Science For All
National Science Week is coming and this week Broderick talks to local scientists about their awesome events. Dr Brad Tucker shares all the details of the satellite selfie and how you can be seen from space. Claire Harris discusses her event featuring inspiring people- Canberra Women of Science and Art. Finally, Vanessa and Tess join Broderick in the studio to talk about Science Alliance, a program for people with intellectual disabilities.
Welcome to the Odour Lab. Part 2
Our sense of smell is probably the most primitive of all. The ability to detect chemicals wafting around us, alerting us to nearby food. Or an approaching preditor. In humans, the sense of smell is the first to develop.
And did you know bees are extraordinarily good sniffers? All the better to seek out flowers.
Dr James Hayes is from the UNSW Odour Laboratory
Interview via zoom with Rod
Welcome to the Odour Lab. Part 1
Smelly industrial and wastewater processing is an inevitable part of life. We need these systems, preferably in a way that doesn't adversely affect communities.
How do we respond to odours, and what can we do if we live near a smelly processing plant? The way we respond to odours is highly subjective, so how can we measure or report what our noses are telling us?
These are questions that concern Dr Ruth Fisher. Dr Fisher is a Research Associate at the UNSW Odour Laboratory.
Interview via zoom with Rod.
Optics and Visuals
This week Broderick talks optics and visuals with researchers from the Australian National University. He's joined by Dr Erin Walsh who shares her love for scientific illustrations and Dr Doris Grosse who shows how important adaptive optics are to protect our planet.
Special thanks to Pint of Science for helping us source this week's guests. Find more great Australian science from them at www.pintofscience.com.au
Talking Carona Virus with ANU epidemiologist Stephanie Davis
The future of food
If there's a triumph of modern civilisation, it's the efficiency with which products such as food are delivered to our shelves.
That's an amazing thing, but it hides the hugely complicated system that makes it all happen. The largely invisible process can make us blind to our connection to the land.
Why do we waste so much food, and what can we do about it? What can we do to make agriculture more sustainable?
We tackle these questions with our guests Dr Bethany Turner and Dr Ro MacFarlane from the University of Canberra. Interview by Rod
100% by 2020
With firestorms and floods ravaging Australia, now is the time for leadership on climate change. While that's missing on the national level, in Canberra we have just achieved 100% renewable energy for a 40% reduction in the city's greenhouse emissions.
It's a good start, but the job's not done yet.
Shane Rattenbury roles include being ACT Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability. He tells the story of how we got this far, and where we go next.
Interview by Tom and Rod