A new live panel show that puts a comedic spin on scientific ideas is gaining a strong following in the inner west.
That’ll Learn You started in September and runs once a month on Monday nights at Redfern’s Giant Dwarf Theatre.
Dr Brooks’s talk on sexual conflict began with the adventurous dunnock, a bird species which engages in monogamy, polygyny, or polyandry, depending on circumstances. He also discussed benobos monkeys, one of our closest cousins and the swingers of the animal kingdom with homosexual and hetrosexual sex lasting a matter of seconds, and as common as a handshake.
Brooks concluded with human sexuality, and how economic concerns may have been the reason female sexuality has been so discouraged. The less women are likely to have sex, the more men will want it, which encourages men to marry and support women.
Steve Bosi used his stage opportunity to talk about improvements in radiation therapy targeting cancer, and avoiding damaging healthy tissue by using jelly, “not unlike what you put in your trifles”.
Recent cancer machines can shape the radiation beams to the tumour and rotate the gun and patient to fire radiation at different angles so that healthy skin receives less radiation, he said.
In his research Dr Bosi shot radiation from different angles at baby-shaped jelly to figure out how effective the targeting techniques were, with promising results.
Fans took to social media with their responses to the show.
Top photo from That’ll Learn You’s Facebook page.