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. 

#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.

#31 Programming Solutions with James Ferguson

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James had an unconventional journey into Bioinformatics. He dropped out of university twice but managed to use his programming skills, that he had developed through his own initiative, in conjunction with his determination to eventually end up at the Garvan Institute as a Genomic Systems Analyst. In this episode we talked about Bioinformatics, what type of questions programmers can answer compared to pure biologist, the cutting edge technologies being developed at the Garvan, the education system, his world record, and more. 

#28 Probing Brain Chemistry with Dr Rose Chesworth

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Dr Rose Chesworth is a neuroscientist studying gene-environment interactions in the context of Schizophrenia and drug addiction. In this episode we talk about how drug addiction works and her research in mitigating it, her research into Schizophrenia, why rock stars overdose in hotels and more.    

#26 Understanding Adaptation with Alexie Papanicolaou


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.

#23 Harmonising Emotion and Microtones with Gareth


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. 

#20 Devouring Food Science with James Lee

James Lee is a PhD Candidate researching in the field of food science. He talks to us about how he discovered his love for food science, and what food scientist do. James is a really funny guy, the first 30 sec of this episode should make that clear.  P.S. addendum James mentions BARP when it in fact the acronym is BARGE (Bioaccessibilty Research Group of Europe)

James Lee is a PhD Candidate researching in the field of food science. He talks to us about how he discovered his love for food science, and what food scientist do. James is a really funny guy, the first 30 sec of this episode should make that clear.

P.S. addendum James mentions BARP when it in fact the acronym is BARGE (Bioaccessibilty Research Group of Europe)

#19 Lobbying for the Climate with Tom Hunt

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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. 

#15 Looking for ET with Dr Ain De Horta

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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.