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The father of climate science, my Foote!? A mystery revealed

30:10 | Jan 20th

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

46:06 | Sep 30th, 2018

Would you, do you, could you biohack your own body?
The Great Leap Fraud: China's wake-up call on scientific misconduct and fake science

30:46 | Sep 2nd, 2018

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.
Sum of All Parts - The sound of seizure

25:46 | Jun 23rd

Brant Guichard has heard The Music for as long as he can remember.
Sum of All Parts - The Infinite God

25:46 | Jun 16th

A musician gives up the rock n' roll dream for number theory, and a glimpse of the infinite.
The CRISPR gene-edited babies and the doctor who made them - what really happened?

33:57 | Jun 2nd

Wall Street Journal journalist Preetika Rana has unearthed extraordinary new information about the Chinese scientist who created the world's first gene-edited babies.
Is genomic science way too white? A cautionary tale

34:34 | May 26th

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.
The Quantum Astrologer

27:01 | May 13th, 2018

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

28:39 | Jan 20th, 2018

A saga about beguiling bones, big egos and the thrill of discovery.
Let's talk about sex...differences

28:39 | Jan 13th, 2018

Rats, rock-n-roll and revelations...why has science been so sex blind?
This famous physicist wants to solve a big mystery – cancer.

28:31 | Aug 18th

Why is a famous physicist and cosmologist usually interested in Big Questions about the Universe now diving into the deep history of cancer?
Artists on the loose at the Large Hadron Collider - Science Friction at CERN

27:29 | Aug 11th

88 metres underground, in the labyrinth of chambers and corridors of the world’s large particle accelerator, art and science collide in wild and wonderful ways.
Brexit gets personal: borders, brains and science 

29:42 | Jul 28th

A whistle-stop tour into the lives of adventurous young European scientists and their wunderlust. For them Brexit is deeply personal. Moving stories of lives shaped by bitter politics.
The Apocalypse Part 3: A supervolcanic winter

25:50 | Jul 21st

Could one volcano cause global carnage? Making sense of a mystery. Your DNA and the archaeological record are full of surprising clues.
The Apocalypse Part 2: The next almighty asteroid

25:49 | Jul 14th

They’ve struck before, and they’ll hit again. Can we save our skins in time, or will we go the way of the dinosaurs?
The Apocalypse Part 1: A supercharged Sun storm

30:43 | Jul 7th

A storm strikes from space, with little warning, and electrifying impact. Put away your umbrella, it won't help one iota.
UPDATED — China, freedom, science: The personal is political for this particle physicist

31:56 | Jun 30th

Born just months after the Tiananmen massacre, Yangyang Cheng grew up in the shadow of those shocking events. Now this young particle physicist has found a potent voice - her own - on history, human rights, science, and freedom.
Sharks, devils, wombats: three homosapiens and a world of critters

35:10 | Jun 9th

Meet three homosapiens who are passionate about preserving the future of other species.
Let there be ROCK: science in the moshpit

25:45 | May 19th

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. [From the archive]
Are scientists scared of politics? Science Friction Election Special

28:34 | May 12th

Are science and politics alien to each other? From climate change to coal mines, are scientists cutting through in policy debates?
The predators sucking the blood of science

31:55 | May 5th

In pursuit of a predator. A sting operation. A black list. Big law suits. Is this the biggest threat to science since the Inquisition?
Lise Meitner and the bittersweet story of a nuclear genius

25:30 | Apr 28th

Nuclear fission. That Nobel Prize. The Nazis. Lise Meitner's story has it all and more.
Who was Einstein’s first wife? Part 2 Debate heats up over Mileva's role in Albert’s science

33:09 | Apr 21st

How much did Einstein’s first wife contribute to his work? Mileva's supporters and skeptics go head to head over the evidence in Part 2 of this Science Friction series.
Who was Einstein’s first wife? Part 1 - Debate heats up over Mileva's role in Albert’s science

27:02 | Apr 14th

Who was Einstein’s first wife? Muse or collaborator? The plot thickens. The battlelines are drawn.
Think before you spit! Ancestry services, forensics, privacy and your DNA

33:40 | Apr 7th

Genetic profiling of persecuted Muslim people in China. Forensic investigators using popular ancestry services to solve crimes. Who owns your DNA? And who protects your privacy? Think before you spit.
Who owns your DNA? Ancestry databases, solving crimes, and your privacy

33:40 | Apr 7th

Genetic profiling of persecuted Muslim people in China. Forensic investigators using popular ancestry services to solve crimes. Who owns your DNA? Think before you spit.
The ups and downs of 'Chemsex'

26:46 | Mar 31st

One-on-one, casual hook ups, group sex parties...the illicit drug Ice is being used to enhance sex. Is there a fine line between pleasure and pain?
Will sex robots have no taboos?

31:35 | Mar 24th

The sexbots are coming. How will it change our sex lives - for better and worse?
The Hollow Bones: the weird world of Nazi 'science' meets mysticism on the road to Tibet

29:47 | Mar 17th

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.
The Hollow Bones: the weird world of Nazi 'science' meets mysticism on the road to Tibet

30:00 | Mar 17th

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.
Future Uterus (Part 3): How to build a womb

25:45 | Mar 10th

From artificial baby bags for preemies to 3D printed ovaries – the future of the uterus is here.
Future Uterus (Part 2): Lolita and Linda's uterus transplant

36:37 | Mar 3rd

Lolita had one of the world's first uterus transplants - then what happened?
Future Uterus (Part 1): The ultimate designer accessory - an artificial womb?

30:12 | Feb 24th

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...Show More
Faith challenged - finding science in Trumplandia

33:37 | Feb 10th

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.
Extreme art adventures: will this be first artist-in-residence in space?

28:46 | Feb 3rd

Meet a water baby turned aquanaut turned astronaut candidate. Sarah Jane Pell is an astronomical performance artist. Will artists make life in space more humane?
The biggest butterfly of all

29:45 | Jan 27th

A search for a beguiling beauty. And a saga about people power.
The Long Now: what will life be like in 10,000 years?

26:55 | Jan 13th

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

28:16 | Jan 6th

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?
Robbie and the DNA detectives

30:01 | Dec 30th, 2018

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.
Back from the Dead - will extinct animals ever walk, swim, fly again?

38:32 | Dec 9th, 2018

Stories of resurrection and revival. If you could bring an extinct animal alive again what would it be? Should we if we could?
World's first CRISPR gene edited babies born - are we ready?

29:35 | Dec 2nd, 2018

The world’s first gene edited babies - twin girls - have allegedly been created. It happened in China in secret. Rogue scientist or pioneer?
Frankenstein’s Monster: writers on scientific hubris

26:52 | Nov 25th, 2018

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 th...Show More
When fake facts go viral: Islamic science, Medieval medicine and the history police

25:45 | Nov 18th, 2018

Don't believe everything you see. Art, science and the curious making of fake news.
The future of sex: bots, bonking, biology and beyond

41:29 | Nov 11th, 2018

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

25:35 | Oct 28th, 2018

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?
Let there be ROCK: science in the moshpit

25:36 | Oct 21st, 2018

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.
#EPICFAIL? Science at school

25:37 | Oct 14th, 2018

Teacher 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 sc...Show More
Aliens, are you out there? Talking to E.T

33:42 | Oct 7th, 2018

If we found E.T, how would we communicate with them/they/it/she/he/whatev?
Nano Art: big ideas on the teeny tiniest canvas

33:55 | Sep 23rd, 2018

Two artists making the invisible visible. What does making nanoart reveal about us - gargantuas in a world of atoms?
The whisper network: #MeToo, sexual harassment, and scientists speaking up

41:24 | Sep 16th, 2018

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.
Wild forensics

25:37 | Sep 9th, 2018

Bits of bear, smuggled eggs, hidden herbal ingredients — solving wild mysteries one DNA sequence at a time.
Calling all carnivores and vegetarians: Would you eat meat grown in a lab?

30:55 | Aug 26th, 2018

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.
Improbable: talking maths and mayhem with MONA's David Walsh

28:50 | Aug 19th, 2018

A mathematical gambler who's made millions. An art collector passionate about science. An atheist with a rational explanation of religion. Don’t pin me down.
Pulsar woman: It's not a bird, it's not a quasar, it's...

35:56 | Aug 12th, 2018

The signals were weird. But was what happened afterwards even weirder?
It's a dog’s breakfast

26:00 | Jul 29th, 2018

The ecological pawprint of doggies, moggies and more.
The Gaia hypothesis revived

25:55 | Jul 22nd, 2018

Gaia. Not the goddess. It's big. Bigger than both of us.
The father of climate science, my Foote!? A mystery revealed

32:45 | Jul 15th, 2018

You won't believe your ears. A hidden herstory in the history of science.
Selling hope: the trials and tribulations of experimental drug trials

28:03 | Jul 1st, 2018

It can feel like a game of Russian roulette. Whose interests are being served in clinical trials for cancer drugs?
Feral science or solution? Unleashing gene drives

25:31 | Jun 17th, 2018

MIT's Kevin Esvelt wants radical transparency for a radical new science. Why?
The Long Now: what will life be like in 10,000 years?

26:32 | Jun 3rd, 2018

If a clock ticks for 10,000 years will anybody be there to hear it? Long term thinking...come on...let's do this.
CRISPR co-inventor Jennifer Doudna, and debating the ethics of gene editing

30:17 | May 27th, 2018

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.
The Lost Boys

27:45 | May 6th, 2018

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?
The Climate Fetish

25:32 | Apr 29th, 2018

Has climate change become a fetish? No, not that kind of fetish.
Robbie and the DNA detectives

30:19 | Apr 15th, 2018

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.
Science Friction returns weekly from April 15. Tune in and subscribe now!

02:45 | Apr 5th, 2018

Science, culture and storytelling ...with the spice added. We're back and weekly in 2018.
What happens when you say no to your doctor?

28:39 | Jan 6th, 2018

Two couples. Two intimate stories. Life and death decisions. What would you do?
The secrets inside your cells: epigenetics, trauma and ancestry

28:40 | Dec 30th, 2017

Can biology help you transcend the traumas of your ancestors? Or might it forever burden you with their legacy?
The nuclear boy scouts: radioactive obsessions and genius unleashed

28:40 | Dec 23rd, 2017

Two remarkable kids with remarkable ambitions. This is wild, believe us.
The Beatles are overrated!? The evolutionary science of pop music

28:22 | Dec 15th, 2017

Twist, shout and tune in. Meet the evolutionary biologist daring to question the musical influence of one of the biggest bands of all time.
The drug trial that went wrong...very, very wrong

28:22 | Dec 8th, 2017

Who protects the human guinea pigs?
A tale of two drugs

28:22 | Dec 1st, 2017

Two drugs; the old and the new, the known and the unknown. And the delicate tipping point between efficiency and chaos.
Calling all carnivores and vegetarians: Would you eat meat grown in a lab?

30:08 | Nov 24th, 2017

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?
Making happier animals? Gene editing on the farmyard

35:19 | Nov 17th, 2017

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.
Science Friction Season 3 starts November 18

00:37 | Nov 16th, 2017

Season 3 lands Saturday 18 November. Foodies, Brains, Drugs, Beatles...and more. Science and culture with the spice added.
Science Friction extra: AI, eyes, girls and guys

18:25 | Oct 6th, 2017

It all started with a love affair...with maths. Now she's helping spearhead a social revolution in AI.
The hidden history of eugenics: fitter families and the feebleminded (Part 1)

28:22 | Sep 9th, 2017

Before the Nazis, America led the way with eugenics, and the consequences were profoundly disturbing.
Let's talk about sex...differences

36:21 | Sep 2nd, 2017

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

31:46 | Aug 26th, 2017

A saga about beguiling bones, big egos and the thrill of discovery.
Chatbot mania and algorithms of oppression

34:31 | Aug 12th, 2017

Do chatbots deserve their dignity? Does A.I have it in for you? Is your digital life discriminating against you?
Is your house making you sick? Endocrine disrupting chemicals

28:34 | May 20th, 2017

Could everyday objects be making us sick, fat or infertile? A chemical story...
You do it to yourself: Scientists who self-experiment

28:22 | May 13th, 2017

How far would you go for science? Would you implant electrodes in your brain? Or risk contracting malaria?
What happens when you say no to your doctor?

28:22 | May 6th, 2017

Two couples. Two intimate stories. Life and death decisions. What would you do?
When being a scientist is politically dangerous

28:22 | Apr 29th, 2017

Persecuted, jailed, censored, repressed or suppressed — when can doing science be dangerous?
The secrets inside your cells: epigenetics, trauma and ancestry

36:40 | Apr 22nd, 2017

Can biology help you transcend the traumas of your ancestors? Or might it forever burden you with their legacy?
The nuclear boy scouts: radioactive obsessions and genius unleashed

37:27 | Apr 15th, 2017

Two remarkable kids with remarkable ambitions. This is wild, believe us.
Welcome to Science Friction

00:44 | Apr 7th, 2017

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