Feb 24th, 2015 by fuzzylogicon2xx
In the previous episode of Ruminations we shrunk ourselves small enough to be injected into a person's body. Today, we're going even further, right down into the sub atomic world.
Things are really weird down here.
Ruminations #2 continues the Fantastic Voyage.
Feb 22nd, 2015 by fuzzylogicon2xx
Did you ever watch the old B-grade movie, Fantastic Voyage?
See our clever heroes shrunk down to the micro-scale, injected into and save the blood stream of someone who must be saved. Desperate stuff, and a fun story.
But would would it really be like down there? Assuming it's possible in the first place of course.
Oh...and sorry about the goat.
Enjoy this first instalment of Ruminations, recorded for the Community Broadcasting Network.
Next time on Ruminations...we shrink even further!
Written and presented by Rod, with thanks to David Jenkins and Deborah Hawke.
Feb 15th, 2015 by fuzzylogicon2xx
Today we delve into the mind of a psychopath. These characters fuel countless books and movies, underlying our fascination with them. Perhaps after listening to this, you'll recognise some psychopathic characters. Maybe even someone you work with. Or perhaps a voice you've heard on podcast.
Few topics in science are so evocative. But... it's never that simple. Psychopathy turns out to be a slippery concept.
Along the way, we bump into the Myers Briggs indicator often used workplace training. Is it real? Many of us have been lumped into one of four boxes this way. Next time you do, have this authoritive quote ready.
Dr Martin Sellbom brings scientific rigour into a muddy topic. Dr Sellbom is Associate Professor, Director of the Clinical Psychology program at the ANU.
And bringing a writer's perspective is fantasy author KJ Taylor, who's works many explore the darker side of human nature.
Fuzzy Logic is grateful for the support of Australian Science Communicators.
Feb 9th, 2015 by fuzzylogicon2xx
On this episode of Fuzzy, Ian interviews Sione Crawford (Manager of Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy) and David McDonald (Director of Social Research & Evaluation Pty Ltd) about how they evaluated Canberra's Naloxone program. Naloxone is an injectable drug designed to reverse the effects of people who have overdosed on heroin (and other opioids). This government funded program was quite controversial in its infancy but was it actually a success? and how did David and Sione collect data required to publish government reports and scientific papers? We discuss all these issues and more in this very interesting episode of Fuzzy.
Feb 2nd, 2015 by fuzzylogicon2xx
On this episode of Fuzzy Logic, Jarrod and Broderick discuss chickens that can count, how to generate those "aha" moments, an expert poker playing computer and a new chemical bond. This episode also features an interview by Ian with Dr Kate Grarock, senior ecologist at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary, one of Canberra's best kept secrets.
Dec 7th, 2014 by fuzzylogicon2xx
Imagine you suffered depression or a condition such as Asperger's syndrome. Would you undertake treatment that would change your brain? It's a vexed question when we're talking about the the fundamentals of your self.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a technique that is evolving for these and other disorders.
Associate Professor Peter Enticott is from the Cognitive Neuroscience Unit at Deakin University. Fantasy novellist Katie also joins us, to tell the story from an asperger's point of view.
Brought to you by Ian, Eleanor, Rod, and a special guest appearance by Jimi Hendrix.
Nov 18th, 2014 by fuzzylogicon2xx
1.5 billion is a lot for a space mission. Is it worth it? Today we update on the Rosetta probe onto comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. In an update after the show, we learn that the Philae's first bounce lasted nearly 2 hours.
Closer to Earth, Associate Professor Nick Barnes from NICTA talks to us about the bionic eye.
We probe into aspergers, what is, and what does it mean. In December, we'll be interviewing Dr Peter Enticott about TMS treatments for aspergers.
And then we look at medicinal uses of cannabis, a contentious subject covered in a recent Ask Fuzzy column. (Send your questions to AskFuzzy at Zoho.com)
Brought to you by Ian and Rod
Nov 4th, 2014 by fuzzylogicon2xx
We all love a bit of chocolate, but what do we make of research on its health benefits?
In our adults-only sealed section we talk about dinosaur private parts described in John Pickrell's book Flying Dinosaurs. We interviewed John recently on Fuzzy.
We talk to the Federal Member for Wills, Kelvin Thomson, who is one of the few politcians prepared to raise the issue of population growth. Why should we care?
Brought to you by Ian and Rod.
Fuzzy Logic is proudly sponsored by Australian Science Communicators. Hurrah!
Oct 15th, 2014 by fuzzylogicon2xx
What's that creature perched in the tree? Perhaps it's a dinosaur!
You might think that a topic as old as dinosaurs was well settled, but in recent years the thinking on dinosaurs had changed radically.
Today's guests on Fuzzy Logic (or perhaps that should be Feathered Logic) is John Pickrell, editor of Australian Geographic, and author of the new book Flying Dinosaurs, and Phil Hore from the National Dinosaur Museum in Canberra.
Interview by Rod
Oct 6th, 2014 by fuzzylogicon2xx
This week on Fuzzy Ian, Joe, Hannah and Broderick talk about science with all the emotion attached. Ian talks about his work with Alzheimers Australia and the emotion behind the science of dementia, while Joe brings in some emotion to the climate change debate. Stay tuned to the end to hear a clip from an awesome new podcast, Dissecting Love.