188 – Michael Dalton-Smith – Volcanoes 3D

8:08 am April 1st, 2019

In today’s episode I speak to Michael Dalton-Smith, who is a Canadian adventurer with over ten years of experience filming in some of the most remote and challenging places in the world. He spoke to me about the release of his latest documentary on IMAX, “Volcanoes 3D”

We spoke about:

– Michael’s background
– What inspired him to get into documentary making
– His non volcanic interests
– The making of the documentary
– Some amazing facts about volcanoes

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A big thank you to Kate Piasecka and IMAX Melbourne for making this episode happen.

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187 – Dr Dyani Lewis – Plant Genetics

6:08 am March 31st, 2019

In today’s episode, I speak to Dr Dyani Lewis on the topic of plant genetics.

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186 – Dr Jake Owens – Giant Panda Conservation

9:02 am June 10th, 2018

With the release of IMAX’s “Pandas 3D” recently, I talk to Dr Jake Owens, an American conservational biologist based at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan, China, and the project work he has been doing in terms of Panda re-introduction to the wild and conservation work that the documentary is based on.

I spoke to Jake about:
– His background and journey into the world of conservation
– His previous projects and conservation work
– The work being done in China to reintroduce the Giant Panda to the wild
– His involvement with the “Pandas 3D” IMAX documentary

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A big thank you to Kate Piasecka and IMAX Melbourne for making this episode happen.

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185 – Kirsten Banks – Archaeoastronomy and Aboriginal Astronmy

2:35 am May 22nd, 2018

In today’s episode, I talk to Kirsten Banks, a young female physics and astronomy student at the University of New South Wales.

Topics we cover include:

– How Kirsten got into physics and astronomy
– Her interest in archeaoastronomy
– Australian Aboriginal astronomy
– Research interests
– Females in science and physics

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184 – Dr Zara Dennis – SciFly STEM Outreach

4:22 am September 30th, 2017

In today’s episode I speak to Dr Zara Dennis, who has appeared on the podcast previously. We catch up on what she’s been up to since we last spoke, and I talked to her after she

Topics we cover include:

– Mixing Zara’s interest in flying with education
– What sparked her interest in flying
– Her piloting career
– The Growing Teacher Tall Poppies Award
– The Amazing Spaghetti Machine contest
– Her collaboration with PrimeSci in providing holiday programmes to children
– Taking her classes out to remote and rural communities
– Women in Aviation International’s involvement in the programme
– Future extensions to the Sci Fly programme
– The need to encourage females into STEM subjects

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8:58 am August 1st, 2017

Hi all,

The winner of the online tutoring competition that was mentioned in episode 183 has been announced. The winner is:

Giuliana De Bellis

Congratulations Giuliana! Please contact the folks out at MyWebTutor to collect your prize.

183 – Anant Tanna – Outreach and Science Fun

2:23 am June 3rd, 2017

In today’s episode, I talk to Anant Tanna once again. This time we talk about his interest in science outreach, why it’s important, and the fun of learning science.
Topics we cover include:

– Why is outreach important?
– Why is science outreach, in particular, important?
– How should outreach be approached?
– Why does science need outreach compared to other industries?
– The need to do more outreach now than in the past
– Understanding the need for fundamental research and indirect outcomes of science
– Techniques to communicate science
– Why science is fun
– Science for the right audience
– What inspired Anant to get into science

And make sure you listen right to the end! High school students have a chance to win a scholarship for one semester’s free tuition from MyWebTutor. So listen in for details on how to enter, and put your entry in for the chance to win. Entries close on the 20th of July, 2017.

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182 – Joanna Corby – Galactic Large Organic Molecules

4:57 am June 2nd, 2017

In today’s episode, I speak to Joanna Corby, who was visiting the University of New South Wales from the University of Virginia, while doing research into Large Organic Molecules in High Mass Star Forming Regions in our galaxy.

We spoke about

– What region of our galaxy is being looked at?
– What are the major chemically distinct regions in this area?
– Are these chemical compounds restricted to these areas?
– How complex are these molecules?
– What is the relationship between this and life in space?
– How dense are these regions
– What does it mean in terms of the process of star formation?

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181 – Anant Tanna – Searching for Invisible Galaxies

9:26 am April 5th, 2017

In today’s episode I speak to Anant Tanna from the University of New South Wales School of Physics, about his research on looking for invisible galaxies. During our conversation, we cover:

– What are invisible galaxies?
– How do we find distant galaxies that we can’t see via their own light?
– What are redshift distances?
– How does looking at neutral hydrogen emissions help show distances of galaxies?
– How are multiple galaxies detected along the same line of sight?

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180 – Ten Years of Brains Matter

10:40 am November 3rd, 2016

This Episode of Brains Matter celebrates the 10 year anniversary of the show. Yes, Brains Matter has hit the double figure mark. Starting out on the 16th of October 2006, the show has covered a wide range of topics and amazing guests.

In today’s show, I speak to Clive Weeks, who has been involved with the podcast for some time, and reminisce about the past ten years. The show is also a little bit of fun and turns things around a little bit – listen in to find out!

Also featured on today’s show are:

Richard Ogley
Karen Lewis
Allie Ford
Rob Lloyd

And a special thank you to Victoria from Russia for your contribution.

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