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In a secret bushland site just outside of Sydney, researchers are making some surprising discoveries about how donated human bodies decompose in Australian conditions.

On this episode of our podcast, Trust Me, I’m An Expert, we hear from forensic entomologist James Wallman on how he works with police to unearth clues from bugs that can help establish time of death - a crucial piece of information in a police investigation.

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Maggots are a major part of the puzzle when it comes to collecting forensic evidence. Shutterstock

Trust Me, I’m An Expert: forensic entomology, or what bugs can tell police about when someone died

Sunanda Creagh, The Conversation

James Wallman is one of Australia's few forensic entomologists. It’s his job to unpack the tiny clues left behind by insects that can help police solve crimes.

Extinction Rebellion protesters have faced harsh bail conditions, typically reserved for bikie gang members. Dave Hunt/AAP

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Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra

Deep Saini and Michelle Grattan discuss the acts of civil disobedience by climate activist group Extinction Rebellion, and consider what Australia's responsibility is in the Turkey-Syria conflict.

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