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Jun 25, 2019

Einstein A Go Go - Sunday 23rd June 2019

Dr Ray and Dr Shane.

Science news: Feeding the biomass of the reefs, drilling the north-east coastline of the USA.

First Guest: Debbie Bower Lecturer in Ecosystem Rehabilitation Environmental and Rural Science University of New England. New Guinea is one of the only places in the world where frogs are safe from the species-destroying chytrid fungus. An international team of scientists has published a new paper that shows how to keep it that way, but they need help to carry out their plan. The chytrid fungus has wiped out more than 90 frog species around the world, and it’s driving hundreds more towards extinction.

Second Guest: Larry Croft, Deakin University. Scientists from Deakin University and the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney have started the first genome sequencing project to protect the Wollemi Pine, one of the world’s oldest tree lineages.

Third Guest: Paul Bence, School Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne, The Florey Institute, Parkville. Laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) is a relatively new analytical technique that can be used to build up 2D maps of concentrations for a wide range of elements at the parts per million (or sometimes parts per billion) concentration levels.

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