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

Dear Science: September 19th, 2018

Dear Science: September 19th, 2018 Dear Science: September 19th, 2018, 24.3 MB
Wed 19 Sep 2018

For Dear Science, Marcus Jones joins us for his last week covering Allan and we talk about plastic in the  ocean, predisposed forgiveness, and Ig-Nobel prizes.

Dear Science: September 12, 2018

Dear Science: September 12, 2018 Dear Science: September 12, 2018, 24.18 MB
Wed 12 Sep 2018

E kōrero ana mātou ki a Marcus Jones mō te Ao Putaiao, e pā ana ki ngā whakawhiwhinga me ngā haumātakataka. For Dear Science with AUT's Marcus Jones, we talk about Pulsars and Nobel Prizes, and hurricanes and cyclones.

Dear Science: September 5th, 2018

Dear Science: September 5th, 2018 Dear Science: September 5th, 2018, 31.64 MB
Wed 5 Sep 2018

While Allan is away in Tuscany enjoying sun and wine, we gather in our little studio with Marcus Jones, also professor of Chemistry at AUT, to talk about science. 

And today, we cover a tiny air leak that could have proven very dangerous for the International Space Station. We also talk about daylight saving: why? what? and is it really necessary? Finally, we wonder why finding an adequate substitute for salt is so tricky, and discover that MSG might be the answer (!)

Dear Science: August 29, 2018

Dear Science: August 29, 2018 Dear Science: August 29, 2018, 31.07 MB
Wed 29 Aug 2018

On Dear Science with AUT’s Allan Blackman we are talking about how we are capable of smelling, dodgy psych studies, and a botched execution in a Nebraska state which may be due to the drugs used.

Dear Science: August 22nd, 2018

Dear Science: August 22nd, 2018 Dear Science: August 22nd, 2018, 39.98 MB
Wed 22 Aug 2018

On Dear Science with AUT’s Allan Blackman we talk about why people are left-handed, the potential waste that contact lenses represent, and using oxygen to kill infections.

Dear Science: August 15th, 2018

Dear Science: August 15th, 2018 Dear Science: August 15th, 2018, 31.96 MB
Wed 15 Aug 2018

On Dear Science with AUT’s Allan Blackman we are talk about Monsanto and the $289 million dollar payout to Dwayne Johnson, as well as why spaghetti splits into three, not two parts, when you break it.

Dear Science: August 8th, 2018

Dear Science: August 8th, 2018 Dear Science: August 8th, 2018, 34.66 MB
Wed 8 Aug 2018

On Dear Science today we are talking about how to get near the sun in order to study it, the way that we reveal ourselves in our text messages with a debate about the use of full stops, and a helium anniversary at a time when we should be very aware of its depleting resources.

Dear Science: August 1st, 2018

Dear Science: August 1st, 2018 Dear Science: August 1st, 2018, 11.59 MB
Wed 1 Aug 2018

On Dear Science with AUT's Allan Blackman, we talk about a newly discovered underground lake on Mars, a defrosted 42,000 year-old worm, and how statistics can help us figure out who wrote which Beatles song. 

Dear Science: July 25th 2018

Dear Science: July 25th 2018 Dear Science: July 25th 2018, 54.87 MB
Wed 25 Jul 2018

On Dear Science with AUT’s Allan Blackman we talk about sunscreen, and two great female scientists: one is New Zealand astronomer Beatrice Tinsley, a New Zealand academic, who worked on the aging of galaxies, but who’s been sort of forgotten by History…

The other an English Chemist. It's the 98th anniversary of the birth of Rosalind Franklin, who used xray to advance chemistry greatly

Dear Science: July 19, 2018

Dear Science: July 19, 2018 Dear Science: July 19, 2018, 34.75 MB
Wed 18 Jul 2018

Today on Dear Science, AUT's Allan Blackman tells us about "neutrino" (and no one really seems to understand what he is talking about). We also talk about a new method used to bring back to life 130-year-old daguerrotype photographs. Finally, Allan shares this breaking news: the concept of bread is actually much older than we thought.