5.4 Exploring Sydney's Musical Subcultures | Shams Quader

5.4 Exploring Sydney's Musical Subcultures | Shams Quader

Does what we mean by independent music change according to the culture? What is the cultural, sexual and gendered landscape of Sydney's underground music scene?

Shams Quader, USyd PhD candidate, traverses this landscape as we discuss his research and journey as a member of Bangladeshi band, "Bohemian" to an explorer of Sydney's music scene.

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5.3 Heritage and Architecture | Vanicka Arora

Why do humans rebuild heritage sites? When does a particular space become a heritage site? What does disaster have to do with heritage?

This week Yinghua and Marina kick off their BLab Coats debut with a discussion with architect, Vanicka Arora, who has focused her work on cultural heritage sites in India and Nepal.

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5.2 Addressing Inequality | Dr Rebekah Grace

As a society we have a moral obligation to ensure everyone has equal opportunity. To design such a society, we need policies that address the challenges met by disadvantaged communities. Dr Rebekah Grace, from the Ingham Institute, conducts research into these challenges. Her work directly helps to improve health and education outcomes.

5.1 Space Law | Prof Steven Freeland

Space travel is anticipated to be the next frontier of human exploration. What started as a government initiative has now attracted the interest of the private sector, with companies like SpaceX and Virgin Galactic investing billions into space travel. But this growing interest also brings many risks and dangers. This is why we need Space Lawyers! Prof Steven Freeland is such a person. He specialises in Space Law, writing legislation to regulate what governments and private companies can and can't do in space.

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Creating Social Change with Dr Holly Kaye-Smith

We’re working hard putting together season 5. In the mean time, here’s a throwback to a fun conversation we had last season. Dr Holly Kaye-Smith is a social change activist. She creates campaigns that mobilise citizen action to combat global issues. In this episode we talk about Kony 2012, using bottom-up approaches to make social change, the evils of capitalism, and more.


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4.8 David Western the Fluorescent Chemist

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Why do molecules glow? How can we use this property to study diseases such as Alzheimer's. In this boxing day special episode we chat to the fluorescent chemist David Western about designing molecules that can be used as fluorescent probes for biological application.

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4.7 Sonifying DNA with Dr Mark Temple

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How do you turn DNA into music? What can we learn from doing so? This week we chat to Mark Temple, formerly of the band "The Hummingbirds", about his work that turns DNA into sound for scientific analysis. Here's a link to Mark's paper: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12859-017-16... Paste in your sequence and try some sonification yourself http://dnasonification.org/index.html

4.6 Creating Social Change with Dr Holly Kaye-Smith

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Dr Holly Kaye-Smith is a social change activist. She creates campaigns that mobilise citizen action to combat global issues. In this episode we talk about Kony 2012, using bottom-up approaches to make social change, the evils of capitalism, and more. . Check out the video on our youtube channel: https://youtu.be/oYgKyu19Rr4


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4.4 Engineering ears with Dr Tara Hamilton

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How do ears work? Can we model the ear to design hearing systems? This week we talk to neuromorphic engineer Tara Hamilton about about her work building digital analogues of the human ear. She also talks to us about her journey and how she has managed to combine biology with engineering.

4.3 Ethics and Animal Research with Dr John Hadley

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Can we kill animals for food? How about art? Should we use animals for scientific research which might lead to therapies? John Hadley is a philosopher of ethics and in this episode, he talks to us not only about the ethics of using animals but also the nature of philosophy and philosophical thinking.

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4.2 When Galaxies Collide - Prof Lisa Harvey-Smith

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This week we visit the eery "Dome Floor" which houses the main telescope at the Western Sydney University Observatory in Werrington, west of Sydney. We had a fascinating talk with Lisa Harvey-Smith who is an astronomer, astrophysicist, science communicator and an athlete. She was also a host on ‘Stargazing’ with Brian Cox and was involved in the ‘Square Kilometre Array’. In this episodes we talk about her journey in sports and science, the challenges faced by women in STEM, Sci-com, and her book: ‘When Galaxies Collide. You can purchase her book from https://goo.gl/XxEmHc



4.1 Defeating Parasitic Fungi with Dr Michelle Moffitt

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Parasitic fungi cost the agriculture industry vast amounts of money every year. Michelle is looking to fight fire with fire by using other fungi strains to defeat these parasitic fungi. In this episode, she talks to us about her journey in microbiology and mycology, the uniqueness of fungi, and more.

#37 Understanding the History of Sexuality, Health, and Disease with Dr Alison Moore

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Dr Alison Moore is a historian studying the history of sexuality, health, and disease. In this episode she talks to us about her journey into history and medical science, how marrying both has given her a better perspective of history. She also talked us about menopause and how the symptoms may be socially constructed, how sexuality and sexual perversion was linked to the evolution of civilizations, and more. 

#36 Understanding animal stress with Dr Edward Narayan

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Dr Narayan is a senior lecturer of Animal Sciences at the School of Science and Health at Western Sydney University. In this episode he talks to us about his research journey - from demonstrating, for the first time, that Fijian ground frogs lay eggs, to developing non-invasive tests for assessing stress in animals. 

#35 Insider perspectives and fake news with Dr Tanya Notley

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Five satanic rituals that Trump used to become president! Number 4 will shock you!!!! This week we chat to Dr Tanya Notley about the rise of fake news and her fascinating research journey from media and communications to ethnographer. We find out what ethnography is and understand the limitations of outsider perspectives.

#34 Seeing the world through Bioinspired cameras with Dr Greg Cohen

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Dr Greg Cohen is a researcher at the MARCS institute developing Bio-inspired cameras. These cameras mimic how the human eye works by only detecting changes rather than taking a picture of the whole field of view. In this episode, Greg talks to us about the utility of his camera in astronomy, detecting space junk, medical science, etc. We also talk about evolution algorithms, AI, his ping pong robot, and more.

#33 X-rays, Black holes and the lives of galaxies with Dr Elaina Hyde

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Dr Elaina Hyde is an astronomer/astrophysicist by training and a data scientist by trade. She is also a Google Cloud engineering software instructor and works as a consultant at Servian. In this episode she tells us her journey into astronomy/astrophysics, and how her training led her to a consultancy job in data management. We also learn some cool things about black holes and lives of galaxies, things that science students should consider for the career, and more. 

#32 Scientific Fortune in Prostate Cancer Research with Dr Kieran Scott

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Dr Kieran Scott works at the Ingham Institute developing a cancer drug that targets inflammation as a means of treating prostate cancer. Kieran's currently at the clinical trial stage, testing his compound 'C2' on 12 participants.  We talked to Kieran about the process of drug development for Prostate cancer, the luck involved in scientific research, as well as the often ill-considered aspects of conducting research.

Note: During the discussion of the Shine Dalgarna sequence in this conversation, Dr Scott mistakenly referred to ribosomes binding to DNA when he intended to say RNA. To clarify the error, the mechanism by which the Shine Dalgarno sequence serves to direct protein translation in bacteria is that the sequence, encoded in DNA prior to the translation start site of a gene is transcribed into mRNA.  The ribosome recognises this site and so can initiate translation of the mRNA.