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

Hosts: Ed Brown, Dr. Shayne Joseph, Dr. Mick Vagg, Upulie Divisekera, Lucas Randall.

Ed, Shayne, Upulie, Mick and Lucas take a look back at the big stories in science from 2012. From feathered dinosaurs to robot hands, the Higgs boson to Mars colonies, the panel relives their favorite news items.

For all the stories we mention, check out the website for this episode, at scienceontop.com/85

Direct download: SoT_0085.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:49pm AEST

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

Topics covered:

James Cameron releases results from his deep dive. How maggots heal wounds. NASA plans to send Curiosity twin to Mars in 2020. Golden Spike plans to send people to the moon for $750 million. The data from the GRAIL probes mapping the gravity of the moon is released. A retrovirus marks an evolutionary point for Koalas. RIP Sir Patrick Moore, 1923-2012.

Direct download: SoT_0084.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:48pm AEST

Hosts: Ed Brown, Dr. Shayne Joseph, Penny Dumsday, Dr. Kevin Orrman-Rositer.

Topics covered:

The Mars Curiosity rover's discovery is announced.

Bacteria found in an underground Antarctic lake demonstrates the resilience of life

German scientists are developing a new vaccine strategy using mRNA that could make flu shots cheaper, safer, and easier to produce.

A blood test that can detect cancers very early on is being developed - but it's a long way away.

New research suggests birth weight is not solely determined by maternal nutrition, but it’s also partly genetic.

NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft has detected evidence of water ice on Mercury.

SpaceX founder and entrepreneur Elon Musk has a grand plan to start a colony on Mars, seeding it with 80,000 settlers per year.

Direct download: SoT_0083.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:55pm AEST

Hosts: Ed Brown, Dr. Shayne Joseph, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall.

Topics covered:

The holes bored into ancient wood-carvings give insights into insect migration.

Could we be missing important worms from our intestines?

The evolution of vision in animals dates back 700 million years.

A chemical reaction appears to reanimate mycoplasma.

Scientists warn that grapefruit can have serious complications with a growing number of prescription medications.

An American and Russian crew plan to spend a year onboard the International Space Station.

Direct download: SoT_0082.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:25pm AEST