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

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

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English


Episodes

Will podcasts and social media replace academic journals?

8/4/2021
"Will Podcasting and Social Media Replace Journals and Traditional Science Communication? No, but..." is the perhaps controversially titled paper by Prof Matt Fox and a team at Boston University School for Public Health. And, if the answer is no, what role can they play in the future? In this episode, we talk about the current state of academic publishing, the risks and opportunities of social networks for science, and integrating digital outreach into scientific practice. Listen to Matt...

Duration:00:26:31

A new practice for improving subsoil health and crop yields

7/28/2021
With the global population growing rapidly every year and with millions already having limited access to enough food, where are the new productivity-enhancing farming practices that will enable the world to produce enough food to feed 9 billion people by 2050? One new farming practice with the potential to improve crop yields is called ‘subsoil manuring’, developed by Peter Sale and his team at La Trobe University, Melbourne, to improve subsoils for crop growth. Read more:...

Duration:00:10:00

Loneliness, Sense of Control, and Risk of Dementia in Healthy Older Adults

7/21/2021
There are said to be 50 million people living with dementia globally and this is expected to triple by 2050. Research conducted by Dr Hwajin Yang, Associate Professor at Singapore Management University, and colleagues, examines how the risk of developing dementia is affected by one’s sense of loneliness and sense of control. Read the original paper: https://doi.org/10.1080/07317115.2020.1799891

Duration:00:09:23

Investigating sexuality and consent in New Zealand’s residential aged care

7/14/2021
Sexuality is an intrinsic part of identity. However, intimacy and sexuality in residential aged care are often contested issues, particularly in the case of people living with different types of dementia. Professor Mark Henrickson, Dr Catherine Cook, Dr Vanessa Schouten and Ms Sandra McDonald are researching consent in this domain. Read more about their research in Research Features. Read the original article: https://doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2021.1871649

Duration:00:11:47

Quantum society: The logic of decision making, economics and relationships

7/7/2021
Can the decisions, personal ties and politics underlying society be understood mathematically? And do irrational choices make sense when viewed as uncertain, quantum like probabilities? Andrei Khrennikov and Emmanuel Haven discuss their research into the quantum formalism behind political movements, financial markets, and personal relations. Read more: Quantum-like modeling: cognition, decision making, and rationality (2020) : https://doi.org/10.1007/s11299-020-00240-6Quantum Mechanical...

Duration:01:02:26

Climate change economics: A net cost analysis of the Paris Agreement targets

6/30/2021
Global temperature rises and climate change will not only bring disruption to the planet’s ecosystems, weather systems, and sea levels. It will also have an impact on current and future human societies through economic turmoil. Dr Patrick Brown of San José State University examines the net economic impact of Paris Agreement global warming targets. Read more: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0239520 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-018-0071-9

Duration:00:08:41

Stimulants and drug related deaths in America

6/23/2021
News coverage of the drug overdose crisis gripping America has, for a large part, focused on opioid drug deaths. However, this represents a small part of the ever-shifting landscape of drug use. Away from the mainstream, stimulants - both prescribed and illicit - continue to claim lives at an increasing rate. Joshua Black and Janetta Iwanicki from Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Safety discuss their institutes role in tracking deaths, informing policy, and attempting to stem the tide of drug...

Duration:00:24:19

Sleep loss and circadian rhythms

6/16/2021
Delayed sleep-wake phase disorder (DSWPD) is characterised by an inability to fall asleep at a socially acceptable time, and an inability to wake up at conventional early times for school or work. Dr Gregory Carter from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, is conducting research into 'night owl preference', and what can be done to realign ones circadian rhythm. Read more: https://doi.org/10.5664/jcsm.5100

Duration:00:10:42

Encephalitis – when viral infections attack the brain

6/9/2021
Prof Wiley investigates the emergence of new brain viral infections and their link to dementia. Read more about his work in Research Outreach, and find his original articles below: https://doi.org/10.1093/jnen/nlaa054https://doi.org/10.1128/JVI.01840-13https://doi.org/10.1111/bpa.12281https://doi.org/10.1097/NEN.0000000000000215https://doi.org/10.1111/neup.12385https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1750-3639.2007.00080.x

Duration:00:10:56

Sharing learning between childhood leukaemia and brain tumour trials

6/2/2021
Over the last 50 years, advances in surgical procedures, clinical understandings and targeted treatments have changed the prospects of many cancer diagnoses from terminal to treatable. However, this progress is not evenly distributed across the many different types of cancer, and nowhere is that more keenly felt than in cancers affecting children. How might the advances and insights in treating blood cancers benefit patients with brain tumours? To answer that question, I am speaking today...

Duration:00:47:29

Coronavirus’s impact on maternal mental health

5/26/2021
It has been well established that mental health problems increase vulnerability to corona virus, COVID-19, and those contracting the virus are at higher risk of nervous system disorders and mental illness. The Mom2B study, led by Prof Alkistis Skalkidou and colleagues, explores the mental health of pregnant women and those who have recently given birth. Read their paper here: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.12.18.20248466 Download the Mom2B app here: Android:...

Duration:00:10:14

Huntington's disease and mouse models

5/12/2021
Huntington's Disease is characterised by a clear line of heritability within families, and an early onset of disease towards the middle of ones life. As such, the more knowledge researchers gain about development of the disease, the earlier interventions may be developed, and the longer their benefits felt. Dr Jessica Cao is researching the onset of Huntington's Disease in a mouse model, how the sex-dependent differences may reflect in humans, and prospects for therapies to improve the...

Duration:00:28:22

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. David Barnes, marine ecologist and lecturer, talks about life on the ice, life under it, and what the future may hold...

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

How the arts, society and technology intersect

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