Opinionated Science Episode 37: Finding Answers for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) and Mesothelioma
In this podcast, the team look at two overlooked diseases. Malignant mesothelioma was known to be caused by the construction material asbestos decades before it was banned, while ME/CFS remains poorly understood by science. Two new developments could bring and clarity and a route to better treatment for these conditions.
Opinionated Science: The Reproducibility Crisis
Listen to this podcast to hear insights into some of the biggest challenges we face when looking at reproducibility and how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed this.
Opinionated Science Episode 36: The Neuroscience of Creativity
In this episode of Opinionated Science, Senior Science Writer Ruairi J Mackenzie speaks with Dr. Rex Jung, an assistant professor in the department of neurosurgery and director of neuropsychological services at the University of New Mexico, about the neuroscience of creativity. Together, they investigate the research that has attempted to understand where creativity emerges in the brain and why it exists in the first place.
Opinionated Science Episode 35: Mighty Microbes Battle Cancer and Protect the Environment
In this episode, the Technology Networks team review a pair of studies showing off the power of microbes. In one, they act as a conduit in an unlikely potential health benefit for a high-salt diet. In the other, they are revealed to play an important role in the breakdown of plastic in the environment.
Opinionated Science Episode 34: Genetics of Endometriosis, the Birthing Brain and Cancer Vaccines
In this episode, the Technology Networks team reviews world-leading research into the mechanisms behind endometriosis, a condition that affects up to 10% of women of reproductive age, but often takes a decade to diagnose. There's also a peek into mom's brain during birth and a new cancer vaccine that harnesses similar technology used to create the Oxford–AstraZeneva COVID-19 vaccine.
Opinionated Science Episode 33: Fish on Meth and a Prize-Winning Prosthesis
In this episode, the team looks at a study showing that the wild European perch has a fondness for methamphetamine and another body of research that has advanced how lower limb neuroprostheses are designed.
Opinionated Science Episode 32: Debunking the "Hygiene Hypothesis" and Psychedelic Brain Changes
On this episode, the team take a look at a new study that suggests people's interpretation of the "Hygiene Hypothesis" - that early exposure to some microorganisms protects against allergic disease - might be in need of a cleanup. They also detail some findings on the psychedelic drug psilocybin and its effects on the connections of the mammalian brain. Not to be missed!
Opinionated Science Episode 31: Night Owls, Inflatable Implants and Twins' Trauma
How does your circadian clock affect your personality? Why are inflatable implants being considered for back pain? How are migraine and PTSD in identical twins linked? All these questions, and more will be answered on this week's Opinionated Science!
Opinionated Science: The Future of Spatial Transcriptomics
In this episode of Opinionated Science, we explore the world of spatial transcriptomics and get a sneak peek into research on the rare neurovascular disease cerebral cavernous malformations.
Opinionated Science Episode 30: Psychedelics: A Trip Through Psilocybin and MDMA Research
On this week’s Opinionated Science, the team takes a look at the growing potential of psychedelic medicine. In this episode, we take a deep dive into four leading psychedelic compounds: psilocybin, MDMA, ketamine and DMT.