Opinionated Science Episode 23: Mind Palaces, Artificial Sight and Invading Squirrels
In this episode, the team round up some of the best and weirdest science from the last month. We investigate some innovative methods being used to control invasive squirrels, a new technology that could partially restore sight and an innovative memory technique beloved by ancient greeks, memory maestros and TV detectives.
Opinionated Science Episode 21: The Roundup – Moon Phases, Anti-Cancer Elephants and Poop Infusions
In this episode, the TN team rounds up some of the best and weirdest science from the last month. Hear how elephants and naked mole rats fight cancer, how immunotherapy is getting a microbial boost from poop transplants and why researchers think our sleep patterns might be affected by the phases of the moon.
Opinionated Science Episode 18: The No-COVID Science Wrap-Up of 2020
2020 has been a memorable year in science for many reasons, most of them bad. As we finally begin to see some chinks of light at the end of this incredibly long year, the Opinionated Science team look back at some of the biggest stories of the year that were nothing to do with COVID-19, including brain implants, inherited trauma and millions of tons of microplastics.
Opinionated Science Episode 17: I Got COVID-19: Here's What Happened
This episode is a COVID-19 podcast with a first-hand focus. Podcast host Ruairi Mackenzie discusses his experience with symptomatic COVID-19. And we also look at the data around COVID-19 risk and age and discuss the emerging problems posed by long COVID.
Opinionated Science Episode 15: COVID-19 and the Brain: Investigating the “Silent Wave”
On this episode, the team will discuss how the SARS-CoV-2 virus affects our brain. This podcast will untangle the disparate effects involved, covering everything from a subdued sense of smell to serious brain inflammation and damage.
Opinionated Science Episode 13: Connecting the Brain: “Thought Tetris”, Brain Privacy and Neuralink
In this episode, the team discuss efforts to let your brain communicate beyond the limits of your head. Whilst much of this research is still in early stages, scientists have shown how individuals can share thoughts through brain wave-based games of Tetris, and tech entrepreneurs have looked to a future where brains can be directly joined with computers. We look into these technologies’ potential to help paralysis patients and the ethical implications of a network of interconnected brains.
Opinionated Science Episode 12: Green Labs: Sustainable Science and Exploding Microscopes
In this episode, the team discusses the growing movement for sustainable science. Research has a yeti-sized ecological footprint, and here we follow the tracks from ozone-destroying CFCs and energy-guzzling freezers through to a new future for science that promises to make labs eco-friendly at last.
Opinionated Science Episode 11: Biohacking: DIY Gene Editing, Fluorescent Beer and COVID-19
In this episode, the team take a deep dive into the world of biohacking. Practitioners of this DIY biology have big goals: making genetic technologies available to all, bypassing government regulation of drugs and (on the fringes of the movement) achieving immortality.
Opinionated Science Episode 10: COVID-19 Vaccines: Three Leading Candidates, Assessed
In this episode, the TN team discusses three promising vaccine candidates being developed for COVID-19. We take a deep dive into the data from these vaccine trials to try and work out what successes can be celebrated and what unanswered questions still remain.
Opinionated Science Episode 8: Personalized Medicine: Cancer, Neuroscience and Genetic Data
In this episode, we discuss the potential of personalized, precision approaches to change healthcare. We hear how cancer care has been one of the first areas to take advantage of patient-specific data, the risks and rewards of increased access to genomic data and how neuroscience is beginning to explore diseases of the brain at a personal level.