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

Hosts: Ed Brown, Dr. Shayne Joseph, Penny Dumsday, Cobi Smith.

Topics covered:

Our Total Solar Eclipse experiences.

A 'rogue planet' discovered and photographed. The planet is not gravitationally linked to a star.

A study of the microbes in belly buttons reveals a surprising diversity.

The bdelloid rotifer, despite being asexual for 80 million years, has incorporated foreign DNA to help it adapt.

A newly developed prosthetic hand is a lot like Luke Skywalker's hand.

Transplant from nasal cells enables paralysed dogs to walk.

Do great apes have mid-life crises? Maybe.

A rant about the endless speculation sparked by a Curiosity scientist's gaffe.

Direct download: SoT_0081.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:55pm AEST

Hosts: Ed Brown, Dr. Shayne Joseph, Penny Dumsday, Dr. Simon O’Toole.

Topics covered:

Some scepticism about the nearest exoplanet discovered.

Amateur astronomers find planet in four-star system.

‘Zooniverse’ citizen science projects.

Key test for re-healable concrete.

2012 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science

Astronomer wins PM’s Science Prize for dark matter discovery

Science Minister’s Prize for Life Scientist of the Year – Mark Shackleton

Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year – Eric May

Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools – Michael van der Ploeg

Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools – Anita Trenwith

All living bird species mapped in giant family tree

Breakthrough Hendra virus vaccine released for horses

Abdominal porthole reveals how tumours come together

Direct download: SoT_0080.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:43pm AEST

Hosts: Ed Brown, Dr. Shayne Joseph, Alan Kerlin.

Topics covered:

Trouble in space: SpaceX engine failure and cargo loss.

Russian rocket also has problems, creates space debris.

Mysterious bacteria form electric cables under the sea.

The hole in the Ozone layer still getting smaller.

Nanoparticles help diagnose disease without waiting for the path lab.

Private space company Blue Origin tests an emergency crew escape system.

Cooking food was key to our big brains.

The dung beetle's intricate and bizarre cooling system.

Direct download: SoT_0079.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:11am AEST