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Health Horizon

Health! It's a bewildering field, so many diseases, so many health issues, and a vast array of established and emerging treatments. How do you navigate all this?  You could be looking for a cure, or you might be an innovator with an idea you want to establish. You could be a health practitioner, or an investor.

Health Horizon is a hub where you can get in touch with the latest health developments. Hook into a network, see what's available, and track progress.  @HealthHorizon

Dr Matthew McGann and Coco Ho are our guests today, interview by Rod.

Fuzzy is on @FuzzyLogicSci

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Anthropocene

This week Rod and Broderick talk about the future and the impact humans are having on the earth. How can we reduce climate change effects? The episode starts with a talk from Dr Will Howard talking about the anthropocene, recorded live from the Pint Of Science events in Canberra.

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Marine Extremes

This week on Fuzzy, Broderick talks to three marine scientists about some of the extremes in their research. From Antarctica to Adelaide, these researchers have some great stories to share.

To hear more from them and other marine scientists, you can catch these speakers at the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre Annual Marine Science Forum on June 3 & 4 at the Merimbula RSL. Tickets available from 

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This episode features recordings from the Pint of Science events held in Canberra. Dr Bryan Lessard discusses his love of booty-licious flies, while Professor Naomi Mclure-Griffiths discusses her mammoth task of mapping the milky way. Apologies for the poor recording quality in parts.

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What creatures have we become? Clive Hamilton asks in this interview, contemplating how humanity has caused a rupture in the Earth system. We have triggered a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene.

The term Earth system is crucial to understanding what this means. At one level, this podcast is an oscillating sound wave. It's a simple physical phenomenon, but at another level, it's the words, ideas, and emotions of a conversation. These are things that can emerge from a system.

Clive Hamilton is the author of numerous books including Requiem for a Species and Earthmasters. In this interview we focus on his latest book, Defiant Earth: The Fate of Humans in the Anthropocene.

Interview by Rod

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Margie Fitzpatrick's family has been on the land since the early-mid 1800s. The property near Collector NSW has been severly affected by erosion but with years of care it's returning to health.

The journey has been made possible with the support from a deep network of people bringing skills and commitment.  Rivers of Carbon were there to celebrate years of work at Australind.

Interview by Rod

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In October 2014, plans for a 600 megawatt wind farm on the King Island were dumped. A major cause was a divided community.  Rebecca Colvin tells a compelling story about what went wrong, of how the islanders split into pro and anti groups.

Meanwhile in Canberra, SolarShare is rolling out a community-energy solar farm. Lawrence McIntosh describes how they succeeded in getting their project running.

Dr Rebecca Colvin is from the ANU Climate Change Institute. You can read her paper here.

Brought to you by Rod, with help from Marcus Anderson.

 

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March 8th was International Women's Day, so Mitchell and Eleanor are shining the spotlight on some incredible women who deserve their places in science history.

Tune in to hear Mitchell's Mary-trifecta; one who used maths to get us to the moon, one who was doing alchemy before it was cool, and one who rocked Queensland.

Also featured are Eleanor's picks; a modern day scientist (and Dame) pioneering the technique of mass spectrometry, an astronomer who classified over 300,000 stars in her lifetime, and a quirky Australian botanist with a penchant for passive-agressive tree maintenance. 

Join us in celebrating the stories of some excellent scientists this International Women's Day.

 

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In the scheme of things 230 years is a mere blink, but that's all it's taken for Europeans to utterly transform Australia. In another 230 years, what will we say?

Whatever the answer, the word sustainability is important. Dr Kate Auty is ACT Sustainability Commissioner. We talk about what that means for the ACT, and how we meet the forces that oppose it.

Dr Auty shares some life stories from the Kimberleys, and what happened when she held her ground as the Victorian Environment Commissioner.

Interview by Rod

 

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Still waiting for the energy revolution? While the federal government wants to burn coal, the community voice grows.

We visited the Hepburn wind farm, and the Community Energy Congress in Melbourne. The Town Hall was a-buzz with excitement.

At Hepburn, James took a few moments away from his icecream. We talk smart energy systems with Hillary Platt, co-operatives with Anthony Taylor. Then we hear community energy groups from Seymour and Euroa plans for pumped hydro storage.

 

Rod talks pumped hydro with Prof Andrew Blakers on Radio National.

 

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