Alexie is Bioinformatician at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment working one ecological and economical important species. In this episode, we spoke about how species become what they become. This was an interesting conversation dealing with science, sociology and politics.
Jon Finch is the 3MT winner at WSU. He's a PhD candidate who loves and researches insects. In this episode we discuss where this fascination came from, the importance of insects, his early research where he had to catch seabirds committing"adultery", and more.
Dr Kate McBride is a epidemiologist who has dedicated her life to improving public health through prevention and reduction of chronic diseases. In this episode we talk about her journey from anthropology into epidemiology, her research interests, the importance of giving back to society, and more.
What is art? How are science and art intertwined? How are they different?We tackle these topics following our chat with PhD candidate Gareth Hearne.
Gareth was initially fascinated by physics and maths. He later discovered his passion for music and consequently applied his maths and physics skills to do a PhD involving music and psychology. In this episode, we talked about the origins of western chromatic musical scale, the Pythagoras cult, what singers manipulate to have a beautiful voice, and much more.
What's the go with Vegemite? Can we trust scientific models? We have a chat after our interview with Dr Patrice Castignolles.
Have you ever wondered how plastics are made? What type of chemistry is involved? Dr Patrice Castignolles talks to us about polymer production and characterisation as well as the value of education in uniting the globe.
What impact does capitalism have on science? How can multidisciplinary approaches help research? We have a chat in the sun today while checking out some folks doing yoga in front of us.
Dr Jack Tsonis is the founder of the Australian Sweat Bathing Association. He's passionate about establishing a new Australian sauna culture. In this episode we talk about his journey into sweat bathing, what it's like to start ASBA (Australian Sweat Bathing Association) and the International Journal of Sauna Studies.
Is it ethical for scientists to make food more delicious and addictive? How has food preparation changed human evolution? Do you want fries with that?
Hamid and Alex talk about the usefulness of lobbying vs protesting, morality and what we mean by 'good'? Should Muslims be locked up like the Japanese in the US during WW2? And more!
For his retirement, Tom planned to travel the world and enjoy his life. But as he learnt more and more about climate change, he soon realised that if he didn't do something about it he would most likely leave a world that may be inhabitable for his children and grand children. Now, he speaks to politicians to lobby and educate them on climate change and what actions can be taken to mitigatethe consequences.
Hamid and Alex talk about mind controlling parasites, bio-prospecting, the bush of life, if not knowing everything means that you don't know anything, and the illusion of the self.
Dr Oliver Morton is a senior lecturer at WSU, and studies Fungi. In this episode we talk about his journey into microbiology, how fungi help plants grow, mind controlling parasites, and much more.
Hamid and Alex talk about how life comes from non-life, if patents are any good, and how PhD programs need a change?
Prof Tom Millar is a biochemist with a particular interest in the eye. In this episode, Tom talks to us about his research into the tear film, the device he built to detect issues with the tear film, the need for PhD candidates to develop skills beyond science and much more.
Arek Sinanian is an expert on greenhouse gas abatement, cleaner production and sustainable development. His recent book "A climate for Denial" looks at why some people still don't believe in climate change given all the evidence. His book is available to buy from here: https://goo.gl/PZZN2J
Dr Ain De Horta was involved in SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence). He has also researched supernovas and the stardust they leave behind. In this episode I got to geek out on some cool physics concepts like how stars live and die, why we know the universe is expanding, and much more.
Dr Julien Brugniaux researches human vasculature and physiology. In this episode we spoke about his research into high altitude training, Brazilian Jujitsu, and diabetes. This episode is all about how the human body works and how we can optimise it. Check out the video version here: https://youtu.be/nuoD96UllNY