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How much fuel does Australia have in reserve if our supplies were blocked?
The answer is almost as staggering as the lack of political will to do something about it.

Today, we recorded Air Vice-Marshall John Blackburn AO (Retired) on the subject of Australia's fuel security. Courtesy Jenny Goldie, ACT Peak Oil.


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Animal Numbers

Your mission today is to manage a wildlife population. The animals are enclosed by urban development, and the dwindling land cannot sustain their numbers. You must do something or they will starve.

Nobody likes the idea of unnecessary suffering, but where we restrict animal range, and disrupt natural controls your options are limited.  In his PhD, Dr Ian McDonald attempted to find an oral vaccination that inhibits reproduction.

We also talk about a big snake. A really big snake, evolution, creationism, and spinning planets in the Solar System.

Brought to you by Ian and Rod

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Life on earth stretches back to around 3.8 billion years ago. How did primordial chemisty give rise to life, to bacteria, insects, birds, and the beings that appear on Fuzzy Logic?

A chemical conversation, full of life. Brought to you by Dr Charley Lineweaver, Eleanor Campbell chemistry PhD student, and Rod.

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This week Broderick and Joe talk to Professor Barbara Norman about planning for climate change and Katherine Schmutter about the acidification of our oceans.

Both speakers are a part of the upcoming marine science forum taking place in Merimbula, NSW on May 2 & 3.  For more details about the forum visit http://www.sapphirecoastdiscovery.com.au/research/annual-marine-science-forum-3/
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This week Broderick and Ian chat to Eddie about her discovery of two new peacock spider species. Listen to hear the adventures of the peacock spiders "Sparklemuffin" and "Skeletorus"!

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What has tying shoelaces got to do with anything? Try lacing your shoes from the wrong end, and you'll get a tiny glimpse of complexity. It's all around us, but it's so big we have to look away.

In today's Fuzzy Logic we look at some examples technology. Leggo robot projects to inspire kids. We found them clustered around, the robots whirring along a track at the NICTA TechFest. Doarama lets you relive a 3D experience, wearing stereo goggles. 

Sian and Hannah give us a heads-up on 3D printing and some exciting possibilities.

Brought to you by (the real) Sian, Hannah, and Rod.

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What would it take to get us to Mars? After our interview on Sunday, Dr Robert Zubrin presented this talk to a packed hall at the ANU. Dr Zubrin is the author of The Case For Mars.

It becomes clear that with some clear thinking, the mission could be far closer than we thought.

It's also a good idea. We should do it.

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Today on Fuzzy Logic, we're launching into space, on a dangerous adventure.  This is the inscription at the site of the Honeysuckle Creek radio telescope, with words from Prime Minister of the day, John Gorton.

The dangerous adventure takes humanity to places where no managers would go. This is the stuff of can-do, the inspiration that lead us to new places.

Dr Robert Zubrin is President of the US Mars Society, and author of The Case for Mars. Jon Clark is President of the Mars Society Australia. What will it take to get there? The answer, surprisingly, is a lot closer than you might've thought.

Brought to you by Broderick and Rod.

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Psy, an unknown Korean singer, broke YouTube with his song Gangnam style after it went viral on YouTube, with over 2.5 billion views. So the question beckons - how do you create a viral YouTube clip? is their a secret formula? Can science help? In this episode of the Fuzzy Logic podcast, Ian chats with Dustin Welbourne, Science Communicator extraordinaire, who set out to answer this very question.

Dustin and co-author Will Grant analysed over 400 science communication video YouTube clips and published their results in the Journal Public Understanding of Science. They came up with a list of seven essential criteria to make that /entertaining/engaging/education YouTube clip and channel, keeping your audience coming back for more.

Have you ever wanted to break YouTube, just like Psy? Well listen to this great podcast to find out more.

Hosted by Ian McDonald

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After Rumination #3, we delve further into sound and speech. Shame on your naughty...what?

Written and presented by Rod.

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