Trust Me, I'm An Expert

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'This is going to affect how we determine time since death': how studying body donors in the bush is changing forensic science

July 1st, 2019

Research underway at the University of Technology, Sydney's AFTER facility is yielding some surprising new findings about how bodies decompose in the …

'People felt totally trapped': what it's like to be a pensioner renting privately as Australia's housing costs soar

June 14th, 2019

Older private renters are far more likely to experience loneliness than their counterparts in social housing and that loneliness can be acute. …

India election 2019: millions of Indian youth are underemployed and going to the polls

May 6th, 2019

Indian general elections begin April 11. vepar5/shutterstock

Here’s an astonishingly large number. Around 900 million Indians are heading to the polls …

Nimbin before and after: local voices on how the 1973 Aquarius Festival changed a town forever

May 3rd, 2019

A scene at the Aquarius Festival, Nimbin, 1973. Flickr/Harry Watson Smith, CC BY-SA, CC BY-SA

Today, Trust Me, I’m An Expert brings you a special episode carried across from another Conversation podcast, Essays On Air.

'Labor will win this election. I think that's virtually unquestionable': political scientist Andy Marks on #AusVotes2019 and the key issues in NSW

April 30th, 2019

Political scientist Andy Marks says: ‘I’d suggest the momentum is with Labor and it hasn’t substantially shifted’. AAP Image/NIC ELLIS

We are but a …

The myth of 'the Queensland voter', Australia's trust deficit, and the path to Indigenous recognition

April 18th, 2019

Today we're asking: what Queensland seats are the ones to watch on election night? How to give Indigenous Australians a true voice in politics? And …

Mukurtu: an online dilly bag for keeping Indigenous digital archives safe

April 16th, 2019

Mukurtu is a Warumungu word meaning “dilly bag” or a safe keeping place for sacred materials. Nina Maile Gordon/The Conversation CC-NY-BD

Reader advice: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that …

PODCAST: Michelle Grattan, Peter Martin and Tim Colebatch on the election-eve budget chock full of sweeteners

April 2nd, 2019

Today on Trust Me I'm An Expert, we're bringing you a special episode carried across from The Conversation podcast Politics with Michelle Grattan. …

It's your money they're spending in this election-eve budget. Here's how we're covering the story

March 26th, 2019

In Tuesday night's budget we can expect a last ditch attempt to woo voters ahead of the election in May. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Next Tuesday night is budget night, and it’s happening on the eve of a federal election where …

Mark Latham in the upper house? A Coalition minority government? The NSW election is nearly upon us and it's going to be a wild ride

March 8th, 2019

It's a fight for a rapidly vanishing centre, which will make passing bills difficult for whoever wins. Chris Pavlich/Dean Lewins(AAP)

We are but weeks …

'I think we should be very concerned': A cyber crime expert on this week's hack and what needs to happen next

February 21st, 2019

Shutterstock/AAP/The Conversartion

When Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced this week that a “sophisticated state …

A refugee law expert on a week of 'reckless' rhetoric and a new way to process asylum seeker claims

February 14th, 2019

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and other Coalition MPs described Labor as weak on borders after the opposition and the crossbench voted to pass a bill allowing medical transfers from Manus and Nauru. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Trust Me, I'm An Expert: how to spot the work of a political spin doctor this election season

January 31st, 2019

Today, experts reveal the tips and tricks spin doctors use to shape the political messages you’re hearing every day - especially during election …

Trust Me, I'm An Expert: What research says about how to stick to your New Year’s resolutions

December 30th, 2018

Ready for all the research-backed tips and tricks for setting a goal and meeting it?, CC BY

It’s that time of year when we all start to make promises to ourselves about how this year it’ll be …

Trust Me, I'm An Expert: the science of sleep and the economics of sleeplessness

November 30th, 2018

You know you're not supposed to do this -- but you do. Shutterstock

How did you sleep last night? If you had anything other than eight interrupted …

Trust Me, I'm An Expert: Food fraud, the centuries-old problem that won't go away

October 31st, 2018

What is in these products? And if additives don't affect your health, would you care? Shutterstock

What have you eaten today? And how much do you …

Trust Me, I'm An Expert: Cyclone season approacheth, but this year there's a twist

October 7th, 2018

The Bureau of Meteorology's tropical cyclone outlook is out today. AAP Image/Bureau of Meteorology, Japan Meteorological Agency

Australia has just had …

Trust Me, I'm An Expert: Australia's extreme weather

September 30th, 2018

Australia's cyclone season lies ahead. NASA / ESRSU / Seán Doran, CC BY-NC-SA

It’s easy to write off Australia’s extreme weather as business as usual. …

Trust Me, I'm An Expert: How augmented reality may one day make music a visual, interactive experience

August 30th, 2018

Could music one day be something we experience through augmented reality, responding to the way we move through the world? Sound supplemented with …

Trust Me, I'm An Expert: what the huge HILDA survey reveals about your economic well-being, health and family life

July 30th, 2018

The enormous Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey tells the stories of the same group of Australians over the course of …

Trust Me, I'm An Expert: What is sport worth?

July 2nd, 2018

Alvaro Mendoza/Unsplash, CC BY-SA

Even if you’re no great sports fan, you may have noticed a lot of it around lately. There were the Winter Olympics and the Commonwealth Games, and now we’re …

Trust Me, I'm An Expert: The explainer episode

May 31st, 2018

After this episode, you'll be able to explain how quantum mechanics affects everything from the way your jeans are cut to the headphones you use. Cindy Zhi/The Conversation NY-BD-CC, CC BY-SA

Today on Trust Me, I’m An …

Trust Me, I'm An Expert: 'Dancing out of depression' – how Syrian refugees are using exercise to improve mental health

April 30th, 2018

Dr Simon Rosenbaum in Gaziantep, Turkey, with participants in an exercise program for Syrian refugees. Simon Rosenbaum , Author provided (No reuse)

A growing body of research is drawing a link between mental and …

Trust Me, I'm An Expert: Brain-zapping, the curious case of the n-rays and other stories of evidence

March 29th, 2018

Evidence isn't always as straightforward as it might first seem. Mai Lam/The Conversation NY-BD-CC, CC BY-SA

You’ve had an x-ray before but have you had an n-ray? Of course not, because they’re not real.

But people …

Trust Me I'm An Expert: The science of pain

March 1st, 2018

Pain lets us know when there is something wrong, but sometimes our brains can trick us. Mai Lam/The Conversation NY-BD-CC, CC BY-SA

As many as one in …

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