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250 years since Captain Cook landed in Australia, it's time to acknowledge the violence of first encounters

Apr 28 • 27:31

Captain James Cook arrived in the Pacific 250 years ago, triggering British colonisation of the region. We’re asking researchers to reflect on what happened and how it shapes us today. You can see other stories in the series here and an interactive here....

An honest reckoning with Captain Cook's legacy won't heal things overnight. But it's a start

Apr 28 • 30:08

Captain James Cook arrived in the Pacific 250 years ago, triggering British colonisation of the region. We’re asking researchers to reflect on what happened and how it shapes us today. You can see other stories in the series here and an interactive here....

Childhood, adolescence, pregnancy, menopause, 75+: how your diet should change with each stage of life

Apr 17 • 24:44

In today’s episode, Clare Collins, a Professor in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Newcastle, explains how our diets might need to change depending on what stage of life we’re in. ...

What does the coronavirus pandemic sound like? The voices of people struggling, secluding and surviving around the world

Apr 3 • 31:06

What does the COVID-19 pandemic sound like?...

Coronavirus and COVID-19: your questions answered by virus experts

Mar 13 • 39:26

What do you need to know about COVID-19 and coronavirus? We asked our readers for their top questions and sought answers from two of Australia’s leading virus and vaccine experts....

We asked astronomers: are we alone in the Universe? The answer was surprisingly consistent

Mar 9 • 24:23

Are we alone in the Universe? The expert opinion on that, it turns out, is surprisingly consistent....

More than 70% of the Universe is made of 'dark energy', the mysterious stuff even stranger than dark matter

Feb 23 • 12:26

You’ve heard of dark matter. You’ve probably heard there’s a fair bit of it out there in space, and that astronomers don’t know for sure what it is. ...

'Futuring' can help us survive the climate crisis. And guess what? You're a futurist too

Jan 31 • 10:15

Editor’s note: Today, on Trust Me, I’m An Expert, we hear from Clare Cooper, design lecturer at the University of Sydney, on how futuring techniques can help us think collectively about life under a drastically hotter climate. Her accompanying essay is below....

The Dish in Parkes is scanning the southern Milky Way, searching for alien signals

Jan 15 • 22:10

For John Sarkissian, operations scientist at the CSIRO Parkes radio telescope, astronomy has been his life’s passion – starting from the age of six. ...

'The size, the grandeur, the peacefulness of being in the dark': what it's like to study space at Siding Spring Observatory

Dec 18 • 23:44

How did our galaxy form? How do galaxies evolve over time? Where did the Sun’s lost siblings end up?...

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