Fireballs in the sky, Ig Nobel prize for unboiling an egg, and prunes against cancer

Thursday, 1 October 2015 - 8:30am to 9:00am
A fireball or bolide seen over the Flinders Rangers, SA, in 2011 (photo by C m handler, via Wikimedia Commons)

If you see a shooting star, don't just make a wish, report it! You can record your sightings using the Fireballs in the Sky citizen science app and help Curtin University's Desert Fireball Network figure out where they came from—and possibly where they landed. Find out more at

It's also the time of year when science's greatest prizes, the Ig Nobel Prizes, are awarded to research that makes you laugh and makes you think. We look at some of the winners, including Australian contributions to unboiling an egg and discovering that "huh?" is a universal word.

We also hear about some research that suggests dried plums could help reduce the risk of colon cancer.

Lost in Science team
Thursday 8:30am to 9:00am
Entertaining news and discussion about research that has impact on society and providing a wide range of science and technology news. Distributed nationally on the Community Radio Network.


Chris Lassig, Stuart Burns and Claire Farrugia.