Chris Whelan is the bird man. From a small boy to an experienced scientist his interest hasn’t faltered. What would a world without birds look like? (A clue - think of the vultures.) Is climate change affecting how birds behave? We ask Chris all this and more, so join us to learn all about our feathered friends.Read More
Davide Tanasi is a native Sicilian and specialist in specialist in Mediterranean archaeology. He reconstructs ancient villas with drones and the latest in computer imaging, and battles the odds to find that perfect vintage. The older wine is the better it is right? So a 6000 year old bottle has to be amaaaaazing! Listen in to find out all about this discovery and more.
You can find his work at the USF Institute for Digital Exploration on their Facebook page where you can explore castles in Spain or the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, all from the comfort of your own home.Read More
John Brewer is a runner who works in science, and a scientist who studies running. We hear stories about the right kind of shoes, diet, hydration and technology but what's the evidence underlying the hype? John talks about how our bodies respond to heat, food and running barefoot, and how runners probably deserve that extra piece of pie during the holidays.
We were like kids in a candy store (or rather runners in a shoe store) for this one, so forgive us the indulgence!Read More
Nanotubes...nanobots...nanonachos?! Terms you may have heard but what do they mean and what do they do? We asked Maia Mombrú a graduate student in chemistry at Universidad de la República de Uruguay in Montevideo.
She tells us about nanotubes in nature making butterflies bluer than blue, and in our TVs making screens brighter than bright. In her own research she is making these tiny particles to develop safer ways of delivering radiotherapies.Read More
What do you get if you cross an engineer with a love for tiny blood vessels? Shayn Peirce-Cottler: a professor at the University of Virginia studying the role of microvasculature in disease. She's looking at how we can engineer treatments from raw materials including fat cells from liposuction!
We discuss novel technologies, Women in STEM, and midlife collaboration crises.
No chinchillas were harmed in the recording of this podcast.Read More
Tara Bracken is a specialist in Infectious disease and Global Health, a champion of vaccines, a blogger and just all round great communicator of many things science. We talk to her about tackling malaria, reaching out to the vaccine hesitant and how keeps herself from just crawling under a table and hiding from bad science.Read More
...and we're feeling kind of queasy if we're honest. Les Shaw is a researcher at the University of South Florida and he studies the resistance of bacteria to antibiotics. Most of us have only known a world where many infections can easily be treated with readily available treatments, but the rise of resistant bugs such as MRSA is frighteningly common and threatens to become a major health issue. How did we get here, and is there hope for us in the future? Listen in to find out more.Read More