Shirtloads of Science

Dr Karl’s a curious optimist – a great combination for a science lover. Join him and his guests for weird facts, amazing conversation and remember, it’s never too late for a happy childhood.

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 22m. Bisher sind 244 Folge(n) erschienen. Jede Woche gibt es eine neue Folge dieses Podcasts.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 3 days 20 hours 53 minutes


episode 43: AI Myths #4-6 busted with professor Toby Walsh

Artificial Intelligence is proliferating so how deep will it penetrate society. Are Robot domestic helpers, interpreters, navigators, lawyers or judges on their way?  What about autonomous nuclear submarines? Should we be drawing lines? AI expert...



episode 42: AI Myths #1-3 busted with professor Toby Walsh

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? ...



episode 41: Dr Bloom and women in science

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...



episode 40: Australia's Chief Scientist, Doctor Cathy Foley

Doctor Karl talks with the Chief Scientist of Australia. Superconductors, Sunscreen, LEDs, Phonons, Vaccines  - is anything off limits? In an age where science is everywhere how does a Chief Scientist operate ?    



episode 39: What's eating Professor Davies ?

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...



episode 38: A Cycling Universe with Professor Geraint Lewis

Is our universe one of a long cycle of repeating universes? Or is it something different? Dr K takes a ride with Prof Geraint through concepts of cycling universes.


 2021-09-19  32m

episode 37: Marsupial Immunity with Professor Kathy Belov

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...


 2021-09-12  24m

episode 36: Globular Mysteries with Prof Geraint Lewis

Globular clusters are spherical collections of stars. The Milky Way has 150. Most galaxies have them. Professor Lewis gives an update on these freaky outliers. Are they are older and wiser residents of galactic space?   


 2021-09-05  31m

episode 35: Baryonic vision with Prof Geraint and Dr Karl

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...


 2021-08-29  27m

episode 34: DrKarls Q&A school

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...


 2021-08-22  41m