[LISTEN] What do you know about the shot hole borer?

This week’s The Science Inside radio show tells the story of a tiny beetle that is threatening 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. Prof Mandeep Kaur explains how she…

[LISTEN] The Science Inside Family episode

It’s Family Day on The Science Inside radio show, presented by the Wits Radio Academy. 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 why you…

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…

[LISTEN] The Science Inside – Transport

For petrolheads and science nerds alike, this week’s show gets into all things cars following the petrol strike. Elna looks at the past and future of electric cars and drives a South African made prototype with Winstone Jordaan from Gridcars. Dr Mathetha Mokonyama from the CSIR talks to us about how public transport systems get designed.…

[LISTEN] The Science Inside – HIV

Over seven million South Africans live with HIV, and we’re looking at the virus following last week’s International AIDS conference. We visit the country’s first automatic pharmaceutical dispensing unit with Belinda Strydom from Right ePharmacy. You’ll hear about people who seem to cope with HIV, without antiretrovirals from Professor Thumbi Ndung’u, from UKZN. In our weekly…

[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…