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Visual Phantoms

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

Twitter #FuzzyLogicSci

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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.
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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/
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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.

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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.

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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.
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Coral Bleaching

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.

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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.

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In this pun-filled episode, Mitchell and Eleanor talk eggs. What are they? Where do they come from? Why are they egg-shaped? Does anyone truly know the answers to these questions?? 

Yes, they do, and you will too if you tune in.

Features echidna custard, broody octopuses, and the funkiest podcast outro ever conceived. 
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Today's Fuzzy Logic is dedicated to Mary Anning, the remarkable woman who made a deep contribution to the emerging science of paleontology during the early 1800s.  In spite of the bias of her time, Anning was widely respected and consulted by the great thinkers, and her work helped shape our modern understanding of evolution.

Brought to you by Rod, and Phil Hore from the National Dinosaur Museum.

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