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Why do we like stories about scary beasts, and why did the US just vote for a man who promotes fear and anti-science?

The Trump story we quote is here.

Read our Ask Fuzzy on cats.


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



At the Living Green Festival in Canberra, our eye was caught by a curvaceous white object. It was a Tesla Powerwall, on display by the Power Saving Centre Canberra.  Energy consultant Ben Luton tells us how you might use solar technology to save money, and do something good for the environment.

Interview by Rod


Australian wildlife has been hit from all directions. Loss of habitat, fire, pests, and cats. The Australian Wildlife Conservancy is one organisation trying to save our native animals.

Senior ecologist for the North West, Dr James Smith tells about how the AWC is helping to fight extinction.

Interview by Rod


Hear No Evil

Humans can go deaf, but what about dogs? Like any other animal, their hearing can go. Especially when we meddle with their breeding.
And did you know dogs lipread? Or perhaps that should be faceread.

Recorded at the Living Green Festival, Canberra with Michelle from AustralianDeafDogRescue. Find them on FBook.
Interview by Rod.


The Pokémon Go craze is sweeping the world, but its success relies on some serious physics and chemistry. 

Why do you owe your Eevee to Einstein and his theory of relativity?

How did Volta and Galvani pioneer battery-powered devices like smart phones and Pokédexes?

Can Pokémon Go players help real life Professor Willows monitor animal populations?

We've got the answers for you! 

Brought to you by Siân (Team Valor), Jason (Team Mystic), and Eleanor (Team Instinct).

This episode also features interviews with Dr Dimitri Tolleter about his National Science Week event, Duality: A Life Outside The Lab, and with Vance Lawrence and Kate Lehane who are involved in organising SciScouts. Keep an ear out for Bridget and Adrian talking about what they're looking forward to at SciScouts too! 


The list may seem strange, but it applies to our two featured women. Dorothy Hill was a pioneering Australian scientist who's field was coral paleantology. She also drove rally cars and had a pilot's license.  Hedy Lamarr was a renowned Hollywood beauty. She invented secure frequency hopping radio transmission. Something like it is in your mobile phone.

We look at a surprisingly simple way to make renewable energy reliable on the grid.
And in today's Ask Fuzzy we learn about arthritis.

Brought to you by Rebecca Kaye from National Science Week, with Rod.


Two guests spontaneously appeared today. Luckly they were intelligently designed.

Lots of people talk about evolution, but lots of people don't really know about evolution. There are many misconceptions. Then there are those who prefer mythical explanations. What does that mean, and why does it matter?

Dr Nick Matzke is an evolutionary biologist who's been mapping the large scale history of life (the phylogenetic tree).
Phil Hore is from the National Dinosaur Museum.

Created by Rod.  @FuzzyLogicSci

Lots of good things on the way at National Science Week.


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


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.

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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