6.3 Is the Vegan Revolution a Capitalist Revolution?

6.3 Is the Vegan Revolution a Capitalist Revolution?

Recently, KFC in the UK released a plant-based chicken replacement, they called it the Imposter Burger. Not to be left out, Burger King have just released the Impossible Whopper, a Whopper with a plant-based burger patty that bleeds heme like a beef burger. Subway are also introducing a plant-based alternative to the meatball sub, and Oporto in Australia is trialling a vegan burger.

What’s behind all these new products? Is veganism driving capitalism, or is capitalism driving veganism? In this episode we explore these issues and ask the question, can capitalism drive social change?

Here’s a link to write a letter to your favourite junk food merchant J. If you take some extra time to personalise the letter to the company or staff it will have more impact. 

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6.2 Endometriosis - the good, the bad, & the ugly

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Pain from endometriosis is said to be worse than giving birth. 1 in 10 women suffer from this condition, but few are aware. In this episode we learn about what makes endo so painful, why most people aren't aware of this condition, and what we can do to help those who are suffering.

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6.1 We Performed at Splendour in the Grass

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We recently were invited to perform at Splendour in the Grass, Australia's biggest music festival, in Byron Bay. We had to show the difference in scale between the cell nucleus and the DNA that is packed inside it. We also extracted DNA from 30kg of strawberries. Listen to this episode to hear how we did it.

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5.8 Understanding Anti-Vaxxers

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Vaccine skeptics are typically vilified. People resort to mocking them and not actually engage in a conversation. In this episode we explore reasons why some people think vaccines are dangerous, and why we should engage with these people.

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5.7 Combating Dementia

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As you get older, your brain slowly breaks down. But, the brain of some people break down faster. Their subjective experience deteriorates. How does this happen? And what can we do to ensure we don't fall prey to Dementia? Join us in this episode for the answers!

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5.6 Independent Media and Journalism | Sunanda Creagh

5.6 Independent Media and Journalism | Sunanda Creagh

Should academics present their work to the public? What are the differences between independent and traditional forms of media?

In this episode we talk with Sunanda Creagh, journalist and Digital Storytelling Editor at 'The Conversation'. Sunny tells us about her journey from zines to The Sydney Morning Herald and her many roles as an editor and fact checker at The Conversation. We discuss the benefits of writing for a public audience, and how media is changing in a world that is becoming increasingly 'online'.

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5.5 Staggered Pathways and Youth Mobilities | Shanthi Robertson

Young people today are aspiring to have global careers and lifestyles for which they travel and live overseas. These ventures provide exciting new experiences, skills, and a break from their traditional life-path. But what actually happens in the long-term to young peoples’ professional lives, social and familial aspects, and ideas of belonging when they are ‘on the move’. In this week’s episode Dr Shanthi Robertson talks about her research on staggered migration pathways and gives us an insight into her exciting new project titled Youth Mobilities Aspirations and Pathways (YMAP).

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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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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

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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.