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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....

THE SCIENCE INSIDE – Family Day

It’s Family Day on the show. Your family’s genes may be why you hate coriander leaves. If you’re hoping to start a family, Dr Mohamed Iqbal Cassim from the BioArt fertility centre says trends in fertility have changed. In Unscience, there is a reason...

THE SCIENCE INSIDE – Meat

We find out what happens to contaminated meat, such as the products recalled after the recent Listeria outbreak. We hear from food control experts and microbiologists, Dr. Juno Thomas, the head of Enteric Diseases at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases...

THE SCIENCE INSIDE – Lassa Fever

The current outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria is much higher than the yearly norm. We find out what’s happening with Prof Lucille Blumberg, deputy director of NCID. In Unscience, your personality might be the reason you are addicted to social media. Later Dr. Bianca...

THE SCIENCE INSIDE – The Psychology of belief

Following the controversy at the Seven Angels Church in Ngcobo in the Eastern Cape, the Science Inside expands on this issue and looked at the psychology of belief and we interviewed a religion specialist Dr Karen van der Merwe of the North West University to explain...

THE SCIENCE INSIDE – Hijacked Buildings

Following Joburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba’s decision for government to take over dilapidated buildings and abandoned properties in the city, we looked at property hijackings and how these spaces are being used for urban living and use. Margot Rubin, senior researcher at...

THE SCIENCE INSIDE – Landfill

Tragedy struck Hulene, a town on the outskirts of Mozambique when twenty-one people living on the town’s only landfill, were killed by a 50m high rubbish heap which collapsed on their homes. This week’s show was inspired by this topic and we had a chat with a...

THE SCIENCE INSIDE – 23rd Winter Olympics

The 23rd Winter Olympics are underway in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  We look at how fake snow is made and the effects of climate change on snow sports with professor Marius Mayer of the Ernst Moritz  Arndt-University in Greifswald, he tells us more. In Unscience,...