The Science Inside: about paintbrush lillies, passwords and science kits

Have a listen to this episode of The Science Inside – it’s about efforts to save the paintbrush lily, home science kits for high school learners, and how hackers steal passwords right from your thoughts. Unscience will tell you whether your face may be making you look rich. The Science Inside is presented by Elna Schütz…

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…

[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…

[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…