the way of your relationship?
1/22/20196 minutes, 29 seconds
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Fast food and your brain

Are you aware of all the crafty tricks fast food retailers use to keep you coming back for more?
1/15/20196 minutes, 13 seconds
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Fast food and your brain

Are you aware of all the crafty tricks fast food retailers use to keep you coming back for more?
1/15/20196 minutes, 13 seconds
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Fork 'n' food

Would using a larger fork lead to you eating more food, less food, or just the same amount?
1/8/20195 minutes, 42 seconds
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Fork 'n' food

Would using a larger fork lead to you eating more food, less food, or just the same amount?
1/8/20195 minutes, 42 seconds
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Hiccups cure: part two

A hiccup cure that really works — if you're brave enough.
1/1/20197 minutes, 6 seconds
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Hiccups cure: part two

A hiccup cure that really works — if you're brave enough.
1/1/20197 minutes, 6 seconds
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Hiccups cure: part one

Why exactly do we hiccup? Is there a cure!?
12/25/20186 minutes, 25 seconds
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Hiccups cure: part one

Why exactly do we hiccup? Is there a cure!?
12/25/20186 minutes, 25 seconds
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Mass of a proton: part two

How can relativity and quantum mechanics create mass in a tiny particle?
12/18/20187 minutes, 16 seconds
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Mass of a proton: part two

How can relativity and quantum mechanics create mass in a tiny particle?
12/18/20187 minutes, 16 seconds
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Mass of a proton: part one

The Universe is made of atoms — but what are atoms made of?
12/11/20187 minutes, 8 seconds
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Mass of a proton: part one

The Universe is made of atoms — but what are atoms made of?
12/11/20187 minutes, 8 seconds
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Cube-shaped wombat poo

Have we finally figured out how wombats make cube-shaped poo!?
12/4/20187 minutes, 18 seconds
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Cube-shaped wombat poo

Have we finally figured out how wombats make cube-shaped poo!?
12/4/20187 minutes, 18 seconds
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Do fish drink water?

The answer to this question is a little surprising, not least because it involves wee.
11/27/20186 minutes, 21 seconds
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Do fish drink water?

The answer to this question is a little surprising, not least because it involves wee.
11/27/20186 minutes, 21 seconds
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Black hole in the Milky Way: part two

Astronomers have seen stars and superhot gas flying in orbits that bring them very close to the supermassive black hole in the middle of our galaxy — and this has taught us a huge amount about the nature of black holes.
11/20/20187 minutes, 25 seconds
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Black hole in the Milky Way: part two

Astronomers have seen stars and superhot gas flying in orbits that bring them very close to the supermassive black hole in the middle of our galaxy — and this has taught us a huge amount about the nature of black holes.
11/20/20187 minutes, 25 seconds
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Black hole in the Milky Way: part one

Black holes have no size, but have a huge mass — and there's an enormous one right in the middle of our galaxy.
11/13/20187 minutes, 9 seconds
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Black hole in the Milky Way: part one

Black holes have no size, but have a huge mass — and there's an enormous one right in the middle of our galaxy.
11/13/20187 minutes, 9 seconds
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Geotagged photos

Are you accidentally sharing your precise location, whenever you upload a photo?
11/6/20186 minutes, 16 seconds
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Geotagged photos

Are you accidentally sharing your precise location, whenever you upload a photo?
11/6/20186 minutes, 16 seconds
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Measure Earth

Reckon you could measure the circumference of the Earth using just a stick and some basic geometry?
10/30/20186 minutes, 44 seconds
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Measure Earth

Reckon you could measure the circumference of the Earth using just a stick and some basic geometry?
10/30/20186 minutes, 44 seconds
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Cigarettes radioactive

You've probably heard cigarettes are bad for you — but did you know tobacco contains radioactive material?
10/23/20186 minutes, 45 seconds
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Cigarettes radioactive

You've probably heard cigarettes are bad for you — but did you know tobacco contains radioactive material?
10/23/20186 minutes, 45 seconds
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Alkaline diets

It's said that the 'alkaline diet' can help you lose weight, and fight off cancer — but it looks like these claims don't stand up.
10/16/20188 minutes, 8 seconds
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Alkaline diets

It's said that the 'alkaline diet' can help you lose weight, and fight off cancer — but it looks like these claims don't stand up.
10/16/20188 minutes, 8 seconds
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Kiss the Sun: part two

After hearing about the Parker Solar Probe's mission to the Sun, now Dr Karl is taking a closer look at how it'll survive this fiery journey.
10/9/20186 minutes, 45 seconds
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Kiss the Sun: part two

After hearing about the Parker Solar Probe's mission to the Sun, now Dr Karl is taking a closer look at how it'll survive this fiery journey.
10/9/20186 minutes, 45 seconds
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Kiss the Sun: part one

There's still a lot we don't know about the burning ball of gas that sustains life on Earth — but the Parker Solar Probe could help.
10/2/20186 minutes, 50 seconds
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Kiss the Sun: part one

There's still a lot we don't know about the burning ball of gas that sustains life on Earth — but the Parker Solar Probe could help.
10/2/20186 minutes, 50 seconds
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How to snap spaghetti: part two

For some snapping spaghetti is sacrilege — but for others it’s science.
9/25/20185 minutes, 26 seconds
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How to snap spaghetti: part two

For some snapping spaghetti is sacrilege — but for others it’s science.
9/25/20185 minutes, 26 seconds
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How to snap spaghetti: part one

From spaghetti strands to trees to nanotubes — we need to know about the physics of rod-like structures.
9/18/20185 minutes, 6 seconds
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How to snap spaghetti: part one

From spaghetti strands to trees to nanotubes — we need to know about the physics of rod-like structures.
9/18/20185 minutes, 6 seconds
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Snooping microphones in your home?

Many of us have microphones in our homes, attached to smart phones and personal assistant devices.
9/11/20187 minutes, 37 seconds
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Snooping microphones in your home?

Many of us have microphones in our homes, attached to smart phones and personal assistant devices.
9/11/20187 minutes, 37 seconds
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The faults in our bodies

Our bodies are a marvel of sophisticated engineering — almost without exception.
9/4/20186 minutes, 20 seconds
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The faults in our bodies

Our bodies are a marvel of sophisticated engineering — almost without exception.
9/4/20186 minutes, 20 seconds
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Mapping DNA to save lives

DNA can help us work out family trees, catch bad guys ... and now as a tool in emergency medicine.
8/28/20186 minutes, 37 seconds
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Mapping DNA to save lives

DNA can help us work out family trees, catch bad guys ... and now as a tool in emergency medicine.
8/28/20186 minutes, 37 seconds
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The loneliest ATM

Hint: the loneliest ATM is in a very, very cold place.