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How a gruelling physical challenge became a welcome relief
By Karen Hitchcock
Around Australia the registrars are about to sit part one of the medical specialist exams, the rigour of which makes medical school exams seem like hopscotch. I feel sorry for them: five years on the wards and now trapped inside cages of heart-thumping ignorance. Physicians in their 80s still have nightmares where
Practising medicine away from the big cities
By Karen Hitchcock
The world’s biggest radio telescope is under construction in Western Australia
By Michael Lucy
Join Ramona Koval in a Skype conversation with Michel Faber, the author of "The Book of Strange New Things". Faber was born in The Hague, The Netherlands. He and his parents emigrated to Australia in 1967.
Sometimes a doctor can’t help but kill a patient
By Karen Hitchcock
When the death of an old friend becomes tabloid fodder
By Luke Davies
Early examples of gene silencing in transgenic plants
Gene silencing, miracle cures and Balmain’s biggest biotech company
By Michael Lucy
Does medical screening do more harm than good?
By Karen Hitchcock
The extended mind thesis and the scouring brush
By John Maloney
Discover the latest trends in wearable technologies and learn how designers are imagining new devices that will become essential parts of our daily lives. Gadi Amit is a San Francisco-based designer.
Are GPs prescribing too many antidepressants?
By Karen Hitchcock
Medieval records show that attitudes to suicide have changed little
By Ceridwen Dovey
Our obsession with vitamins is getting out of hand
By Karen Hitchcock
Many online daters are trapped in a pornographic shopping mall
By Michael Currie
The science is clear, but the way forward is not
By Judith Brett
Australia's best science communicators come together to explore the challenges of relaying complex and important scientific information to the wider community
Prof Brian Schmidt shared the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics for research showing the accelerating expansion of the universe. The research of physicist Paul Davies looks at cosmology, quantum field theory, and astrobiology. Hosted by Phillip Adams