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VIDEO: The future of wearable technologies

Wearable technologies currently exist in two spaces – as conceptual pieces by artists and designers, and as engineering-driven wearable products that are taken to market. But, as Danielle Wilde explains…

VIDEO: Why older adults love online dating

Older adults are the fastest-growing demographic on online dating websites, with those aged 50-plus making up 22% of members on Australia’s leading internet dating site. In this episode of TCTV, Sue Malta…

VIDEO: Are raw foods good for you?

There are claims that cooking destroys nutrients and enzymes found in food, and that eating raw, uncooked foods must be better for you. But it’s not that simple and, as Tim Crowe explains, a pure raw-food…

VIDEO: How the weather affects our mood

We often use the weather as a metaphor for how we’re feeling: gloomy, sunny or under a cloud. But how does it actually affect us? In this episode of TCTV, Nick Haslam describes the influence of sunny skies…
Cilcik on the image to learn how stars are made. Picture: NASA. Cilcik on the image to learn how stars are made. Picture: NASA.

VIDEO: What are stars?

How are stars formed? What are they made of? And what happens to them when they die? In this week’s TCTV, astrophysicist Akila Jeeson-Daniel explains the physics behind the balls of gas that light up the…

VIDEO: How laser tattoo removal works

Professor Rodney Sinclair explains how advances in laser tattoo removal technology have enabled the relatively safe and easy removal of tattoos. But it is a medical procedure, and as laser dermatologist…
Hands on the wall still. Hands on the wall still.

VIDEO: Were the first artists women?

Welcome to TCTV, a new stream of video content offering ideas and insights from the sharpest academic minds. In this first episode Janine Burke explains research by archaeologist Dean Snow suggesting that…
Citizens line up to cast their vote in New Delhi. Citizens line up to cast their vote in New Delhi. AAP

Corruption and economic growth top issues in Indian election

Since Monday the Indian people have been voting in the largest elections the world has ever seen. So far things have gone smoothly as 815 million people are expected to turn out at polling stations all…
Liberal Senator Arthur Sinodinos has come under fire in the witness stand at ICAC. Liberal Senator Arthur Sinodinos has come under fire in the witness stand at ICAC. AAP/Paul Miller

Grattan on Friday: Sinodinos is seriously bruised – and that’s before ICAC says anything

Regardless of what the Independent Commission against Corruption finally says about Arthur Sinodinos, his day of evidence has in itself raised fundamental questions about his suitability for the job of…
If Arthur Sinodinos couldn’t be across key facts about a company of which he became chairman, how can he and the government credibly argue that someone with no expertise should be their own watchdog? If Arthur Sinodinos couldn’t be across key facts about a company of which he became chairman, how can he and the government credibly argue that someone with no expertise should be their own watchdog? AAP/Daniel Munoz

Grattan on Friday: While Sinodinos is off at ICAC, someone should have a look at his financial advice legislation

Interviewed recently about the government’s plan to roll back key consumer protections in Labor’s financial advice legislation, Arthur Sinodinos said his advice to consumers was to “get more informed…
Tony Abbott is trying to switch the focus from a Qantas debt guarantee to the repeal of the carbon tax. Tony Abbott is trying to switch the focus from a Qantas debt guarantee to the repeal of the carbon tax. AAP/Alan Porritt

Grattan on Friday: Qantas not such a special case in Abbott’s eyes

Hardly a week goes by, it seems, when there is not some fresh announcement of job shedding. Qantas’s loss of 5000 is the latest blow. But amid the gloom on Thursday, Tony Abbott optimistically reaffirmed…
Attorney General George Brandis will soon take to cabinet proposals to remove the “Bolt” provisions. Attorney General George Brandis will soon take to cabinet proposals to remove the “Bolt” provisions. AAP/Daniel Munoz

Grattan on Friday: Everyone, including the asylum seekers, has a claim to the rights agenda

This week the government’s new “freedom commissioner”, Tim Wilson, fresh from the Institute of Public Affairs, started at the Human Rights Commission, with the central task of promoting free speech and…
The outcome of Saturday’s byelection will set the tone for the first sitting week of 2014. The outcome of Saturday’s byelection will set the tone for the first sitting week of 2014. AAP/Dan Peled

Grattan on Friday: As the government urges heavy lifting, Tony Abbott feels the weight

A former colleague of Tony Abbott says John Howard would never have flatly denied SPC Ardmona the $25 million in assistance. “He’d have given $15 million with conditions,” said the man, who was praising…
The Government has sent messages to business and the ABC, this week. The Government has sent messages to business and the ABC, this week. AAP/Alan Porritt

Grattan on Friday: Abbott government has the trumpet out, and not just to blast the ABC

The Abbott government has been firing rhetorical bullets at friends and enemies alike in the last few days. Some employers are weak-kneed. The ABC is unpatriotic. On the face of it, there’s little in common…
Tony Abbott faces difficulty within his own party about indigenous recognition. Tony Abbott faces difficulty within his own party about indigenous recognition. AAP/Lukas Coch

Grattan on Friday: Indigenous referendum will test Abbott’s ability to manage his conservative base

In his Australia Day message this weekend Tony Abbott will repeat his commitment to amend the constitution to recognise Aboriginal people as the “first Australians”. He’ll say this should be a “unifying…
What’s on the agenda in our final pre-election podcast? What’s on the agenda in our final pre-election podcast? AAP/Alan Porritt

Election 2013 Podcast: Dennis Altman, Marilyn Lake

Welcome to the fifth of The Conversation’s Election 2013 podcasts. Each week The Conversation will be sitting down with Australia’s top political minds to discuss all things election as we gear up for…
Smile, it’s time for our fourth election podcast - a special edition straight from Queensland. Smile, it’s time for our fourth election podcast - a special edition straight from Queensland. AAP/Lukas Coch

Election 2013 Podcast: Tracey Arklay, John Harrison

Welcome to the fourth of The Conversation’s Election 2013 podcasts. Each week The Conversation will be sitting down with Australia’s top political minds to discuss all things election as we gear up for…
Pass the mic Kevin, it’s time for our special Sydney podcast. Pass the mic Kevin, it’s time for our special Sydney podcast. AAP/Alan Porritt

Election 2013 Podcast: Mark Rolfe, Roy Green

Welcome to the third of The Conversation’s Election 2013 podcasts. Each week The Conversation will be sitting down with Australia’s top political minds to discuss all things election as we gear up for…
Tony Abbott’s campaign ‘gaffes’ are on the agenda in the second of our election podcasts. Tony Abbott’s campaign ‘gaffes’ are on the agenda in the second of our election podcasts. AAP/Alan Porritt

Election 2013 Podcast: Jill Singer, Geoffrey Robinson

Welcome to the second of The Conversation’s Election 2013 podcasts. Each week The Conversation will be sitting down with Australia’s top political minds to discuss all things election as we gear up for…
The election campaign for Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott has begun. Tune into our weekly podcasts for the best analysis of the week’s events. The election campaign for Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott has begun. Tune into our weekly podcasts for the best analysis of the week’s events.

Election 2013 Podcast: Stephanie Brookes, Brian Galligan

Welcome to the first of The Conversation’s Election 2013 podcasts. Each week The Conversation will be sitting down with Australia’s top political minds to discuss all things election as we gear up for…
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The Conversation podcast – 07/06/13

In this week’s The Conversation/ SBS News podcast we: examine the EU’s decision to drop the arms embargo on the Syrian opposition look at the growing evidence supporting an upright position for women giving…
Yuliya Libkina

The Conversation podcast – 29/05/13

In this week’s The Conversation/ SBS News podcast we: talk 457 visas and Australia’s “invisible” group of workers made up of backpackers and international students have a chuckle, via neuroscience, at…

A view on: vaccination myths

In recent years there’s been growing debate around the safety of vaccinations – but how much of this is based on untruths? In the latest collaboration between SBS and The Conversation, Dr Rachael Dunlop…
Jari Schroderus

The Conversation podcast – 13/05/13

In this week’s The Conversation/ SBS News podcast we: discuss controversial Tanzanian government plans to exclude Maasai tribespeople from some traditional pastoral lands in the name of wildlife conservation…

A view on: high-speed rail in Australia

Welcome to the second in our new series of video collaborations with SBS. In this episode, Dr Rico Merkert, Senior Lecturer in Aviation Management at the University of Sydney, gives his view on the Australian…
Fey Ilyas

The Conversation podcast – 26/04/13

In this week’s The Conversation/ SBS News podcast our experts: discuss federal Labor’s plans to fund schools examine a spike in racism on public transport, or at least media coverage of such incidents…
Streets are covered by debris caused by Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey. How will it affect the presidential race? Streets are covered by debris caused by Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey. How will it affect the presidential race? EPA/Michael Reynolds

Race to the White House: Tim Lynch, Nick Bisley

Welcome to part nine of our Race to the White House podcast series. Each week we’ll be talking to Australia’s top US experts on the ins and outs of the 2012 US presidential campaign. This week, we ask…
President Barack Obama casts his vote in Chicago. President Barack Obama casts his vote in Chicago. EPA/Brian Cassella

Race to the White House: Joe Siracusa, David Malet

Welcome to part eight of our Race to the White House podcast series. Each week we’ll be talking to Australia’s top US experts on the ins and outs of the 2012 US presidential campaign. And as election day…
Obama gets his game on for the second presidential debate. Obama gets his game on for the second presidential debate. AAP

Race to the White House: Stephanie Brookes, Tim Verhoeven

Welcome to part seven of our Race to the White House podcast series. Each week we’ll be talking to Australia’s top US experts on the ins and outs of the 2012 US presidential campaign. This week, we discuss…
The challenger and defender: the first US presidential debate has changed the game for Romney and Obama. The challenger and defender: the first US presidential debate has changed the game for Romney and Obama. AAP

Race to the White House: Dennis Altman, Nick Bisley

Welcome to part five of our Race to the White House podcast series. Each week we’ll be talking to Australia’s top US experts on the ins and outs of the 2012 US presidential campaign. This week, Romney…
President Barack Obama address the United Nations General Assembly this week. President Barack Obama address the United Nations General Assembly this week. AAP/Jason Szenes

Race to the White House: Binoy Kampmark, Geoffrey Robinson

Welcome to part four of our Race to the White House podcast series. Each week we’ll be talking to Australia’s top US experts on the ins and outs of the 2012 US presidential campaign. This week, Binoy Kampmark…
It’s been a tough week for Mitt Romney. Can he turn it around? It’s been a tough week for Mitt Romney. Can he turn it around? EPA/Brian Blanco

Race to the White House: Tim Verhoeven, Joe Siracusa

Welcome to part three of our Race to the White House pod cast series. Each week we’ll be talking to Australia’s top US experts on the ins and outs of the 2012 US presidential campaign. This week, Tim Verhoeven…
Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton arrive at a press conference for the death of the US Ambassador to Libya. Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton arrive at a press conference for the death of the US Ambassador to Libya. AAP/Michael Reynolds

Race to the White House: Dennis Altman, David Malet

Welcome to part two of our Race to the White House podcast series. Each week we’ll be talking to Australia’s top US experts on the ins and outs of the 2012 US presidential campaign. This week, Dennis Altman…
With the rise of “SuperPACs”, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has a fundraising advantage over President Barack Obama. With the rise of “SuperPACs”, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has a fundraising advantage over President Barack Obama. EPA/CJ Gunther

Explainer: what is a Super PAC?

David Weisbrot of the University of Sydney explains where the money comes from with the rise of Super PACs in the US presidential elections, in collaboration with SBS Online.
US President Barack Obama with Prime Minister Julia Gillard on his first trip to Australia in November last year. US President Barack Obama with Prime Minister Julia Gillard on his first trip to Australia in November last year. AAP/Alan Porritt

Explainer: foreign relations and the US elections

Brendan O'Connor from the University of Sydney discusses the foreign policy implications for Australia, Iran and China ahead of the US presidential elections, produced in collaboration with SBS Online…
President Obama addresses the American Latino Heritage Forum in Washington last year. President Obama addresses the American Latino Heritage Forum in Washington last year. EPA/Olivier Douliery

Explainer: the Latino vote in the US

In the first of The Conversation’s video explainer series - produced in collaboration with SBS Online - Dr David Smith from the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney discusses the importance…
Who will occupy the White House next? Our experts give their insight. Who will occupy the White House next? Our experts give their insight. Matt Wade Photography

Race to the White House: Tim Lynch, Nick Sharman

Welcome to the first of our weekly podcasts dissecting US politics in the run-up to the presidential election. Each week we’ll be talking to Australia’s top US experts on the ins and outs of the Romney…
Will the London Olympics lead to increased participation in grassroots sport? Will the London Olympics lead to increased participation in grassroots sport? BELAMBRA CLUBS

The sports legacy of the Olympic Games

While competition at the London Olympics only runs for 19 days, the Games are likely to have an impact far beyond this brief period of time. Or so we’re told. In this video Stephen Frawley discusses the…
Margins may get smaller, but will they ever disappear? Margins may get smaller, but will they ever disappear? josterpi

VIDEO: pushing at the limits of athletic ability

Will records keep tumbling as athletes get fitter and technology develops? Or is there a limit to human performance? Kate Murphy investigates. Further viewing: VIDEO: doping, drug testing and the Olympics…
A zero-tolerance approach to doping? “That is pure fantasy …” A zero-tolerance approach to doping? “That is pure fantasy …”

VIDEO: doping, drug testing and the Olympics

Bob Stewart of Victoria University discusses doping, cheating and suggestions that drug testing at London 2012 is the most comprehensive we’ve ever seen at an Olympic Games. Further viewing: VIDEO: why…
Goodnight, sleep tight? Not if these critters have anything to do with it. Goodnight, sleep tight? Not if these critters have anything to do with it. Lynn Friedman

VIDEO: bed bugs at London 2012

In a co-production between SBS World News Australia and The Conversation, University of Sydney’s Cameron Webb explains why bed bugs will almost certainly bite at the London Olympics. It’s creepy. Enjoy…

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