“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?