The Science Inside

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The Science Inside – African Baobab Tree

The iconic African baobab tree can live up to several thousands of years, but recently there’s been an increase in the trees dying. Stephan Woodborne is the senior accelerator mass spectrometry scientist at iThemba Labs in Johannesburg and explains how they found this...

The Science Inside – Fossil Discovery

The recent fossil discovery of two new species of tetrapods in South Africa reveals that the evolution of fish to land animals could have taken place differently than previously thought. We hear from Dr Robert Gess and Professor Per Ahlberg. In Unscience, hear how...

The Science Inside – Allergies

Recently TV and radio personality Relebogile Mabotja went into anaphylactic shock after eating a salad that contained nuts. We take a closer look at allergies with pediatrician and allergologist, Dr Claudia Gray. In Unscience, we find out how a boiled egg can now be...

The Science Inside – Aspen

Following the opening of a large pharmaceutical facility, we go through the long and expensive process of developing a medicine from idea to shelf. Our guests are Dr. Nicola Lister, Chief Scientific Officer at Novartis Southern Africa, Professor Kelly Chibale, Chair...

The Science Inside – Shamba The Lion

A video of Shamba the lion attacking the man who raised him has gone viral. We speak to Dr Kelly Marnewick from the Endangered Wildlife Trust and others about wild animals in captivity. In Unscience we ask what will happen when our sun dies. As cardiovascular...

THE SCIENCE INSIDE – Burns Awareness

In light of Burns Awareness Month we unpack how plastic surgery can treat these scars. Listen to Dr Wayne Kleintjies as he unpacks this treatment. In Unscience, brown widow spiders are ready to die for love and have Ben Ten tendencies. Later on, we speak to Dr...

THE SCIENCE INSIDE – Shot Hole Borer

A tiny beetle is threatening the life of Johannesburg’s trees. Hear from the people working on this, Prof Wilhelm de Beer and Neil Hill. In Unscience we find out how a bug might be the answer to the world’s plastic problem. Our scientist behind the...

THE SCIENCE INSIDE – Unpacking Rabies

A recent rise in cases of rabies makes us look at this disease that can harm both animals and humans. We speak to University of Pretoria’s Professor Andrew Leisewitz. In Unscience, sleeping too little could lead to health problems and a shorter lifespan. We speak to...

THE SCIENCE INSIDE – Data Security

Facebook’s recent data scandal has us rethinking our data security online. We find out about the ethics and policies in data mining from Dr Vukosi Marivate from the CSIR. In Unscience, who thinks they are smarter – men or women? Later we speak to the...

THE SCIENCE INSIDE – Plastic Bottles

A recent study accused Coca-Cola and other brands of having levels of microplastics in their bottled drinking water. We find out how this could happen and what it does to our bodies with Bettina Genthe from the University of Pretoria and Douw Steyn from Plastics SA....