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Why the first all-female spacewalk never happened: The media went nuts recently about how a planned all-female spacewalk was canceled. It seems like patriarchy has reached even the ISS. But the truth is a little more complicated. 

Do you hear silent GIFs?: GIFs are silent moving images, but certain GIFs can have 'sounds' for some people. How? Ben takes us through the science. 

Even mosquitoes hate Skrillex: Skrillex is (in)famous for being a divisive musician. But it looks like mosquitoes are tipping the balance as new research has found that playing Skrillex to mosquitoes reduces both biting and 'copulation activity'

What’s on, Watson?: It’s the day of the equinox AND a super moon, giving us a Super Worm Equinox Moon. That was not a Dune reference - that’s what it’s really called. We take a look at what an equinox actually is, and how the super moon got its name.

On the Green with Quill: A new coral reef has been found off the coast of Italy. Let’s be honest, it’s not as good as the Great Barrier Reef, but fun to learn about anyway!

ViralGram: Not only does playing music to ageing cheese imbue it with a milder taste, but if you play it A Tribe Called Quest then it becomes award-winning. Just don’t play that wheel of cheese any 360! Ha!

Fact of the Week: Boil ‘em, mash ‘em, stick ‘em in a stew, eat them for 60 days straight...

Warning: This episode of Fizzics TWIST contains discussion of HIV/AIDS from 16:00 to 26:30. If you or the person you’re listening with don’t want to hear about this then we suggest skipping that section.

Far Out with Duncan: NASA have ‘sonified’ an image of space taken by the Hubble telescope. Is it eerie and terrifying or oddly pleasant? You be the judge.

On the Green with Quill: Quill is back to fire up about climate change - climate modelling has revealed that if global CO2 levels reach 1300 ppm then clouds start to break apart and this really lets the genie out of the bottle - with sizzling consequences.  

UnTwist: A second and possibly third person have been functionally cured of HIV. We untwist this story, explaining the mechanism and the future of HIV treatment using this method.

What’s on, Watson?: Just in time for Women’s History Month, the first spacewalk by an all-female team will take place on March 29.

Huge if True: How a supernova caused a mass extinction including a very fierce animal you might have seen at the movies!

ViralGram: Why do zebras have stripes? While they may look fly, it’s the flies they have to worry about! Read the article and see the pictures here: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/02/why-do-zebras-have-stripes-flies/583114/  

UnTwist: An amazing prehistoric discovery right here in Australia - and we’re very excited because our own staff have been involved. Anyone up for a road trip?

Fact of the Week: The human body can be pretty gross sometimes, but it can be even more gross in space...

What’s on?!: It’s the International Day of Women and Girls in Science AND International Women’s Day - Kate joins us to talk about some groundbreaking achievements by women made in 2018.

Far Out with Duncan: A little rover close to Duncan’s heart, the Opportunity Rover has been declared… dead. We discuss this somber moment.

ViralGram: Have you lost a USB stick recently? Been kayaking near seals recently? The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research in New Zealand would like to have a word with you! Listen to our previous story about seals in Episode 21.

Fact of the Week: An amazing revelation that brings both space and dinosaurs together in this positively titan fact.

ViralGram: A wayward seal has been photographed with an eel stuck up its nose. It turns out this is not the first time this has happened...

Huge if True: Mobile phones will be banned from primary schools across NSW from next year. Is this a good idea? 

Far Out with Duncan: The Mars InSight Lander has sent back audio from the surface of Mars. A sound from an alien world. Hear it in this segment! 

Fact of the Week: Quill brings some fun festive facts for this Christmas episode! 

ViralGram: Students around Australia have staged protests against inaction on climate change. We applaud their efforts! 

In the Lab with Quill: Researchers from the University of Queensland (strewth) have discovered a DNA signature of multiple types of cancer. What on Earth does that mean you ask? Quill applies her VLB (Very Large Brain) to the problem.

Far Out with Duncan: CIMON (pronounced 'Simon') is a cute space-robot with a dark and insecure past. Will he take over the ISS? Duncan explores.

Fact of the Week: Are you a Round-Earther? Well, we've got bad news for you...

UnTwist: A Chinese scientist claims to have modified the genes of twin girls. We break down the science behind this case and discuss the implications.

ViralGram: Knickers the cow is a massive unit... but why? The answer is simple. 

Far Out with Duncan: Duncan explores his favourite topic, Mars landers.

What Year Is It?: Everything that happened in late November in years gone by... it's a good one! 

UnTwist: In the future, all meat might be grown in a lab instead of taken from animals. Quill, who is a vegetarian and has a PhD in Hippietarianism, takes us through this high-steaks topic.

On the Green with Quill: It turns out that apart from being cute and cuddly little units, wombats also poop out cubes. Quill, who has a PhD in faecal cubeism, explains how this might impact all of the manufacturing industry, forever.

Far Out with Duncan: Boffins from MIT have a made a plane that flies silently, with no moving parts, using technology straight out of Star Trek. Duncan, who doesn't have a PhD, perfectly illustrates this amazing tech in extreme detail.

Fact Of The Week: The year was 2009. Presidents were respected, the economy was stimulated, and the sky was a deep, dark red. Quill takes us back.

Huge If True: How much does a kilogram weigh? No one seems to know! Watch this video about how the kilogram will be redefined. 

On the Green with Quill: The world’s oceans are being eaten up, but by what? Where is the water going?

Far Out with Duncan: Underneath an ancient glacier in Greenland, scientists have discovered something with cosmic origins. Check out the tectonic plate diving here.

Fact Of The Week: This week’s fact will boil your brain and give you brainfreeze at the same time.

Fizzics TWIST is back for Episode 16! In this episode we discuss:

Huge If True: The 'Pando' Aspen tree system is dying. Or maybe it's just getting old? Fizzics TWIST investigates. 

On the Green with Quill: The EU has banned 10 types of single-use plastics. Quill, predictably, rants about it. 

What Year Is It?: Duncan's alter ego recounts what happened this week in past years. (PS check out the video of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse) 

Far Out with Duncan: China has revealed its plans for a new space station that might replace the ISS. But their track record with space stations isn't great (read: Tiangong-1. We talked about it in Episode 4) - so how will this new one fare? 

Fact Of The Week: This week's fact is so mind-boggling it'll send you into orbit! 

You can't use your phone while driving, but what about using your phone while... learning? Quill's on the case. 

Pluto's a planet again! Hooray! Maybe! 

The Ocean Cleanup has been deployed. A giant plastic-eating machine has been set loose towards the Great Pacific Garbage patch. Hopefully it will tide-y up! 

Fact Of The Week! This week's fact is positively electric. 

Welcome to this special edition episode of Fizzics TWIST!

Water on Mars, alien life, cosmic farts, and planet-sized dust storms; the two active Mars Rovers, Opportunity and Curiosity, have been creating some huge news lately. So what exactly has been going on up there? Duncan tells the story of the Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity rovers and takes a look at some exciting martian science that happened along the way.

Music provided by Timecop1983

Music provided by Kevin MacLeod - incompetech.com
"Silver Theme", "Impending Boom", "Winner Winner", "Nonstop", "Space Explorers", "Robobozo", "Crypto", "Not as it seems", "Industrious Ferret", "Moonlight Hall", "Jellyfish in space"

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Don't forget to send us your science questions and we will consult the experts on your behalf!

We're talking about the Great Barrier Reef again! Now that pesky Crown of Thorns Starfish is being targeted by robots.

Scientists have found a new coral reef off the east coast of the USA. How come we didn't know about it already?

The International Space Station has sprung a leak! How does this happen and what does it mean?

Fact Of The Week! It's a real word salad this week. Salad gold. We're just pollen your leg. Once and floral.

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