Broadcast every Tuesday at 11am AEDT on Radio Port Phillip 98.7 or 98.3 FM. It’s your weekly dose of science and technology.
Including features on cool gadgets, website reviews, the latest science and IT news, not to mention astronomy and space exploration.
Special thanks to John Young, Paul Wattie, Steve Meyers, Brendon Telfer and the team at RPPfm.
Digital Fixes For Small Business
Piers chats with online digital marketing expert Michael Simonetti about how demand for his company's services has exploded over the past 18 months. He reckons the fundamentals of marketing haven't changed, but have actually become more important than ever before.
Lockdown Radio - Victoria On Tenterhooks As Delta Returns
Live-to-air radio interview with Piers Cunningham and Brendon Telfer. The politics of covid: Federal Opposition on the attack over Australia's squandered victory over covid; vaccine availability and supply issues. Delta variant spreads to Victoria. Mixing and matching vaccine doses. UK set to end covid restrictions from 17th July, while infections increase sharply.
Is Australia Becoming A Hermit Nation?
Is Australia's response to the pandemic becoming, as Labour politician Bill Shorten put it, a "sh*t show"? Even though the country mass produces its own Astra Zeneca vaccines, there are vaccine shortages. International borders remain closed to enter or leave, the delta variant is on the loose causing repeated damaging lockdowns and crucially the level of vaccination in the population is stubbornly low.
Nailing Its Mars Landing, China Signals 'Game On' For Space Race 2.0
China has become only the second country after America to successfully land on Mars, at Utopia Planitia. The ambitious Tianwen-1 mission includes an orbiter, deployable camera, lander, drop camera, and the Zhurong rover. Its already sent back images of its entry, descent and landing sequence, recorded the sounds of its operations on Mars and taken a now-famous selfie (and video) of its rover and lander on the surface. Instruments include hi-res cameras, weather station, ground penetrating radar, Mars surface compound detector with laser and a magnetometer.
Lockdown Radio - Mixed Messaging Adds To Vaccine Hesitancy
Live-to-air radio interview with Piers Cunningham and Brendon Telfer. Feds finally get urgent about vaccine rollout, but their messaging is mixed and confusing for Aussies weighing the jab. Shortages don't help either. If astra zeneca isn't supplied to locals, CSL says it will happily sell supplies overseas where demand remains high. Big business enlisted to help Fed rollout, as doctors administering vaccines are guaranteed indemnity. Treasury's 2021 Intergenerational Report paints a concerning ecomomic future.
Lockdown Radio - Sydney Cluster Growing And NZ Not Immune
Live-to-air radio interview with Piers Cunningham and Brendon Telfer. British medical journal 'The Lancet' reports up to a third of people infected with covid develop brain disease and psychological disorders; problems emerge with Chinese vaccine; vaccinating under-18s; Australia's slow roll out draws criticism; Clive Palmer's anti vax campaign.