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Consciousness

What makes us think? What makes us aware? What makes us alive?  They say "cogito ergo sum"; I think, therefore I am.  But is it that simple?
In this weeks episode, Phoebe and Broderick are joined by Alyce to get deep and mix a little philosophy with science as they discuss consciousness.

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Pain!

Why is pain good for you? This week Broderick and Phoebe are joined by special guest paramedic Liam to discuss the good, bad and ugly sides of pain. There's even an ice bucket challenge between Broderick and Phoebe to see who can withstand the most pain.  Listen in to see who is the ultimate pain master!

Don't forgot Fuzzy Logic is also on Twitter!  Tweet us @FuzzyLogicSci with any follow-up questions you might have or topics you'd like us to cover.
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Rod spent the morning spreading ant poison in his brand new shed and got to wondering about the chemicals killing his crawling critters. Could they be doing him some harm too? Luckily, we had Associate Professor Colin Jackson from the Research School of Chemistry at ANU in the studio to answer his questions. 

Tune in to learn about Colin's research into neurotransmitter sensors and insecticide resistance.
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Hosted by Eleanor, who sometimes dreams about hedgehogs. (It's relevant, I promise.)
Twitter: @FuzzyLogicSci
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It's hard to describe just how appealing the wombat is. They amazingly playful, affectionate animals. That's at least while they're young, but then they grow up, they get grumpy, so don't get too close.

But that's all part of what makes them special. These are tough creatures that can survive in the Australian bush.

Then, there are humans. Also the mange. Our handlers at Sleepy Burrows have dedicated their lives to caring for wombats. And, as we discovered, even their home!

Interview by Rod, with help from Katie, and impromptu appearance from Elliot, who skitters across the floor while we're talking!

We're publishing this interview to coincide with Katie's feature article in today's Canberra Times.

Fuzzy Logic is on Twitter: @FuzzyLogicSci

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Last week, we talked about smart (and naughty) monkeys, and today we look more closely at what 'smart' means. 
Intelligent? According to our astrobiologist guest today, it's a human-centric notion. We sit at the top of the evolutionary tree. Or at least, that's we want to believe.

And what of little green men, with sparkling intelligence?

Then we look at alternative an theory on the origin of cancer. Dr Charley Linweaver and his colleague, Prof Paul Davies bring an outside perspective.

Brought to you by Eleanor and Rod.

We're now on Twitter:  FuzzyLogicSci.  You can tweet during shows, Sundays 11-12am Canberra time.
Next week: chemistry with Dr Colin Jackson

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Naughty Monkeys

If humans are supposed to be the clever ape, why do we keep eliminating other life on our planet? There's a long list of victims including the dodo, the moa, and the passenger pigeon.
These are fairly well known examples, but what's this thing called Silphium?  And why does it matter anyway?

Our guest today has been seen recently around Canberra...with a dodo. Phil Hore is from the National Dinosaur Museum. Also Eleanor, and Rod.

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What's it like to be near deaf for most of your life, and then be given a cochlear implant? The transformation is profound, and our guest today describes what that journey is like.
Pete Halsey is CEO of the Deafness Resource Centre in Canberra, helping people with hearing problems.

We live in a time and a place where this technology is available. It's made possible by pioneers such as Graeme Clark, and Peter Blamey who we interviewed recently.

If you need practical assistance with hearing in the workplace, check the government Job Access program.
We also recommend the support group Better Hearing Australia.

Interview by Rod

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As we enter the silly season, Phoebe and Broderick explore whether there's any science behind the post-Christmas lunch nap and if scientists are studying hangovers just as an excuse to drink more.  All the science and more on this episode of Fuzzy Logic.

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Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space.

Actually, the number as far as we can tell is about 13.8 billion light years. Or at least, that's the bit we can see. Trouble is, most of it's Dark.

Today we hitchhike through the galaxy with Associate Professor Paul Francis from the Mount Stromolo Observatory.  Listen to the wondrous sounds he generated from spectrographs. In this episode of Fuzzy Logic, the universe sings for us.

Brought to you by Eleanor and Rod

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This week on Fuzzy, it's 3D printing, but not as you know it! Eleanor is joined in the studio by resident dino-expert Mitchell, and by Ben, a biochemistry research scientist all the way from the University of Bristol, to discuss some new applications of 3D printing technology. Ben explains how they adapted a commercial 3D printer to print with stem cell "ink", and Mitchell tells us about how hidden fossils can be uncovered using the power of X-rays and 3D printing.

As usual, we also discuss geese.
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