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Category: Science & Medicine

A fun take on the latest science news with enough data to sink your teeth into. Lagrange Point goes beyond the glossy summary and gets in depth with the research from across the world.

April 9, 2018

Episode 269 - Finding their way through the magnetosphere with quantum mechanics and chemistry


How do animals from bacteria to birds manage to use the Earth's magetnic field to navigate? Do we know how or why? What potential mechanisms are out there and how does quantum mechanics get involved?

April 2, 2018

Episode 268 - Farewell Tiangong 1, space stations and managing space debris


We say farewell to Tiangong-1 ("Heavenly place 1"), China's first foray into space stations as it comes crashing to earth and we look forward into the future for space station development. We also find out how scientists across the world plan to tackle the problem of space junk and keep space safe for years to come

March 26, 2018

Episode 267 - Water, water everywhere, make it safe to drink


Making water safe to drink is a problem for the largest cities all the way down to the most remote of communities. We look at the challenges to making water safe to drink, and some innovative new research looking to make it easier to obtain safe drinking water.

March 19, 2018

Episode 266 - Strange ways of fighting antibacterial resistance from platypus milk to cooking an egg


This week we find out some strange and new ways scientists are hunting for a new weapons in the antimicrobial resistance arms race. Including turning to platypus milk for guidance, cooking the insides of bacteria like an egg and blocking it from even spreading. Plus we get an update on Mammal March Madness.

March 12, 2018

Episode 265 -March Mammal Madness preview, uncovering Tardigrades and the history of lungs


It's time for March Mammal Madness 2018, where the greatest mammals from the past and the future face off against each other in performance science battles. Although this year it also features creatures from the past (Antecessors) and even some alt!mammals! This week we preview the tournament, along with checking out some latest scientific research form across the world on some of the competitors like the Tardigrades along with finding out about the development of that mammalian trait that helped us breath better.

March 5, 2018

Episode 264 - Peering back in time to light from the first stars


How do you peer back in time to see the light from the first stars? Well the EDGES team did just that and may have unlocked not one but two different secrets to the early universe.

February 26, 2018

Episode 263 -The science of marginal gains at the Winter Olympics


Did the science of marginal gains help athletes win gold at the Olympics? Now that the Olympics are over, we dig into the science behind the events, and how the athletes edged out their competition using scientific innovations.

February 19, 2018

Episode 262 -Biomaterials saving lives from spider silk cardiac tissue to sticky when wet bandages


How can we make wounds close and heal by sticking together better? Is there some kind of super strong glues that can help stick even when wet? What can we learn from spiders to help heal a broken heart? All these bio materials and more in this week's episode.

February 12, 2018

Episode 261 - Stopping unwanted Life on Mars


How do we protect find and protect life across the universe from ourselves? What are the risks and dangers of sending bacteria out into the universe, and how can we prevent unwanted contamination.

February 5, 2018

Episode 260 - A glimpse of our future from the tropical rain forests and jungles


Life in a tropical jungle or rain forest provide a window into the future, particularly for Climate Scientists. We look into the impact of a warming climate on biodiversity plus keeping the delicate balance between agricultural land and dangerous deforestation.

January 29, 2018

Episode 259 - Quantum Computing - Australian of the Year - Prof Michelle Simmons


We celebrate the Australian of Year for 2017, Professor Michelle Yvonne Simmons, by examining the groundbreaking work in Quantum Computing that she has pioneered across Australia. This includes a deep dive into how Quantum Computing works, what it can help with and what makes the Australia approach, led by Prof. Simmons, so special. ​ ​

January 22, 2018

Episode 258 - Australian biomedical science from labs on a chip to stopping biofilms


We find out about some amazing Australian biotechnology inventions from an efficient lab-on-a-chip, to boosting our immune systems and stopping bio-films in their tracks.

January 15, 2018

Episode 257 - Tracking creatures from the deep with social media and NASA


Mysterious creatures roam the depths of the ocean, from turtles to whale sharks. Studying their journeys shed light on the way our oceans are interlinked and the impact of climate change on the whole ecosystem.

January 8, 2018

Episode 256 - Learning from primates about human culture


Forget gorilla channel, Bonobos are a better mirror to human behaviour. We check out some interesting studies which reveal some of human kinds unique traits in behaviour compared to our closet primate cousins.

January 1, 2018

Episode 255 - Taking the pain out of needles


Taking the pain out of injections and needles by using micro-needle patches. This can help deliver flu vaccines and help diabetics without the need for painful injections.

December 24, 2017

Episode 254 - Heavy metal stars and interstellar forges


Heavy metal stars often go out in spectacular blaze of glory, where as other more mellow blackholes will just forge even more rare material. We check in on some interstellar antics that help produce the most unusual metal.

December 18, 2017

Episode 253 - Smarter food packaging to cut down on waste


How can we cut down on waste from everything coffee to packaging? What new materials, processes and technology can help us eliminate waste and recycle more? Are there ways to turn food waste into food valued added products?

December 11, 2017

Episode 252 - Dinosaurs gliding and swimming like birds


Dinosaurs take to the air or the water, much like a swan or a duck, but the feathers are quite different to what you imagine.

December 4, 2017

Episode 251 - Mysterious underwater worlds and oceans trapped in time


Mysterious underwater caverns teeming with unusual life, and oceans trapped in time. We dive into the mysteries of oceans, caves and their hidden ecosystems.

November 27, 2017

Episode 250 - Mysterious objects from inside and outside the solar system


Mysterious objects from inside and outside the solar system from an interstellar interloper to a fiery crash landing in the Australian outback.