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“Black” (March 1, 2014)


Today we are staring into the eternal void: A Science Story presents a triple-header of tales revolving around the colour black.

We kick off with a lighthearted radio play that details the terrifying mating ritual of the redback spider (a close relative of the American black widow, tweaked to give an Aussie flavour). Then Andrew spends a summer’s day at Albert Park Lake in Melbourne, where a band of dedicated ornithologists devote their time to researching black swans, a surprisingly bruising occupation. Finally, our resident astrophysicist Nathanael Lampe continues his tale of cosmic life and death: what happens after the biggest stars go supernova?

Visit the webpage for this episode, with music credits here. Title image was photographed by Andrew Katsis at Albert Park Lake in February 2014.


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