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The Science Inside – Wine

It’s the Science Inside wine this week, since Robertson Winery workers are striking. We discuss the Drunken Monkey Hypothesis and how our enjoyment of alcohol might be evolutionary. Find out about the chemistry of a good wine with Antonio Ferreira and the process of winemaking with Samantha Fairbairn. Both are from the Institute for Wine…

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[LISTEN] The Science Inside’s Wine segment

This week’s The Science Inside radio slot is all about wine. The Drunken Monkey Hypothesis is discussed, and how our enjoyment of alcohol might be evolutionary. Find out about the chemistry of a good wine with Prof Antonio Ferreira and the process of wine making with Samantha Fairbairn. Both are from the Institute for Wine Biotechnology…

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[LISTEN] The Science Inside – DRUGS

It’s National Drug Awareness week and drugs have also recently been in the headlines in connection with Hope Zinde’s murder and the van Breda murders. Hear the personal stories of addicts and we find out exactly what drugs do to your body with Dr Bayever from the Central Drug Authority, In our tech feature we’ll…

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[LISTEN] The Science Inside – Music and the Brain

Following the recent decision by the SABC to introduce a 90% local music quota, on this week’s episode you’ll hear about how music affects our brain and emotions and how our hearing is getting worse generation to generation because of all the music we listen to. Later we speak to Peter Coffin who makes music…

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[LISTEN] The Science Inside – Sugar Tax

We all love the sweet side of life, but with the government planning to tax sugary drinks, we’re having a look at all things sugar. Aviva Tugendhaft from Priceless tells us why the sugar tax will lower obesity. Hamish van Wyk, from the Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology, talks to us about a type of…

[LISTEN] The Science Inside’s Leap Year episode

Take the leap with us on #TheScienceInside and have a listen to the latest episode. We hear from astronomer Duncan Steel how the history of our calendar has been influenced by Popes and politicians and what a perfect calendar might look like. We also speak to an astrophysicist about the fabric of space as we learn…

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[LISTEN] The Science Inside: The drought episode

This week The Science Inside radio show looks at the drought and water crisis hitting South Africa. Find out exactly where your water comes from with Dean Muruven from WWF SA’s #JourneyOfWater and take a look at how Cirrus Water Management is using atmospheric water generation to make water out of thin air. With the help…