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Total Solar Eclipse, 14 November 2012

Total solar eclipse, partially obscured by cloud.
Photo: Sharon Harnett, taken from Palm Cove, Queensland on November 14, 2012.

Cobi Smith is a researcher, comedian, activist and science communicator. She blogs here and tweets here.

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Download Now!Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall, Jo Benhamu.

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Restoring Voluntary Control of Locomotion after Paralyzing Spinal Cord Injury

Image source: Original paper published in Science.

Jo Benhamu is a specialist nurse (Acute Care/Gastroenterology), a reporter for the Skeptic Zone podcast, and a committee member of Australian Skeptics.

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The red dress scene in The Matrix

Source = The Matrix, 1999 film by the Wachowski brothers distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

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Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday and Dr. Shayne Joseph

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Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Shayne Joseph and Lucas Randall

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Lucas Randall is an amateur astronomer, a skeptic and avid science lover. His Skeptic FAQ is one of the best summaries of scientific skepticism. He blogs at and Tweets at

Listen at the end when Shayne’s dog, Jezebel, makes an unexpected cameo appearance!

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In Episode 3, we talked briefly about searching for life outside our solar system. Is there much point looking for bacterial on Planet Zork, a thousand light years away? Since we’re not going to be able to get there for thousands of years?

Planets Align Over Australian Radio Telescope Array

Or do you think there are worthwhile scientific and technological advancements to be made doing the research anyway?

Image credit: Graeme L. White & Glen Cozens (James Cook University)

Each week, we take a look at the science news that often doesn’t make it into the mainstream media. Science On Top is our attempt to shed light on the extraordinary work being done in the name of science, and discuss the world of science in general.
We hope to have our first episode out by the end of March, and every week after that.