Archive for December, 2009

105 – Prof Bryan Gaensler – Magnetism in the Universe

Monday, December 28th, 2009

In this episode, I speak to Professor Bryan Gaensler from the University of Sydney on the topic of Magnetism in the Universe, which was only discovered in the 20th century. – What is a magnet? – What objects in the universe are magnetic? – How are magnets detected in space? – How do we detect […]

104 – Dr Kristen Panfilio – Hox Genes and Evolutionary Developmental Genetics

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

In todays episode, I talk to Dr Kristen Panfilio is a Developmental Geneticist from the University of Cologne, in Germany. We talk about Evolutionary Developmental Genetics, or Evo Devo as it is sometimes known. Topics we cover include: – What is evolutionary developmental genetics? – Why is it useful? – How do genes help us […]

103 – Nick Miller – English libel law and censorship in science reporting

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Nick Miller is the Health Editor for The Age newspaper in Melbourne, Australia. Nick interviewed Simon Singh (who has appeared in episode 100 of Brains Matter), and was subsequently impacted by the English Libel laws. Nick talks to me about this incident, and what he feels may need to be considered in terms of reforming […]