Einstein A Go Go - 7 February 2016
In the studio this week Dr. Shane returns from his summer break with Dr Krystal, Dr Lauren and Dr Ray.
 
This Week's News:
The Francis Crick institute has been given the green light to use CRISPR-Cas9. A team of biologists led by Dr. Rainer Hedrich of Universität Würzburg have discovered that a Venus Fly trap can count. Researchers at Oxford University and the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) have modelled that man-made climate change had made the floods, associated with Storm Desmond - 40% more likely, with the estimate of the increased likelihood ranging between 5% and 80%. Edgar Mitchell, the last Apollo 14 astronaut who walked on moon, has died aged 85.
 
First guest via Skype call: Dr James Watson,  Wildlife Conservation Society and University of Queensland, who talks about how the World is failing to protect is migratory birds.
 
Second guest (in the studio): Nicole Lake, PhD Student, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, who talks about mitochondrial disease.
 
 
Dr Shane's Book Review: The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments by George Johnson (2008).
 
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Einstein A Go Go – 20th December 2015

Einstein A Go Go – 20th December 2015

Dr Dyani, Dr Chromo, Dr Ray, Dr Liv, Dr Ailee and Dr Shane.

Year in Review:

The Reproducibility project, GM food research paper retracted, new descriptions of Sauropoda, water on Mars, decomposing you, medical 3D printing, the discovery of homo naledi and the presentation of discovery, CRISPR gene editing, the new horizon project delivers new data on Pluto, 

Guests:

Sally Sherwin and Marissa Parrott From Zoos Victoria bring us updates from the animal collective.

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In the studio this week is Dr Shane, Dr Krystal, Dr Jen & Chris KP.

Dr Krystal kick things off discussing recent news surrounding the outbreak and resurgence of Ebola, focussing on recent news coming out of Liberia.

Dr Jen answers the age old questions around 'selective deafness', is it actually a thing?

Chris KP then discusses the topic of 'foot pumped urine operating wearable MFCs' What are they? and why urine?

Dr Shane shares with the team news surrounding protein extraction from millions of years old dinosaurs, then discusses at length the recent updates coming from talks in Paris around global warming global targets.

First (and only guest) - Last guest for 2015!!

Prof. Fabienne Mackay - Head of school of biomedical sciences at Melbourne University.

Fabienne joins the team in the studio to for a lengthy discussion on her fascinating background and experience and how she got into Biomedical science.  The team then talk all things Auto Immune diseases and cancer immunotherapy.

Dr Jen answers the questions ; 'Where has Jen been?' and 'What has Jen been doing?' 'Was it just a North Australian holiday or was there research involved?'

 

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Einstein A Go Go - 6 December 2015

Dr Shane, Dr Krystal and Dr Ray, with three studio guests.
Guest 1: Dr Tamsyn Van Rheenen from the Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre
Tamsyn's research uses neuropsychological and neuroimaging techniques to study the brain and behaviour in bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Currently, she is involved in a number of projects assessing the way in which people with these disorders respond to and process social and non-social information.

Guest 2: Dr Alyssia Rossetto from School of Population and Global Health
Alyssia's research area is mental health first aid, which is the help offered to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Until recently, we lacked comprehensive information on what knowledge the Australian public had about mental health first aid. Without this information, it is difficult to know what Australians are already doing well and what knowledge or skills would make them more effective helpers.

Guest 3: Dr Ailie Gallant from Monash University
Dr. Gallant’s research aims to better understand droughts by looking at how the atmosphere, oceans and the land work, by themselves and together. By identifying the processes that lead to droughts, we can better predict and prepare for droughts as well as reveal a clearer picture of how human-induced climate change might affect droughts in the future.

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Dr Shane is joined in the studio with Einstein A Go-Go regulars Dr Diani and Dr Ray.

The team kicks things off by discussing some science news / creepy crawler talk, more specifically recent studies in 'Shapeshifting Woms' and 'Blue Tarantulas.'

Dr Shane then leads a discussion on the issue of taste. Asking questions like, 'Do we learn taste? (as we do with smell) - Thanks to the people at Columbia Universtity, we may have some answers.

First Guest : Dr Peter Moore - research fellow and entrepreneur in residence in the school of engineering and mathematical sciences at Latrobe University.

Dr Moore and the team discuss the exciting new developments surrounding the University's involvement with the International space station in Germany.

Second Guest: Dr Ramin Shayan - Reconstructive plastic surgeon at St Vincent's, Alfred & Royal Melbourne hospitals  / Director of O'Brien institute at St Vincents institute / Clinical Senior lecturer in department of Medicine at the University of Melbourne.

Dr Shayan joins the team in the studio to discuss all things Micro-surgery. What is it exactly? Where did it start? Why is it so important?

Third Guest : Dr Richard Sandberg - Department of Mechanical Engineering, Melbourne school of Engineering at the University of Melbourne.

Dr Sandberg discusses his team's recent work on Aircraft engine design and more specifically computer modelling and how it's use has enabled them to achieve an output of 3000 years of work in just 1 year.

 

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Einstein A Go Go - 22 November 2015

Dr Shane, Dr Ray, Dr Jen and Dr Catherine discuss Dr Jen’s return from a research trip up to northern Australia, Buzz Aldrin's visit, research on coffee drinking, The innuendo effect, how roundworm infection increases fertility and a new study into beeswax found in ancient pottery.

First guest via Skype call: John Hessler, modern cartographer/specialist in Geographic Information Science, curator at The Library of Congress in Washington D.C tells us all about the role of cartography with the advent of big data & virtual reality and also discusses the launch of a new book called Map.

Second guest: Dr Samantha Grover, Postdoctoral Fellow, Soil Plant Interaction Group Department of Animal, Plant and Soil Science at La Trobe University tells us about her research into the extremes of soil organic content and how in WA vast amounts of crops are grown in low organic level soils.

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Dr Shane and Dr Dyani discuss New Horizons' discovery of possible ice volcanoes on Pluto, using ultrasound to deliver medication to specific parts of the brain, and whether large animals are particularly vulnerable to extinction risks.

They speak with Associate Professor Christine Erbe (Director, Centre for Marine Science and Technology at Curtin University) about the need to create noise-free zones for marine animals. They also catch up with Rebecca Johnson from Windaroo State School, winner of the Prime Minister's Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools, and the success of her program that uses specialist science teachers. Finally, they talk with Dr Mary-Anne Lea (Senior Research Fellow & Deputy Head, Ecology & Biodiviersity Centre - Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studied in the University of Tasmania), about the Homeward Bound voyage to Antarctica, which is a leadership training program for women in science.

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Einstein A Go Go -  8 November 2015

EAGG 8th November 2015

Dr Krystal, Chris KP & Dr Shane

News Items: Not necessarily catching cancer, ROUS did exist, CAR T-Cell Immunotherapy, Extreme event attribution.

First Guest: Jane Elith Principal Researcher Quantitative Applied Ecology Group School of BioSciences, University of Melbourne.

Modeling why species are where they are. Link
Second Guest: Dr Nathan Quadros CRC for Spatial Information

Mapping exposure to sea level rise. Link

Supplemental news from the barista: What happened to the atmosphere on Mars

Science is everywhere, including:

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Dr Lauren and Dr Krystal join Dr Shane in the studio.

In news, Eskins: allowing pressure and touch sensations in artificial limbs - revolutionising robotics. New type of smart glasses that translates images into sounds that are intuitive.

On the Phone is Dr Justine Shaw: Research Fellow, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions, The University of Queensland. Her research focus is the conservation of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic terrestrial ecosystems. She is interested in understanding the way in which species interact with each other and their role in ecosystem function, specifically the risks posed by non-native species to Antarctic protected areas and the role of climatic change in conservation planning for Antarctica.

Studio guest is Dr Michelle Henstridge: From the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, School of Biological Sciences, Monash University.
Proteins usually responsible for the destruction of virally infected or cancerous cells in our immune system have been found to control the release from cells of a critical growth factor governing head and tail development in fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster). This may help explain how these perforin-like proteins function in human brain development and neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Plus a blast from the past.

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Today in the studio we have Dr Shane, Dr Chromo, Dr Dyani & Dr Catherine.

First up Dr Dyani discusses developments in Prosthetics technology, tactile feedback and artificial skin.

Dr Chromo delves into the world of Artificial Intelligence, Robots and possible Alien Mega structures.

Dr Catherine talks all things Multi Tasking. Are women really better multi taskers than men? And what impacts can brain training and increased cognitive capacity have on our ability to multi task.

Dr Shane discusses ticking off seeing William Shatner live off his bucket list and discusses the upcoming 'Evening with Buzz Aldrin' as well as giving the listeners a little bit of background about the 2nd man to step foot on the moon.

First Guest: Amy Shira Teitel - Journalist, Host of Youtube channels 'Pluto in a minute' and 'Vintage space' and recent author.

Amy and team discuss in depth her upcoming book on Pre-NASA space flight, as well as recent projects launching rockets. Amy then explains the making of her Youtube channel shows 'Pluto in a minute', working with NASA and the accuracy of science in recent blockbuster film 'The Martian'

Second Guest: Dr Thomas Shafee - Post doctoral fellow in Biochemistry at the Latrobe Institute for Molecular Science at Latrobe University.

Dr Thomas joins the team in the studio to discuss the science of engineering proteins, evolutionary history and his work updating and correcting articles on Wikipedia.

Program page: http://www.rrr.org.au/program/einstein-a-go-go/
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