100 episodes

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

Science Friction ABC Podcasts

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

    The predatory publishers sucking science's blood (Summer Season)

    The predatory publishers sucking science's blood (Summer Season)

    In pursuit of a predator. A sting operation. A black list. Big law suits. Is this the biggest threat to science since the Inquisition? 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
    The Hollow Bones: the weird world of Nazi 'science' meets mysticism on the road to Tibet (Summer Season)

    The Hollow Bones: the weird world of Nazi 'science' meets mysticism on the road to Tibet (Summer Season)

    A young ornithologist. A Nazi expedition to Tibet. A Faustian pact in the name of science, but at what cost? This story gets very weird, very fast. But the animals are watching.

    • 30 min
    Faith challenged - 21 and searching for science in the land of Trump (Summer Season)

    Faith challenged - 21 and searching for science in the land of Trump (Summer Season)

    One Amish childhood + one strict Christian upbringing = two 21 year olds questioning everything they were ever taught. On the afterlife, evolution, and making your own way. (Summer Season highlight)

    • 33 min
    Lolita and Linda's uterus transplant - an ethical, emotional, and scientific minefield (Summer Season)

    Lolita and Linda's uterus transplant - an ethical, emotional, and scientific minefield (Summer Season)

    Lolita had one of the world's first uterus transplants - then what happened? (Summer Season highlight)

    • 37 min
    The ultimate designer accessory - an artificial womb? (Summer Season)

    The ultimate designer accessory - an artificial womb? (Summer Season)

    Who needs to get pregnant anymore when you can use a baby pouch? FullLife has the product for you. The sci fi imaginings of Helen Sedgewick. Utopia or the ultimate dystopia?
    A Science Friction mini-series that takes a womb's eye view of the future of reproduction.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

FarFletch'd ,

Highest Recommendations

A truly captivating show for scientists and non-scientists alike. Natasha Mitchell asks great questions, doesn’t shy away from tough topics, and very engaging to listen to.

Jack_McCoy ,

Unique Science Show

There’s lots of science shows out there but what sets this one apart is the sheer enthusiasm of its host, its phenomenal sound design (music, sound effects, aural immersion, etc.), and the incredible diversity among episodes. You seriously never know what topic Science Friction will look at next, from pharmaceutical trials gone wrong to the near-certain ecological collapse of our planet to the science of artificial wombs.

This show carves out a place all its own among science podcasts.

JPthr33 ,

Invaluable International Resource

As a yank I find this to be a thought provoking look into Australian thought and culture. Thanks, Australia!

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