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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,...

THE SCIENCE INSIDE – Medical Male Circumcision

Inxeba (The wound),  a South African film which sparked nationwide conversation around issues of culture, initiation, circumcision and masculinity, inspires our show this week and we are looking at the medical aspects of male circumcision (MMC). We speak to Dr Thabani...

PODCAST: THE SCIENCE INSIDE – Sustainability

The sustainability of our planet’s natural resources is important for all people and their wellbeing. We find out why Africa’s food security is at risk with Professor Joachim von Braun, who is the director of the Centre for Development Research (ZEF) at...

PODCAST: THE SCIENCE INSIDE – Science Policy

Science policy, from agreements to declarations, ultimately affects ordinary scientists and citizens, and can determine whether problems are addressed. Jacqueline McGlade is both a professor and the wife of the chief of the Maasai tribe in Kenya, and speaks to the...

PODCAST: THE SCIENCE INSIDE – The Plague

Although outbreaks of the plague occurs nearly every year in Madagascar, the current outbreak is spreading and causing worry. We look at what are the chance of it spreading to South Africa with Professor John Frean. In Unscience we meet a humanoid robot called Pepper....

PODCAST: THE SCIENCE INSIDE – Connected World

Recently ATMs have started being emptied after hackers accessed the bank’s general business networks. This week we look at how the internet is connecting our world in new ways. Joseph Sifakis, winner of ACM A.M. Turing Award in 2007 and an Emeritus Senior CNRS...

PODCAST: THE SCIENCE INSIDE – Water Crisis

The water crisis in the Western Cape continues to worsen, as dam levels are at around 30%. We look at ways that can alleviate the crisis. Professor John Nditiru explains to us what hydrological techniques are, and how they can be used to manage water resources. In...

PODCAST: THE SCIENCE INSIDE – Mental Health and Society

October is Mental Health Month, but the topic is often neglected and not taken seriously enough by South Africans. We explore ways self-care can support your mental health. Find out how collective and intergenerational trauma is affecting many South Africans. We speak...