Ep 77. Craft beers, trilobites and Lagerstätten with John Paterson

John Paterson is a professor of paleontology and earth sciences at the University of New England. He studies the evolution of life during the Cambrian explosion. Some of his recent research has shown that during this time some of the largest predators around, Anomalocaris, had wonderfully complex eyes and they were likely to be incredible visual predators of their time. In this interview we also … Continue reading Ep 77. Craft beers, trilobites and Lagerstätten with John Paterson

How much water does it take to grow a duck?

Wetlands, despite their name, aren’t always wet. But when the rain starts and the rivers flow theses dynamic landscapes can flourish with life. Though the question remains, how much water is enough? Freshwater ecosystems have been significantly altered by water management for human use. In particular, flow regulation has resulted in enormous declines in both the extent and health of wetlands. In 2018 Lindsey Frost … Continue reading How much water does it take to grow a duck?

The Science Behind Poultry Farming

The global demand for poultry continues to rise but the resources we have to produce them don’t, so how can we continue to farm poultry sustainably, ethically and responsibly? A large proportion (20%) of dietary protein fed to broiler chickens is undigestible. These represent a significant proportion of diet cost and may have negative effects on broiler gastrointestinal health and performance. Moreover, decreasing protein excretion … Continue reading The Science Behind Poultry Farming

Life on the Edge – The rocky shores of Australia

  Living on the edge is tough, and there’s nowhere tougher than the tidal shores of the rocky coastline. Despite pounding waves and the scorching sun live thrives. And it all comes down to the amount of water, the essential ingredient for life. Filmed by Siobhan Dennison Written and presented by James O’Hanlon Help In Situ Science create more great videos by becoming a patron … Continue reading Life on the Edge – The rocky shores of Australia

Ep 73. Poetry, Poop and Peron’s Tree Frog with the Dudleys

Alexander and Jane Dudley are passionate defenders of the natural world. They have written two poetry books showcasing Australia’s unique animal life. Alexander travels all across Australia as a wildlife surveyor. His passion for animals and poetry has led him, with some firm encouragement from Jane, to compile his poetry together and share it with the world. Jane has been taking things one step further … Continue reading Ep 73. Poetry, Poop and Peron’s Tree Frog with the Dudleys

Science Meets Design 2019 Video Highlights

Can science explain what makes good design? Are designers and scientists really that different? Or are they both just explorers searching for truth in different ways? We celebrated the intersections of Science and Design at the Sydney Design Panel with a celebrity panel featuring Tom Gordon, Chris Reid, Wendy Davis and Laura Jade Hindes. We explored everything from optical illusions to corpse piles to redneck … Continue reading Science Meets Design 2019 Video Highlights

Ep 72. Honey bees, slime moulds and velvet worms with Tanya Latty

  Urban beekeeping is all the rage but its not the only thing you can do to help pollinators. Tanya Latty from the University of Sydney says being a lazy gardener may be the best thing you can do to help your local bees, beetles and butterflies. Tanya’s work was recently featured on ABC’s Catalyst as part of the Great Australian Bee Challenge. Tanya and her … Continue reading Ep 72. Honey bees, slime moulds and velvet worms with Tanya Latty

Ep 69. Horseshoe crabs and hot pink theses with Russell Bicknell

Horseshoe crabs, firstly, are not crabs, nor do they make effective horseshoes. They are a unique animal more closely related to spiders and scorpions than crustaceans. They are highly valued due to the coagulant properties of their blood, which is harvested as a pharmaceutical product to identify impurities in medicinal products. This sadly also places them under threat as their populations are routinely harvested and … Continue reading Ep 69. Horseshoe crabs and hot pink theses with Russell Bicknell

Ep 68. Steampunk, crazy ants and early childhood with Kirsti Abbott

Have you ever wanted to visit a Steampunk themed scientific learning space aimed at all ages in a regional university? We’ll guess what!? The Boilerhouse Discovery Space is currently under construction at the University of New England and is on track for completion in 2022. In this interview we chat with Kirsti Abbot the manager of UNE Discovery. She talks to us about how making … Continue reading Ep 68. Steampunk, crazy ants and early childhood with Kirsti Abbott

Ep 67. Sharks, magnets and paternity leave with Vincent Raoult

Sharks are cool! Thats about all there is to it. Gone are the days of viewing sharks as  bloodthirsty killers, we’re now all on board with the fact that they are an incredibly diverse group of animals with amazing biology. Vincent Raoult from the University of Newcastle studies the biology of sharks and is looking at ways we can improve fisheries practices to work more … Continue reading Ep 67. Sharks, magnets and paternity leave with Vincent Raoult