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Dr Jim Leavesley on the other John Snow, cholera and the birth of epidemiology. (First broadcast September 5, 2004).


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Robyn Arianrhod with the story of an Elizabethan mathematician you've never heard of.
Romancing the stars Aug. 3, 2019
Trashy mags are full of stories about love among the stars. But astrophysicist Devika Kamath has discovered what happens when real stars hook-up -- and is rewriting the astronomy textbooks as a result!
The Titanic and beyond July 27, 2019
Maritime archaeology doesn’t sound super-sexy, but Emily Jateff's work has taken her to some extraordinary places – like to the Titanic. Four times!
Medical research is full of in vitro and in vivo experiments, but mathematicians are tackling tumors with in silico studies.
When a young Gold Coast stonemason died from silicosis in March, it was branded 'the new asbestosis'. But the media couldn't have been more wrong.
An unlikely group of women played an important role in the early days of fertility treatments.
The robots are coming, but - phew! - they're only stealing some of our jobs.
There's nothing criminals love more than finding a branch of crime that pays, but is poorly enforced - like wildlife trafficking. Can science fight back? Lydia Tong thinks so.
The future is fungus June 15, 2019
Fungi are behind everything from blue cheese and truffles to zombi-making head spikes. And that's just the ones we know about it.
What do you call an insomniac anaesthetist? Michael Toon.
Can we bring back mammals from extinction? It will take more than just technology, says evolutionary geneticist Andrew Pask.
Computers write poems and jokes, and generate music and images. But is it art?
What's in a name? May 18, 2019
What have the Wallace Line, Confucius and plane crashes got in common? Taxonomy, as it happens.
Australia was once home to a range of massive animals - giant wombats, oversized kangaroos and mega-lizards that would have rivalled those of the Serengeti.
In times gone by we used animals as an indicator of danger. Dogs warned us of predators and unfamiliar people. Fish showed the water was clean and birds indicated air quality.
Fred Pearce’s book Fallout is a fascinating insight into a few of the disastrous episodes which took place during the hasty and ill-informed projects of the nuclear age, Dr Helen Caldicott says.
An ill-conceived midnight skinny-dip, a remote beach, hurricane-stirred waters … and the nature of the universe, with astrophysicist Professor Tamara Davis.
Have you seen a robot outside, or as roboticists like to say 'in the wild' this week? This year?
Blue sky thinking is a feature of much discussion around the future of our cities — but will it really help us create the sustainable cities of the next century?