Mar 9th, 2014 by fuzzylogicon2xx
We dropped in to the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering
Awards, which are Australia's most prestigious prizes to school students for innovative research in scientific and
On show was some great talent for projects including three high school finalists. Angela Liao's on Something to chew on: Effects of gum’s flavour on salivary flow rate and pH levels, Ian Arachi on his project
Ultraviolet protection and clothing, and Sanjog Chintalaphani on Performance of commercial photovoltaics in North Canberra.
Jake Coppinger showed off his Swirlesque glove -
a new form of human-computer interaction. It recognises
natural hand gestures and performs actions, communicating through
We also caught up with Director of the CSIRO Discovery Centre Chris Kennedy to talk about Science and Engineering
Awards, young people doing science, and why it matters.
Interviews by Rod
Feb 23rd, 2014 by fuzzylogicon2xx
Of all human skills, our ability to communicate is one of the most important. Stuttering is a difficult condition for those who suffer from it, but there are ways to treat it. It's especially important if it can be tackled early, before it becomes esatablished in the adult. Still, there's much that can be done to help adults, as you'll hear.
Our first guest is Professor Mark Onslow, foundation director of the Australian Stuttering Research Centre.
Then we hear from Dr Mark Irwin, who takes us on his personal journey through stuttering. He is actively involved with the stuttering commnuity, and holds positions with a number of ogranisations, including The Australian Speakeasy Association.
Finally, we hear from King George VI, the character famously depicted in the King's Speech. This audio was extracted from a YouTube video. It's worth watching this to see how he copes.
Professor Onslow has written for our Ask Fuzzy column in Fairfax media. Scan of his other columns are available by emailing AskFuzzy [at] Zoho.com
Interviews by Rod
Feb 22nd, 2014 by fuzzylogicon2xx
Why are many economists world addicted to watching GDP? It's a simple measure, but a hopelessly flawed indicator of the health of a nation. It tracks a limited number of economic indicator while ignoring important things such as pollution. You wouldn't go to a doctor who only tested your pulse, so why do we believe in GDP?
Australia and other nations, the entire world are a complex brew of environment, economy, and society. Dr Robert Costanza and colleagues have been researching better ways to understand humanity and the planet as an interacting system. Dr Costanza is from the at Crawford School of Public Policy.
Recorded in Canberra, 22 Feb 2014.
Feb 9th, 2014 by fuzzylogicon2xx
This episode features Broderick discussing all the latest research including brain-changing emoticons, shivering to lose weight, flying snakes and social lizards.
Feb 9th, 2014 by fuzzylogicon2xx
This week on Fuzzy Logic the heat causes Broderick's mind to stop working, while Alice & Jarrod try to calm him down with stories about water and ice.
Originally aired on 19 January 2014.
Nov 25th, 2013 by fuzzylogicon2xx
This week Fuzzy Logic looks at stressed snails, echidna spurs, cold mice and tail-wagging dogs. It's a menagerie of animal science this week with Siân, Phoebe, Nina, Dan and Broderick in the studio.
Nov 22nd, 2013 by fuzzylogicon2xx
Do you need a supertanker load of cash to learn something interesting about the universe? Here's a journey taken just to clench your fist. What happens when Rod is left alone with a word processor.
Recorded with Robyn Williams for the ABC Ockham's Razor. We don't have permission to copy the audio, so here's the link.
Oct 20th, 2013 by fuzzylogicon2xx
This week Broderick and Alice talk mathematics with Lashi Bandara and Alex Amenta from the ANU. Find out what a mathematician actually does and whether maths can actually be useful!
Oct 13th, 2013 by fuzzylogicon2xx
It seems the first priority of every government is to light the fire under economic growth. This means extracting as much as we can from what we always imagined as being an infinite planet. But where is this leading us?
We bring you interviews from the 2013 Fenner Conference held at the Shine Dome in Canberra.
Jane O'Sullivan's research has challenged beliefs
about the 'demographic transition', the impact of ageing on workforce and the
'3Ps' of population, participation and productivity. She is most widely
recognised for quantifying the infrastructure cost of population growth rate.
is the author of Climate Change Denial: Heads in the Sand (2011) and
Human Dependence on Nature (2013). He is keenly interested in why societies deny
Simon Michaux is a consultant in the mining
industry, with a strong interest in industrial sustainability.
has been active in spreading awareness of peak oil since 2004 and worked
with Prof. Kjell Aleklett to produce the English version of his book, Peeking
at Peak Oil published in 2012.
Thanks to Jenny Goldie from Sustainable Population Australia
Interviews by Rod (Twitter @SciRod)
Oct 1st, 2013 by fuzzylogicon2xx
There's something appealing about the idea of Music of the Spheres, that the universe follows harmonic principles. It may not apply everywhere, but one place it has been found is in the arrangement of the Solar System in Titius-Bode's law.
Our guest today Tim Bovaird has been looking for this pattern among the range of extra-solar planets discovered in recent years.
Guiding us along on this journey, Dr Charley Lineweaver makes a welcome return to Fuzzy Logic, and we look at his new book Complexity and the Arrow of Time, (with Paul C.W. Davis, and Michael Ruse).
Interview by Rod Twitter @SciRod