Archive for the 'geology' Category

157 – Where is my flying car? – Part 1

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Today’s episode is part 1 of a 3 part series called “Where is my flying car?” organised and hosted by the University of Melbourne’s Physics Students Society. Hosted by Dr Roger Rassool, panel members included: Dr Andi Horvath, Museum Victoria, Dr Erica Sloan, Monash Institute on Pharmaceutical Science, Tim Thwaites, Science writer, and myself. The […]

151 – Dr Robyn Pickering – Australopithecus Sedeba Update

Monday, December 5th, 2011

In today’s episode, I talk to Dr Robyn Pickering from the University of Melbourne, with an update on the status of research regarding the discovery of Australopithecus Sedeba. Topics discussed include: – the age of the Australopithecus Sedeba has been confirmed – how the more accurate dates were determined – how does this relate to […]

121 – From Slime to Dinosaurs – National Science Week Live Show

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Today’s episode is the audio of the Brains Matter & Monash Science Centre’s National Science Week live show, held on 15/8/2010. The topic was “From Slime to Dinosaurs”, and I interviewed renown palaeontologst, Professor Patricia Vickers-Rich on: – How long the earth has been around – What are the geological processes occurring, and that have […]

118 – Prof Patricia Vickers-Rich – Palaeontology 101

Monday, July 12th, 2010

I speak to Professor Patricia Vickers-Rich, the Director of the Monash Science Centre and Personal Chair of Palaeontology at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, about palaeontology. Topics we covered included: – What is palaeontology? – What areas of science does palaeontology cover? – If you’re interested in palaeontology, what should you consider learning? – Prof […]

115 – Dr Robyn Pickering – The Discovery of Australopithecus Sediba

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

What is Australopithecus Sediba? It’s a newly discovered species of hominid that was discovered recently. I talked to Dr Robyn Pickering at the University of Melbourne, who was involved in this discovery to talk about Sediba. – Why was it called Sediba? – What kind of dating technique was used to work out how old […]

100 – The Century – Dr Andrew Prentice and Dr Simon Singh

Monday, August 17th, 2009

The 100th episode of Brains Matter coincides with National Science Week – and to celebrate both the 100th show and National Science week, in this episode, we cover a range of topics. There are two great new interviews, as well as highlights from previous shows. You can go to the original interviews by clicking on […]

Redirect – The Century

Monday, August 17th, 2009

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080 – Professor Tim Flannery – Sustainability & Climate Part 2

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Professor Tim Flannery is the author of the popular book “The Weather Makers” and is well known for his views on Climate Change. Professor Flannery was awarded Australian of the Year in 2007, and I attended a lecture he gave in September on Climate Change. This is part 2 of a 2 part talk by […]

079 – Prof Tim Flannery – Sustainability & Climate Part 1

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Professor Tim Flannery is the author of the popular book “The Weather Makers” and is well known for his views on Climate Change. Professor Flannery was awarded Australian of the Year in 2007, and I attended a lecture he gave in September on Climate Change. This is part 1 of a 2 part talk by […]

071 – Prof Mike Sandiford – Geothermal Energy

Friday, September 5th, 2008

With the media spotlight on climate change, alternative energies have been looked at as serious contenders to the energy needs of the world. Given that fossil fuels have been shown to have dire side effects in terms of carbon emissions, scientists have intensified their research into cheap, accessible, and clean energy forms. We’ve heard about […]