Australia

#253      30 min 46 sec
Sedimental journey: Probing climate's buried past to predict our future

Prof Jonathan Overpeck

Paleoclimatologist Prof Jonathan Overpeck describes how research into uncovering the earth’s climate history generates important insights about our climate future. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#252      32 min 10 sec
Watts fit to print: Developing flexible, organic solar cells

Dr David Jones
Dr Scott Watkins

Polymer chemist Dr David Jones and materials scientist Dr Scott Watkins discuss the latest in flexible electronics -- the printable organic solar cell. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington. 

#238      23 min 41 sec
Rice futures: Biofortifying food crops for better nutrition

Dr Alex Johnson

Plant molecular biologist Dr Alex Johnson explains how genetic engineering of rice grain could help to stave off malnutrition in the developing world. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#227      24 min 16 sec
Contentedly caged? Researching the behavior of animals in captivity

Sally Sherwen
Megan Verdon

Doctoral students Sally Sherwen and Megan Verdon describe their investigations of animal behaviour in enclosures, from animals on display at the zoo, to pigs being bred for food. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

#226      21 min 30 sec
Early enrichment: Giving indigenous children a head start

Prof Collette Tayler

Early childhood researcher Prof Collette Tayler explains how the Abecedarian approach, a behavioral and social conditioning program originally developed in the United States to give at-risk toddlers a head start in life, is being adapted to help very young children of remote Aboriginal communities in Australia. Presented by Jennifer Martin.

#211      23 min 25 sec
Sexing the wallaby: Marsupial reproduction and what it says about us

Prof. Geoff Shaw

Biologist Prof Geoff Shaw discusses research into the reproductive cycle of Australia’s Tammar Wallaby, how it contributes to our understanding of developmental biology, and the insights it provides into sex determination in humans. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

#179      28 min 38 sec
Reaping what we sow: Agriculture's role in climate change

Associate Prof Richard Eckard

Assoc Prof Richard Eckard examines how modern agriculture contributes to global warming and discusses ways of mitigating the problem. Presented by Dr Dyani Lewis.

Episode 173      39 min 42 sec
The Sea, the Selves: Poets on Poetry 2

Jennifer Harrison
Philip Salom

Australian poets Jennifer Harrison and Philip Salom read from their works, discuss how their perceptions of the world shape their poetry, and how poetry shapes their worlds. With host Jennifer Cook.

Episode 155      32 min 49 sec
Endangered animal species: Captive breeding and genetic rescue

Dr Andrew Weeks
Dr Michael Magrath

Geneticist Dr Andrew Weeks and animal behaviourist Dr Michael Magrath discuss diverse ways of dealing with threatened animal populations. Australia's Mountain Pygmy Possum is one such endangered species for which a combination of genetic and breeding solutions are being tried. With science host Dr Shane Huntington.

Episode 141      26 min 44 sec
Cash crop crusaders: Genomic approaches to fighting fungus in canola

Prof Barbara Howlett

Plant geneticist Professor Barbara Howlett explains how genetics research is helping to fight fungal pests that confront canola farmers. With science host Dr Shane Huntington.