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From the lab to your ears. Chris Richardson brings you the latest in science and tech from leading research institutions. Each interview showcases the work of an academic and considers how their research is changing the world. Currently recording in Japan!

From the lab to your ears. Chris Richardson brings you the latest in science and tech from leading research institutions. Each interview showcases the work of an academic and considers how their research is changing the world. Currently recording in Japan!
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From the lab to your ears. Chris Richardson brings you the latest in science and tech from leading research institutions. Each interview showcases the work of an academic and considers how their research is changing the world. Currently recording in Japan!

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English


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209 - Cognitive neurorobotics

9/15/2019
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Nadine Virkuttis is a cognitive roboticist using humanoid robots to understand human social interaction. She is not building social robots(!), but rather using them as a tool to understand how higher cognitive functions arise during critical learning periods. In this episode we discuss Nadine’s work on robot-robot interaction, and what it can teach us about ourselves. We also look at algorithms as black boxes, the challenge of explainability once we start deploying these technologies, and...

Duration:00:24:04

208 - Photovoltaics, policy, and late stage capitalism

9/1/2019
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Collin Stecker is a researcher exploring next generation solar materials for solar panels. He is currently studying a class of materials called perovskites, a rising star in the world of photovoltaics that could challenge silicon’s market dominance. In this episode we get a quick primer on photovoltaics, a history of solar panels, and a deep-dive into perovskite technology. We then look at the interplay of solar science and climate policy, including some case studies involving pricing...

Duration:00:34:10

207 - Biomimicry, zombie ants, and becoming Spider-Man

8/18/2019
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Rob Campbell is a researcher broadly interested in structure. He’s currently working on the assembly of spider silk to further our understanding in materials science and evolutionary biology. But also for novel applications in bioinspired materials engineering. In this episode we explore spider silk, its many forms and functions, and how it is being used in bioinspired design. We then have a broader discussion on biomimicry and bioinspired design, combining nature with human ingenuity. Rob...

Duration:00:26:42

206 - Marine ecology and ocean activism

8/4/2019
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Maggi Brisbin is a marine ecologist specializing in plankton, their community dynamics, and how they influence nutrient cycles. Her current focus is a marine algae called Phaeocystis, which lives freely, forms colonies, and also lives as a symbiont inside another marine organism. In this episode we explore the different lifestyles adopted by Phaeocystis, and its role in regulating processes associated with climate change. We also have a broader discussion on success in biology, including...

Duration:00:31:09

205 - Neural networks, AI, and consciousness

7/21/2019
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Tom Burns is a computational neuroscientist who uses artificial neural networks to simulate the human brain and understand how it makes sense of the world. His research focus includes spiking neural networks, the so-called third generation models taking on deep learning. In this episode we cover some basic neuroscience before moving into the realm of the artificial, looking at how neural networks have evolved since the early days, and how they might be applied to real world problems. We...

Duration:00:32:18

204 - Supercomputers, sound, and citizen science

7/7/2019
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Dr Nick Friedman is a biologist interested in the origins of biodiversity. He is part of the OKinawa Environmental Observation Network, OKEON, a team that monitors the terrestrial environment of Okinawa. As part of their work they use sound to understand how biodiversity varies across the island. In this episode we talk about OKEON’s acoustic monitoring project, and how supercomputers, sound, and citizen science combine to answer questions on biodiversity. We also head into the forest to...

Duration:00:24:43

203 - Quantum gravity and humble pie

6/23/2019
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Professor Yasha Neiman is the head of the Quantum Gravity Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST). He spends his time thinking about how gravity and quantum mechanics can coexist in a universe that is expanding at an accelerating rate. In this episode we cover the standard model of particle physics, how limits in the model led to research on quantum gravity, and the approaches now being taken by physicists to understand the laws of nature. We also touch on the failed...

Duration:00:42:00

202 - DMT, aliens, and 'very' hard sci-fi

6/9/2019
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Dr Andrew Gallimore is a neurobiologist, chemist, and pharmacologist with a particular interest in the psychedelic compound DMT. He's written a new book that he calls "a textbook from the future" outlining how DMT can be used to access a higher-dimensional intelligence. In this episode we cover DMT's pharmacology and what makes it unusual versus other psychedelics, the thesis of his new book, and some of his earlier works published with psychiatrist Rick Strassman. We also touch on string...

Duration:00:45:56

201 - Welcome back!

6/2/2019
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Hello and welcome back to WonderLabs! We are now based in Japan, and look forward to bringing you the latest in science and tech from the Far East. Before we get into Season 2, take a moment to check out this introduction to find out what's in store.

Duration:00:02:10

Bonus - Harmonics of Mind

9/30/2018
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This is a bonus episode deviating from our usual format. It is a short documentary exploring the work of the Psychedelic Research Group, who we interviewed back in episode 4, and a collective called Senscapes who create music and art from their neuroimaging data. In the piece you'll hear from the Psychedelic Research Group, Senscapes, and an anonymous patient who participated in a clinical trial exploring the use of psilocybin as a treatment for depression. Woven into the interviews is the...

Duration:00:09:28

110 - Virtual reality and game design

9/16/2018
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Shivani Hassard is a researcher at Queen Mary University of London exploring virtual reality, with a specific focus on game design and human-computer interaction. In this episode we clear up some misconceptions in mixed reality, explore the importance of self-reported and physiological data in experimental design, and consider the potential end of cinema. If you'd like to get in touch, our Gmail is "wonderlabspod". Enjoy!

Duration:00:26:40

109 - Multiomics at Great Ormond Street

9/2/2018
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Rosie Davies is working with a group at Great Ormond Street Hospital aiming towards a personalised medicine approach within the rare diseases space. In this episode we explore advancements in multi-omic technologies, potential issues around data security, and the involvement of big pharma in academic research. If you'd like to get in touch, our Gmail is "wonderlabspod". Enjoy!

Duration:00:26:18

108 - 3D printing and bio-inspired design

8/19/2018
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Youssef Ibrahim is a researcher at Imperial College London exploring 3D printing. In this episode we learn the mechanisms behind different types of 3D printing, the importance of bio-inspired design in manufacturing, and the potential medical applications of smart materials. If you'd like to get in touch, our Gmail is "wonderlabspod". Enjoy!

Duration:00:43:08

107 - Geology, fossils, and outreach

8/5/2018
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Anthea Lacchia is a research fellow in the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG) currently developing a training and outreach facility in western Ireland. In this episode we get into the importance of molluscs as an index and keystone species, the giant insects and trees of the Carboniferous period, and revisit the story of revered fossilist and glass ceiling smasher Mary Anning. If you'd like to get in touch, our Gmail is "wonderlabspod". Enjoy!

Duration:00:39:48

106 - The future of plastics

7/22/2018
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Duncan Fraser is a researcher at Oxford University exploring new ways to synthesize plastics. In this episode we learn more about his work in the field of efficient plastic production, debate the possibility of alternatives to plastics, and the role of industry in academic research. If you'd like to get in touch, our Gmail is "wonderlabspod". Enjoy!

Duration:00:45:13

105 - In conversation with Robert Winston

7/8/2018
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Professor Sir Lord Robert Winston is Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College London. This episode is a meta conversation about contemporary challenges in science communication. We discuss evidence denial and post-truth, the role of governments in individual well-being, and find out why Lord Winston is focusing his efforts on younger audiences as an educational strategy. If you'd like to get in touch, our Gmail is...

Duration:00:18:20

104 - Psychedelic brain imaging

6/17/2018
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Chris Timmermann is a researcher at Imperial College London’s Psychedelic Research Group, working under supervisors David Nutt and Robin Carhart-Harris. In this episode we look at the historical use of DMT across cultures, and what brain imaging studies reveal about brain activity during the psychedelic experience. We also dive into consciousness and the link of psychedelic experiences to meditation. If you'd like to get in touch, our Gmail is "wonderlabspod". Enjoy!

Duration:00:33:17

103 - Malaria parasite biophysics

6/3/2018
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Marion Koch is a researcher at Imperial College London’s Baum Laboratory working on the invasion of red blood cells by malaria parasites. In this episode we cover some malaria fundamentals, the complexity of parasitic lifecycles, and new methods of photography that allow us to better understand and stop the parasite. If you'd like to get in touch, our Gmail is "wonderlabspod". Enjoy!

Duration:00:45:58

102 - Particle physics at CERN

5/20/2018
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Joanna Huang is a researcher in high energy physics and splits her time between CERN in Geneva and University College London. In this episode we cover some fundamental particle physics, the work happening at CERN, time travel, the origins of the universe, and dark matter. If you'd like to get in touch, our Gmail is "wonderlabspod". Enjoy!

Duration:00:36:31

101 - Welcome

5/6/2018
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Hello and welcome to WonderLabs! Before diving into the episodes, check out this short introduction where we introduce ourselves and the concept of the show.

Duration:00:01:09