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Science, culture and everything in between. Feel the heat. All species welcome.

    EVACUATE NOW - wildfires and why Will stayed in bed

    EVACUATE NOW - wildfires and why Will stayed in bed

    How would you react if you received this SMS?
    BUSHFIRE WARNING. LEAVE NOW.
    When we evacuate from a bushfire, we fall into one of seven types of evacuee; from Threat Deniers, to Worried Waverers, to Experienced Independents.
    This is the story of a bad evacuee turned good.

    • 25 min
    Wildfires with wild numbers: fact checking a catastrophe

    Wildfires with wild numbers: fact checking a catastrophe

    This Summer's overwhelming bushfires have produced overwhelming numbers - hectares burnt, animals killed, carbon dioxide emitted. But who's fact checking the numbers? We are.

    • 25 min
    The radical experimenters: a rapper, a poet, and a biological artist

    The radical experimenters: a rapper, a poet, and a biological artist

    The poetic cosmos drips with mango juice. Pigs might fly when porcine cells are your paint and wings your canvas. Rap lyrics that challenge science denialism. Artists pushing at the boundaries of the imagination and the possibilities of science.

    • 39 min
    Of Mice and Men: This top cancer scientist thought he knew a lot about cancer. Then he got it.

    Of Mice and Men: This top cancer scientist thought he knew a lot about cancer. Then he got it.

    You're a top cancer scientist. And then you get cancer. Suddenly you become "A Cancer Patient", and one of your colleagues is wielding the (robotic) scalpel. A story about science, knowledge, and vulnerability.

    • 28 min
    The predatory publishers sucking science's blood — Updated audio

    The predatory publishers sucking science's blood — Updated audio

    In pursuit of a predator. A sting operation. A black list. Big law suits. Is this the biggest threat to science since the Inquisition?

    This audio has been updated due to technical glitch. Science Friction's fresh season for 2020 kicks off next episode.

    • 32 min
    Do genetic ancestry tests know if you’re Palestinian? A cautionary tale of race and science (Summer Season)

    Do genetic ancestry tests know if you’re Palestinian? A cautionary tale of race and science (Summer Season)

    Palestinian-American cartoonist and illustrator Marguerite Dabaie thought she understood her ancestry. But then she had a genetic test and things got messy. It’s not her DNA, it’s the technology

    • 34 min

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