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PODCAST: The first episode of a new series from The Anthill focuses on precision medicine.
It’s the case of the missing ‘a.’
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Armstrong always insisted that he said, 'That’s one small step for a man.' Yet everyone omits the 'a' when they repeat the quote. A linguist tries to get to the bottom of what happened.
Audio used as evidence in criminal trials can often be unreliable.
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Indistinct forensic audio is often 'enhanced' to make it sound clearer. But how effective are the techniques that are used? A new experiment suggests they can be highly misleading.
Mo Mowlam, secretary of state for Northern Ireland at the time of the Good Friday Agreement.
In a series of short audio clips, four academics talk about the key figures involved in making the Good Friday Agreement of April 1998 possible.
We can either take advantage of advances in technology to enhance human beings (never to go back), or we can legislate to prevent this from happening.
Sound alerts on digital devices are often annoying, so we've tended to opt for silence. In future, that could hold us back.
If you like the sound of new drama and experimental audio, then 2018 has a few treats in store.
Crested pigeon in flight with the primary feathers spread and the narrow eighth primary is visible.
Crested pigeons make a rapid trilling sound when they take flight that can be used to warn others of danger. But what is it that makes the sound?
Vinyl is one thing but digital plug-ins which claim to emulate the analogue sound are a rose-tinted step too far.
MP3 compression of digital audio files made music more portable.
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The MP3 audio file transformed the way we accessed music online. So what does it mean now that licensing and support for the popular format is to end?
Imagine a world where artificial intelligence is in control and humans are brink of extinction. What went wrong? What could we have done?
No problem too big #1: Artificial intelligence and killer robots.
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In this special Speaking With podcast episode, a panel of artists and researchers speculates on the end of the world due to artificial intelligence and killer robots, as though it has already happened.
The problems and how we might fix them.
The first US presidential debate is scheduled for Tuesday morning Australian time.
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The second episode of Race to the White House examines the foreign policy differences between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and previews the first presidential debate.
Giant leap – just give me a sec.
New research has found that Neil Armstrong's strong midwestern accent is making it impossible for us to work out what he actually said when he first set foot on the moon.
It’s possible to create sound in a part of a room that only you can hear, but others elsewhere cannot.
Your own choice of music in a restaurant, your preferred language in a cinema, and a personal tour in a museum. All are possible if you can control the sound in almost any place.
Mark Scott has altered the ABC in profound ways.
Mark Scott will hand to Michelle Guthrie a much-transformed ABC – one that does the same things in very new ways.
Did you hear that?
Rob and Stephanie Levy
Ghost hunters love to record and parse EVP – electronic voice phenomena – they say are messages from spirits. But perceptual psychology has scientific reasons for why what they're hearing isn't from the other side.
Australia’s Volkswagen subsidiary has come in for criticism for its handling of the crisis.
Volkswagen's command and control approach has not helped its global response to the emissions scandal, with Australian customers left waiting for more than two weeks.
Religious institutions have consistently struggled to respond to child sexual abuse cases appropriately.
Speaking with: Tim Jones on child sexual abuse within religious institutions.
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The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse reconvened this week. Announced in 2012, the commission was established due to growing concerns over consistently inadequate responses…
Australia’s ability to influence China will largely depend on how it engages with China’s complex and growing diplomatic machinery.
Speaking with: Kerry Brown on China, Australia and diplomacy.
The emergence of China as a 21st-century superpower has already had profound impacts on Australia. As China reshapes the balance of power, not only in the Asia-Pacific region but globally, its influence…