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.
Finding kindness on the backroads of Bangladesh
Nathan Brooks-English usually studies the geological processes that make mountains but on one particular field trip, the thing he learned most about was human connection.
The gut microbiome ... of bees
You’ve got one, I’ve got one, and even cows have them. I’m talking, of course, about a microbiome – that collection of trillions of microorganisms that live on and in us and that we literally couldn’t live without.
You know who else has a microbiome that’s a matter of life and death? One of our favourite insects: the honeybee.
This week, we’re hearing from Mengyong Lim, who’s been getting up close and personal with bees’ digestive tracts to make sure we humans aren’t wreaking too much havoc on them…
Better living through chemistry?
The year is 1911, and a young man by the name of Thomas Midgely Jr. is graduating university with a degree in engineering.
Thomas doesn’t know it yet, but he will have a greater impact on the Earth’s atmosphere than any other single organism.
He will help create two world-changing chemical inventions that will improve the lives of many, and negatively change two parts of our ecosystem in the process with decades-long consequences.
Our vast underwater forests at risk
If there’s one thing Australians know how to be smug about, it’s that our country is home to some of the most incredible ecosystems in the world.
But today, we’re visiting one that is massive in size, massively economically important … and massively underappreciated, to the point that that you may never have even heard of it.
Startups, innovation and regional Australia
Mention the term “startup” and your mind probably goes to Silicon Valley and high-tech computer science.
But startups exist in regional Australia as well – and what’s more, they’re crucial to our future.
This week, we’re hearing from Elena Kelareva on startups in Gippsland, in regional Victoria – and how getting away from preconceptions is one of the first steps to startup success.
Dogs, devils and contagious cancers
Where does cancer come from? Well there are a few answers to that question – genetic changes, maybe it’s triggered by a virus.
But for two species of cute, fuzzy animals, they can be transmitted directly.
This week, we’re hearing from Ruth Pye about this surprising thing that two species in very different parts of the world have in common.
Short and to the point.
Just like the name sake.
More than just sound-bites
I have been listening to Ockham's Razor for three years now, and I am thankful for the broad range of topics that this program explores. The 10+ minute format allows a range of very passionate people to dive into topics that invite contemplation. I find myself discussing with my friends and colleagues what I learn on this show -- a sign of good radio show/podcast.
I have listened to this podcast for at least 3 years. More and more, it features talks that are related to climate change, sometimes directly and sometimes not. While I am totally convinced that man has a definite part in what is happening to our climate, his gloom and doom finally got to me. This podcast was deleted from my feed and I will no longer be listening to it.