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Opinionated Science Episode 24: Mayan Bones, Boozy Brains and Baboon Logic
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Opinionated Science Episode 24: Mayan Bones, Boozy Brains and Baboon Logic

In this episode, the TN team review what happens in the brain when we drink alcohol, find out how to use baboons and grapes to make discoveries about logic processing and unearth the rise-and-fall life story of an ancient Mayan.
Opinionated Science Episode 23: Mind Palaces, Artificial Sight and Invading Squirrels
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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 22: Nano-sized Waste Causing Macro-sized Problems
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Opinionated Science Episode 22: Nano-sized Waste Causing Macro-sized Problems

In this episode, the team is joined by Ariel Bohman, an application scientist at Perkin Elmer. They discuss the different types of microplastics and how they are affecting everything from the food we eat to the corals in our oceans.
Opinionated Science Episode 21: The Roundup – Moon Phases, Anti-Cancer Elephants and Poop Infusions
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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 20: How Data Integrity Can Stop You Getting Fined $500 Million
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Opinionated Science Episode 20: How Data Integrity Can Stop You Getting Fined $500 Million

In this episode, we explore data integrity – a pillar of good science. We hear from our expert speakers how modern labs can improve their data and, of course, what happens when mistakes or fraud compromises data integrity.

Opinionated Science Episode 19: Next-Generation Sequencing Takes Over the World
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Opinionated Science Episode 19: Next-Generation Sequencing Takes Over the World

In this episode, the team discuss the omnipresent technology of next-generation sequencing (NGS), which has seen the cost of sequencing a human genome go from $100 million to under $1000 in just two decades. We hear from the European Bioinformatics Institute’s Dr Alex Almeida, who uses NGS techniques to examine the human microbiome. We also investigate the future of NGS and ask, what will happen when we have sequenced absolutely everything?
Opinionated Science Episode 18: The No-COVID Science Wrap-Up of 2020
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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
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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 16: The Metabolome: The Way to Personalized Healthcare?
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Opinionated Science Episode 16: The Metabolome: The Way to Personalized Healthcare?

In this episode, the team discuss the metabolome; the billions of tiny molecules that our cells produce every second. Scientific understanding of the metabolome has leapt forward, opening the door to a better understanding of how to treat disease, how to live a healthier lifestyle and even how trauma can be passed down via our metabolites.

Opinionated Science Episode 15: COVID-19 and the Brain: Investigating the “Silent Wave”
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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.
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