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Dear Science

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

Dear Science: Dogs, Dead Heads and Chuck Norris

Dear Science: Dogs, Dead Heads and Chuck Norris Dear Science: Dogs, Dead Heads and Chuck Norris , 28.2 MB
Wed 22 Nov 2017

On todays Dear Science segment, AUT's very own Allan Blackman joins us to talk about how having a canine companion may make us happier. We get into the nitty gritty of recent studies claiming to have performed head transplants on humans (SPOILER ALERT: They are already dead). And finally we talk about how Chuck Norris is sueing the big pharma companies behind gadolinium, a contrasting agent for MRI scans after he claims it effected his wifes health.

Dear Science: Genetic sunscreen, pesticide soap & science libel

Dear Science: Genetic sunscreen, pesticide soap & science libel Dear Science: Genetic sunscreen, pesticide soap & science libel, 34.67 MB
Wed 15 Nov 2017

Professor Alan Blackman joins us again this Wednesday to discuss a new sunscreen harnessing the power of DNA; the effectiveness of baking soda as a pesticide detergent and a case of scientific disagreement that lead to court.

Dear Science: Marie Curie

Dear Science: Marie Curie Dear Science: Marie Curie, 30.19 MB
Wed 8 Nov 2017

Professor Alan Blackman joins us again to talk about Marie Curie, the first woman to win a nobel prize for her pioneering work on radiation and xrays.

Dear Science: DNA editing, thermonuclear bombs, and sexy weed

Dear Science Dear Science, 54.87 MB
Wed 1 Nov 2017

Professor Alan Blackman joins us in studio again to discuss studies happening on DNA editing. This day in history Ivy Mike was detonated and we discuss the difference between nuclear and thermonuclear bombs. Finally we discuss a study conducted at Stanford saying those who smoke dope regularly have more sex. 

Dear Science: Fighting birds, Scared dogs and Bad Humans

Dear Science: Fighting birds, Scared dogs and Bad Humans Dear Science: Fighting birds, Scared dogs and Bad Humans, 35.22 MB
Wed 25 Oct 2017

Today on Dear Science with AUT's Allan Blackman we talk about how Tui may fight other males with a better song than them. We talk about dogs who can smell fear and we discuss more falsified evidence of links between vaccines and autism.

Dear Science: Dark matter, alchemy & mind powers?

Dear Science: Dark matter, alchemy & mind powers?.mp3 mp3, 31.96 MB
Wed 18 Oct 2017

Professor Allan Blackman joins us again to discuss the origins of dark matter, neutron alchemy and the evidence... or lack of... behind mindfulness. 

Dear Science: Nobel chemistry, the apocalypse & a fishy science report...?

Dear Science: Nobel chemistry, the apocalypse & a fishy science report...? ?, 26.31 MB
Thu 12 Oct 2017

AUT's Professor Allan Blackman joins us again this week to discuss a recent chemistry Nobel prize winner, how once again the world is predicted to end, and how scientists claimed to have partially awoken a man from a vegetative state, but neglected to report his death in the subsequent report published.

Dear Science: Fake cancer, psychopathic music and nobel prizes

Dear Science: Fake cancer, psychopathic music and Nobel prizes.mp3 mp3, 37.56 MB
Wed 4 Oct 2017

Our resident Super Science guy, AUT’s Allan Blackman, discusses another case of a false cure for cancer, ponders whether the types of music you listen to might make you a psychopath, and delves into this years nobel prize winner for Medicine.

Dear Science: Ig Nobel prizes, the hunt for a new element and the death of a nuclear hero

Dear Science: Ig Nobel prizes, the hunt for a new element and the death of a nuclear hero Dear Science: Ig Nobel prizes, the hunt for a new element and the death of a nuclear hero, 21.09 MB
Wed 20 Sep 2017

This week AUT's Allan Blackman joins us again to discuss this year's Ig Nobel prizes, how scientists are hoping to create a new periodic element and the death of Stanislav Petrov, they man who saved us all from nuclear war.

Dear Science: Death of a spacecraft, bad pharma & alternative apricot "medicine"

Dear Science: Death of a spacecraft, bad pharma & alternative apricot "medicine".mp3 mp3, 21.75 MB
Wed 13 Sep 2017

On Dear Science this week, AUT’s Allan Blackman discusses the Cassini probe nearing its death, a key example of why big pharma gets a bad name and a case of self-prescribing apricot kernels as a cancer treatment leading to cyanide poisoning.