February 2018 – Techs Pod

Month: February 2018

The sound of jazz, robot-style

By Madison 0 Comment February 28, 2018

News in Science The sound of jazz, robot-style THE SOUNDS OF SCIENCE with Bernie HobbsABC (Source: Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology) The sounds of science Available Formats MP3 (00:00:36; 712 Kb) Whether you love jazz or hate it, you’ve never heard a marimba swing quite like this. The ‘artist’ is a robot called Shimon, […]

Dr Karl goes interstellar for Science Week

By Madison 0 Comment February 25, 2018

In Depth › Science Features Dr Karl goes interstellar for Science Week Dr Karl goes interstellar in this Galaxy Explorer and National Science Week promotional video. It’s National Science Week – Australia’s annual celebration of science. Even though we love science all year round, it’s great to have a week to really celebrate it. There’s […]

20 years of ABC Online

By Madison 0 Comment February 23, 2018

In Depth › Science Features 20 years of ABC Online ABC Online launched its first website 20 years ago today. In 1995, as the production team was preparing for the second series of the Hot Chips technology program, they realised that about half of the stories were to do with a new thing called ‘the […]

Butterfly farming in Papua New Guinea

By Madison 0 Comment February 21, 2018

In Depth › Science Features Butterfly farming in Papua New Guinea A very different kind of butterfly effect. The southern highlands of Papua New Guinea contain lush rain forests and spectacular landscapes, but for all of its natural beauty, life in a picture postcard can be remarkably tough. While basic essentials such as food can […]

New clear thinking on risky business

By Madison 0 Comment February 19, 2018

In Depth › Analysis and Opinion New clear thinking on risky business The future will always be a risky business. Take nuclear energy; how do we manage the risks of tomorrow in our planning today? asks Paul Willis. By Paul Willis Risk is perhaps the most difficult concept to communicate because what you make of […]

The world’s first wind farm

By Madison 0 Comment February 16, 2018

In Depth › Science Features The world’s first wind farm Towards 2000 captured the birth of modern renewable wind power in 1981. People have been harnessing the energy in the wind pretty much since since the beginning of civilisation. Using the wind to generate electricity is also not new; the first example was built in […]

You can’t trust science! Debate.

By Madison 0 Comment February 14, 2018

In Depth › Analysis and Opinion You can’t trust science! Debate. It’s not a position scientist Natalie Chapman ever thought she’d be justifying to her daughter, but an inter-school debate on the topic gave her much food for thought. By Natalie Chapman When my primary school-aged daughter asked for help arguing the case for the […]

The last huskies of Antarctica

By Madison 0 Comment February 12, 2018

In Depth › Science Features The last huskies of Antarctica These hard working and loyal dogs are no longer a part of the Antarctic landscape Australia set up its first permanent research base in Antarctica in 1954 and huskies were a vital part of the program from the very beginning. These hard working and loyal […]

Storm chasers in the Top End

By Madison 0 Comment February 10, 2018

In Depth › Science Features Storm chasers in the Top End Darwin’s infamous tropical thunderstorms are more important than you might think. Tropical storms are a crucial part of the planet’s weather system. They are one of the very few natural mechanisms capable of lifting air and moisture and dust into the stratosphere, a zone […]

How to make your coffee sing

By Madison 0 Comment February 8, 2018

News in Science How to make your coffee sing THE SOUNDS OF SCIENCE with Bernie HobbsABC (Source: Nutnarin Khetwong/iStockphoto) The sounds of science Available Formats MP3 (00:00:11; 173 Kb) There’s more to coffee than latte-art — every time you froth some milk or stir in cream, there’s a bit of physics going on. The sound […]