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Are you getting sleepy? Do apps help you sleep or is it just white noise, also it's National Bird Week!
This week on Locked in Science Stu looks at apps that claim to send you to sleep and how well they work according to science, while Claire reminds us that the annual Aussie Backyard Bird Count is here again in time for National Bird Week!
Not so fake lost flavours and creative cephalopods
This week on Locked in Science Stu finds out why sometimes artificial flavouring might be healthier than natural flavours, and why some of them don't taste like we expect, and Claire takes a deep dive into inner space to find out some tentacular facts about octopods... octopi... octipides... octopuses!
COVID-19 vaccines - where are we at?
This week on the show we are joined by science communicator and public health professional Alanta Colley as she gives us the update and low down on what is happening around the world with COVID-19 vaccine trials. Tune in to hear why the Oxford vaccine was paused, what new groundbreaking technology is being used to develop the vaccines, and why human challenge trials are the next big news, and why this raises so many ethical questions!
Hot black ice in space and the 2020 Ignobel prize winners
This week on Locked in Science Stu looks into ice that doesn't behave at all like ice, even though it's still made of plain old water, and Claire finds out who are the winners in this year's Ignobel Prizes, the annual awards for real science research that makes us laugh and makes us think.
Is there life on Venus?
This week on the show we talk to Space Archeologist Dr Alice Gorman about one of the biggest science stories of 2020 - the discovery of phosphine gas on Venus, why this means there could be life swirling around in the atmosphere of our neighbouring planet and how this could change the we understand life itself.
Save the Plains Wanderer and brewing barley breakthroughs
Locked in Science this week acknowledges National Endangered Species day on September 7th and looks at the fate of the Plains Wanderer, a ground dwelling indigenous bird whose grassland habitat is disappearing rapidly by talking to Dr. David Baker-Gabb, and Stu looks into Barley research that will help everyone get back on the beers in future