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The world is experiencing a global bee crisis, and with bees responsible for almost a third of the food on our plate, this is a crisis that could affect us all. Australian researchers have discovered that the brain automatically regulates how much water we need to drink making the mantra "drink eight glasses of water a day" obsolete. Plus, Catalyst investigates how much car conversations distract us.

Catalyst - Ep 11 - Honey Bees, Drinking Water, Driver Distraction

The world is experiencing a global bee crisis, and with bees responsible for almost a third of the food on our plate, this is a crisis that could affect us all. Australian researchers have discovered that the brain automatically regulates how much water we need to drink making the mantra "drink eight glasses of water a day" obsolete. Plus, Catalyst investigates how much car conversations distract us.

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Catalyst - Episode 17

Science stories in today's show: Sun Damage - Surfing Scientist, Ruben Meerman examines the latest research into the safety of nanoparticles in sunscreens. Skin Deep - Dr Maryanne Demasi assesses the science behind minimally invasive treatments including Stem Cell Therapy, Botox and Laser Therapy.

Catalyst - Episode 18

Science stories in today's show: Denisovans - Jonica Newby visits the Max Planck Institute in Germany and discovers how a tiny bone and tooth confirmed the existence of a brand new hominin species. Sun Energy - Derek Muller takes to the street to find out if anyone knows why the sun shines. Gladstone Dredging - Mark Horstman explores the environmental consequences of a large dredging project at Port Curtis harbour in Gladstone Queensland.

Catalyst - Episode 19

Science stories in today's show: Kimberley Dinosaurs - Mark Horstman finds dinosaur tracks in the Kimberley, which are threatened by industrial development. Physics Engine - Mathematician Simon Pampena discovers how the laws of physics are implanted into the artificial world of computer games. Mental Illness Diagnosis - Dr Maryanne Demasi unpacks the controversy behind diagnosing mental disorders.

Catalyst - Episode 20

Science stories in today's show: Next Generation Nuclear Power - Dr Graham Phillips investigates next generation nuclear reactors to find out what makes them safer than previous models. Teenage Acne - Anja Taylor debunks the myths about acne to reveal what treatments can improve the skin condition. Higgs Boson - Dr Derek Muller reveals the unknowns about the recently discovered Higgs particle. Pokie Probability - Mathematician Simon Pampena crunches the numbers on the pokies to work out your chances of winning.

Catalyst - Episode 21

Science stories in today's show: Information Overload - Digital technology means we can access more information faster than ever before but is this broadening and deepening our knowledge, or is fast information like fast food? The Rise Of Narcissism - Even away from the screen, many of us are obsessing about our online social life but is all this self-focus fuelling a narcissism epidemic? Avatars - Can a virtual experience through an avatar affect our health, behaviour, or make us believe in experiences that never really happened?

Catalyst - Episode 22

Science stories in today's show: Organ Bioprinting - Researchers are growing artificial body parts and printing human tissue from the cells of their patients. Packed with DNA - How does DNA pack so tightly into our cells? Space Junk - Space debris is a problem for spacecraft and satellites but Scientists at the Swiss Space Centre are now building the first satellite specially designed to clean up space. Ketamine - Dr Maryanne Demasi looks at an Australian trial using ketamine as a treatment for major depression. Graham Number - Mathematician Ron Graham rewrote the record books with an unimaginably large number.

Catalyst - Episode 23

Science stories in today's show: Melioidosis - Mark Horstman joins a genetics lab on wheels on the hunt for Burkholderia pseudomallei. The Search for Alien Astronomers - Graham Phillips travels to Hawaii to look for signs of extra terrestrial astronomers. Spatial Processing Disorder - Dr Maryanne Demasi enters the sonic world of Spatial Processing Disorder and experiences what it's like when you can't distinguish background noise from targeted speech.

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