Brains Matter

Brains Matter

Stories on science, curiosities, and general knowledge
Brains Matter

Description

The Podcast on Science, Curiosities, and General Knowledge. Brains Really Do Matter!

Link: www.brainsmatter.com

Episodes

186 – Dr Jake Owens – Giant Panda Conservation

Jun 10, 2018

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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 […]

185 – Kirsten Banks – Archaeoastronomy and Aboriginal Astronmy

May 22, 2018

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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 Download MP3 of […]

184 – Dr Zara Dennis – SciFly STEM Outreach

Sep 30, 2017

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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 […]

Competition

Aug 1, 2017

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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

Jun 3, 2017

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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 […]

182 – Joanna Corby – Galactic Large Organic Molecules

Jun 2, 2017

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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 […]

181 – Anant Tanna – Searching for Invisible Galaxies

Apr 5, 2017

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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 […]

180 – Ten Years of Brains Matter

Nov 3, 2016

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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 […]

179 – Dr Michael Childress – Supernovae

Oct 28, 2016

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In today’s episode I speak to Dr Michael Childress from the Australian National University. He talks to me about his research into supernovae. During our conversations, we cover: – His research into the progenitors of supernovae – The techniques used to determine what type of stars they were before going supernovae – The difference between […]

178 – Dr Roland Crocker – Fermi Bubbles

Aug 30, 2016

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In this episode I speak to Dr Roland Crocker from the Australian National University on the topic of Fermi Bubbles – what are they and how do they form? Listen in to find out! Download MP3 of Ep 178

177 – Angus Wright – ICRAR and GAMA

May 12, 2016

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I speak to Angus Wright from ICRAR who speaks to us about the GAMA project and radio astronomy, and the work he is doing as part of his PhD in the GAMA collaboration. Download MP3 of Ep 177 This episode is supported by the Monash Centre for Astrophysics .

176 – Dr Anushi Rajapaksa – Spray Vaccines

May 7, 2016

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Do you or someone you know dislike getting the needle? Well in today’s episode, I speak to Dr Anushi Rajapaksa from the Murdoch Children’s Institute on her research into delivering vaccinations via a spray. We also talk about DNA vaccines and personalised medicine. Sounds intriguing! To find out more, listen into the episode! Download MP3 […]

175 – Dr Charley Lineweaver – Is Our Solar System Special?

Apr 4, 2016

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Listen to today’s episode as I talk to Assoc Prof Charley Lineweaver from the Australian National University on his thoughts about whether the Solar System is unique or special! Download MP3 of Ep 175

174 – Dr Zara Dennis – From Sports Science and Geophysics to Teaching

Sep 3, 2015

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Listen in as Dr Zara Dennis talks to us about her journey from sports science to teaching high school physics. In particular, Zara talks to us about: – Her interest in geophysics and outer space – Working with lasers – What led to doing her PhD – PhD that looked at electromagnetic to find gold […]

Brains Matter is Back From Hiatus

Sep 3, 2015

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Hi listeners! As you would have noticed, the Brains Matter podcast has been on a bit of a hiatus over the past year and you haven’t heard much from the show. If you’ve wondered why, well there’s been a combination of factors, from technical issues to funding issues, and in amongst this all was a […]

173 – Assoc Prof Brad Carter – Space Weather

Dec 7, 2014

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In today’s episode, I speak to Associate Professor Brad Carter from the University of Southern Queensland about Space Weather. What is it? How do we measure it? And what does it mean for the formation of life? Download MP3 of Ep 173 This episode is supported by the Monash Centre for Astrophysics .

172 – Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith – The SKA

Aug 18, 2014

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In today’s episode, I speak to Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith from the CSIRO, about the Square Kilometre Array project. – What is the the Square Kilometre Array Project? – The results of the decision on where to host the project – What are the different parts of he SKA project – The Murchison Widefield Array Download […]

171 – Sarah Bruzzese – Astronomical Society of Australia Poster Sessions

Nov 17, 2013

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During the Astronomical Society of Australia conference, I went and visited the Poster Sessions where students showcased their research. In today’s episode, I speak to Sarah Bruzzese, one of the poster session presenters. Download MP3 of Ep 171 This episode is supported by the Monash Centre for Astrophysics .

170 – Sarah Sweet – Astronomical Society of Australia Poster Sessions

Aug 17, 2013

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During the Astronomical Society of Australia conference, I went and visited the Poster Sessions where students showcased their research. In today’s episode, I speak to Sarah Sweet, one of the poster session presenters. Download MP3 of Ep 170 This episode is supported by the Monash Centre for Astrophysics .

169 – Dr Charley Lineweaver – The Birth, Life, and Death of our Planet… and the Universe

Aug 6, 2013

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The following recording is of the 2013 Astronomical Society of Australia’s Harley Wood Lecture, hosted by the Monash Centre for Astrophysics. People, planets, stars, and even universes are born, they live for a while, and then die. Associate Professor Charles Lineweaver reviews what we now about the origin of the Earth and the origin of […]

168 – Matt Witkowski – Leukaemia and the Ikaros Gene

Jul 14, 2013

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In today’s episode, I talk to Matthew Witkowski, a PhD student at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, on his research into the relationship between the Ikaros Gene and Leukemia. We discuss: – Matt’s background – A definition of leukaemia – Matt’s work in his PhD – What is the Ikaros gene? – […]

167 – Robert Lloyd – 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who – Part 2

May 26, 2013

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the classic science fiction show, Doctor Who. I spoke to actor and comedian (and honourary 10th Time Lord) Rob Lloyd, also known as the Number 1 Doctor Who fan in the world, about the show. This is the second part of a two part interview. Topics we discuss […]

166 – Robert Lloyd – 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who – Part 1

May 12, 2013

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Something a bit different for this episode – this year marks the 50th anniversary of the classic science fiction show, Doctor Who. I spoke to actor and comedian (and honourary 10th Time Lord) Rob Lloyd, also known as the Number 1 Doctor Who fan in the world, about the show. This is the first of […]

165 – Dr Michael Brown – The Peer Review Process

Apr 27, 2013

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In today’s episode, I talk to Dr Michael Brown from Monash University about the peer review process in science. We talk about: – What the Peer Review Process is – How the Peer Review Process helps – The issues with Peer Review – What is the issue with positive and negative scientific results? – The […]

164 – Sir Paul Nurse – Making Science Work Part 2

Apr 24, 2013

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This episode is part 2 of 2, of a talk given by Sir Paul Nurse, who is President of The Royal Society in the UK, and the Nobel Laureate in Medicine or Physiology for 2001, on the wonder of science and how it enhances our culture and civilisation. He also discusses how science can not […]

163 – Sir Paul Nurse – Making Science Work Part 1

Apr 24, 2013

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This episode is part 1 of 2, of a talk given by Sir Paul Nurse, who is President of The Royal Society in the UK, and the Nobel Laureate in Medicine or Physiology for 2001, on the wonder of science and how it enhances our culture and civilisation. He also discusses how science can not […]

162 – Dr Michael Brown – Lies, Damned Lies, and NRA Statistics

Mar 23, 2013

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In today’s episode, I talk to Dr Michael Brown from Monash University about the mis-use of statistics in the public sphere, and specifically, about the American National Rifle Associations misrepresentations of data. We talk about: – The Australian context – Australian gun control laws – The subsequent experience after the implementation of these laws – […]

161 – Sir Harry Kroto – The State of Science

Feb 28, 2013

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In today’s episode, I talk to Sir Harold Kroto, who shared the 1996 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for the co-discovery of carbon-60, or Buckminsterfullerine. We continue the discussion from episode 160, and talk about – Stereotypes of scientists – Science and natural philosophy – What are non-science people interested in? – Kids as scientists – […]

160 – Sir Harry Kroto – Buckminsterfullerine

Feb 12, 2013

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In today’s episode, I talk to Sir Harold Kroto, who shared the 1996 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for the co-discovery of carbon-60, or Buckminsterfullerine. He talked to me about the discover of carbon-60, as well as the state of science in the UK and worldwide. This is part 1 of a 2 part interview. Today’s […]

159 – Where is my flying car? – Part 3

Dec 24, 2012

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Today’s episode is part 3 of a 3 part series called “Where is my flying car?” organised and hosted by the University of Melbourne’s Physics Students Society. This final episode in this series primarily includes audience questions – some of the audio is difficult to hear from some parts of the audience, so apologies for […]

158 – Where is my flying car? – Part 2

Oct 31, 2012

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Today’s episode is part 2 of a 3 part series called “Where is my flying car?” organised and hosted by the University of Melbourne’s Physics Students Society. Hosted by Dr Roger Rassool, panel members included: Dr Andi Horvath, Museum Victoria, Dr Erica Sloan, Monash Institute on Pharmaceutical Science, Tim Thwaites, Science writer, and myself. The […]

157 – Where is my flying car? – Part 1

Aug 18, 2012

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Today’s episode is part 1 of a 3 part series called “Where is my flying car?” organised and hosted by the University of Melbourne’s Physics Students Society. Hosted by Dr Roger Rassool, panel members included: Dr Andi Horvath, Museum Victoria, Dr Erica Sloan, Monash Institute on Pharmaceutical Science, Tim Thwaites, Science writer, and myself. The […]

156 – Professor Chris Tinney – The Search for Extrasolar Planets

Jun 11, 2012

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There can be few questions more fundamental for a scientist’s research to address than “Is our home here on Earth unique? Or ubiquitous?” Astronomers involved in the search for – and the study of – extra-solar planets are fortunate enough to have this sort of question driving their daily activities. This episode is sponsored by […]

155 – Professor Brian Schmidt – The Accelerating Universe – Public Talk

Mar 27, 2012

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In 1998, two teams traced back the expansion of the universe over billions of years and discovered that it was accelerating, a startling discovery that suggests that more than 70% of the cosmos is contained in a previously unknown form of matter, called Dark Energy. The 2011 Nobel Laureate for Physics, Brian Schmidt, leader of […]

154 – Alom Shaha – The Young Atheists Handbook

Mar 25, 2012

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In today’s episode, I speak to Alom Shaha, a science teacher and communicator from the UK. Alom has worked on television shows researching science, and is well known in science communication circles. He recently published a book called The Young Atheists Handbook, and spoke to me about his views on science, religion, freedom from religion, […]

153 – Dr Duncan Galloway – Neutron Star Binaries

Jan 22, 2012

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In today’s episode, I talk to Dr Duncan Galloway, ARC Future Fellow at Monash University. His interest is in Neutron Star Binaries and I talked to him about this: – Duncan’s background – What is a neutron star? – How big is a neutron star? – How does a neutron star stay together? – The […]

152 – Dr Corin Storkey – Sugar to Mend a Broken Heart

Dec 20, 2011

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In today’s episode, I talk to Brains Matter regular, Dr Corin Storkey, from the Heart Research Centre in Sydney. He talks to us about new research into a type of sugar that could prevent heart disease! We talk about: – the patent that has been filed on a new sugar based compound – how the […]

10/12/2011 365 Days of Astronomy Appearance

Dec 16, 2011

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The Ordinary Guy has contributed to another 365 Days of Astronomy podcast Aryabhata

151 – Dr Robyn Pickering – Australopithecus Sedeba Update

Dec 6, 2011

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In today’s episode, I talk to Dr Robyn Pickering from the University of Melbourne, with an update on the status of research regarding the discovery of Australopithecus Sedeba. Topics discussed include: – the age of the Australopithecus Sedeba has been confirmed – how the more accurate dates were determined – how does this relate to […]

150 – One Hundred and Fifty Shows!

Dec 2, 2011

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In today’s short episode, OG comments on his experiences with the show for the past 150 episodes. Download Encore MP3 of Ep 150

Encore – Brian Schmidt – The Acceleration of the Universe

Oct 13, 2011

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Professor Brian Schmidt won the Nobel Prize for physics for 2011, for his work in helping discover that the universe was accelerating in it’s expansion, which came as a huge surprise to the whole astronomical community. I spoke to Brian about his work for the 24/5/2009 episode of Brains Matter – for those of you […]

149 – Kellie Caught – The Say Yes Campaign

Oct 13, 2011

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In this episode, I talk to Kellie Caught, Head of Climate Change for WWF Australia, about the Say Yes Campaign. Topics discussed include: – Kellie’s background – The background of the carbon price in Australia and worldwide – Kyoto – How long has the EU had Emissions Trading Schemes? – What is the ‘say yes’ […]

148 – Michael Roache – Australian Macropod Action Plan

Oct 1, 2011

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In this episode, I speak to Michael Roache, the Program Manager for Threatened Species at the World Wildlife Fund – Australia. He spoke to me about: – Michael’s background – National Threatened Species Day – How many threatened species do we have in Australia? – What are macropods? – The relationship between threatened species and […]

147 – Marita Cheng – Who are the Robogals?

Sep 18, 2011

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In today’s show, I speak to Marita Cheng, the founder of Robogals. Topics we discuss include: – Marita’s background – What inspired her to go into engineering? – How did Robogals get started? – What are the aims of Robogals? – Who is it targeting? – What does it do at schools? – What is […]

146 – Five Years of Brains Matter

Sep 17, 2011

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Today’s episode is a 5 year celebration of the podcast – Listener feedback for the five year anniversary – The five year anniversary competition winner A discussion on science and society at the Brains Matter 5 year celebration where we discussed: – education – inspiration – teachers – governments and their inertia in pushing science […]

145 – Dr Rosemary Mardling – The Three Body Problem

Sep 14, 2011

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In today’s episode, I speak to Dr Rosemary Mardling from Monash University on the 3-body problem and the n-body problem. – What is the 3-body problem? How does it relate to astronomy? – How was it worked out in the early days? – What was Newton’s approach to the problem? – How does the 3-body […]

5 Year Anniversary

Sep 13, 2011

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This Friday signifies the 5 year anniversary of the podcast – thank you to everyone who has contributed to the show, been on the show, listened or recommended the show to others. The show is nothing without all of you. Please send me through your favourite (or memorable!) moments from the show by Wednesday 14/9 […]

144 – Dr Owen Carter – What Causes Childhood Obesity?

Sep 8, 2011

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In this episode, I talk to Dr Owen Carter, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer Control at Curtin University, on the topic of childhood obesity and the perceptions that surround it – some of the reality based on the research studies may surprise you! Today’s listener of the episode is […]

143 – The World of the Elephant – Science Week Live Show

Sep 4, 2011

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This episode is the audio from the National Science Week live show recorded at the Monash Science Centre. You can download the presentation and the lyrics to the song at the Brains Matter web site. A live audience enjoyed hearing from the range of guests at the Brains Matter live show – first up was […]

20/8/2011 Science Week Live Show

Aug 22, 2011

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Well, Saturday has come and gone, and fun was had all round. To celebrate Science Week, Brains Matter, with the support of the Monash Science Centre, hosted a live show on The World of the Elephant. The first person to be interviewed was Professor Roger Short, a world leading expert on elephants, and he discussed […]

Science Week Live Show – 20/8/2011

Aug 15, 2011

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Brains Matter is hosting a live show for Science Week at the Monash Science Centre Details here

The World of the Elephant – National Science Week Live Show

Jul 22, 2011

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The Brains Matter podcast will be hosting a National Science Week event on Saturday the 20th of August, 2011 at the Monash Science Centre starting from 2:30pm. Research scientist Evan Bittner will be joining OG to discuss elephants, what we know about them, their history, and the current situation with human-elephant conflict and the research […]