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 21m. Bisher sind 238 Folge(n) erschienen. Jede Woche gibt es eine neue Folge dieses Podcasts.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 3 days 18 hours 8 minutes


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...



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?   



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...



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...



episode 33: CUAVA-1 - Australia's Blue Carbon Space mission (250)

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....


 2021-08-15  26m

episode 32: The INSPIRE-2 CubeSat incident

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...


 2021-08-08  26m

episode 31: Gravitational Waves & Black Holes with Professor Susan Scott (248)

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...


 2021-08-01  28m

episode 30: Gravitational Waves & Neutron Stars with Professor Susan Scott

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...


 2021-07-25  19m

episode 29: Extreme Sailing with Lisa Blair

The fastest circumnavigation route by sea is via the Southern Ocean around Antarctica. It is also the most dangerous. Australian solo sailer, Lisa Blair,  has been there once already. She now is trying again . Dr Karl finds out why.


 2021-07-18  22m

episode 28: Matthew Evans & Soil Symbiosis

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...


 2021-07-11  28m