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Dear Science

Science that makes sense, with various smart people, including AUT Chemistry professor Allan Blackman.

Dear Science: Picasso, supplements and finally seeing an atom

Dear Science: Picasso, supplements and finally seeing an atom Dear Science: Picasso, supplements and finally seeing an atom, 35.64 MB
Wed 21 Feb 2018

On todays segment of Dear Science with AUT's Allan Blackman, we talk about how x-rays have discovered the inner workings of Picassos art, how dietry supplement may not be as they seem, and how an ameture scientific photographer has managed to snap the first image of a suspended atom using a standard camera.

Dear Science: Asparagus, moles and the periodic table

Dear Science: Asparagus, moles and the periodic table Dear Science: Asparagus, moles and the periodic table, 12.47 MB
Wed 14 Feb 2018

On todays Dear Science, AUT's Allan Blackman talks to us about how asparagus has been found to effect the metabolisation of cancer cells in breast cancer patients. We also talk about Moles, not the skin growth nor the burrowing mammal, but the unit of measurement. Finally we discuss how 2019 will be the year of the periodic table, and Will makes some good suggestions for Allans plans to celebrate the famous chemistry tool.

Dear Science: Fit-bits, Polar flips and sinking ships

Dear Science: Fit-bits, Polar flips and sinking ships Dear Science: Fit-bits, Polar flips and sinking ships, 28.08 MB
Wed 7 Feb 2018

On todays Dear Science with AUT's Allan Blackman we talk about a new study about the validity of fit-bits in keeping you fit, we then delve into the potentially terrifying thought of the north and south poles swapping places and incinerating us all (not literally(but maybe who knows)). Finally we talk about the story of ameture inventer and adventurer Donald Crowhurst and Allan blows our minds with a very intense story of adventure, cheating adventure and the end of an adventure. Lots of adventure... Listen to the podcast.

Dear Science: A day in Space!

Dear Science: A day in Space! Dear Science: A day in Space!, 12.88 MB
Wed 31 Jan 2018

On todays special edition of the wire AUT's Allan Blackman talks to us about Space! Yes that (not so) empty stuff floating above our earth, specifically looking at tonights super blue/blood moon. And if you've missed the super moon do not fair because Allan tells us about a bit of controversy that a new satralite 'The Humanity Star' has caused for atronomers. Finally we talk about the space race and how this day in history was an important one for humanity.

Photo credit: RNZ

Dear Science: Rats, Bees and Fungi

Dear Science: Rats, Bees and Fungi Dear Science: Rats, Bees and Fungi, 30.99 MB
Wed 24 Jan 2018

On todays Dear Science with AUT's Allan Blackman, we talk about how rats maybe arent to blame for the black plague. We delve into the world of nicotine based pesticides and how Bunnings has banned them to stop the needless death of bees. Finally we talk about a new type of concrete that can be crossed with fungi to create self repairing materials for infrastructure... Now thats some cool science

Dear Science: Don't ingest bad things

Dear Science: Don't ingest bad things Dear Science: Don't ingest bad things, 8.18 MB
Wed 17 Jan 2018

Today on Dear Science with AUT's Allan Blackman, we talk about potentially poisonous fillings, whether chromium is a trace element, and finally we talk about a new type if water which is said to be infused with rainbows... Sounds legit.

Dear Science: heroes, whisky, coffee, and gold

Dear Science: heroes, whisky, coffee, and gold Dear Science: heroes, whisky, coffee, and gold, 33.93 MB
Wed 20 Dec 2017

We wrap up this year of Dear Science with AUT's Allan Blackman and some day drinking in the studio. Also on the menu: talks about the late soviet military officer who saved us from nuclear war, whether or not you should water down your whisky (spoiler alert: yes), the consequences of handing the responsibility of a university research to the wrong people, and how the gold of the ring on your finger came about. Finally, we mention all the great scientists who unfortunately passed away in 2017. 

Dear Science: Rocks from outer space, luminescent fingerprints and progress on clean energy

Dear Science Dear Science, 27.51 MB
Wed 13 Dec 2017

On Dear Science today we chat with Allan about possible contact from outer space, a massive (obvious) step forward in forensic science, and progress on nuclear fusion. 

Dear Science: Blocking sun block, verified vaccinations and formulated forensics

Dear Science: Blocking sun block, verified vaccinations and formulated forensics Dear Science: Blocking sun block, verified vaccinations and formulated forensics, 34.45 MB
Wed 6 Dec 2017

Today on dear science we talk about how some sunblocks may not be as good as they claim to be. We delve into another vaccine debate surrounding the HPV vaccine, and a recent study that proves (once and for all) that the vaccine has no effect on developmental dissorders in children. Finally we talk about a forensics firm in the UK that has been found out to not be properly carrying out their scientific work.

Dear Science: Lightning, Dead Cats and Hand Sanitizer

Dear Science: Lightning, Dead Cats and Hand Sanitizer Dear Science: Lightning, Dead Cats and Hand Sanitizer, 35.18 MB
Wed 29 Nov 2017

Today on Dear Science with AUT's Allan Blackman, we talk about lightning and the sheer power of nature, is it creating dark matter? We delve into the mindblowing realm of quantum physics, do you think you can wrap your head around alternate realities, diverging cosmic pathways and a dead made up cat? Finally we discuss alcohol based sanitizer and how maybe its not the best idea to be using it during a late night cop stop.