Science On Top
The Australian Podcast putting Science on Top of the agenda

Hosts: Ed Brown, Dr. Shayne Joseph, Penny Dumsday, Dr. Rachael Dunlop.

Topics covered:

Funding cuts to Australian research

Genetically modified mouse to detect landmines

The DNA inside the virophage inside the giant virus inside the amoeba

'Erasing' traumatic memories from mice

Sexism in science and skepticism

Make The World Better - a talk by Pamela Gay

How the sound of crying babies affects the brain

Italian scientists face jail over earthquake manslaughter charges

Direct download: SoT_0078.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:47pm AEST

Hosts: Ed Brown, Dr. Shayne Joseph, Lucas Randall, Dr. Helen Maynard-Casely.

Topics covered:

Felix Baumgartner's world-breaking skydive from the edge of space.

Brainless slime mould can 'remember' where it's been.

Possible new control method for the Crown of Thorns starfish.

DNA half-life - why Jurassic Park is impossible.

Closest planet outside our solar system discovered.

Mars Curiosity looks at an 'unusual' rock.

Could chocolate help you win a Nobel prize? (Answer: No.)

Direct download: SoT_0077.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:22pm AEST

Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Dr. Mick Vagg.

Topics covered:

2012 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine:  Sir John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka "for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent". 2012 Nobel Prize for Physics: Serge Haroche and David J. Wineland "for ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems". 2012 Nobel Prize for Chemistry: Robert J. Lefkowitz and Brian K. Kobilka "for studies of G-protein-coupled receptors". Chemistry vs Biology controversy. New painkillers could come from the super-toxic venome of the black mamba snake. Mosquitoes have adapted a way to get around mosquito nets.

Direct download: SoT_0076.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:27pm AEST

Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall.

Topics covered:

Genetically modified cow makes milk without allergy protein. DNA from the fetus ends up on mother's brain. A cure for acne could be a virus. Great Barrier Reef losing half its coral cover. Transient Tech - electronics that dissolve in water. A woman grows a replacement ear on her arm, and men without testicles could live longer than those who don't.

Direct download: SoT_0075.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:31am AEST