[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 show about listeriosis and fake medicine

South Africa is facing the world’s biggest recorded outbreak of listeriosis. This week’s The Science Inside Radio Show finds out why this food-borne disease is so unique. In Unscience, hear why expensive fake medicine might just work better than cheap placebos. Content hosted by iono.fm This broadcast is made possible through the Wits Radio Academy.…

[LISTEN] The Science Inside’s Water Crisis episode

The water crisis in the Western Cape continues to worsen, as dam levels are at around 30%. The Science Inside radio show recently looked at ways that can alleviate the crisis. As part of the show, Professor John Nditiru explained what hydrological techniques are, and how they can be used to manage water resources. The…

[LISTEN] The Science Inside Genetics episode

  The Science Inside is a weekly show that goes inside the science of major news events. The show is broadcast on Voice of Wits every Monday at 6pm.This week’s edition focuses on genetics. The presenters talk about Japanese researchers’ efforts to genetically engineer hens whose eggs contain drugs that can fight serious diseases including cancer.…

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’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…

[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…

[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…