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Artificial Intelligence is here and embedded in modern life. So how best to traverse those “uncanny valleys” between robots and humans? Can computer Art or Sculpture express human feeling? Could AI math (re-factorable numbers) keep us safer? Professor Toby Walsh is an expert and has answers for Dr Karl. https:\\drkarl.com @TobyWalsh…
 
October 15th is Ada Lovelace Day and celebrates women in science, tech, engineering, and math. Ada was Lord Byron's daughter but most significantly she realised the potential of computers two centuries ago. Ada is now believed to be the first person to publish an algorithm. She is one of many women forgotten by science as Dr Jessica Bloom tells Dr …
 
Dr Karl and cosmologist professor Paul Davies discuss what we are still learning about the Universe. Antigravity, inflation, Olbers' paradox, extraterrestrial life - have been eternal puzzles. Piece by piece we are assembling a bigger picture ... but is it getting any clearer ? https://drkarl.com/ https://beyond.asu.edu/ deepthought@asu.edu…
 
130 million years ago marsupials roamed the earth along with dinosaurs. Today only marsupials survive. Dr Karl meets Professor Kathy Belov to discover their secrets of survival and what we are now learning from them. Anyone for koala peptides ? http://www.drkarl.com https://twitter.com/kathybelov
 
Did the Big Bang make a noise? Can we measure the acoustics of a star? Neutrons or Protons - which lasts longest ? A 20-year experiment has answers to questions we never thought of asking. Professor Geraint Lewis reveals to Dr Karl the power of the baryon. http://www.drkarl.com http://www.geraintflewis.com…
 
On Wednesdays Dr Karl meets with school students around Australia (and sometimes overseas). He loves hearing what the curious young minds are thinking about. Their questions often set off new ways of thinking. Occasionaly the simplest questions are the hardest. This episode of Shirtloads is a Q&A session with the students from Aspendale Primary Sch…
 
Dr Karl investigates Australia's latest CubeSat mission. It's called "CUAVA-1" and aims to measure blue carbon from space. Geosciences Associate Professor Eleanor Bruce is coordinating the team of researchers mapping coastlines for aquatic vegetation. Space Physics Professor Iver Cairns is squashing the technology into a package the size of a fat p…
 
Dr Karl uncovers a truly Australian "Apollo 13" story . It includes a fishing line, amateur radio enthusiasts and a clever ground crew who "worked the problem". The mission was INSPIRE-2. Professor Eleanor Bruce and Professor Iver Cairns tell this extraordinary story. drkarl.com Inspire2 Cubesat @arc_cuava…
 
In 2015 our observable universe unofficially added a new dimension. Dr Karl talks with ANU Professor Susan Scott about why she had to keep the discovery of gravitational waves a secret. Also how gravitational waves are helping us understand black holes so much better. @ozgravityguru drkarl.com
 
In 2016 our observable universe officially added a new dimension : Gravitational waves. On that international LIGO team was an Australian theoretical physicist. Dr Karl talks with ANU distinguished professor Susan Scott about those observations and what Neutron stars may be revealing about their insides. @ozgravityguru drkarl.com…
 
At best, Earth is 1/3 soil. In recent years much has turned to dirt. This too-little-reported extinction crisis threatens us all. Chef and Farmer Matthew Evans gives Dr Karl his insight on the inch-thick survival strategy that could save us. We need to reinhabit the surface of our earth with a natural biome. drkarl.com Matt Evans…
 
Budgets are economic planning documents. Spending will feed growth. Cuts cause shrinkages. So what do Australian budgets say about the future ? Dr Karl asks economist Dr Richard Denniss' for his insights into the choices for 2022 and beyond. (Ute=Utility=Pickup (USA) & Uni=University) @RDNS_TAI Drkarl.com…
 
Celebrities often support pills, potions and creams that purport to make you look younger. What about dietary supplements for your skin ? Jennifer Aniston became the face of one brand’s collagen campaign recently. Is there any science in it ? Professor Clare Collins tells Dr Karl. the conversation nomoneynotime…
 
Dietician Professor Clare Collins gives this celebrity diet expert analysis. UK singer Adele claimed it transformed her (along with Pilates and a personal trainer). The diet is based on a group of proteins called "Sirtuins". Adele sang its praises but is Sirtfood a fad, a fact or something in-between? the conversation…
 
Taxonomy is how science classifies life. Sage Fitzgerald is a coral taxonomist and in this episode she schools Dr Karl on how it works. They discuss the phoenix project and the chase for new coral species and news from the Great Barrier Reef. Sage is also involved in the ‘Pint O Science’ Festival running until 28 May 2021. @seasciencesage coralproj…
 
The Kruszelnicki-Lewis sagas continue. The Future History part 3 is Unashamedly from an Earthling perspective it is based on accepted current theories. Professor Lewis confesses he's a Silurian. www.geraintflewis.com http://drkarl.com For completists "Future Universe History' parts 1 & 2 were eps 215 & 216.…
 
Imagine you have a trillion dollars to solve some really big problems. Things like climate change, disease and poverty. Dr Karl meets Rowan Hooper from the New Scientist, who has written about the economics of giant projects. They are more affordable, some pay for themselves and some become more expensive the longer we do nothing. @rowhoop drkarl.c…
 
Covid19 is revealing stark truths. The preservation of human life is both economic and cultural. Is there a better path ? Dr Karl discusses the value of a human life with Australian economist Dr. Richard Denniss. Both sides of the balance sheet have merit. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summers_memo
 
Our lives are governed by physics. It is the science of matter and energy and without both we wouldn't be here. This past century we have discovered more about physics than ever before. Dr. Karl and Professor Lewis are going atomic in this podcast. So what the flip is particle physics ? Drkarl.com
 
Dr Karl has his mind blown by the Ergosphere. Black Holes reveal themselves as engine rooms of the Universe. Spinning Black Holes add another dimension. Who knew they spun? Who knew that made such a difference? Professor Geraint Lewis on the evolving science of darkness. www.geraintflewis.com http://drkarl.com…
 
Covid-19 has sparked global debate about the balance between commerce and the cost of health care. Does a life have a price ? If so, what is it ? Economist, Richard Denniss, talks Dr Karl through the Australian Government budget papers where a dollar value is listed. ( Note this varies around the world) drkarl.com…
 
Eating ethically may become compulsory. If climate change escalates as estimated, carbon-intensive animals and crops may need to be rationed. Food scientist, Professor David Julian McClements, is optimistic that solutions may be at hand. Could we engineer less carbonised food and design a healthier diet ? Dr Karl samples the future of food. drkarl.…
 
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