Ockham’s Razor is a soap box for all things scientific, with short talks about research, industry and policy from people with something thoughtful to say about science.
How communities can recover from disasters like bushfires and COVID-19
You know in movies, where it turns out the scrappy young hero had the power to succeed inside themselves all along – they just had to learn how to harness it?
It turns out this is more than just a storytelling trope – it can also be true for communities, recovering from disaster.
Unseen minerals all around us
Look, don’t put your mobile phone in a blender. Just… trust me on this one.
But if you did, you’d find more of the periodic table of elements in that pulverised phone dust than you might expect.
What’s that, you want more context? Allison Britt from Geoscience Australia can explain.
Food supply in a pandemic
We’re pretty used to walking into a supermarket and expecting the stuff we want to be on the shelf.
Or at least we were until last year, when panic-buying lifted the curtain a bit on just how complex our food supply can be.
Lucky for us, it’s something smart people are studying hard – including development economist Katie Ricketts.
Bringing passion back to learning
We know that giving students choice and ownership over their own learning is best, but has it been lost from the education system?
Is there a future for brown coal?
When I say “brown coal”, what word comes to mind? Dirty?
Well maybe that’s fair… if you want to burn it. But Vince Verheyen reckons there’s a future for it in a net zero emissions world.
The starting point is understanding what it is, geologically, and how to make the most of its ingredients.
Trolling, cyber-abuse and radical empathy
Why is it that so many people are horrible online? Are they always bad people?
I feel so desperately for Dr Bradshaw who now finds himself in a position so dreaded by most of us.
I myself have made it known to my husband and family and friends that I do not want any medical intervention should I have a stroke, heart attack or cancer. Why do we feel so absolutely that life must be clung to no matter the consequences? I am only 55 years old, mother of four adult children and a devout Catholic and I know my Real Life will begin once this mortal body wastes away.
I have been told that there is a chance if my husband does not call an ambulance upon the sudden onset of one of the aforementioned illnesses that he may be liable to charges of manslaughter! This horrifies me as it goes against my explicit wishes. Surely if we are free citizens we have the privilege of deciding not to live out our days as a burden to ourselves and those we love. Let me go to Heaven, I say, when the Almighty calls me there!
Physics of the universe made simple!
The above it not the name of the podcast but this was the topic. I thought it was great.
The real name was "Garden Hose, Acrobatic Ants and a Piece of String"of the program/podcast but the topic was an amazingly clear and understandable description of the current understanding of the physics of the universe.
It was broadcast on 21 March 2021.
Live science talks - great stuff
This is a lovely little podcast - it’s like the live storytelling podcasts but with scientists. 10ish mins on a different topic every week to get you thinking about something you maybe didn’t know about before. Great to have in your podcast feed!