Ockham’s Razor is a soap box for all things scientific, with short talks about research, industry and policy from people with something thoughtful to say about science.
Parasites in your favourite dish
You probably have a favourite colour, flower, or song. But do you have a favourite parasite?
Shokoofeh Shamsi does - although she studies parasites for a living, so maybe that makes a bit more sense.
The bad news for the rest of us who don't spend a lot of time thinking about this stuff? Her favourite parasites live in many Australians' favourite food.
Harnessing the power of exercise to preserve your retina
We know that exercise is good for us — good for our muscles and bones and mental health. But what if it's good for other parts of us as well? Research is showing that exercise releases molecular signals that can protect our eyes from diseases like age-related macular degeneration. The next step is to figure out how to harness these benefits, which is exactly what Dr Joshua Chu-Tan is on a mission to do.
The ideology of wilderness 'destroying this continent'
What does a natural landscape look like to you? Maybe you think of a dense forest, or a sparkling body of water. Somewhere untouched by humans, right? Maybe the word “wilderness” comes to mind.
Today we’re hearing from someone who wants you to think twice about this idea of wilderness.
Michael-Shawn Fletcher is a geographer and a descendant of the Wiradjuri – and he wants to challenge the idea that country that's untouched by humans is a good thing.
What's the future without planning?
Do you have a favourite place that’s been affected by the extreme weather that’s hit Australia over these past couple of years?
This week on Ockham's Razor we’re hearing from Barbara Norman, who has her own special place that’s been hit hard by climate change.
But luckily, Barbara is an expert in urban and regional planning, and she has ideas on how we can plan better to adapt to climate change.
The 'science donut'
There are some moments you can look back on and go 'yep – that’s when I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up.' The moment your ambition really crystallised.
This week, we’re hearing from Emily Finch about when that moment happened for her – on a family field trip to what she calls the “science donut”.
Pandemic preparation and the data pyramid
Priyanka Pillai combines computer science skills and a background in biomedical sciences to take on complex challenges in health data, particularly for pandemic preparedness research.
You know, just in case we ever need that sort of thing …