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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

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....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

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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.

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Legs!

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!

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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

 

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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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Ignobel Prizes

Well Fuzzy listeners, the wonderfully funny but thoughtful Ignobel Prizes have come around again this year. In this episode Maddy and Broderick discuss whether cats are liquid or solid and why old people have big ears. We also have a listen to a new podwalk from Madi entitled "Let's Talk About It" which you can find at www.letstalkaboutit.co

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Coffee

Coffee is the start of the day for many people around the world, but what's going on with this mysterious black liquid? Why does instant coffee taste different to espresso? Why do you need more and more coffee to stay awake? Is coffee good for you? This week Phoebe and Broderick take a sip and try and answer these questions and more for you.

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PMs Prizes

This week Karina and Broderick put on their black ties and take a closer look at the winners of the Prime Ministers Prizes for Science. Hear about Professor Jenny Graves work studying kangaroos, wallabies and dragons and find out what Recaldent is and where you might find it.

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Science is science, right? A collection of cold, miserable facts that live in a detatched ether. Well maybe, but what happens to them, what they mean, and how we interpret them is subject to human psychology.

It's no small question because it affects our treatment of global warming. Plus in some cases genuine research that is closed because it's unpalatable to other scientists.

Inez Harker-Schuch and (soon to be 'Dr') Jacqui Hoepner have both studied this effect.

Make sure you check out their Kickstarter campaign: a game to explore global warming.

Interview by Rod.

@FuzzyLogicSci

 

 

 

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