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In this episode about the science of siblings, we take a close look at the popular idea that your birth order can affect your personality or who you grow up to be. Are first born children more likely to be natural leaders? Are they more neurotic, having experienced the luxury of undivided parental attention only to be “dethroned” by the birth of yo…
 
Have you ever wondered why your room always gets messy, no matter how much you clean it? Why you can't un-break that priceless plate you accidentally dropped? Or if there is anything we can do as individuals to prevent the inevitable heat death of the universe? In this extra long episode, Kate and Matt are joined by Bodhi to talk about entropy, lif…
 
This episode, Kate and Matt are joined by legendary science communicator Dr Jen Martin to chat all about her experiences when she visited the coldest, driest, most remote continent on earth: Antarctica. Jen went to Antarctica as a staff member for Homeward Bound (a global leadership program for women in STEMM) and consequently was involved in the (…
 
Joined by our resident immunologist Catriona Nguyen-Robertson, Kate and Matt chat all about Vaccines! How and why do vaccines work to protect us against disease? What happens in the body in response to receiving a vaccine, and how does this help? What are some of the different types of vaccines? And what about the COVID-19 vaccines? Are they safe? …
 
Why do our eyes leak when we feel emotions, chop onions, or get poked in the eye? Do these scenarios lead to the creation of different types of tears? How are tears created? WHY? This episode, Kate and Matt delve into all these questions and so many more, as we chat all about crying. We also tackle a listener question about sweating – why do our pa…
 
Welcome back, folks, to another season of Curiosity Killed the Rat! This episode, Kate and Matt chat about the idea of perpetual motion, and the amazing machines designed to harness this motion to keep moving… forever! From overbalanced wheels to self-refilling flasks, we take a dive into some of the coolest perpetual motion machines that have been…
 
In a truly spooktacular Halloween special to round out season 1, Kate and Matt are joined by Rosie Arnold to chat about ghosts! Have you ever wondered about the explanations scientists have for ghostly encounters? As Rosie breaks down some theories of human perception, we chat about how humans experience the world and why some humans might feel/ he…
 
We have an exciting episode this week feature not one, not two, but THREE awesome guests from the Science Communication program at Unimelb, ready to chat all about some awesome science! Steph teaches us about aquatic apes and tiny bones in our ears. Cat leads us through the solving of the mystery in the link between vultures, rabies, and Voltaren. …
 
In this episode, Kate and Matt are joined by physicist Kaih Mitchell to discuss all things Lasers. What is a Laser beam? How are different colour lasers made? How powerful and deadly can they be? This week's listener question takes a look at how habits are formed and what a person can do to overcome them.Find more of Kaih Mitchell on Radio SciLense…
 
Have you ever wondered what Aboriginal Australian culture looked like thousands of years ago? Thanks to the end of the last ice age and rising sea levels, so much of what was once dry land is now underwater. But that doesn’t stop archaeologists from discovering and learning from artefacts found under the sea! This episode, Kate and Matt are joined …
 
Come on a journey with us… into the immunoverse! Inside our immune system we have a whole host of characters: from assassins to superheroes, hipsters to butlers. Kate and Matt are joined once more by singing scientist Catriona Nguyen-Robertson. Cat is an immunologist who tells us about some of the cool immune cells she studies, and the role they pl…
 
What does your brain look like… on music? Have you ever wondered why music makes you feel the way it does, or what exactly is going on in your brain when you hear a bangin tune that you vibe with? How about playing music… what does that do? And are there differences between the brains of musicians and non-musicians? To answer all of these questions…
 
Everyone knows that plants belong at the bottom of the food chain… but what about when they don’t? This episode, Matt and Kate talk all about carnivorous plants. That’s right… plants that eat animal flesh to get the juicy nutrients that they need to survive. We all know about the venus fly trap, but HOW does it work? And what about some of the othe…
 
The Hubble Space Telescope has contributed to some of the most exciting science from the last 30 years, but technology has evolved. Now, we have Hubble 2: The Hubbling… more officially known as the James Webb Space Telescope. Friend of the show and return guest Benji Metha chats to Kate and Matt about this exciting telescope, all the amazing things…
 
Exercise: one of the four acceptable reasons to leave the house during COVID-19 lockdowns. We know exercise is good for us, but what is actually happening inside the body? Specifically, what impact is it having on our immune system? Joined by immunologist Catriona Nguyen-Robertson, Kate and Matt chat about exercise, and what working out might do to…
 
Boomerangs have been around for tens of thousands of years… but how exactly do they work? What is it about the simple but clever design that keeps them flying through the air… and why on earth do they come back to you!? This episode, Kate and Matt chat about some of the physics behind these incredible tools, and how that very same physics applies t…
 
Welcome to the third and final instalment of our Pint of Science special episodes! If you don’t know what Pint of Science is, you can find out more via their website: https://pintofscience.com.au/This week, we have our very own resident scientist Kate talk to us about the area of research they’re most passionate about and actually involved in: addi…
 
Welcome to the second of our special episodes brought to you in conjunction with Pint of Science! If you don’t know what Pint of Science is, you can find out more via their website: https://pintofscience.com.au/What makes someone who they are? Is it their genes? Is it their lifestyle? Is it all of the above… and how on earth does someone research t…
 
Welcome to the first of our special episodes brought to you in conjunction with Pint of Science! If you don’t know what Pint of Science is, you can find out more via their website: https://pintofscience.com.au . Have you ever wondered how the cells in your brain and nervous system talk to each other? Neurons connect and communicate with each other …
 
What do a facebook group, a superhero movie, and a science podcast have in common?ANTSThat’s right, this episode we dive deep into the world of ants! What is really going on inside an ant’s nest, deep below ground? How do ants carry out epic heists when they can’t really plan or communicate? How accurate WAS Marvel’s Ant Man? Both in ant science… b…
 
Kate and Matt are joined this episode by the chemical cowboy Declan Burke, who tells us all about the wonders of Hydrogen. Why is Hydrogen such a good fuel? How do we make Hydrogen fuel? Why hasn’t the world fully embraced it yet? We also tackle a listener question that builds on our previous episode as we plunge briefly back into the world of soap…
 
Almost everyone has experienced being tickled at some point in their lives, but what exactly IS tickling? Is it pleasure, or is it pain? Is it possible to tickle yourself? This episode, Kate and Matt talk about tickling, and some of the research exploring what it actually is. They also talk about fish… do they sleep? Episode Sources:https://www.ncb…
 
In an episode where Kate and Matt are joined by astronomer Benji Metha, the big hitting questions are asked. Are we living in a simulation? Is the matrix real? Can people really get super-human strength and lift cars off the ground in emergencies?Handy Links:https://www.tng-project.org/media/ - Pretty pictures/videos from the IllustrisTNG simulatio…
 
In a slightly longer and more serious episode than usual, Kate and Matt are joined by the lovely Dr Linden Ashcroft to talk about the tragic Australian Bushfires. Is this just business as usual for an Australian summer, or is something more serious going on here? Is Climate Change to blame? Or is there more to the story? They also dive into how cli…
 
This episode Kate and Matt discuss the appendix! Is it truly just an outdated and useless organ that can be removed with zero consequence? Or does it still actually have a function in humans? Learn all about the latest scientific thoughts about what this little dangly bit of tissue might do! There is also some nifty intel about paper cuts – why do …
 
Welcome to our first episode! In this episode, sibling duo Kate and Matt delve into the fascinating science behind Pins and Needles. Learn all about what might be causing this strange feeling, as well as how you can fix it! They also chat about the moon, and what it might mean for Earth if our moon was supersized. All of this, with a good smatterin…
 
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