199 – Luke Steller – Does Venus have conditions for life?

9:35 am March 15th, 2021

In this episode, PhD student Luke Steller returns to talk to us about Venus and the asteroid Bennu. We discuss:

* What does the discovery of Phosphene on Venus mean?
* What creates Phosphene?
* Could life exist on Venus, and how could life arrive on Venus?
* Could life evolve on Venus itself?
* Some information about the Osirus Rex spacecraft and its interaction with asteroid Bennu
* What could the samples from Bennu tell us?

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198 – Luke Steller – What are the ingredients of life?

7:41 am December 30th, 2020

In this episode, I talk to Luke Steller, who is a PhD candidate at the Australian Centre for Astrobiology at the University of New South Wales.

I spoke to Luke about:
– Luke’s background
– How he became interested in astrobiology
– Ancient life on Earth
– How understanding ancient life on Earth influences the search for life elsewhere
– Understanding how hot springs are involved in the formation of life
– Life near deep sea vents
– What do we think is required to form life?
– The variability of life
– The Miller-Urey experiment
– The origin of life versus habitability
– What might extraterrestrial life look like?

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197 – Dr Onisha Patel – Structural Biology & Superstars of STEM

6:34 am October 25th, 2020

In this episode, I talk to Dr Onisha Patel, who is a structural biologist at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI) in Melbourne, Australia

I speak to her about:
– How she got into science from her interest in art
– What inspired her growing up
– Structural Biology and what it is
– Why knowing the shape of proteins is useful
– Pseudo Enzymes
– Understanding cancers through these techniques
– Mixing art with structural biology
– Her research
– The Superstars of STEM Programme

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196 – Monash Solar Decathlon Team

3:50 am September 27th, 2020

In this episode, I talk to Bec Lin, Shiyen Perera and Cyndy Li from Monash University who are all part of the Monash Solar Decathlon Team, and took part in the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Design Challenge.

I speak to them about:
– Their backgrounds
– The Monash Solar Decathlon Team itself
– The US Department of Energy competition
– The individual projects each of the teams worked on, plus an outline of the winning project from another MSDT team

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195 – Dr Dyani Lewis – Studying Chlamydia

9:07 am September 5th, 2020

In this episode, I speak to Dr Dyani Lewis on the research work she is undertaking as part of a larger team in studying chlamydia

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194 – David Lee – Coding Skills at School

9:59 am July 19th, 2020

In today’s episode I talk to Davie Lee, a technology professional who has started up a programme to work with schools to help teach coding skills.

The things we talk about include:

  • David’s background
  • What David’s aim was with GI Jamie
  • The skills that coding can help you learn
  • The great things David has seen that the students have done
  • David’s future plans for GI Jamie

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193 – Troy Love – Humour in Lockdown

9:04 am May 17th, 2020

In today’s episode I talk to Troy Love, from Great Talk and Humour Australia about the importance of humour and happiness

The things we talk about include:

  • How Troy got into his current line of work
  • Dealing with the corporate environment when it comes to humour
  • The value of humour to people
  • How to use humour to help others
  • The correlation between comedy and mental health
  • Do we all have a sense of humour?
  • Some of the tricks behind presenting with humour
  • Some suggestions for then pandemic lockdown

For those who are struggling with mental health, please contact your local qualified professionals.

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192 – Dr Karen Lewis – Discovering Moons Around Extra Solar Planets

2:18 am March 19th, 2020

In today’s episode, I speak to Dr Karen Lewis about her research into looking for moons around extra solar planets.

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191 – Jamali Kigotho – Sustainability in Kenya

10:21 pm January 10th, 2020

In today’s episode, I speak to award winning Science & Engineering Monash University student, Jamali Kigotho on his keen interest in sustainability in Africa, along with a few other things!

We discuss:
– His background
– His interest in science and engineering
– The work he has done in Kenya in looking at sustainable solutions for local communities to make a real on the ground difference
– His work with the Tandum organisation
– His interaction with the International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD)

And a host of other things!

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Happy New Year

5:26 am January 10th, 2020

I hope everyone has a wonderful 2020! Get ready for more shows coming out this year.