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Shirtloads of Science

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Dr Karl’s a curious optimist – a great combination for a science lover. Join him and his guests for weird facts, amazing conversation and remember, it’s never too late for a happy childhood. https://drkarl.com/

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Dr Karl’s a curious optimist – a great combination for a science lover. Join him and his guests for weird facts, amazing conversation and remember, it’s never too late for a happy childhood. https://drkarl.com/

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Fantastic!

By clint wolf - Jun 14 2017
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Great, very interesting podcast. Keep up the terrific work, Dr. Karl.

Love the show

By dudeman618 - May 05 2017
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Listening in USA, love Dr Karl and the show is awesome

iTunes Ratings

12 Ratings
Average Ratings
10
1
0
1
0

Fantastic!

By clint wolf - Jun 14 2017
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Great, very interesting podcast. Keep up the terrific work, Dr. Karl.

Love the show

By dudeman618 - May 05 2017
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Listening in USA, love Dr Karl and the show is awesome

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Shirtloads of Science

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Dr Karl’s a curious optimist – a great combination for a science lover. Join him and his guests for weird facts, amazing conversation and remember, it’s never too late for a happy childhood. https://drkarl.com/

Science Degrees - What are they Good For ?

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What careers open up for Physics graduates? What if you add a PhD in Chemistry? Meet Sydney University graduate Dr Michelle Deaker talking with Dr Karl about her journey. She started with some entrepreneurial spirit and then added an eye for opportunity. Dr Michelle turns research and ideas into products and then takes them to market. Her Australian venture capital portfolio includes a world-leading vaccine Nanopatch, a watch for tracking dementia patients and a new diagnostic in oncology.  Got a new idea for Dr Michelle ? one-ventures.com.au 

Aug 26 2018

20mins

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3 Doctors on Carbon, Black Holes and Car Keys (144)

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How to make Graphene at home, how to visualise a Black Hole and the accidental Car Key immobiliser. Doctors Karl, Alice and Jessica with the latest.  

Jul 28 2019

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The Aussie Space Program - it's Hypersonic (82)

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Hypersonic space injection is different. It's fast like a Kangaroo, Air breathing like a lungfish and reusable like a keepcup. UQ's Professor Michael Smart takes Dr Karl through an Australian development that could jumpstart the space program downunder. It has been part of a research program spanning 30 years and Hypersonics could be ready to fly in 5 years says Professor Michael - (with an injection of money).

May 13 2018

20mins

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Top 10 researcher in the World (83)

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When Nature magazine published the top 10 researchers of 2017 there was one Australian. A radio astronomer ? no.  A paleontologist? no. She is a professor of Molecular Oncology working with the "the Post-Truth Initiative". Doctor Karl interviews our world leading researcher on how she beat fake science. "Seek and Blast" is the software she helped develop in her spare time. An uplifting story on beating the cheats.

May 20 2018

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Marine Biology Adventures (with Dr. Helen Scales) (63)

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Marine biologist, diver and author Dr Helen Scales takes Dr Karl deep beneath the waves to share her passion for the ocean. Helen talks about the secret life of molluscs (shellfish). Hear about ‘clacking’ oysters, the legend of the Golden Fleece (sea silk) and a creature resembling a pinecone crossbred with a slug. There’s maths in the spirals, slave trading in the cowrie and just imagine a Harry Potter golden snitch of the sea… it’s real and plays an incredibly important role.

Dec 31 2017

20mins

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Spider Webs, The Shape of Eggs & On The Road with Bertha Benz (41)

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In this episode - just about, almost on-the-verge of becoming Doctor Jessica on the physics of chemical bonding in spider's silk and how it might help us to build better stuff. Dr Alice on computer modelling predicting the shape of eggs. Dr Karl tells us about the first road trip by car. 

Jul 30 2017

23mins

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Natural Nukes, Pulsars and Lithium-ion Batteries

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Natural Nukes - Dr Karl explains how the earth created a nuclear reactor billions of years before we figured out how. Extreme gravity, relativistic rotation speeds and could-have-been alien lighthouses - almost Dr Jessica explains the strange science of the Pulsar. Plus Dr Alice on things that shouldn't go boom - the Lithium-ion batteries that power all our devices.

May 31 2017

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Life Out There - the new science of Astrobiology (155)

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2019's Nobel Physics prize was shared by three Astrophysicists: Jim Peebles for his Big Bang cosmology plus Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz for their discovery of exoplanets. To discover life out there, we need Astrobiologists. Rocket propulsion Scientist Dr Rachel Brachman and astro-chemist Dr Michael Malaska are turning their talents towards biology and the search for extra-terrestrial life.

Oct 13 2019

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The Antarctic Treaty and Space Law (116)

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An aspiring space diplomat tries to determine space law using the Antarctic Treaty. Both were set in the Cold War but the times have changed. Compare and contrast with Dr Karl and Annie.

Jan 13 2019

16mins

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Marine Permaculture (Brian von Herzen) (29)

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Imagine cooling down 2,300 km of Barrier Reef along the Australian coast using renewable energy. Mind-blowing, right? Dr Brian Von Herzen has such a plan. It's part of a bigger picture that he calls Marine Permaculture - using nature to restore habitat in the oceans. It is a project he has been working towards for over a decade including demonstrations off Hawaii.  Dr Karl discussed Dr Brian's vision in Queensland earlier this year. The audio quality varies as it was recorded on location.

May 07 2017

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Ayahusca, Number Stations, Silk Stops Bullets (30)

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Dr Alice is talking about Ayahusca a South American hallucinogen that may help depression and other mental disorders, nearly Doctor Jessica exploring number stations and the secret messages that haven't stopped despite the end of the Cold War and Dr Karl on whether the silk handkerchief in your top pocket will stop bullets.

May 14 2017

24mins

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How to save the world in 20 minutes (60)

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Dr Karl takes up the challenge of saving the world . Joining him are fellow doctors Derek Muller and Petr Lebedev. All three are in the Science communication business. So how do we convince the world to act on climate change ?

Dec 10 2017

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The Landfill that ate Cranbourne (139)

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Dr Gavin Scherer tells Dr Karl of an Environmental catastrophe that engulfed a brand new Australian suburb. How did it happen? What did it take to fix? A blow by blow account of what it takes to undo decades of bad choices.  http://bit.ly/2JZqXmi

Jun 23 2019

25mins

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Meet Astro Kirsten with 60,000 years of stargazing experience (107)

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Kirsten Banks recently graduated from Sydney University. She has a deep passion for space and astronomy and writes on her twitter page "I won't be the next Brian Cox, I will be the first Kirsten Banks! Proud Wiradjuri woman ". Discover an entirely different view of the heavens from an Indigenous Australian. https://twitter.com/astrokirsten?lang=en

Nov 04 2018

24mins

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What and where is Life? (156)

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The discovery of a planet beyond our solar system was rewarded with a share of the 2019 Nobel Physics Prize. Thousands more exoplanets have since been discovered but is there life out there? Rocket propulsion Scientist Dr Rachel Brachman and astro-chemist Dr Michael Malaska join Dr Karl to scope how and where to start looking for signs of life beyond Earth. 

https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/scientist-for-a-day/home/ https://eyes.nasa.gov/ https://projectpanoptes.org/ @WATSONpstar

Oct 20 2019

16mins

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Con Artists, Cold Spots and Stradivarius violins (37)

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Things are not always how they seem: Dr Karl explains how to be buff, good looking and scientifically believable in order to con the gullible. Almost Dr Jessica explains how a statistical quirk could look like a collision with another universe. And Dr Alice explains that how that wine you're drinking could taste better in another bottle while listening to your favourite violinist playing a Stradivarius that may or may not sound better than an ordinary violin.

Jul 02 2017

23mins

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The Return of the Worm in Medicine (61)

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Dr Michael has found some fascinating new applications and treatments using worms. From gut health, treating Coeliac disease and healing chronic wounds - there's relief to be found in our tubular friends. Join Dr Karl with Dr Michael Smout (from the Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine) at James Cook University. If words like bile, kilodaltons and cysts put you off - stick with this - it's an uplifting tale of research that could make us feel a lot better.

Dec 17 2017

19mins

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Deep Neural Networks - The growth of Artificial Intelligence (118)

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Two decades in and the 21st century being swarmed by digital services - both wanted and unwanted. Dr Karl discusses how we've got here - and where we're going with AI expert, Dean Blumenstein from UTS Sydney. When deep neural networks have lifetimes of human learning inside, Are we heading towards a safer space ?  

Jan 26 2019

18mins

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Dark Matter Quest (87)

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So you want to solve the Dark Energy conundrum ? Then you need to be patient. It'll be clumpy, relativistic and you'll be seeing double at times.  It will take you to Chile and Germany. Dr Karl explores Dr Lewis's quest for a universal holy grail.

Jun 17 2018

24mins

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Kate Cole on protecting yourself from Silicosis (150)

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Silicosis is a deadly lung condition. It is an occupational disease traditionally associated with stone masons and miners. Today new generations are at risk. From workers on infrastructure to home handy-persons cutting concrete, fine particles of silica can be inhaled without the right protection. Kate Cole tells Dr Karl how to stay safe.

Sep 08 2019

24mins

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Our most important Sex Organ with Dr Amee Baird (162)

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What controls our sex life ? Dr Amee Baird has a tremendous insight into this. As a clinical neuropsychologist, she has studied many people whose sexual behaviour suddenly changed. It remains a taboo subject for many, and so she has written a book about what she has learned. Dr Karl spoke with Dr Amee Baird  in Sydney about her book "Sex in the Brain". https://newcastleneuropsych.com.au/dr-amee-baird/

Dec 01 2019

31mins

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Dr Karl's Random AR Road Trip with Dr Bernie (161)

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Dr Bernie probes the Augmented Realities inside Dr Karl's new book. Are the 3D animations impressive ?  Do the walking, talking virtual Karls look amazing on her phone ? Is this the new frontier in science publishing ?

https://drkarl.com/books/

Nov 24 2019

9mins

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The Thai Cave rescue with hero anaesthetist Dr Richard Harris (160)

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2019's Australian of the Year Award was most unusual, shared between two extraordinary people - Veterinary Surgeon, Craig Challen and Anaesthetist Richard Harris. They were pivotal in the rescue of a Soccer team trapped in a cave deep in the mountains of Thailand. In this special 50-minute podcast Dr Richard Harris takes Dr Karl through that extraordinary cave rescue during the South-east Asian Monsoon. https://www.penguin.com.au/books/against-all-odds-9781760890957

Nov 17 2019

43mins

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Space Archaeology with Dr Alice Gorman (159)

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Dr Alice Gorman is an internationally recognised leader in the emerging field of space archaeology. So how do you create a job like that?  It begins with rubbish. Dr Alice takes Dr Karl back to the fundamentals of preservation and how to sort space junk from the keepers.  @drspacejunk.

Nov 10 2019

27mins

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Unboiling an Egg with Prof Colin Raston (158)

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How do you un-boil an egg?  A Professor of Chemistry showed what was possible and won an Ig-Nobel Prize. It's all about the structure of proteins and how you fold them. 

Nov 03 2019

25mins

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Fire Tornados - How Jason Sharples used Maths to predict fire behaviour (157)

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Firestorms attacked Australia's Capital City in 2003. Four people died. Dr Karl meets Prof Jason Sharples. His analysis has altered the world's understanding of fire. In certain conditions fires jump, dance and then go their own way .

https://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/our-people/associate-professor-jason-sharples https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navier%E2%80%93Stokes_equations https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5H1eVy6O3Fo https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_Canberra_bushfire

Oct 27 2019

22mins

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What and where is Life? (156)

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The discovery of a planet beyond our solar system was rewarded with a share of the 2019 Nobel Physics Prize. Thousands more exoplanets have since been discovered but is there life out there? Rocket propulsion Scientist Dr Rachel Brachman and astro-chemist Dr Michael Malaska join Dr Karl to scope how and where to start looking for signs of life beyond Earth. 

https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/scientist-for-a-day/home/ https://eyes.nasa.gov/ https://projectpanoptes.org/ @WATSONpstar

Oct 20 2019

16mins

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Life Out There - the new science of Astrobiology (155)

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2019's Nobel Physics prize was shared by three Astrophysicists: Jim Peebles for his Big Bang cosmology plus Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz for their discovery of exoplanets. To discover life out there, we need Astrobiologists. Rocket propulsion Scientist Dr Rachel Brachman and astro-chemist Dr Michael Malaska are turning their talents towards biology and the search for extra-terrestrial life.

Oct 13 2019

15mins

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Vaccination Saves us - with Dr David Isaacs (154)

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 Polio, smallpox, measles, whooping cough - the list goes on.  Vaccination has saved more human lives than other treatments. Dr David gives Dr Karl the facts on our biggest medical miracle - training our immune system to fight deadly invaders.

Oct 06 2019

37mins

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Sand Talk with Tyson Yunkaporta (153)

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Dr Karl embraces Sand Talk. The first Australians have been exchanging complex concepts this way for 60,000 years. Climate Change and the nature of Time can both be discussed (in Sand Talk).Tyson Yunkaporta and Dr Karl share traditional wisdom and science.

https://www.bookdepository.com/Sand-Talk-How-Indigenous-Thinking-Can-Save-World-Tyson-Yunkaporta/9781925773996

Sep 29 2019

23mins

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NASA Flight Director Matt Abbott (151)

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July 2019 marked 50 years since the Apollo moon landing. Days later, Chris Kraft, a visionary behind Mission Control and Nasa's first flight director died aged 95. Dr Karl talks with Matt Abbott - a flight director for 40 shuttle missions. Matt worked on the ISS Robotic arm and is now fine-tuning mission control for the upcoming Orion missions - returning to the moon and beyond. @Aquarius_Flight

Sep 15 2019

21mins

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Kate Cole on protecting yourself from Silicosis (150)

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Silicosis is a deadly lung condition. It is an occupational disease traditionally associated with stone masons and miners. Today new generations are at risk. From workers on infrastructure to home handy-persons cutting concrete, fine particles of silica can be inhaled without the right protection. Kate Cole tells Dr Karl how to stay safe.

Sep 08 2019

24mins

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Kate Cole Silicosis Science and History (149)

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Digging big holes is dangerous work. Silicosis is a cumulative and sometimes fatal disease resulting from breathing in certain types of dust from broken rocks. Kate Cole is Occupational Health and Hygiene Manager for the new Sydney Metro. She talks with Dr Karl about the history and science of dust diseases.  

Sep 01 2019

18mins

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The Rust that Kills Breakfast (148)

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Romans used Red Dog sacrifices but could not stop it. Decades ago Science slowed the red fungi with new strains of cereal crops. Food security is back in the headlines and the battle is not over according to Professor Robert Park. Winds continue to spread deadly spores that kill the wheat crops we rely on. robert.park@sydney.edu.au   

Aug 25 2019

21mins

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The Lancet diet with Dr Kyra Sim (147)

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Dr Karl and Dr Sim work through a Diet that balances the needs of farmers, ecologists and your body to find a natural balance. The diet (published in the Lancet) is meant to challenge us towards a sustainable and healthy future.

Aug 18 2019

19mins

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Autism is so diverse that researchers need a spectrum (146)

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Dr Karl talks with University of Sydney researcher Marilena Demayo about the complex process of identifying and unravelling autism. @MMDeMayo

Aug 11 2019

20mins

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Eat your way to Happiness (145)

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Research is showing that "Happy" meals are real. Not only do you feel better at the dinner table, those  feelings are long lasting. Also you can amplify the good effects by how you dine. Spoiler Alert - fast food is not the answer. http://healthyeatingquiz.com.au/

Aug 04 2019

16mins

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3 Doctors on Carbon, Black Holes and Car Keys (144)

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How to make Graphene at home, how to visualise a Black Hole and the accidental Car Key immobiliser. Doctors Karl, Alice and Jessica with the latest.  

Jul 28 2019

23mins

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The Symbiology of Corals and how it might save them (143)

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It's 20 years since our first modern Global Coral Bleaching event. Now they are regular, harder and faster. A deadly trio of climate change conditions are killing corals. Dr Emma Camp, a Marine Bio-geochemist, is at Ground Zero on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. She might have discovered some micro-biological interactions that could throw corals a lifeline.  @emmafcamp https://emmafcamp.com/

Jul 21 2019

30mins

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Data Visualisation with Dr Emi Tanaka & Dr Karl (142)

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Statistics are essential today.They are complicated and easy to misinterpret. Clearly communicated results can make a world of difference to new ideas. Dr Emi and Dr Karl discuss smart ways to reveal your data. http://soapboxscience.org/soapbox-science-2019-sydney/

Jul 14 2019

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