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2020 is a mess, we are a mess, the world is a mess. Navigating through this world is not an easy task; being forced to quarantine without knowing the pandemic is just another roadblock. We 'hear' about scientific advancements never to understand how that affects us citizens. We 'see' the movements happening in support for a cause - a cause recognized but merely understood. This podcast covers the controversial subjects on ‘bioethics’ and the twisted ‘society’ that we live in today. Blindness ...
 
Let’s begin with the question of why and how does anyone become entrenched in the discipline of leadership development? For myself, it began with a graduate course on The Presidency and the required reading of a huge tome by James MacGregor Burns on what he considered to be the most significant Presidents in the history of the US. His was a qualitative, historical, and, at times, psychological account of the leadership vision of those who changed the institution of the American executive. On ...
 
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As food security issues increase across the world, expenditure on agri-food research and development is going the other way – in fact, funding in some western countries is now back at 1980s levels. We also hear about a refrigeration initiative in Rwanda that could help increase food nutrition levels in the developing world and significantly cut foo…
 
Data breaches are on the rise, and it seems social media is a growing point of vulnerability. The consequences aren’t just financial, in some cases lives are at risk.People are also becoming increasingly wary about corporations gathering their personal data - as seen by the fate of Google's envisaged futuristic smart city development in Toronto.…
 
They’re small, robotic in nature and formed from living frog cells. Xenobots could play an important part in future health care treatments. But whether or not they represent a new form of life is open to debate. And also, how young people access news content – it’s complicated! We hear about the latest research from the Reuters Institute for the St…
 
Unlike animals, trees don't have a biological clock, under ideal conditions they can live for thousands of years.Scientists say understanding how ancient trees have survived could help us protect forests from the ravages of climate change.But working out how to propagate them is the tricky part.द्वारा Australian Broadcasting Corporation
 
They were once the very symbol of modernity, but over the past eighty years, Airships have become objects of curiosity and nostalgia. Now, several new airship ventures look likely to put the zip back into zeppelins. Also, why our bones could be the greatest barrier to colonising Mars.द्वारा Australian Broadcasting Corporation
 
Agromining is a new process for extracting large quantities of metals such as cobalt and nickel from the sap and leaves of rare plants known as hyperaccumulators. Australian scientists have already established a test farm in Malaysia and it’s hoped the technology will one day provide poor communities with a new source of income, while also helping …
 
Scientists have perfected a system for better sampling animal DNA in the wild. The new process promises a less-invasive way of measuring biodiversity. We also look at the predictive powers of animals and how tracking their movements enmass could help foretell impending disasters. And how remote health monitoring technology can help wildlife and liv…
 
How is our sense of identity changing as our online and offline experiences increasingly merge? What grounds a person’s online persona (or personas) to the physical world? And is such a tie important?द्वारा Australian Broadcasting Corporation
 
Net Zero isn’t just a climate target, it’s become a badge of commitment in the global effort to bring down Greenhouse Gas emissions. But its real worth is debateable, with some environmentalists and climate scientists arguing it’s now an impediment to genuine change. Treating Net Zero as an end in itself, they say, has to stop.…
 
A dynamic interview with poet Kwoya Fagin Maples, educator and the author of Mend. To learn more about Kwoya and to get her book https://kwoyafaginmaples.com/mend/ To support Present Tense, check out books, programs, and courses here.द्वारा Anne Markham Bailey
 
It’s not enough to be smart. If you’re to avoid being automated out of a job in future, you’ll need to develop your Emotional Intelligence. New research suggests more and more companies see an organisational benefit in promoting such skills. But is the rhetoric being backed up with training? Also, a reality check on the “great resignation” - has th…
 
We examine the role algorithms play in limiting free-speech; we hear about the development of bacteria-driven lighting in France; we explore how the shape of our cities can influence weather patterns; and we learn about new research that applies a chemical approach to the simulation of touch.द्वारा Australian Broadcasting Corporation
 
Find a comfortable spot and listen to this 17-minute guided awareness practice with writer Anne Markham Bailey as she explores the space around us and within us. This session is recorded live from the red dirt road at Lake Martin in Eclectic, Alabama. Dedicated to Reed Young. Produced by Present Tense Media. 2022 www.presenttense.media Check out: T…
 
It’s time to attack the “supply side” of fossil fuels, activists argue. And the best way to do that is by establishing a fuel non-proliferation treaty similar to the one used for nuclear weapons. But what would it entail and could it ever work? Also, the sticky relationship between online personalisation and consent; and a call for CEOs to become t…
 
The Future is Public is a global campaign aimed at creating a new narrative around public service. It’s about curbing the dominance of Neoliberalism in public policy. While in Australia, there are expectations the new government in Canberra will decrease the use of external consultants and make changes to the way government departments and agencies…
 
Urban life has not only reshaped what it means to be human, cities are also changing animals. Rats in different parts of New York are evolving separately. Ecologist Rob Dunn describes cities as accelerators of evolution. Also in this episode, how city administrators compete for dominance using the same approach as social media influencers. And why …
 
The crisis in Ukraine, like all wars, is a testing ground for new tactics and weapons. It’s also a conflict fought off the battlefield – on people’s computers, televisions and smartphones So, what have we learnt about the power of propaganda and disinformation during the current conflict? Also, the urge to shut-down – why governments of varying per…
 
In this program we explore an ambitious science project aimed at to documenting the genomes of all known creatures; we'll hear why the future of the Anglican church is female; and explore the latest research into public perceptions of facial recognition technology.द्वारा Australian Broadcasting Corporation
 
The idea that history is circular is called Cliodynamics and it’s currently in vogue with many commentators on international affairs. But do such theories help or hinder our understanding of history and its predictive powers?द्वारा Australian Broadcasting Corporation
 
Boosting your productivity by up to 25% - what industry wouldn't want to do that? That’s the future big tech promises for agriculture – one where extensive data is gathered on every aspect of the supply chain. But farmers are worried about privacy. And there are also questions about environmental impacts of big ag getting into big data.…
 
Over the past two decades we’ve become increasingly sensitive to the overuse of plastic and more concerned about its environmental impact – but to what effect? Feel-good campaigns aside, the signs for the future are far from promising.द्वारा Australian Broadcasting Corporation
 
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