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Science Friction - ABC RN

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

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You've heard of fake news, but what about fake science? The shocking, shady world of the modern scientific marketplace. A special for ABC RN's China In Focus series featuring Ivan Oransky of Retraction Watch and guests.

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Go Hack Yourself

Sep 30th46:06

Would you, do you, could you biohack your own body?

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A real life science soap opera that warps space and time.

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The bone wars

Jan 20th28:39

A saga about beguiling bones, big egos and the thrill of discovery.

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Rats, rock-n-roll and revelations...why has science been so sex blind?

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Hey, who are you calling a luddite!?

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Stories of resurrection and revival. If you could bring an extinct animal alive again what would it be? Should we if we could?

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The world’s first gene edited babies - twin girls - have allegedly been created. It happened in China in secret. Rogue scientist or pioneer?

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A chimp raised as a human child; machine algorithms that govern your life’s trajectory; a dystopian Australian thriller about science, power and plague. What happens when scientists and technologists pursue their curiosity without consideration of the consequences?

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Don't believe everything you see. Art, science and the curious making of fake news.

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The future of sex looks weird. Not just kinky weird. Artificial wombs, sex bots and beyond.

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Hey, who are you calling a luddite!?

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The jet stream daredevil

Oct 28th25:35

He’s not a bird. But he wants to be. And now he’s going to jump into the jet stream without wings. Will he survive? Will he break a world record? Will his message be heard?

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Pull on your black t-shirt or spandex. Turn up the volume. A heavy metal loving professor with guitar in arms and physics in his soul.

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yoTeacher Eddie Woo is wowing students worldwide with WooTube. High school Betty Zhang sounds like a future Australian prime minister. Peter Corkill and Soula Bennett are reimagining the classroom as you know it. They all reckon maths and science at school need a makeover - big time.

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If we found E.T, how would we communicate with them/they/it/she/he/whatev?

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Two artists making the invisible visible

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Power trips, field trips, money and ego. Fear, shame, embarrassment, and loss. Careers ended, creative potential truncated. A devastating cocktail. Frank and fearless ideas for change.

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Wild forensics

Sep 9th25:37

Bits of bear, smuggled eggs, hidden herbal ingredients — solving wild mysteries one DNA sequence at a time.

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No animals were killed in the making of this program. In-vitro meat, cultured meat, clean meat...whatever you call it, will it happen, and would you eat it? This episode first aired in 2017.

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A mathematical gambler whose made millions. An art collector passionate about science. An atheist with a rational explanation of religion. Don’t pin me down.

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The signals were weird. But was what happened afterwards even weirder?

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A son and his mother with a war story like none other

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It's a dog’s breakfast

Jul 29th26:00

The ecological pawprint of doggies, moggies and more.

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The Gaia hypothesis revived

Jul 22nd25:55

Gaia. Not the goddess. It's big. Bigger than both of us.

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You won't believe your ears. A hidden herstory in the history of science.

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The seduction of stem cells. What is it driving some people to try?

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It can feel like a game of Russian roulette. Whose interests are being served in clinical trials for cancer drugs?

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To be human is to be creative, but what exactly makes us creative?

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MIT's Kevin Esvelt wants radical transparency for a radical new science. Why?

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What happens when you go under?

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If a clock ticks for 10,000 years will anybody be there to hear it? Long term thinking...come on...let's do this.

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CRISPR – the new technique to manipulate genes. It's big. And so are the ethical question it raises. CRISPR's co-inventor Jennifer Doudna, a geneticist and an environmental activist on the ethics of this revolutionary technology.

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Insect Armageddon!!?

May 20th25:32

Is it happening...or not?

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The Lost Boys

May 6th27:45

The hidden story of a very weird psychological experiment. The guinea pigs are kids. But they have no idea what they were in for. Neither do their parents. Who were the lost boys?

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The Climate Fetish

Apr 29th25:32

Has climate change become a fetish? No, not that kind of fetish.

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History can be skin deep. If you dig.

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Science Friction returns with a medical mystery story like none other. A genetic lottery. A chance encounter. A global quest. Science at the cutting edge. And one gutsy young guy.

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Science, culture and storytelling ...with the spice added. We're back and weekly in 2018.

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Two couples. Two intimate stories. Life and death decisions. What would you do?

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Can biology help you transcend the traumas of your ancestors? Or might it forever burden you with their legacy?

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Two remarkable kids with remarkable ambitions. This is wild, believe us.

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Twist, shout and tune in. Meet the evolutionary biologist daring to question the musical influence of one of the biggest bands of all time.

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Who protects the human guinea pigs?

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Who protects the human guinea pigs?

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A tale of two drugs

Dec 1st, 201728:22

Two drugs; the old and the new, the known and the unknown. And the delicate tipping point between efficiency and chaos.

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No animals were killed in the making of this program. In-vitro meat, cultured meat, clean meat...whatever you call it, will it happen, and would you eat it?

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Hornless cows. Sexing chickens. Is the hot new gene editing technique CRISPR a new frontier for animal welfare? Rise and shine, we're going milking.

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Season 3 lands Saturday 18 November. Foodies, Brains, Drugs, Beatles...and more. Science and culture with the spice added.

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It all started with a love affair...with maths. Now she's helping spearhead a social revolution in AI.

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Scientist Amy Braun has something to sing about

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Who was Carrie Buck, and why must we never forget her story?

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Before the Nazis, America led the way with eugenics, and the consequences were profoundly disturbing.

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Let's talk about sex...differences

Sep 2nd, 201736:21

Rats, rock-n-roll and revelations...why has science been so sex blind?

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The bone wars

Aug 26th, 201731:46

A saga about beguiling bones, big egos and the thrill of discovery.

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A son and his mother with a war story like none other.

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Do chatbots deserve their dignity? Does A.I have it in for you? Is your digital life discriminating against you?

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Sex, science art and war — it'll all be there.

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Could everyday objects be making us sick, fat or infertile? A chemical story...

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How far would you go for science? Would you implant electrodes in your brain? Or risk contracting malaria?

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Two couples. Two intimate stories. Life and death decisions. What would you do?

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Persecuted, jailed, censored, repressed or suppressed — when can doing science be dangerous?

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Can biology help you transcend the traumas of your ancestors? Or might it forever burden you with their legacy?

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Two remarkable kids with remarkable ambitions. This is wild, believe us.

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Welcome to Science Friction

Apr 7th, 20170:44

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