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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.

Ockham’s Razor ABC Radio

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    • 4.4 • 200 Ratings

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.

    Meet the dolphins and whales of the Top End

    Meet the dolphins and whales of the Top End

    What's your favourite animal? It doesn't matter really — because this talk is about to change your mind.

    Carol Palmer, who's based in Darwin, studies marine megafauna. Yes, dolphins and whales live in the waters of northern Australia! And she's about to convince you that the most charming animal on the planet is the false killer whale.

    • 10 min
    Climate change and our health

    Climate change and our health

    We know climate change is bad for the health of the planet, and many of the species that live on it. That includes us humans.

    Bushfires, heat waves, flooding — they all have human health impacts.

    Sounds bleak, doesn't it? But today, we're hearing from someone who says if we're prepared to take a level look at this challenge, there are ways we can better meet it.

    • 9 min
    Better screening for autism

    Better screening for autism

    Do you know someone on the autism spectrum? Perhaps you are on it yourself. This episode, we're hearing from a speaker who says we need to be better at diagnosing autism as early as possible — not to medicalise people, but to ensure we're making a world that supports and includes them.

    • 10 min
    Hunting for a missing Aussie mouse

    Hunting for a missing Aussie mouse

    What does it take to bring an extinct species back from the dead? Well, sometimes — a Woman's Day magazine.

    This week, we're hearing from Tyrone Lavery, a detective who hunts — in a good way — for lost Australian mammals. And he's on particular lookout for a sweet little native mouse.

    • 11 min
    Peeking inside unhappy Aussie knees

    Peeking inside unhappy Aussie knees

    How are your knees feeling? There's a pretty good chance one or both of them are sore — after all, knee osteoarthritis is a leading cause of disability globally, and Australia's no exception.

    Trouble is, we don't really have any way of treating it. But never fear — this week we're hearing from someone who's bringing her engineering background to take a peek inside dodgy knees and see what it might take to fix them.

    • 11 min
    Indigenous voices in water planning

    Indigenous voices in water planning

    What does it take to survive on the driest inhabited continent on Earth? Indigenous people have tens of thousands of years of knowledge about this, but their place in the conversations about water planning and management are often tokenistic at best, or worse, completely absent.

    Bradley Moggridge wants to change that. He's a Kamilaroi man and hydrogeologist, and he knows Indigenous knowledge needs to be central to Australia's water future.

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
200 Ratings

200 Ratings

wendygreen56 ,

Stroke

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!
W Reid

Francestkd ,

Short informative intros

That’s have sent me looking for more information & are starting points for many enjoyable conversations with family & friends

Save the Climate ,

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.

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