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May 17, 2020
In today’s episode I talk to Troy Love, from Great Talk and Humour Australia about the importance of humour and happiness The things we talk about include: How Troy got into his current line of work Dealing with the corporate environment when it comes to humour The value of humour to people How to use […]
March 19, 2020
In today’s episode, I speak to Dr Karen Lewis about her research into looking for moons around extra solar planets. Download MP3 of Ep 192
January 10, 2020
In today’s episode, I speak to award winning Science & Engineering Monash University student, Jamali Kigotho on his keen interest in sustainability in Africa, along with a few other things! We discuss: – His background – His interest in science and engineering – The work he has done in Kenya in looking at sustainable solutions […]
September 15, 2019
In today’s episode, I speak to Nick Robinson about his new IMAX documentary, “The Wild Top End 3D” We discuss: – How he got into documentary making – The process of making a documentary and an IMAX documentary – The background of making The Wild Top End – Some amazing facts from the documentary and […]
September 10, 2019
In today’s episode I speak to Dyani Lewis about her path from a science researcher to the path of a science journalist. Download MP3 of Ep 189
August 18, 2014
In today’s episode, I speak to Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith from the CSIRO, about the Square Kilometre Array project. – What is the the Square Kilometre Array Project? – The results of the decision on where to host the project – What are the different parts of he SKA project – The Murchison Widefield Array Download […]
November 16, 2013
During the Astronomical Society of Australia conference, I went and visited the Poster Sessions where students showcased their research. In today’s episode, I speak to Sarah Bruzzese, one of the poster session presenters. Download MP3 of Ep 171 This episode is supported by the Monash Centre for Astrophysics .
April 26, 2013
In today’s episode, I talk to Dr Michael Brown from Monash University about the peer review process in science. We talk about: – What the Peer Review Process is – How the Peer Review Process helps – The issues with Peer Review – What is the issue with positive and negative scientific results? – The […]
April 24, 2013
This episode is part 2 of 2, of a talk given by Sir Paul Nurse, who is President of The Royal Society in the UK, and the Nobel Laureate in Medicine or Physiology for 2001, on the wonder of science and how it enhances our culture and civilisation. He also discusses how science can not […]
April 24, 2013
This episode is part 1 of 2, of a talk given by Sir Paul Nurse, who is President of The Royal Society in the UK, and the Nobel Laureate in Medicine or Physiology for 2001, on the wonder of science and how it enhances our culture and civilisation. He also discusses how science can not […]
March 22, 2013
In today’s episode, I talk to Dr Michael Brown from Monash University about the mis-use of statistics in the public sphere, and specifically, about the American National Rifle Associations misrepresentations of data. We talk about: – The Australian context – Australian gun control laws – The subsequent experience after the implementation of these laws – […]
February 28, 2013
In today’s episode, I talk to Sir Harold Kroto, who shared the 1996 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for the co-discovery of carbon-60, or Buckminsterfullerine. We continue the discussion from episode 160, and talk about – Stereotypes of scientists – Science and natural philosophy – What are non-science people interested in? – Kids as scientists – […]
February 12, 2013
In today’s episode, I talk to Sir Harold Kroto, who shared the 1996 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for the co-discovery of carbon-60, or Buckminsterfullerine. He talked to me about the discover of carbon-60, as well as the state of science in the UK and worldwide. This is part 1 of a 2 part interview. Today’s […]
December 23, 2012
Today’s episode is part 3 of a 3 part series called “Where is my flying car?” organised and hosted by the University of Melbourne’s Physics Students Society. This final episode in this series primarily includes audience questions – some of the audio is difficult to hear from some parts of the audience, so apologies for […]
October 31, 2012
Today’s episode is part 2 of a 3 part series called “Where is my flying car?” organised and hosted by the University of Melbourne’s Physics Students Society. Hosted by Dr Roger Rassool, panel members included: Dr Andi Horvath, Museum Victoria, Dr Erica Sloan, Monash Institute on Pharmaceutical Science, Tim Thwaites, Science writer, and myself. The […]
August 17, 2012
Today’s episode is part 1 of a 3 part series called “Where is my flying car?” organised and hosted by the University of Melbourne’s Physics Students Society. Hosted by Dr Roger Rassool, panel members included: Dr Andi Horvath, Museum Victoria, Dr Erica Sloan, Monash Institute on Pharmaceutical Science, Tim Thwaites, Science writer, and myself. The […]
June 10, 2012
There can be few questions more fundamental for a scientist’s research to address than “Is our home here on Earth unique? Or ubiquitous?” Astronomers involved in the search for – and the study of – extra-solar planets are fortunate enough to have this sort of question driving their daily activities. This episode is sponsored by […]
December 20, 2011
In today’s episode, I talk to Brains Matter regular, Dr Corin Storkey, from the Heart Research Centre in Sydney. He talks to us about new research into a type of sugar that could prevent heart disease! We talk about: – the patent that has been filed on a new sugar based compound – how the […]
December 16, 2011
The Ordinary Guy has contributed to another 365 Days of Astronomy podcast Aryabhata
December 5, 2011
In today’s episode, I talk to Dr Robyn Pickering from the University of Melbourne, with an update on the status of research regarding the discovery of Australopithecus Sedeba. Topics discussed include: – the age of the Australopithecus Sedeba has been confirmed – how the more accurate dates were determined – how does this relate to […]
December 1, 2011
In today’s short episode, OG comments on his experiences with the show for the past 150 episodes. Download Encore MP3 of Ep 150
October 12, 2011
In this episode, I talk to Kellie Caught, Head of Climate Change for WWF Australia, about the Say Yes Campaign. Topics discussed include: – Kellie’s background – The background of the carbon price in Australia and worldwide – Kyoto – How long has the EU had Emissions Trading Schemes? – What is the ‘say yes’ […]
October 1, 2011
In this episode, I speak to Michael Roache, the Program Manager for Threatened Species at the World Wildlife Fund – Australia. He spoke to me about: – Michael’s background – National Threatened Species Day – How many threatened species do we have in Australia? – What are macropods? – The relationship between threatened species and […]
September 18, 2011
In today’s show, I speak to Marita Cheng, the founder of Robogals. Topics we discuss include: – Marita’s background – What inspired her to go into engineering? – How did Robogals get started? – What are the aims of Robogals? – Who is it targeting? – What does it do at schools? – What is […]
September 17, 2011
Today’s episode is a 5 year celebration of the podcast – Listener feedback for the five year anniversary – The five year anniversary competition winner A discussion on science and society at the Brains Matter 5 year celebration where we discussed: – education – inspiration – teachers – governments and their inertia in pushing science […]
September 14, 2011
In today’s episode, I speak to Dr Rosemary Mardling from Monash University on the 3-body problem and the n-body problem. – What is the 3-body problem? How does it relate to astronomy? – How was it worked out in the early days? – What was Newton’s approach to the problem? – How does the 3-body […]
September 7, 2011
In this episode, I talk to Dr Owen Carter, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer Control at Curtin University, on the topic of childhood obesity and the perceptions that surround it – some of the reality based on the research studies may surprise you! Today’s listener of the episode is […]
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