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Some diseases get a lot of attention but it's easy to lose site of the big killers. Malaria has been around for at least 4,000 years and a Chinese medical document from 2700 BC describes the symptoms. The name mal-aria literally means 'bad song'.

It has proven a tough customer with its ability to sidestep the body's immune system.

Harry Sutton is researching ways to combat malaria as part of his PhD at the John Curtin School of Medical Research @JSCMR. You can read his account in our Ask Fuzzy.

Brought to you by Andy Leach and Rod.







On the surface, Toby Hendy and Tom Body are working on wildly different fields...but both are interested in walls. Or barriers.

To invade a plant cell, a pathogen has to punch its way through the cell's wall. One way they do that is by physical force. Toby studies how cells respond to something pushing on their surface. Hint: it involves needles. Very. Small. Needles.

Tom is all so studying walls - but for him the walls are a fusion reactor. How do you put the Sun in a bottle? Hint: it's tricky and a bit like an air bag. Tom is about to head off to the presitgious Max Planck institute.

So what's a day like on Fuzzy Logic? Keep an eye out for Toby's Youtube.

Brought to you by Rod @FuzzyLogicSci with Andrew Leach.


On this weeks episode, Jill and Broderick talk about the science behind all those things that typically happen in summer. Why does sunburn peel? And how can going for a jog bring down the US military? Tune in to find out more!


Talking Cents

Today's episode we discuss the hidden science on Australian coins covering Indigenous knowledge and native animals. Presented by Broderick and Rod.


Planet Disrupted

The Earth's climate system is a vastly complicated lumbering beast, but what happens when humans prod it with a greenhouse stick? Surely humans are small and insignificant creatures but the planet is large. That may have been true once, but not any more.

Professor Will Steffen is a Council of Australia councillor. Read his SMH article about Penrith swelters while Florida freezes. Inez Harker-Schuch is the creator of a game to teaches climate science. Inez describes how the Milankovitch Cycles affect climate.

We play an extract of an interview with Clive Hamilton. You can hear the full interview with Clive here.


Interviews by Rod


....to misquote Martin Luther King. His words resonate today but so does his voice. We can still hear the notes, the inflection...the emphasis in the way he said those words.

How do you sound to others? Your voice is one of your most important social assets. With it, you convey meaning, impressions, emotions, and the image you project. Our judgement of each other is coloured by the sounds of our voice.

Dr Cate Madill from the University of Sydney is voice therapist, coach, and researcher. Joining us is fantasy writer KJ Taylor, with her own take on voices. Hosted by Rod


You might think you'll eat anything, but wait until you hear what these animals, insects as people eat! Moths drinking tears, caterpillars eating plastic and people eating... well you'll just have to tune in to find out! This Michelin star episode presented to you by Chef Phoebe and Sous Chef Broderick.



How many legs do you have? Today the four legs of Jill and Broderick discuss creatures with two, four, six and eight legs! Tune in to hear some interesting new research on a range of interesting leggy creatures!


Fix those Genes

We have the technology to make you into the perfect human. Well, not yet, but there's been great strides towards changing our genetics.

The question is, should we? Are far can we go, how far should we go? And what about that turkey?

Dr Sebastian Kurscheid @GenomicsIo is a genomics researcher, and Michel Watson @MEWatson9 is researching public attitudes to genetic engineering at the ANU.  Participate in her survey which will influence how research proceeds.

Interview by Rod @FuzzyLogicSci



Stranger Things

Stranger things don't only happen on Netflix- they happen in the real world too! Today Karina and Broderick explore strange things- some of which can be explained by science, while others still remain a mystery.


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