The Science Inside the Nepal Earthquake

The earthquake that shook Nepal has shocked the world. Hear tenth-grader Chloe Jenkins’ experience of the Nepal earthquake, then find out all about how earthquakes work with Prof Ray Durrheim from Wits. Later in the show Dr Charlotte Nobel and Medecins Sans Frontiers’s Dan Sermand explain the medical medical dangers and response on Everest –…

A vaccination method from refugee camps #TSI

Doctors Without Borders’ Kate Elder tell us about an adaptive method of vaccination that came out of refugee camps. The full show is themed around the recent attack on the Garissa University by militant group Al-Shabaab – an attack in which the world’s biggest refugee camp, Dadaab, has been accused of playing a role. Click to play:

Xenophobia in SA: How prejudice is born

“Prejudice is a group phenomenon. You don’t have a personal feeling about someone who has something different, just by yourself. It’s somehow created, somehow part of social norms.” – Social psychologist Prof Gillian Finchilescu from the University of Witwatersrand, who has been studying prejudice for years. This week The Science Inside looks at xenophobia, xenophobic violence…

The Science Inside MarsOne

Four South Africans are among the 100 hopefuls who have made it through to round three of the Mars One human settlement mission, reported the Mail & Guardian recently. This week’s The Science Inside chats to one of them – Kobus Vermeulen. “Ever wanted to go to space? We’re looking beyond earth this episode, with stories…

The Science Inside Collins Chabane’s Crash

Following the tragic death of Public Service & Administration Minister Collins Chabane, this episode looks at how we can use mapping to make our roads safer, how our minds process information while driving and how to analyse a wreckage to determine how a crash happened (accident forensics).

The science of South African spy cables

  With the recent scandal surrounding the leaking of South African spy cables, The Science Inside looks into the science and technology behind the modern spy game. The show covers SA’s missile program, the psychology of lying, and the high-tech gear that spies are using in today’s world.

The Science Inside #36: South Africa’s water problem is massive

What does exploding homebrewed beer in Johannesburg suburbia to do with South Africa’s growing water problem? Find out by listening to this week’s edition of the ‘Science Inside’. Dr Karl Rumbold of the Wits School of Molecular and Cell Biology and water expert Anthony Turton of the University of the Free State shed some light…

Petrol prices and petrol-free cars

This week, The Science Inside looks at the dropping petrol prices. They chat to Director and chief economist at Econometrix, Dr Azar Jammime about the the oil price, then hear about the Shell Eco-marathon and how to build a car that can travel thousands of kms on a single litre of petrol.They wrap up with…

The Science Inside #27 – The Ice Bucket Challenge

Press PLAY! The ice bucket challenge, which went viral across social media earlier this year, aims to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic laterial sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research. This week’s show looks at the attention the disease has been getting these past few months and speaks to people who are affected by…

Will the Woolies boycott work?

In this episode we asked whether boycotting Woolies will make a difference to the conflict in Gaza. We spoke to the organisers of the boycott, BDS, and we asked economic and political analysts about how we measure the success of such efforts. The truth is, it’s really not an exact science. [View the story “Will…