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
We all have a vocal tract, but how many of us know exactly how it works? How do singers manipulate the shape of their vocal tract to create beautiful tones? Dr Chris Carignan talks to us about how amazing the vocal tract is, and why we need a better understanding of it. The video version of this episode is available on our YouTube channel. Check it out because Chris attached an ultrasound and did the whole interview with it on, so you can actually see his vocal tract change in real time while he's talking.
Prof James Arvanitakis is the Dean of Graduate Research at Western Sydney University. In this episode he talks to us about what it was like being a first in family to go to university, why he decided to leave the finanical sector and instead pursue a career in academia, and the importance of hope and trust in our society.
John had the bad fortune of doing a double degree in Music and German right as the US financial collapse happened in 2008. Joining the army was the only way he was going to pay off his student loans. He's almost been killed twice in Afghanistan, made it back and then moved to Hawaii. Now he's studying agriculture science at Western Sydney University.
Alex's lecturer begins the semester with a story of how he witnessed an initiation ceremony that involved penile sub-incision. As painful as this experience was for these kids, their faces were lit up with joy and happiness. But why? The answer...? Their religion. A person's belief can change a painful experience to a pleasurable one. This intrigued Alex and fueled his fascination with Religious Studies.
In part #2 Meow talks to us about Transhumanism, AI, exponential growth in technology, and living forever, He also highlights issues with academia and the peer review process in science.
This week we talked with Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow Meow. You probably know him as the guy who put the Opal card into his hand, yet this is probably the least interesting thing about him. In this episode we talk to Meow about Biohacking, grinding, the democratization of science, Monsanto, big organic and why Neil deGrasse Tyson needs to take his own advice. And this was just the first half of our hour and 40 minute conversation. We hope you enjoy.
As an 8 year old, there was one deeply Psycholinguistic question that fascinated Karen. That is, when people talk, do they move their mouth because other people do it? Or do they do it because it's essential to speaking? Listen to this episode to hear how she turned this spark of curiosity into a roaring flame. Dr Karen Mulak conducts Psycholinguistics research in the baby lab at the MARCS institute.
Dr Martin Smith works at the Kinghorn Cancer Centre. His field of research is bioinformatics; a field which combines mathematics, statistics, computer science, and engineering to analyse biological data. Martin talks about how he fell in love with Bioinformatics, how he found his supervisors, and the applications of his work. This type of work is critical for the advancement of personalised medicine.
Daniel's father developing Bipolar inspired him to get into Psychology in an attempt to better understand what was happening. In this episode, we talk about his journey in psychology, a few interesting psychological phenomena, and what his research is focused on.