Jul 24th, 2016 by fuzzylogicon2xx
The list may seem strange, but it applies to our two featured women. Dorothy Hill was a pioneering Australian scientist who's field was coral paleantology. She also drove rally cars and had a pilot's license. Hedy Lamarr was a renowned Hollywood beauty. She invented secure frequency hopping radio transmission. Something like it is in your mobile phone.
We look at a surprisingly simple way to make renewable energy reliable on the grid.
And in today's Ask Fuzzy we learn about arthritis.
Brought to you by Rebecca Kaye from National Science Week, with Rod.
Jul 17th, 2016 by fuzzylogicon2xx
Two guests spontaneously appeared today. Luckly they were intelligently designed.
Lots of people talk about evolution, but lots of people don't really know about evolution. There are many misconceptions. Then there are those who prefer mythical explanations. What does that mean, and why does it matter?
Dr Nick Matzke is an evolutionary biologist who's been mapping the large scale history of life (the phylogenetic tree).
Phil Hore is from the National Dinosaur Museum.
Created by Rod. @FuzzyLogicSci
Lots of good things on the way at National Science Week.
Jun 5th, 2016 by fuzzylogicon2xx
What would it be like to find your vision was suddenly infected by strange apparitions? Lines, shapes, whole buildings, faces, and lizards crawling up the wall. All inventions of the condition called Charles Bonnet Syndrome.
No, you're not going mad, these are tricks that the visual system sometimes plays.
Rod interviews Scot Muirden, director of the Charles Bonnet Syndrome Foundation, and Ian Lawther who shares some remarkable stories of his experience with CBS.
Charles Bonnet Syndrome is much more common than you might think. If you have vision loss, or know somebody who has, a simple question can make a huge difference.
Too many people live in fear that their mind is going, and don't want to talk about it. Even the medical profession are generally not well informed.
We also recommend
Scot Muirden's Ask Fuzzy column on CBS
Oliver Sacks TED talk.
An excellent Damn Interesting article
May 30th, 2016 by fuzzylogicon2xx
The third week of May is National Archaeology Week, and to celebrate, Mitchell and Eleanor talk about the art and science of archaeology. We chat about the media hubbub surrounding the Curse of Tutankhamun's Tomb, the grim details of the buried city of Pompeii, and the geothermal vents that the Romans exploited at bath-time.
Also features curse tablets and local axes.
May 15th, 2016 by fuzzylogicon2xx
It's an obsession, it's a pollutant and it's a problem. On this weeks episode, Broderick looks at the problem with plastic.
Featuring interviews with Heidi Taylor from the Australian Marine Debris Initiative, PhD candidate from the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security Karen Raubenheimer and Principal Doug Reckord from the Bournda Environmental Education Centre. Each of these scientists shares their passion and the story about plastic.
These scientists will be joined by others when they speak at the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre Marine Science Forum which is titled "Turning the Tide on Trash". For more information on the forum, or to purchase tickets, head to http://www.sapphirecoastdiscovery.com.au/
May 8th, 2016 by fuzzylogicon2xx
The ground has shifted, renewables are taking the wind out of fossil fuels. It's now cheaper to generate power with solar and wind.
But is it an anti capitalist dream, only for when the sun is shining?
Our guest today is a prominent pioneer of solar power technology, and an advocate for renewable energy. Professor Andrew Blakers is Director of the ANU Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems.
Hosted by Rod.
Community radio has been hit with a budget cut of $1.4m. Show your support keepcommunityradio.org.au
May 4th, 2016 by fuzzylogicon2xx
Science isn't just pretty pictures of cells and stars; it's a thing people do, and you can too.
In this episode of Fuzzy, Siân, Mitchell and Eleanor talk about the scientific method and how we can apply scientific thinking to our own everyday lives.
Features porridge alchemy, the Saturn Hexagon, and a ride on the dinosaur train.
This episode originally aired on the 17th April 2016.
Apr 28th, 2016 by fuzzylogicon2xx
Are machines taking over? Or are they just plotting to ruin all our board game nights and become undefeatable Trivial Pursuit champions? Phoebe and Broderick answer these hard-hitting questions and more as they explore the science, technology and ethics of artificial intelligence.
This episode was originally broadcast on 16 March, 2016.
Apr 25th, 2016 by fuzzylogicon2xx
This episode Broderick takes a look at the worrying levels of coral bleaching and what it means for our Great Barrier Reef. We also take a look at the latest in dinosaur news, allergy treatments and fingerprints in your skull.
Apr 14th, 2016 by fuzzylogicon2xx
Today we step outside our usual science to meet a rising figure in the Australian Labor party. Why would someone subject themelves to the brutal world of politics? We dicuss social capital, and the limits to growth. Is growth really what we need, and at what point to we say 'enough'?
Dr Andrew Leigh is Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Federal Member for Fraser in the ACT.
Interview by Rod, who discloses personal affiliations at the start of this interview.