Welcome to the Odour Lab. Part 2
May 25, 2020
Our sense of smell is probably the most primitive of all. The ability to detect chemicals wafting around us, alerting us to nearby food. Or an approaching preditor. In humans, the sense of smell is the first to develop.
And did you know bees are extraordinarily good sniffers? All the better to seek out flowers.
Dr James Hayes is from the UNSW Odour Laboratory
Interview via zoom with Rod
Welcome to the Odour Lab. Part 1
May 25, 2020
Smelly industrial and wastewater processing is an inevitable part of life. We need these systems, preferably in a way that doesn't adversely affect communities.
How do we respond to odours, and what can we do if we live near a smelly processing plant? The way we respond to odours is highly subjective, so how can we measure or report what our noses are telling us?
These are questions that concern Dr Ruth Fisher. Dr Fisher is a Research Associate at the UNSW Odour Laboratory.
Interview via zoom with Rod.
Optics and Visuals
May 17, 2020
This week Broderick talks optics and visuals with researchers from the Australian National University. He's joined by Dr Erin Walsh who shares her love for scientific illustrations and Dr Doris Grosse who shows how important adaptive optics are to protect our planet.
Special thanks to Pint of Science for helping us source this week's guests. Find more great Australian science from them at www.pintofscience.com.au
May 3, 2020
This week Broderick takes you through some of the latest news around COVID-19, but also explores the inspring scientific research that is happening- COVID and non-COVID related.
Talking Carona Virus with ANU epidemiologist Stephanie Davis
March 2, 2020
Stephanie Davis from the Australian National University gives us the low down on the Corona virus. Presented by Tom Street and Atul Sharma.
The future of food
February 23, 2020
If there's a triumph of modern civilisation, it's the efficiency with which products such as food are delivered to our shelves.
That's an amazing thing, but it hides the hugely complicated system that makes it all happen. The largely invisible process can make us blind to our connection to the land.
Why do we waste so much food, and what can we do about it? What can we do to make agriculture more sustainable?
We tackle these questions with our guests Dr Bethany Turner and Dr Ro MacFarlane from the University of Canberra. Interview by Rod
100% by 2020
February 10, 2020
With firestorms and floods ravaging Australia, now is the time for leadership on climate change. While that's missing on the national level, in Canberra we have just achieved 100% renewable energy for a 40% reduction in the city's greenhouse emissions.
It's a good start, but the job's not done yet.
Shane Rattenbury roles include being ACT Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability. He tells the story of how we got this far, and where we go next.
Interview by Tom and Rod
Lennart Bach - side effects of negative emission technology
February 2, 2020
In this show scientist Lennart Bach from the Institute in Marine and Antarctic Studies in Tasmania talks about the possible side effects of negative emission technology, ocean acidification's effect on marine plankton communities and other thoughts on our climate future.
Bushfires and climate science
February 2, 2020
On todays episode
Jamie Kirkpatrick, geographer and conservation ecologist from the University of Tasmania talks about bushfires.
Zanna Chase, professor of oceanography at the University of Tasmania, talks about some of her research into oceanic drivers of climate change.