ResearchPod-logo

ResearchPod

Science & Technology News

ResearchPod science podcasts connect the research community to a global audience of peers and the public, raising visibility and impact. www.researchpod.org

ResearchPod science podcasts connect the research community to a global audience of peers and the public, raising visibility and impact. www.researchpod.org

Location:

United Kingdom

Description:

ResearchPod science podcasts connect the research community to a global audience of peers and the public, raising visibility and impact. www.researchpod.org

Language:

English


Episodes

Climate change and carbon in Antarctic expeditions

5/5/2021
Climate change is real, happening now, and happening the world over. However, it is not an evenly distributed problem - coastal areas are the most susceptible to rising sea levels, and there is one coast that most people in the world will never get to see . The response of Antarctica to climate change is one of the big research questions facing the British Antarctic Survey. I’m talking today with David Barnes, marine ecologist and lecturer, about life on the ice, life under it, and what the...

Duration:00:45:05

Preference orderings represented by coherent upper and lower conditional previsions

4/28/2021
Modelling human decisions under uncertainty has become a crucial issue in the field of Artificial Intelligence over recent years. Mathematical models of decision making under risk provide the user with an ‘optimal’ solution. These rational decision models, however, are not always able to describe the typical human approach to making decisions. Dr Serena Doria, from The Gabriele d'Annunzio University in Italy, presents a new mathematical updating model that can represent the awareness...

Duration:00:12:05

Child rights and the climate strike movement

4/21/2021
Since its adoption in 1989, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child has become the most widely ratified treaty in history. One of the underlying principles enshrined throughout the Convention is adult respect for children’s views. Professor Richard Mitchell argues the climate strikes and political activism inspired by Greta Thunberg, Autumn Peltier, and Salvador Gómez-Colón among others, represents an unprecedented human rights-based phenomenon, and one that emphasises...

Duration:00:12:16

What we can learn about technology and society from media arts

4/15/2021
The Synthesis Center, a unique institutional experiment at Arizona State University created by Professor Sha Xin Wei, brings like minds together to explore the interface between media arts, the environment, engineering and technology. With the potential for global social impact, the results generate significant insights into how we interact with technology. Learn more about the The Synthesis Centre here and here, and find more from Prof Wei at his ASU staff page.

Duration:00:11:38

Cellular sensing in a disordered environment

4/12/2021
Dr Farzan Beroz developed a physical theory of sensing that predicts cell behaviour. Cells are continuously exposed to mechanical stimuli from their surroundings, causing stresses that can guide cell behaviours throughout development, movement and healing. To ensure normal function, the bodies cells and their microenvironment constantly engage in a reciprocal and dynamic dialogue with one another - Mechanosensing. Dr Beroz' findings establish a model of cell behaviour and inspire novel...

Duration:00:09:07

Nicotine dynamics in e-cigarette use

4/8/2021
The rising trends of e-cigarette use pose a new problem for regulators and healthcare providers: who is vaping, and how much nicotine. are they getting? Among many different brands, formulations, devices and behaviours, Ian Jones presents data from a sweeping review to determine the scientific underpinnings to how much is known, and is left to know, about the the typical puff. Read the original article: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.toxrep.2020.12.016

Duration:00:24:48

Bringing space closer with 3D printing

4/6/2021
Low-cost accessible space technologies are necessary to fulfil the promise of the “New Space” revolution and open the door to space exploration to everyone. In order to lower the cost of spacecraft propulsion, Dulce Máximo from the Tecnológico de Monterrey in México and Luis Fernando Velásquez-García from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology report on the first 3D-printed electrospray thrusters to be used in nanosatellites. Not only are these cheaper and quicker to manufacture, but...

Duration:00:11:49

Eliminating rheumatic heart disease in Nepal

4/1/2021
Rheumatic heart disease is the most common acquired heart disease in children and adolescents, and is disproportionately prevalent in marginalised communities across sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Prof Thomas Pilgrim, Dr Prahlad Karki, and colleagues at BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in Nepal report on the successes, costs, and challenges of detecting early stages of rheumatic heart disease among children with echocardiographic screening followed by timely...

Duration:00:10:37

Traditions and tool use among Bili-Uéré chimpanzees

3/29/2021
Dr Cleve Hicks from the University of Warsaw in Poland has been observing a special group of chimpanzees that have developed their own customs and traditions. Despite the logistical difficulties involved in reaching a remote part of DR Congo , as well as the ever-present threat of malaria and the dangers of armed conflict, Hicks and his team managed to document how these chimpanzees live – including tool making, feeding habits and sleeping style. Read the original article:...

Duration:00:13:38

Is Russia Fascist? Unraveling Propaganda East and West

3/22/2021
In Is Russia Fascist? (Cornell University Press), author Marlene Laruelle argues that the charge of "fascism" has become a strategic narrative of the current world order. The ruling Russian regime has increasingly been accused of embracing fascism, supposedly evidenced by Russia's annexation of Crimea, its historical revisionism, attacks on liberal democratic values, and its support for far-right movements in Europe. But at the same time, Russia has branded itself as the world's preeminent...

Duration:00:09:37

A paradigm shift for fluid management in surgery

3/19/2021
Advances in modern surgery have been dependent upon advances in anaesthetic management. However, anaesthesia can have detrimental effects, as it is usually associated with reduced blood pressure, cardiac output and oxygen delivery. Drs Green and O’Brien have looked at how the use of intraoperative monitoring and management protocols can mitigate some of the deleterious effects of anaesthesia on the circulation. Read more about their work in Research Outreach, or find the original article...

Duration:00:13:01

Tackling maths anxiety to improve STEM participation for women

3/17/2021
Despite advances in the education of women and girls worldwide, UNICEF reported in 2020 that female students still lag behind in terms of access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. Dr Lu Wang, Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology at Ball State University, Indiana, brings together research and theory on the subjects of gender, spatial ability, math anxiety and math achievement. Her conclusions on the role of spatial ability could be crucial to future...

Duration:00:12:06

The Serotonin Power Diet

3/10/2021
The Serotonin Power Diet is a clinically-proven, practical, and easy to follow 12-week program that gives you the tools to stop weight gain naturally, regain control over cravings, and achieve real, sustainable weight loss. The Serotonin Power Diet by Dr Judith Wurtman and Dr Nina Frusztajer is available on Amazon and through the website. Follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

Duration:00:27:46

Learning and Memory: How memories are encoded in the brain of the fruit fly

3/3/2021
When thinking of tiny fruit flies, one doesn’t usually have their brainpower in mind. But even these small insects, like all animals, can learn behaviours in response to different stimuli. Prof André Fiala studies the learning behaviour of fruit flies, aiming to dig deeper into the computational principles underlying the encoding of learned information. Find more from Prof Fiala at his University of Goettingen website, and follow him on Twitter. Read the original paper this episode is...

Duration:00:10:17

Uncovering universal behaviour in biological systems

2/24/2021
Deciphering the patterns of nature is something that has occupied curious minds for countless generations, from swarms of bugs to the flight of birds to the movement of your bodies own cells. Prof Andrea Cavagna of the Institute for Complex Systems leads a research group bringing together the worlds theoretical physics and experimental biology, building mathematical models of natural systems and uncovering the universal laws that underly the organisation structure of life. Read the...

Duration:00:54:57

Digital transformation in Financial Services: The age of Fintech

2/17/2021
Financial innovation presents a significant opportunity that goes beyond its impact on financial services firms; the entire economy can benefit. Prof Anne-Laure Mention, Director of the Global Business Innovation Enabling Capability Platform at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, is a prolific contributor to the Open Innovation literature, with a keen research interest in FinTech. Find more from Prof Mention on Twitter , and her personal website. Find more on the Open Inno Train at...

Duration:00:12:17

Saving the world with better data simulations

2/9/2021
Ecosystem loss, extinctions and climate change are ongoing challenges to life on Earth, and coming up with a plan to tackle their effects requires an accurate picture of what's happening where, and who is involved. Prof Tim Haas has taught and refined such models for years. In his latest paper, he lays out the case for a model unifying human behaviour, climate and ecosystem data, the computational power required to run it, and the credibility criteria any model should meet to prove its...

Duration:00:45:11

Theories of mind and consciousness

2/2/2021
Dr Pollard-Wright has formulated a transdisciplinary theory of mind as energy, which has implications for mindful control of experiences, emotions and responses. Read more about her work in Research Outreach, and find the original articles this episode is based on in: Medical Hypotheses - https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mehy.2020.109909Communicative & Integrative Biology - https://doi.org/10.1080/19420889.2020.1846922Dr Pollard-Wright can be reached via Wild Ride Wildlife Services, and...

Duration:00:11:04

Picking exercise plans to fit your fitness goals

2/1/2021
Finding a fitness plan that will help you reach your goals is a unique personal challenge for anyone embarking on a new exercise regime, and for personal trainers tailoring their instructions to clients. So what can research teach us about which exercise works best? And for whom? Prof Kjell Hausken of Stavanger University, Norway, outlines assesments made during structured fitness classes to assess the impact of different exercise sequences on heart rate and energy expenditure. Read more...

Duration:00:11:09

Road sign psychology and dangerous driving

1/28/2021
Speed Display Signs inform drivers if they are breaking local limits, and are part of road systems internationally. But how much effect do they have on stopping recurrent speeding? And could changing their use offer a psychological nudge to drivers to slow down? Smadar Siev and Doron Kliger report on experiments to change speeding behaviours and reduce road traffic accidents. Read the original paper at: https://doi.org/10.1080/19439962.2019.1682732 Music in this episode is by Scott Holmes

Duration:00:09:50