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Dec 29, 2019

Guardian Australia's 2017 bird of the year was the Magpie. They are notorious for swooping and pecking bike riders so why are they so popular ? Dr Karl joins Prof Kaplan in the cradle of bird life. Australia saved the birds and some of the smartest ones are still here.


Dec 22, 2019

When maths goes wrong in the real world , it can cost billions. Dr Karl quizzes Matt Parker on the mishaps with planes, bridges, drilling and PAC-MAN. From unboxing calculators for YouTube to why footballs should be donuts (if you believe the signs), this is Recreational Mathematics. A comedy of errors with some...


Dec 15, 2019

Dr Nick Fuller investigates the claims behind fasting diets and why today, most of us will end up where we started and feeling Hangry. He and Karl go through a recent study to show how deceptive it can be. It's not willpower that lets us down but something much deeper.  There are proven long-term plans - fasting is not...


Dec 8, 2019

Marine Biologist Dr. Daniela Ceccarelli has been studying the Great Barrier reef for around 20 years. She lives and works there and has uncovered some of the complex relationships between seaweed, algae, fish and coral. One of her surprising discoveries involves the humble Damsel fish. Dr Karl talks to her on...


Dec 1, 2019

What controls our sex life ? Dr Amee Baird has a tremendous insight into this. As a clinical neuropsychologist, she has studied many people whose sexual behaviour suddenly changed. It remains a taboo subject for many, and so she has written a book about what she has learned. Dr Karl spoke with Dr Amee Baird  in Sydney