Matt Smith's End of the Spectrum

Melbourne-based writer and journalist. Purveyor of finally crafted radio plays. A Muppet of a man.

Pentridge Prison airing yards

At Pentridge Prison in Melbourne an archaeological excavation has uncovered three airing yards. These were giant cartwheel shaped structures with open air ends that allowed prisoners to get some fresh … Continue reading

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A failure to communicate

Researchers at Facebook have released a study declaring they’ve discovered how to make its users feel happier or sadder. The results were published in a scientific paper which stated that … Continue reading

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Nostalgia and old school technologies

We often have a powerful connection to items from the past, whether we enjoy the retro feel, or just think things worked better back in those days. One object that … Continue reading

July 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Pollination by bees valued at $5 billion

Australia gets about $5bn worth of free pollination from bees. They’re an integral part of our food chain, and are responsible for one in every three mouthfuls of food that … Continue reading

May 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Postcards from yesterday: Camp Blanding, Florida

This postcard flagged my interest when I pulled it from a box for a number of reasons – the sender and receiver are on the other side of the world, … Continue reading

May 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Who is The Doctor’s father?

2013 is the 50th anniversary of the long-running BBC television show Doctor Who. To celebrate I produced a short piece for ABC Radio National program The Science Show, featuring Professor … Continue reading

November 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Thailand travels – Big Buddha of Phuket

The Phra Puttamingmongkol Akenakkiri Buddha – or to its friends, The Big Buddha – sits at the peak of one of the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata in Phuket, … Continue reading

November 17, 2013 · Leave a comment
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