Fizzics TWIST Podcast with Fizzics Education - STEM news with a twist!



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.

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"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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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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The lovely people of Jervis Bay get to go to a bioluminescence party. But will they light up the dance floor?

Duncan updates us about the Opportunity Mars Rover, and it's not looking good...

Lastly, some ancient human news - homo sapiens are not the only ape in town.

Fact Of The Week! We get a lot of questions about rain, so it's time to separate fact from fiction.

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

NASA are firing a spacecraft into the sun! But why, and will its intrepid crew survive? Just kidding it's a robot.

The Moon has ice on its surface! Which means it has water! Humans need water, so could we live on the moon? TWIST investigates...

Quill has found out about a type of ant that protects their nests by exploding with a delicious smell.

Fact Of The Week! Potatoes are one of the most interesting plants around... here's why!

It's time for another Secret Sound! Get this right and you could earn some solid CO2IN.

Flying electric spiders! Hooray! Everyone loves flying electric spiders!

Koalas have a terrible, toxic diet of only Eucalyptus leaves, but those cute, fuzzy, icons seem just fine! How do they do it?

That funnily-named planet between Saturn and Neptune is a bit wonky, and we found out why! Also listen to Duncan squirm while trying to avoid saying its name.

Fact Of The Week! This positively electric fact comes from Japan...

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It’s tax(onomy) time! The CSIRO’s National Research Collections Australia has named 200 new species, almost all of them insects. Hurray, insects!

A Japanese spacecraft is about to arrive at an asteroid and do some explodey experiments on it - Duncan loves this! Here are some photos:

Plastic bags are GONE from major supermarkets in Australia - Quill loves this!

Fact Of The Week! We warm your winter bones with a SUNNY FACT!

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

The ABC’s Stargazing Live has set a new world record for most people simultaneously stargazing! But how many people were involved, what was the previous record, and what did they find?

The Blue Mountains’ Jenolan Caves are receiving a cash injection for some much-needed upgrades, but what use would a giant chasm have for money?

Researchers have found strange flakes on dinosaur fossils. Could they be… dino dandruff?

Fact Of The Week! It’s the cold season and we definitely have a frosty fact for you!

The whole world is going bananas for laurel vs yanny, but how does it work? We've come across some great explanations, and some not-so-great explanations, so we thought we'd clear the waters! Stick around for some other amazing audio illusions.

Volcanoes are super cool (not literally though) but their lava can be destructive! We talk about different types of volcanoes, what happens when they erupt, and what's happening with the Kiluaea volcano in Hawaii.

A new scientific paper has come out saying that octopuses might have come from outer space. An amazing idea but is it good science?

Fact Of The Week! Find out how dogs know when you're coming home! It's probably not what you think, and it's amazing.

TWIST is back after our school holiday break! Don't forget to send us your science questions and we will consult the experts on your behalf, and make sure to have a guess at our secret sound of the week! In Episode 7 we discuss:

The Great Barrier Reef receives a potentially lifesaving cash injection!

Scientists have transferred a memory from one snail to another - but what does it mean for those of us who don't carry our houses on our back?

The world's first monkey selfie got a photographer into a spot of bother, but now it's all over! Find out what happens.

Single-use plastic bags are a destroying the environment and harming our marine life - what can you do to help?

Oof owie! How much does sleep affect the healing of our boo-boos?

Scientists have 3D printed brain cells. If you've ever seen a more futuristic headline let us know.

A type of pollution is hindering scientists' ability to look into space - but what is it?

Finding SoFi: Steph traverses the uncanny valley of fish robotics. See a video of SoFi here:

Scientists reckon they’ve discovered a new organ - but how, and why now?

Money makes the water go round: How a cash prize stimulates innovation.

Check out the XPRIZE here:

Space lasers: Yes, they’re real, and they’re spectacular.

The last male northern white rhinoceros has died, but there may still be hope for the future of the species.

How can 3D printing tech help to snuff out poaching?

A giant space station is about to crash back down to Earth, so should you be watching out overhead? Read more about re-entry here:

We discuss the legacy of the late, great Stephen Hawking.

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