Fri, 27 July 2018
Hosts: Ed Brown, Lucas Randall, Dr. Carolyn de Graaf
00:01:04 It was one of the most incredible news stories of the year - the rescue of twelve kids and their soccer coach from the flooded Thai cave. Made even more remarkable that they all returned in relatively good health - especially considering all the diseases and illnesses they were at risk of catching.
00:10:48 Whether it's Ebola, Hendra, SARS, or rabies; bats are often blamed for the spread of viruses. But is that fair? Are bats more likely to host diseases that spread to humans?
00:17:34 While hunting for Planet Nine, astronomers accidentally discovered 12 new moons around Jupiter. One of them is on a collision course!
00:28:54 Scientists Australia have developed a blood test which, in a recent trial, was successful in detecting melanomas in 81.5% of cases.
This episode contains traces of astronaut Scott Kelly describing the creepiest thing he encountered on the ISS.
Sun, 15 July 2018
Hosts: Ed Brown, Lucas Randall, Daniel Midgely
00:01:18 Billed as having "mastered sign language", Koko The Gorilla has passed away. But was she all she was cracked up to be?
00:29:43 An international team has discovered a galaxy unlike any other. Smaller than the Milky Way, the mysterious galaxy appears to have very little dark matter - possibly none at all.
00:41:00 Artificial Intelligence is becoming increasingly ubiquitous in our lives. But a Wall Street Journal report finds that many of the big tech companies are using humans where computer bots fall short.
This episode contains traces of a report about Koko's death on CBC News.
Daniel Midgley is a linguist at the University of Western Australia and presenter on the weekly podcast and radio show Talk the Talk.
Mon, 9 July 2018
Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall, Dr. Brad McKay
00:01:55 The WHO calls "gaming disorder" a mental health condition - so what is it, how serious is it, and what can we do about it?
00:14:08 Satellites have found the coldest place on Earth and it could kill you!
00:18:20 Can parasites control animals they haven't physically infected? Probably not, but tapeworms infecting stickleback fish can indirectly influence other, noninfected fish. Remember to watch Ed Yong's parasite TED Talk!
00:28:24 A drawing of an Australasian cockatoo in a 13th century Vatican manuscript could spark a rethink about trade routes between Europe and Australia in medieval times.
00:36:23 The Australian National Skeptics Convention will be held October 13-15 in Sydney. Get your ticket today!
Dr Brad McKay is a General Practitioner, a writer and TV personality. Follow him on Twitter.
This episode contains traces of Fox Business Network's Stuart Varney talking with Dr. Marc Siegel about gaming disorder.