Ep 34. Natural history, sinister mates and the school of hard knocks with Greg Holwell

In a publish or perish environment scientists are finding it harder to spend time out in the field doing pure exploration. This is a great shame as we can never predict where the next great scientific discovery will come from. The wonders of the natural world around us are the ulitmate source of discovery, but for this to happen we need to find the time … Continue reading Ep 34. Natural history, sinister mates and the school of hard knocks with Greg Holwell

Ep 33. Frog calls, monsoons and haunted tennis courts with Jodi Rowley

Spending months on end trudging through monsoonal South East Asian Rainforests is a far cry from the suburban upbringing of Jodi Rowley. However travelling across the globe to remote locations in search of frogs is all part of the job as she now works as a herpetologist at the Australian Museum. She regularly spends time in South East Asia documenting the biodiversity of amphibians. This … Continue reading Ep 33. Frog calls, monsoons and haunted tennis courts with Jodi Rowley

Prehistoric plesiosaur filter-fed like a whale

New research shows that a prehistoric marine reptile fed by filtering small animals out of the water using their long ‘needle-like’ teeth. A team of scientists from South America and the USA re-examined the fossilised skull of the plesiosaur Morturneria seymourensis and uncovered the first known case of filter feeding in a marine reptile. This research has been published in the Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology. … Continue reading Prehistoric plesiosaur filter-fed like a whale

Democracy: It’s for the dogs

An international team of researchers has uncovered that African wild dogs behave in an unusual way: voting by sneezing to determine when the pack is ready to move out for the hunt. While it is common for certain animals to reach a consensus before partaking in a particular activity, the fact that the dogs used sneezing to vote and that not all votes are equal … Continue reading Democracy: It’s for the dogs

Life Vs Science Highlights

The Sydney Science Festival 2017 rocked on from the 10th to the 20th of August. During this time, In Situ Science hosted “Life vs Science” a live podcast recording at The Camelot Lounge in Sydney. A wonderful audience filled the air with laughter as they learnt about science ‘behind-the-scenes’ from Jim Fishwick, Shane Hengst, Leigh Nicholson, James O’Hanlon and Alice Williamson. Check out the highlights … Continue reading Life Vs Science Highlights

Ep 31. Giant spiders, motherhood and lazy journalism with Lizzy Lowe

SPECIAL GUEST: LIZZY LOWE (MQ) For some they are feared creatures, for others they are friendly backyard acquaintances. Spiders, for some reason, are divisive creatures that have been unfairly burdened with a terrible reputation for being deadly assassins. Arachnologist Dr Lizzy Lowe spends most of her time researching the ecology and behaviour of spiders, and when she isn’t doing that she is working hard to … Continue reading Ep 31. Giant spiders, motherhood and lazy journalism with Lizzy Lowe