171 – Sarah Bruzzese – Astronomical Society of Australia Poster Sessions

9:15 pm November 16th, 2013

During the Astronomical Society of Australia conference, I went and visited the Poster Sessions where students showcased their research. In today’s episode, I speak to Sarah Bruzzese, one of the poster session presenters.

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170 – Sarah Sweet – Astronomical Society of Australia Poster Sessions

8:16 am August 17th, 2013

During the Astronomical Society of Australia conference, I went and visited the Poster Sessions where students showcased their research. In today’s episode, I speak to Sarah Sweet, one of the poster session presenters.

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169 – Dr Charley Lineweaver – The Birth, Life, and Death of our Planet… and the Universe

1:59 pm August 6th, 2013

The following recording is of the 2013 Astronomical Society of Australia’s Harley Wood Lecture, hosted by the Monash Centre for Astrophysics.

People, planets, stars, and even universes are born, they live for a while, and then die. Associate Professor Charles Lineweaver reviews what we now about the origin of the Earth and the origin of the life on it – the coming extinction of this life and the death of the Earth and Sun. The second law of thermodynamics is relevant to the birth and death of the universe.

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168 – Matt Witkowski – Leukaemia and the Ikaros Gene

6:45 am July 14th, 2013

In today’s episode, I talk to Matthew Witkowski, a PhD student at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, on his research into the relationship between the Ikaros Gene and Leukemia.

We discuss:

- Matt’s background
- A definition of leukaemia
- Matt’s work in his PhD
- What is the Ikaros gene?
- What is the relationship between Ikaros and leukaemia?
- What are the possible outcomes from this research?

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167 – Robert Lloyd – 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who – Part 2

3:09 am May 26th, 2013

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the classic science fiction show, Doctor Who. I spoke to actor and comedian (and honourary 10th Time Lord) Rob Lloyd, also known as the Number 1 Doctor Who fan in the world, about the show.

This is the second part of a two part interview.

Topics we discuss include:
- Doctor Who’s companions
- Doctor Who villians
- Other related shows
- The 50th anniversary of Doctor Who and what’s in store
- Rob’s background and Doctor Who shows

NOTE: This episode comes with a language warning

Today’s listener of the episode is Ellis Collins from Nottingham in the UK

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166 – Robert Lloyd – 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who – Part 1

9:10 am May 12th, 2013

Something a bit different for this episode – this year marks the 50th anniversary of the classic science fiction show, Doctor Who. I spoke to actor and comedian (and honourary 10th Time Lord) Rob Lloyd, also known as the Number 1 Doctor Who fan in the world, about the show.

This is the first of a two part interview.

Topics we discuss include:
- What is Doctor Who?
- What are some of the characteristics of the show?
- The Classic Doctor Who vs the Modern Doctor Who
- The actors who have played The Doctor

Today’s listener of the episode is Aatayna Hussain from Canada.

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165 – Dr Michael Brown – The Peer Review Process

2:09 pm April 26th, 2013

In today’s episode, I talk to Dr Michael Brown from Monash University about the peer review process in science.

We talk about:
- What the Peer Review Process is
- How the Peer Review Process helps
- The issues with Peer Review
- What is the issue with positive and negative scientific results?
- The effects of these on the various areas of science
- What is being done to reduce these issues with the process?

Today’s listener of the episode is Angela Boldt from Texas, USA.

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Dr Brown’s article in The Conversation: Peer Review isn’t perfect and the media doesn’t always help

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164 – Sir Paul Nurse – Making Science Work Part 2

2:08 am April 24th, 2013

This episode is part 2 of 2, of a talk given by Sir Paul Nurse, who is President of The Royal Society in the UK, and the Nobel Laureate in Medicine or Physiology for 2001, on the wonder of science and how it enhances our culture and civilisation. He also discusses how science can not only help solve the world’s big problems, but be harnessed to improve health, quality of life and the strength of the economy.

Today’s listener of the episode is Kevin Chin from Melbourne, Australia.

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163 – Sir Paul Nurse – Making Science Work Part 1

2:01 am April 24th, 2013

This episode is part 1 of 2, of a talk given by Sir Paul Nurse, who is President of The Royal Society in the UK, and the Nobel Laureate in Medicine or Physiology for 2001, on the wonder of science and how it enhances our culture and civilisation. He also discusses how science can not only help solve the world’s big problems, but be harnessed to improve health, quality of life and the strength of the economy.

Today’s listener of the episode is Shantu Patil from Karnataka, India.

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Apologies for the quality of the audio, and also this episode comes with a language warning.

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162 – Dr Michael Brown – Lies, Damned Lies, and NRA Statistics

10:48 pm March 22nd, 2013

In today’s episode, I talk to Dr Michael Brown from Monash University about the mis-use of statistics in the public sphere, and specifically, about the American National Rifle Associations misrepresentations of data.

We talk about:
- The Australian context
- Australian gun control laws
- The subsequent experience after the implementation of these laws
- What the NRA are doing with Australian statistics
- Why are they doing this?
- The tactics used by those wishing to mis-use statistics

Today’s listener of the episode is Steve Briggs, from Melbourne, Australia.

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Dr Brown’s article in The Conversation: Faking Waves; how the NRA and pro-gun Americans abuse crime stats

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