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Not Another Science Podcast

Not Another Science Podcast

By EUSci
Not Another Science Podcast is the science radio show from the Edinburgh University Science Magazine. Join our hosts Helena Cornu and Tom Edwick as they talk to staff and students about all the fascinating research and projects happening at the university. Intrigued by sourdough? Passionate about climate change? Love to keep it science? Then this is the show for you.

Alix Bailie is our podcast manager. Podcast logo by Apple Chew and episode art by Heather Jones. Get in touch at eusci.podcast@gmail.com, or head to eusci.org.uk for the show notes and the latest issue of the magazine.
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We have liftoff! Space microbiology, with Dr. Rosa Santomartino
This final episode of the season is truly out of this world. The team speaks to Rosa Santomartino, a space microbiologist in the School of Physics and Astronomy. Rosa was one of the lead scientists on the BioRock and BioAsteroid experiments, which sent microbe samples to the International Space Station, to study how the microbes reacted to different gravity conditions. This could impact both biomining on Earth, and potential future planet-settling missions. You can find Rosa on Twitter @RosaBioRosa.  Not Another Science Podcast is co-created by Helena Cornu (@helenacornu) and Tom Edwick (@edwicktom), brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). The logo was designed by Apple Chew (@_applechew), and the cover art was designed by Heather Jones (@heatherfrancs). Tom and Helena will be handing over the podcast to our new hosts, current podcast manager Alix Bailie (@alixbailie), and new team member Hannah Muir! Make sure to tune in for the next season of Not Another Science Podcast, and always keep it science.  You can visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. You can also follow EUSci on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/. Music by Kevin Macleod: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama; https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3787-funk-game-loop; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
39:35
July 7, 2021
Turn Up the Base: Making Music From Scientific Data, with Professor Colin Campbell
It’s time to let your creativity juices flow with this bonus episode for international music day. New host Alix speaks to Professor Colin Campbell who wants to bring science out of the lab and into the recording studio. But how do you take some scientific data and turn it into music? There’s no one answer, but Colin takes us through the thinking behind some of his awesome and varied pieces of music. Check out the full songs with full animations at ChemistryEdinburgh.
37:12
June 21, 2021
A Welshman On Whales: A World Ocean Day Special with Tom Grove
Ever wondered what drones and whales have in common?... In honour of World Oceans Day 2021, guest host Jake talks to PhD student Tom Grove about his inspiring research, investigating the ecological impacts of the Icelandic whale-watching industry. Get ready for some whaley-good chat covering everything from spirituality and icelandic cultural history to cutting-edge research technology and gob-smacking whale encounters! Tom Grove is @whalewise on Instagram and @WhaleWiseLive on Twitter, and Jake Edmiston is @JakeWEdmiston on Twitter. Not Another Science Podcast is co-created by Helena Cornu (@helenacornu) and Tom Edwick (@edwicktom), brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our podcast manager is Alix Bailie (@alixbailie). The logo was designed by Apple Chew (@_applechew), and the cover art was designed by Heather Jones (@heatherfrancs). You can visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. You can also follow EUSci on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/. Music by Kevin Macleod: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama; https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3787-funk-game-loop; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
37:55
June 8, 2021
Bonus material: A physics medley, with Daniel Brener
In this bonus to the main episode, we bring you extra sections of our conversation with Daniel Brener, including why he's the black sheep of the family, what PhDs used to be like, the origin of the "butterfly effect", concerns over communicating complexity, and the metaphysics of quiche.   Daniel is on Twitter @daniel_brener. To find out more about him, make sure to check out his website: https://www2.ph.ed.ac.uk/~s1704203/ Not Another Science Podcast is co-created by Helena Cornu (@helenacornu) and Tom Edwick (@edwicktom), brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our podcast manager is Alix Bailie (@alixbailie). The logo was designed by Apple Chew (@_applechew), and the cover art was designed by Heather Jones (@heatherfrancs). You can visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. You can also follow EUSci on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/. Music by Kevin Macleod: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama; https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3787-funk-game-loop; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
23:51
May 26, 2021
Ramance isn't dead: Raman Spectroscopy, with Heather McEwan
Ramen? Raman! We all love Ramen noodles, but this week is about Raman spectroscopy with PhD student Heather McEwan. It’s time to explore the ups and downs of starting a PhD and how to move from Physics to Chemistry. Heather has used her Physics background to move into an exciting multidisciplinary project which uses the light scattering technique Raman spectroscopy on human tissues and has fantastic applications in the field of healthcare. You can find Heather on her LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/heather-mcewan-74645b20a/ Find out more about the detector Heather is working with: https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2508459 Not Another Science Podcast is co-created by Helena Cornu (@helenacornu) and Tom Edwick (@edwicktom), brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our podcast manager is Alix Bailie (@alixbailie). The logo was designed by Apple Chew (@_applechew), and the cover art was designed by Heather Jones (@heatherfrancs). You can visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. You can also follow EUSci on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/. Music by Kevin Macleod: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama; https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3787-funk-game-loop; through a creative commons license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
28:14
May 12, 2021
A Physics Medley: Panspermia, Weather Forecasting, and General Chaos, with Daniel Brener
A self-described "cloud guy", Daniel Brener has been fascinated by weather forecasting for years. But he is also an all-around physics nerd (a compliment we do not bestow lightly). As part of Prof. Arjun Berera's group at the University of Edinburgh, Daniel has been working out whether panspermia — the idea that particles from Earth could be knocked out of the upper atmosphere and seed life on other planets — is theoretically possible. We delve into these two topics, stopping to examine the difficulties of bridging the gap between theory and observation, the competitive nature of physics research, and how to communicate ambiguity.  Daniel is on Twitter @daniel_brener. To find out more about him, make sure to check out his website: https://www2.ph.ed.ac.uk/~s1704203/ Not Another Science Podcast is co-created by Helena Cornu (@helenacornu) and Tom Edwick (@edwicktom), brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our podcast manager is Alix Bailie (@alixbailie). The logo was designed by Apple Chew (@_applechew), and the cover art was designed by Heather Jones (@heatherfrancs). You can visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. You can also follow EUSci on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/. Music by Kevin Macleod: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama; https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3787-funk-game-loop; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
34:35
April 28, 2021
Recording the Dawn Chorus, with Ben Porter
This spring, Ben Porter, Lucy Hodson (AKA Lucy Lapwing), Nina Constable and Indy Greene are running a project for people to make their own DIY parabolic reflectors to record birdsong, encouraging people to get out on their doorsteps and connect with the avian chorus in a way they might not have before. Then, on May 2nd — International Dawn Chorus Day — the plan is for as many people as possible to head out (weather permitting) in their local areas to record the dawn chorus with their makeshift parabolic reflectors. Nina will piece the audio clips together into a ‘Dawn Orchestra’ of birdsong across the country, to be released alongside an accompanying piece about the plant pot parabolic reflector in Nina Constable’s spring special of her award-winning ‘Wild World’ film series.  Have a go at making your own parabolic reflector, and share your results and recordings by tagging your posts with the hashtag #PlantPotParabolic. To feature in our Dawn Orchestra event, get out with your parabolic reflector on International Dawn Chorus Day (May 2nd) and send in your recordings and clips to wildworld@ninaconstablemedia.co.uk. You can download a beautifully illustrated guide to make your own DIY parabolic reflector from the talented Sarah Dowling here: https://bit.ly/3e9Ieq2 Head over to Nina Constable’s website for a how-to video and all the information you need to get involved. Link here: https://www.ninaconstable.co.uk/plantpotparabolic Links to the team on instagram//twitter: Ben Porter @benwildimages // @bardseyben Nina Constable @ninaconstablemedia//@ninaconstable Lucy ‘Lapwing’ @lucy_lapwing//@Lucy_Lapwing Indy Greene @greeneindy//@GreeneIndy Sarah Dowling @sarahdowlingart Not Another Science Podcast is co-created by Helena Cornu (@helenacornu) and Tom Edwick (@edwicktom), brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our podcast manager is Alix Bailie (@alixbailie). The logo was designed by Apple Chew (@_applechew), and the cover art was designed by Heather Jones (@heatherfrancs). You can visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. You can also follow EUSci on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/. Music by Kevin Macleod.
22:31
April 21, 2021
A Future Without Plants? No thanks!, with Carlos Magdalena (Plants and Our Health #10)
This week we close the series with Carlos Magdalena, Senior Horticulturist at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. Carlos is known widely as The Plant Messiah for his innovative successes assisting rare and endangered plants to reproduce and for thereby saving them from extinction. Together we muse on everything to do with The Future of Plants, from the ethics of deciding which plants live and which can’t be saved, to how we might tackle the lack of empathy for plants in order to get people excited enough to fight for their preservation. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it seems we all have a role to play in protecting nature for the future, whether as a scientist, a horticulturist… even at home in the near future your own plant collections might include some rare protected species. To find out more about Carlos, you can follow him @Plantmessiah on Twitter.  ‘Plants & Our Health’ is a 10-part miniseries made in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and kindly supported with funding from the British Ecological Society. Not Another Science Podcast is co-created by Helena Cornu and Tom Edwick, brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our podcast manager is Alix Bailie. The logo was designed by Apple Chew, and the cover art was designed by Heather Jones. You can visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. You can also follow EUSci on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/. Music is Wallpaper by Kevin MacLeod (Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4604-wallpaper; License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license)
47:44
April 16, 2021
Masterclass: the art of Science Communication, with Dr. Sarah-Jane Judge and Dr. Farrie Nzvere
The place where science and creativity meet: the diverse and wonderful world of Science Communication! Dr Sarah-Jane Judge, Public Engagement Manager at the Wellcome Centre for Cell Research, and Dr Farrie Nzvere, ChatSci Manager for InterSci, talk about the importance of sharing science with different audiences, teaching scientists to communicate, and their own engagement activities. They also explore the surprising ways the arts have been used to bring the general public into high level research and share their advice on how to get started in SciComm. There are so many ways to give science a voice, and we want to inspire you to get involved — you definitely don’t need a PhD to be an amazing science communicator! Be sure to check out InterSci on social media, they are @InterSciEd on Twitter, InterSci on Facebook, and Intersci_ed on Instragram. If you'd like to get involved, you can also email them directly at intersci.edinburgh@gmail.com. Find out more about Dr Sarah Jane Judge on her LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahjanejudge/), and about Dr Farrie Nzvere on his (https://www.linkedin.com/in/farrienzvere/). Finally, you can see some of the amazing work from the Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology at www.wcb.ed.ac.uk. Not Another Science Podcast is co-created by Helena Cornu (@helenacornu) and Tom Edwick (@edwicktom), brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our podcast manager is Alix Bailie (@alixbailie). The logo was designed by Apple Chew (@_applechew), and the cover art was designed by Heather Jones (@heatherfrancs). You can visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. You can also follow EUSci on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/. Music by Kevin Macleod: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama; https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3787-funk-game-loop; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 
35:33
April 14, 2021
The Future of Plants, with Pete Hollingsworth (RBGE) (Plants and Our Health #9)
What will the future of plants look like if currently 2 in 5 are threatened with extinction? That depends on how we act now! Join us as we dive into our last theme of the mini-series, Conserving Plants, with Dr Pete Hollingsworth, Director of Science and Conservation at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Pete shares with us a diversity of ways plants are being conserved that give us hope for safeguarding biodiversity for the future. We also explore how conservation decisions are made, the need to integrate plant conservation with how we live alongside nature, and what you can do to help protect plant life. ‘Plants & Our Health’ is a 10-part miniseries made in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and kindly supported with funding from the British Ecological Society. Not Another Science Podcast is co-created by Helena Cornu and Tom Edwick, brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our podcast manager is Alix Bailie. The logo was designed by Apple Chew, and the cover art was designed by Heather Jones. You can visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. You can also follow EUSci on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/. Music is Wallpaper by Kevin MacLeod (Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4604-wallpaper; License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license)
23:23
April 9, 2021
Protecting the plants of a nation, with Nicola Spence (Plants and Our Health #8)
Do plants need passports? And why did some members of the UK public receive mysterious seeds through the post that they didn’t order last summer? The plant health inspectors and officers of the UK are tasked with keeping the country’s plant life healthy, which means keeping an eye on, and eradicating if possible, all plant pests and diseases of concern. Leading the team is Nicola Spence, Chief Plant Health Officer for the UK. Nicola joins us on this episode of Plants & Our Health to discuss the UN International Year of Plant Health, how she advises government ministers on how to manage risks to the UK’s plant life. We also consider the individual responsibility we all have to protect plants, and the impacts our everyday actions can have if we’re not careful. ‘Plants & Our Health’ is a 10-part miniseries made in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and kindly supported with funding from the British Ecological Society. Not Another Science Podcast is co-created by Helena Cornu and Tom Edwick, brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our podcast manager is Alix Bailie. The logo was designed by Apple Chew, and the cover art was designed by Heather Jones. You can visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. You can also follow EUSci on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/. Music is Wallpaper by Kevin MacLeod (Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4604-wallpaper; License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license)
25:30
April 2, 2021
Loaf in the Time of COVID: The Quest for Sourdough, with Karl de Smedt (AKA the Sourdough Librarian)
Sourdough is a form of bread baking that leverages a complex community of yeasts and bacteria to give it flavour and rise. Thought to have originated in Ancient Egypt, the practice has since spread to communities all over the world, each with a unique method of creating and maintaining their starter. Behind each starter is a human story: dangerous journeys, mass migrations, traditions and cultures. The Sourdough Librarian, Karl de Smedt, runs the Sourdough Library in Belgium, where they maintain and study the most interesting starters from around the globe. In the Quest for Sourdough he tells these stories, one starter at a time, because the future of bread lies in its past. You can find Karl on Instagram @the_sourdough_librarian and on Twitter @karldesmedt. Head to sourdoughlibrary.puratos.com to learn about the history of sourdough and to take a virtual tour of the library. Check out the Quest for Sourdough video series at tinyurl.com/TheQuestforSourdough, and head to questforsourdough.com to share your sourdough story. Not Another Science Podcast is co-created by Helena Cornu (@helenacornu) and Tom Edwick (@edwicktom), brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our podcast manager is Alix Bailie. The logo was designed by Apple Chew (@_applechew), and the cover art was designed by Heather Jones (@heatherfrancs). You can visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. You can also follow EUSci on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/. Music by Kevin Macleod: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama; https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3787-funk-game-loop http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
31:27
March 31, 2021
Plants and Their Own Health, with Dr Katy Hayden (RBGE) (Plants and Our Health #7)
What do evolutionary ecology research, the health of plants and public engagement have in common?... Dr Katy Hayden! As a researcher and Plant Health Officer at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Katy helps safeguard the Garden’s plant collections against pests and diseases. This week, Katy takes us on an audio tour of her working life in the gardens as we explore a new and perhaps less understood theme: Plants and Their Own Health. Research in plant health is not only of great academic interest, but is also important to improving biosecurity practices now. And as Katy explains, plant health is much more than the absence of disease. ‘Plants & Our Health’ is a 10-part miniseries made in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and kindly supported with funding from the British Ecological Society. Not Another Science Podcast is co-created by Helena Cornu and Tom Edwick, brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our podcast manager is Alix Bailie. The logo was designed by Apple Chew, and the cover art was designed by Heather Jones. You can visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. You can also follow EUSci on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/. Music is Wallpaper by Kevin MacLeod (Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4604-wallpaper; License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license)
22:16
March 26, 2021
Get with the program(ming): Accessible Data Science, with Dr. Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel
Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel started her maths career as an actuary, where she spent her days wrangling data and studying after work for her exams. She loved working with data, but doing the exams… not so much. So she embarked on a PhD in statistics, where she discovered a love for teaching and all things pedagogical. Mine’s career since has combined these two passions, and now she works to promote accessibility in data science and statistics, and boost the representation of women and other minority groups. Tune in to find out more, and stick around ‘til the end to meet Mine’s cat Dorian Gray (which is, by all accounts, a truly excellent name for a cat). You can find Mine on Twitter @minebocek. Check out Data Science in a Box at datasciencebox.org, and the statistics with R course at coursera.org/specializations/statistics.  Sign up for DataFest, an undergraduate competition for students at the University of Edinburgh and Heriot Watt at http://bit.ly/df-edi. Registrations close March 19th! Not Another Science Podcast is co-created by Helena Cornu (@helenacornu) and Tom Edwick (@edwicktom), brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our podcast manager is Alix Bailie. The logo was designed by Apple Chew (@_applechew), and the cover art was designed by Heather Jones (@heatherfrancs). You can visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. You can also follow EUSci on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/. Music by Kevin Macleod: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama; https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3787-funk-game-loop; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
29:20
March 17, 2021
Bonus Episode: Dude, where's my parcel? with Ivona Gjeroska, Paula Fermín Cueto and Albert Solà Vilalta (Pi Day Special)
How many mathematicians does it take to optimise your internet shopping deliveries? In conversation with the Winners of the 12th AIMMS-MOPTA Optimization Modeling Competition, we hear how team NP Die Hard discovered their previously untapped skills to solve this problem in 3 months… and get a paper published from their work! From choosing your warehouses, to using the most appropriate optimisation to arrange deliveries, the team solved a very relevant problem for all of us in lockdown. After presenting their unique solution, they were contacted by a journal editor in the audience who wanted to publish their innovative work. What better way to celebrate pi day? Ivona Gjeroska is on LinkedIn and Facebook, Paula Fermin Cueto is on LinkedIn, and Albert Solà Vilalta is also on LinkedIn. The research article they wrote is: Fermín Cueto, P., Gjeroska, I., Solà Vilalta, A. and Anjos, M., 2021. A solution approach for multi‐trip vehicle routing problems with time windows, fleet sizing, and depot location. Networks, https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/net.22028 And you can see their presentation here: https://community.aimms.com/what-s-new-at-aimms-26/team-np-die-hard-from-university-of-edinburgh-wins-the-12th-aimms-mopta-optimization-modeling-competition-712 Not Another Science Podcast is co-created by Helena Cornu (@helenacornu) and Tom Edwick (@edwicktom), brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our podcast manager is Alix Bailie. The logo was designed by Apple Chew (@_applechew), and the cover art was designed by Heather Jones (@heatherfrancs). You can visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. You can also follow EUSci on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/. Music by Kevin Macleod: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3337-aces-high/; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
16:16
March 14, 2021
Why you should save yews, as yews might save you (from cancer), with Dr Ramchandra Poudel (Plants and Our Health #6)
Could one of the most important anti-cancer compounds really have come from the bark of infamously poisonous yew trees? And as these yews were already threatened, how did we harvest enough bark to produce the drugs we needed without killing them all off? In this second Plants as Our Medicines episode, we dive into the recent history of yews and Taxol, the anti-cancer drug they provide. We’re joined by Dr Ramchandra Poudel, Senior Scientist at Nepal Academy of Science and Technology, who has a background in community-based conservation of medicinal plants. Ram discloses how yews have long had a variety of uses in Nepal, far predating the scientific discovery of Taxol. Even now, Himalayan yews remain at the centre of economic conflict in Nepal, as farmers who have waited years for their slow-growing yews to mature now find stiff competition from competitors producing Taxol in much faster ways. ‘Plants & Our Health’ is a 10-part miniseries made in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and kindly supported with funding from the British Ecological Society. Not Another Science Podcast is co-created by Helena Cornu and Tom Edwick, brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our podcast manager is Alix Bailie. The logo was designed by Apple Chew, and the cover art was designed by Heather Jones. You can visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. You can also follow EUSci on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/. Music is Wallpaper by Kevin MacLeod (Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4604-wallpaper; License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license)
24:55
March 12, 2021
Is the Herb in Your Supplement What It Says on the Package?, with Dr Markus Ruhsam (RBGE) (Plants and Our Health #5)
Less than 1% of tropical plants have been screened for their potential medicinal uses. Yet many common drugs today are derived from plants. On this episode of Plants & Our Health, we talk with Dr Markus Ruhsam on the impressive potential of plants to the pharmaceutical industry and to help us look after our own health, now and in the future. We also discuss a research project Markus led using DNA barcoding to identify whether herbal supplements contained the plants they say they do, which turned out some intriguing results. To learn more about Markus’ investigations into the contents of herbal supplements, or to find out how you could start exploring the medicinal uses of your local plant life, you can reach Markus by email at MRuhsam@rbge.org.uk ‘Plants & Our Health’ is a 10-part miniseries made in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and kindly supported with funding from the British Ecological Society. Not Another Science Podcast is co-created by Helena Cornu and Tom Edwick, brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our podcast manager is Alix Bailie. The logo was designed by Apple Chew, and the cover art was designed by Heather Jones. You can visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. You can also follow EUSci on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/. Music is Wallpaper by Kevin MacLeod (Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4604-wallpaper; License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license)
25:08
March 5, 2021
No Bones About It: Biomineralisation, with Dr Fabio Nudelman
Did you know some plants grow crystals to scatter light? And some bacteria can sense the Earth's magnetic fields? This week, we chat to Dr. Fabio Nudelman from the University of Edinburgh's School of Chemistry, who tells us about how living organisms incorporate minerals into their biological structures, the wonderful uses they have for such materials, and how studying them can help us create new materials.   Not Another Science Podcast is co-created by Helena Cornu (@helenacornu) and Tom Edwick (@edwicktom), brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our podcast manager is Alix Bailie. The logo was designed by Apple Chew (@_applechew), and the cover art was designed by Heather Jones (@heatherfrancs). You can visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. You can also follow EUSci on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/. Music by Kevin Macleod: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama; https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3787-funk-game-loop http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
26:40
March 3, 2021
How Protecting Wild Cousins of Our Crops Fights Food Insecurity, with Dr Nigel Maxted (Plants and Our Health #4)
Close relatives of wheat, tomato and all other major crops still grow in the wild. However, human impacts are increasingly placing these species under threat. This week on Plants & Our Health we talk with Dr Nigel Maxted, Professor of Plant Genetic Conservation at the University of Birmingham, about turning research into policy and action, the importance of crop wild relatives and his global-scale efforts to protect them. Continuing on our theme ‘Plants on our Plates’, Nigel discusses how conserving the wild cousins of our crops is essential to global food security and future-proofing agriculture against climate change. To dig deeper into Nigel’s fascinating work, check out his University of Birmingham website profile (https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/profiles/biosciences/maxted-nigel.aspx). You can also email him at n.maxted@bham.ac.uk. Not Another Science Podcast is co-created by Helena Cornu and Tom Edwick, brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our podcast manager is Alix Bailie. The logo was designed by Apple Chew, and the cover art was designed by Heather Jones. You can visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. You can also follow EUSci on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/.
23:09
February 26, 2021
Community Growing for Health & Wellbeing, with Elinor Leslie (RBGE) (Plants and Our Health #3)
Where would we be without the plants that feed us? Why should we grow our own, and grow them together? This week on Plants & Our Health, we dive into the delicious new theme of ‘Plants on our Plates’ with Elinor Leslie, Community Gardener at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Elinor works on the Edible Gardening Project, assisting diverse groups with horticultural interests to engage in growing their own fruit and vegetables. As Elinor stresses however, the produce is not the only goal or joy of community growing. Wonderful, unexpected things happen when people toil at the soil over a long growing season. To learn more about the Edible Gardening Project or how you could start growing with your community, check out @EdibleGarden1 on Twitter. You can also email Elinor at eleslie@rbge.org.uk. Music is Wallpaper by Kevin MacLeod (Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4604-wallpaper; License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license) Not Another Science Podcast is co-created by Helena Cornu and Tom Edwick, brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our podcast manager is Alix Bailie. The logo was designed by Apple Chew, and the cover art was designed by Heather Jones. You can visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. You can also follow EUSci on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/.
24:18
February 19, 2021
Robocrop: Seagrass Restoration with Robocean, with Niall McGrath and Isobel Harris
Who do you go to when you have problems with crabs? Meadows Share obviously! This was only one of the fascinating questions that arose when we spoke to the team from Robocean in our second episode of season 2. The team recently won the Edinburgh Innovations Students Business Ideas Competition with their plan to restore the UK’s seagrass — a vital natural mechanism for carbon capture. Hear about the unique challenges of building subsea robots, with the added difficulty of never meeting your team in person. Follow their progress as they attempt to code and assemble their creation from several locations around the city on Instagram @robocean.io, on Twitter @robocean_eco, or email them at robocean.edi@outlook.com Not Another Science Podcast is co-created by Helena Cornu (@helenacornu) and Tom Edwick (@edwicktom), brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our podcast manager is Alix Bailie. The logo was designed by Apple Chew (@_applechew), and the cover art was designed by Heather Jones (@heatherfrancs). You can visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. You can also follow EUSci on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/. Music by Kevin Macleod: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama; https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3787-funk-game-loop http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
27:31
February 17, 2021
Why Your Doctor Might Soon Prescribe You Nature, with Elaine Bradley and Dr Louise Bailey (Plants and Our Health #2)
How could a doctor prescribe you nature? Does it work? And who is it for? On this second episode of our new miniseries Plants & Our Health, we continue to explore the theme ‘Plants & Our Mental Health’ with Nature Prescriptions Project Development Executive Elaine Bradley, and Edinburgh GP Dr Louise Bailey. Our two guests share their experiences working on the Nature Prescriptions project in Scotland, through which doctors are prescribing time in nature for their patients, assisted by resources made by RSPB. After a successful rollout across Shetland, the project has its sights now set on getting the people of Edinburgh out into nature. Visit the RSPB website (https://www.rspb.org.uk/about-the-rspb/at-home-and-abroad/scotland/) for a range of ideas to help get you outdoors during the pandemic. You can also find Elaine on Twitter @LaineyBradley. ‘Plants & Our Health’ is a brand new 10-part miniseries made in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and kindly supported with funding from the British Ecological Society. Music is Wallpaper by Kevin MacLeod (Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4604-wallpaper; License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license) Not Another Science Podcast is co-created by Helena Cornu and Tom Edwick, brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our podcast manager is Alix Bailie. The logo was designed by Apple Chew, and the cover art was designed by Heather Jones. You can visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. You can also follow EUSci on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/.
22:50
February 12, 2021
Botanic Gardens as Wellbeing Providers, with Simon Milne MBE (RBGE) (Plants and Our Health # 1)
What do you think of when you hear ‘botanic gardens’?  In the very first episode of Plants & Our Health, a new miniseries exploring how plants support human health and wellbeing, we discuss with Simon Milne MBE how botanic gardens are much more than collections of plants. Simon is Regius Keeper at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), an institution that, through its diversity of engagements ranging from science to community engagement, is critical to the wellbeing of the people of Scotland and the world. ‘Plants & Our Health’ is a brand new 10-part miniseries made in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and kindly supported with funding from the British Ecological Society. The first two episodes will explore the theme of ‘Plants & Our Mental Health’. You can dig deeper into how RBGE supports our health and wellbeing on their website (https://www.rbge.org.uk/visit/health-and-wellbeing/). You can also keep up with Simon’s activities leading the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh on Twitter @SimonMilne_RBGE. Music is Wallpaper by Kevin MacLeod (Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4604-wallpaper; License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license) Not Another Science Podcast is co-created by Helena Cornu and Tom Edwick, brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our podcast manager is Alix Bailie. The logo was designed by Apple Chew, and the cover art was designed by Heather Jones. You can visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. You can also follow EUSci on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/.
23:53
February 12, 2021
In Deep Water: Corals in a Changing Climate, with Nadia Jogee
Is a coral a really smart rock or a very stupid plant? In the first episode of season 2, we dive into the biology of corals with Nadia Jogee, a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Geosciences. More specifically, Nadia studies coralliths, a type of mobile coral, and the role they might play in reef recovery and expansion — a particularly important topic in the current changing climate. You can find out more about Nadia on her website (https://nadiajogee.wordpress.com/about/), and follow her on Twitter @nadiajogee, and Instagram @nadia_jogee Not Another Science Podcast is co-created by Helena Cornu (@helenacornu) and Tom Edwick (@edwicktom), brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our podcast manager is Alix Bailie. The logo was designed by Apple Chew (@_applechew), and the cover art was designed by Heather Jones (@heatherfrancs). You can visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. You can also follow EUSci on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/. Music by Kevin Macleod: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama; https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3787-funk-game-loop
37:25
February 3, 2021
Everything is Better with Maths: Optimisation, with Prof. Miguel Anjos and Dr. Lars Schewe
For the final episode of the season, we have another joint interview! Prof. Miguel Anjos and Dr. Lars Schewe both work in the field of mathematical optimisation, looking at different aspects of energy networks. They dive into how optimisation can be used to solve problems at any scale, from sorting out your local bus route to managing the decarbonisation of a country's energy system. And ultimately (spoiler alert!) we conclude that maths is everywhere.  Find out more about the Edinburgh Research Group in Optimization, a collaboration within the University of Edinburgh School of Mathematics. You can also visit Miguel's website to find out more about his work. The paper that Tom mentioned is Strassburg et al. (2020) Global priority areas for ecosystem restoration, Nature 586, 724-729.   Not Another Science Podcast is co-created by Helena Cornu (@helenacornu) and Tom Edwick (@edwicktom), brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our podcast logo was designed by Apple Chew (@_applechew). The podcast cover art was designed by Heather Jones (@heatherfrancs). We'll be back next semester with a whole new series, so stay tuned.  In the meantime, you can visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. We’re also on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/. Music by Kevin Macleod: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama; https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3787-funk-game-loop http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
39:53
November 25, 2020
Birds of a Feather: Promoting Diversity in Birding, with Sorrel Lyall
This week’s guest is Sorrel Lyall, a third-year ecology student at the University of Edinburgh, a stupendously talented birder and artist, and president of the Edinburgh University Ornithological Society (also known as BirdSoc). We talk birdwatching, running a society during a pandemic, and about how we can promote diversity in birding. Sorrel can be found on Twitter (@SorrelLyall), and you can find her art, photography, and blog on her website. For further information, check out her article about diversity in birding for Rare Bird Alert, and her talk for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. You can find BirdSoc on Twitter and Instagram (@EdUniBirdSoc), and Facebook. Not Another Science Podcast is edited by Helena Cornu (@helenacornu), hosted by Tom Edwick (@edwicktom) and brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our podcast logo was designed by Apple Chew (@_applechew). The podcast cover art was designed by Heather Jones (@heatherfrancs). Visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. We’re also on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/. Music by Kevin Macleod: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama; https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3787-funk-game-loop http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
29:36
November 11, 2020
Teamwork Makes The (Scientific) Dream Work, with Drs Ed Hutchinson and Sara Clohisey
Dr Ed Hutchison almost dropped his cup of tea when he found out that the research he had been working on since his postdoc, on which he had founded his lab, had been scooped. What followed is a heartwarming story of collaboration, teamwork, generosity, and kindness in science. Today we bring you our conversation with Dr Hutchinson, and with one of his collaborators from the University of Edinburgh, Dr Sara Clohisey. You can follow the Hutchinson lab and Dr Sara Clohisey on Twitter, and read the Twitter thread that Dr Hutchinson wrote about this research. Make sure to check out the Hutchinson lab manual, which includes the helpful tip of where to find the lab’s secret stash of shortbread (“because science is hard, and living in Scotland has its benefits”). Not Another Science Podcast is edited by Helena Cornu, hosted by Tom Edwick, produced by Alix Bailie, and brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our podcast logo  was designed by Apple Chew. The podcast cover art was designed by Heather Jones. Visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. We’re also on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/. Music by Kevin Macleod: Funkorama, and Funk Game Loop, used under a Creative Commons License. * The group of viruses that includes influenza uses RNA rather than DNA to store their genetic information. We said DNA in the show, sorry!
28:03
October 28, 2020
Distilled: Lessons from a Life in Science, with Prof. Jamie Davies (Part 2)
“There’s a terrible myth that scientists are supposed to be all-knowing. And no, we’re blunderers around in the dark. The whole of science is about that: if we knew what we were doing it wouldn’t be research.” Jamie Davies has had a fascinating career in academia, and along the way he’s learned some important lessons. In this episode, he passes on his wisdom and treats us to some great stories from a life in science. You can find out more about Professor Davies and his work on his lab’s website, his University of Edinburgh staff page, and his blog. Not Another Science Podcast is edited by Helena Cornu, hosted by Tom Edwick and brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our podcast logo  was designed by Apple Chew. The podcast cover art was designed by Heather Jones. Visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. We’re also on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/. Music by Kevin Macleod: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama; https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3787-funk-game-loop
28:29
October 14, 2020
From the Simple to the Complex: Building Organs with Prof. Jamie Davies (Part 1)
At school, Jamie Davies was fascinated by how impossibly complex things can arise from very simple beginnings. He decided that he would become a radio astronomer and investigate the formation of galaxies from the stars and planets of our universe. But then he went to university. During his degree in Natural Sciences at Cambridge, he came across the field of developmental biology and instantly knew he had found his calling. What could be a better challenge than trying to find out how human bodies are built from a sperm and an egg? Now, in his lab at the University of Edinburgh, Jamie Davies works on the kidney, trying to work out how it forms and how we might grow kidneys from scratch, as well as diving into the mysterious realm of synthetic biology. Not Another Science Podcast is edited by Helena Cornu, hosted by Tom Edwick and brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our podcast logo  was designed by Apple Chew. The podcast cover art was designed by Heather Jones. Visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. We’re also on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/. Music by Kevin Macleod: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama; https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3787-funk-game-loop http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
28:14
October 1, 2020
Tackling Bias Using Wikipedia, with Dr. Jess Wade
Wikipedia is an online, open-source encyclopaedia that attracts 1.5 billion unique visitors every month, and has 54 million articles written in more than 300 different languages. Not just a place to learn interesting facts (or cheat in a pub quiz), Wikipedia is an incredibly important resource used by journalists, teachers, media teams, companies, scientists, and those without access to physical textbooks. But Wikipedia is not perfect, and many of our societal biases are reflected in the makeup of articles added to the site - on English Wikipedia, only 1 in 5 biographies are of women. Ultimately, this comes down to who edits and creates articles, and the previous statistic may not come as a surprise given that between 80 and 90 percent of Wikipedia editors are men. So how do we resolve this problem? We create. In this episode, Helena speaks to Jess Wade, physicist and prominent member of the growing movement that aims to tackle the gender and racial biases on Wikipedia by creating articles that increase the visibility of women, people of colour, and other underrepresented groups. Finally, don’t miss out on your very own chance to get involved with this movement by joining us at our EUSci Wikipedia edit-a-thon, hosted by our very own Helena Cornu! Follow the link for more information: https://fb.me/e/2R9bC83OJ. Not Another Science Podcast is edited by Helena Cornu, hosted by Tom Edwick and brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our podcast logo  was designed by Apple Chew. The podcast cover art was designed by Heather Jones. Visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. We’re also on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/. Music by Kevin Macleod: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama; https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3787-funk-game-loop http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
42:47
September 16, 2020
Meet the Parents, with Helena Cornu and Tom Edwick
Welcome to the first episode of our new season! Before we kick off the season properly, we thought we’d introduce ourselves.  We’d also love to meet you all, so be sure to attend the events we’re organising for Welcome Week — more details in the episode, and on our social media. Not Another Science Podcast is edited by Helena Cornu, hosted by Tom Edwick and brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our podcast logo  was designed by Apple Chew. The podcast cover art was designed by Heather Jones, with artwork by Karolina Zieba. Visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. We’re also on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/. Music by Kevin Macleod: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama; https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3787-funk-game-loop http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
31:17
September 2, 2020
Tracing Transmission (Science During a Pandemic #4), with Dr. Samantha Lycett
The SARS-Cov-2 (Covid-19) pandemic swept around the world in a frighteningly short amount of time. With each news update, the number of affected regions, the number of cases, and the number of deaths climbed. In such a frantic situation,  where the virus was seemingly everywhere, how do you determine how the disease spread through populations and across the world? This is where researchers like Dr. Samantha Lycett come in. Since the start of the pandemic, scientists have been collecting and cataloguing samples of SARS-Cov-2, sequencing their genetic information, and publishing it with open access. Dr. Lycett has been using the sequences of different SARS-Cov-2 genomes published online to trace the evolution of the virus, and to help establish how it was transmitted across the world. Comparing the genomes allows her to find mutations within the sequences, which she can use to establish the order in which the mutations appeared and thus, how the virus travelled through different populations. You can find out more about Dr. Lycett and her work on her lab’s website, and her University of Edinburgh staff page. Not Another Science Podcast is edited by Helena Cornu, hosted by Tom Edwick and brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our podcast logo  was designed by Apple Chew. The podcast cover art was designed by Heather Jones. Visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/. Link to the feedback form. Music by Kevin Macleod: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama; https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3787-funk-game-loop http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
23:34
August 12, 2020
Near and IUPHAR: Repurposing Drugs For Covid-19 (Science During a Pandemic #3), with Prof. Jamie Davies
Drug development is a slow process at the best of times. So the best way to rapidly find treatments for Covid-19 was to find known drugs that could be repurposed to fight the new disease. But with the confusion created by the myriad of studies published about Covid-19, often without peer-review, how do you keep track of everything? This is where Jamie Davies stepped in. His lab created a curated database of known drugs and drug targets that should be prioritised in the fight against Covid-19, and provided a reliable source of information about new research. In this episode, Tom talks to Professor Davies about the purpose of this new database, how the pandemic has changed the way research is done, and what effects this could have on science going forward. You can find out more about Professor Davies and his work on his lab’s website, his University of Edinburgh staff page, and his blog. Not Another Science Podcast is edited by Helena Cornu, hosted by Tom Edwick and brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our podcast logo  was designed by Apple Chew. The podcast cover art was designed by Heather Jones. Visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/. Music by Kevin Macleod: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama; https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3787-funk-game-loop http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
28:45
July 29, 2020
Can I Borrow Your Printer? I'm Fighting a Pandemic (Science During a Pandemic #2), with Jess Cox
When a pandemic disrupts your 3D printing operations, what do you do? Well, if you’re the team at Augment Bionics, you shift gears and start mass producing Personal Protective Equipment. Augment Bionics is a student start up from the University of Edinburgh, and in normal times their engineers design and print prosthetic limbs. Financed by a GoFundMe campaign, they are currently making 10 000 face shields a week, which are donated to the NHS. Tom talks to Jess Cox, the social media and marketing lead at Augment Bionics, to find out more. You can find Augment Bionics on Twitter, on Facebook, and on Instagram. Check out their website for more information on how they make prosthetic limbs, and PPE. And if you can, please donate to their GoFundMe. If you can help in other ways, get in touch with them via their website. Other titles considered for this episode included: PPE, Fresh Off The Press; Mind the PPE Gap, Rushed to Print, and Having a Shield Day. Not Another Science Podcast is edited by Helena Cornu, hosted by Tom Edwick and brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our podcast logo  was designed by Apple Chew. The podcast cover art was designed by Heather Jones. Visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/. Music by Kevin Macleod: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama; https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3787-funk-game-loop http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
21:41
July 15, 2020
Exploiting Our Genes to Fight Disease (Science During a Pandemic #1), with Max Fourman
Why do some people get more sick than others? The answer could lie in our genes.  In this episode we talk to Max Fourman, who is part of the Baillie Lab run by Dr Kenneth Baillie, and based at the Roslin Institute at The University of Edinburgh. They use genomics - the sequencing, study, and mapping of the genome - to search for the genes that make some people more susceptible to disease. The lab is using this knowledge to study COVID-19, leading a large, collaborative, open-source research study called GenOMICC (the Genetics Of Mortality In Critical Care) to try and understand why some people are more severely affected by SARS-CoV-2. Not Another Science Podcast is edited by Helena Cornu, hosted by Tom Edwick and brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our podcast logo  was designed by Apple Chew. Visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/. Music by Kevin Macleod: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama; https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3787-funk-game-loop http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
19:37
July 1, 2020