Great Moments In Science - with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

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Science & Medicine

From the ground breaking and life saving to the wacky and implausible, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki reveals some of the best moments in science.


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The Ig Nobel Prizes

October 11th, 2016

Most of us have heard of the Nobel Prizes, awarded for work that is unexpected, important—and deep. But not everybody has heard of the comedy version, the Ig Nobel Prizes. In 2016, they were given for research involving rats in tiny trousers, pseudoscientific gibberish, rocks with personalities—and seven other topics.

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Wi-fi is watching us

October 4th, 2016

Many of us access the internet, and the world wide web, via wi-fi. Wi-fi lets us into a fabulous world of shared knowledge and social interaction. On the flip side, it seems that wi-fi can look at us, and perhaps even spy on us. It can even recognize moving humans on the other side of a wall. And this happens by examining not the content of the...

Why are some people mosquito magnets, while others seem to be blissfully bite-free?

Even without having ever learnt the language, there is probably one Latin word we all know—'vomitorium'. Dredging through our memory banks, we all 'know' that the vomitorium was the special room where, back in rather debauched Roman times, gluttonous eaters would go to vomit.