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Holy crap, I've been meaning to do this since....well, September last year. And obviously I've been negligent in my duties of obsessively documenting every Science on Top podcast that's been released, but I'm going to make up for it from now on!

So, for newbies to my Elgay, I'm involved in a weekly podcast called Science On Top (named after Prez Obama's declaration that we should put "science back on top of the agenda"), where we discuss the latest in science news that strikes our fancy. I'm not on every podcast due to night shift some weeks, but the stalwart is the Ed Brown, he of the Deep Radio Voice and the guy who conceived the show idea, and holds the whole thing together, so massive Sciencey Props to him (he took a couple of weeks off for the episodes early on in this update, so Lucas Randall, another stalwart, amateur astronomer and lover of all things space chaired those ones. Large Science Props to him, too!)

Anyway, the list! I won't be writing these up in as much detail as I used to, as I think that's what stopped me from posting them in the first place. Laziness is a virtue, damn it.

If you're interested, click the square with our ugly mugs to listen to the episode, check out the links accompanying the topics, and leave abuse constructive criticism in the comments section or write a review on iTunes etc etc.

#24 September 10 2011 - Fistulated cows and toxic bats
Lucas Randall, Dr Rachael Dunlop, and moi
- Myopia, gut bacteria, blood shortages, ancient stars and cognitive dissonance.

#25 September 18 2011 - There was a red shoe...
Lucas Randall, Penny Dumsday and Kylie Sturgess.
- Diamond planets, problems in publishing on evolution, wild birds "speaking", suspended animation, and near-death experiences.

#26 September 25 2011 - Words Not Good Now
Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall and moi
- The schizophrenia/bipolar link, gamers crack enzyme structure, dolphins, the Webb telescope, heavy life rockets, and "viral marketing".

#27 September 29 2011 - If It Moves Paint it White
Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall and moi
- Squid sex, (the recently debunked?) faster-than-light neutrinos, Australian Aboriginal migration history and controversy, high-fat food and diabetes, and non-cooperative chimps.

#28 October 7 2011 - Bugs Bonking Bottles - The IgNobel Prizes
Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Kylie Sturgess and Aimee Whitcroft.
- The 2011 IgNobel Prizes, celebrating those studies that make us go "WTF?", then go "oooooh..."

#29 October 16 2011 - The Nobel Prizes
Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall and moi
- The more serious - and much more prestigious! - 2011 Nobel Prize winners and their work, and a history lesson.

Science on Top Special October 21 - Retraction Watch
- An interview with the blokes behind Retraction Watch - a blog that follows retractions of articles from peer-reviewed journals, the details, the reasons, and the nastiness.

#30 October 27 2011 - Plucky Little Cycads
Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday and Lucas Randall.
- Stem cells, not-so-ancient cycads, artificial muscles, exoplanets (yes, more of them), IQ, and MEGAVIRUS.

#31 November 3 2011 - Tasty Human Nom Noms
Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall, Jo Benhamu and moi.
- Bisphenol A (BPA) and behavioural problems, shark hunts, heavy metal and the link to being a bastard (GAH GAH GAH I RANT), snake hearts, archaeopteryx, and dwarf planet Eris.

#32 November 12 2011 - A Freezer Full of Drool
Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall, Adam van Langenberg and moi
- Happiness and longer life, tractor beams, ancient bacterial enzymes, ice age beast extinction, and the link between fracking and earthquakes.

#33 November 18 2011 - It's Russian For Dirt
Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall, Vanessa Hill and moi
- The new Mars Rover, Phobos-Grunt, fat monkeys, plates and earthquakes, extra brain cells and autism, spotted horses, and genetic switch slows down lung cancer

#34 November 23 2011 - Stupid Little Worm
Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, and Dr. Krystal Evans.
- Malaria update, worms and awesome experiments thereof, sunken islands, those pesky neutrinos again, and Phobos-Grunt the Little Probe That Just Couldn't.

#35 December 1 2011 - Jurassic Asteroid
Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, and Elf Eldridge
- Pregnant dolphins, dinosaurs ate birds and made babies, Terminator-style lenses, and crooked teeth.

#36 December 9 2011 - BREED! Or Be Miserable
Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall, Aimee Whitcroft and moi
- baby turtles, wasp facial recognition, geneticall-engineered firing neurons, women and risk-taking, childless women have "poorer health" (oh the rant...), and ladybugs responding to climate change.

#37 December 18 2011 - A Press Conference of Nothing
Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall, and moi.
- escaping rats, CO2 capture, dodgy chiropracters and the New Age of Suspicion, Higgs' Bosun, and the Cambrian Superpredator.

#38 December 24 2011 - A Very Spidery Christmas
Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall, and moi
- mitochondria were parasites, hair and parasite protection, spiders' ears, life on Mars?, and men and shonky alternative medicine. (Oh, and yes, I am The Grinch)

Science on Top Special December 24 2011 - Bloopers and Outtakes!
Yes, all those moments that were edited out. Swearing, mistakes, rants, and every now and then some discussion.

#39 January 8 2012 - The Justin Bieber of Classical Music
Ed Brown, Lucas Randall, Adam van Langenberg, and moi.
- The GRAIL mission, hybrid sharks, violins, and chillies.

#40 January 14 2012 - U R Dumped, lol
Ed Brown, Lucas Randall, and moi.
- Octopuses and RNA recoding, NASA's microbially-powered robots, supersoldier ants, Mum's voice soothes, and theoretical planet count.

#41 January 22 2012 - No Riding On The Manta Rays
Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Kylie Sturgess, and moi.
- Alcohol antidotes, lizard learning and climate change, manta rays under pressure, Galapogos tortoise not extinct?, Darwin's treasure trove, and Science criticism - you're doing it wrong.

#42 January 27 2012 - Sounds Like A Job For My Optical tweezers
Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall, and moi.
- Hormone replacement therapy and cancer, CO2 and fish brains, evolving multicellular life in the lab, tiny ears, leap seconds, and the Tassie Tiger is extinct damn it.

#43 February 2 - Archaeopteryx Was A Goth
Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Tom Sidwell, and Dr. Paul Willis.
- Evolution, elephants in Oz, dinosaur feathers and their colouring, stem cells and eye diseases, preserving the Great Barrier Reef, magic mushrooms and depression drugs, and the genetic effect on IQ.

#44 February 10 - An Elevated Risk of Blowing Up
Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall, and moi.
- Antarctic lake, arsenic-eating microbes fail?, gene expression in astronauts (well, in flies), taxing sugar, and preventing mitochondrial DNA-related conditions.

#45 February 19 2012 - Hardcore Honey Badger
Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, and moi
- "Amasia" the new supercontinent, zebra stripes, massage, fasting and cancer, and microbial change sped up by climate change?

#46 February 24 2012 - Better Than Clay Pots
Ed Brown, Lucas Randall, and moi
- Nanotech and "plant-based plastics", electronic pharmacies under the skin, space junk, our missing genes, Venus slowdown, oxygen starvation and heart disease, and the Neutrinos That Weren't Really Faster Than Light.

....yes, I'm bored at work, why do you ask?
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