Einstein A Go Go 24 May 2015

Dr Jen, Dr Diani & Dr Shane

News Items:Mutations causing skin cancer, Congratulating Ireland on marriage equality, Biomedical scientist information management “Mark to Cure” https://mark2cure.org/

First Guest: Wes Stein, CSIRO Solar Research Leader. CSIRO scientists have designed and installed a solar field in Cyprus which places the island nation at the frontier of solar energy research in Europe. http://www.csiro.au/en/News/News-releases/2015/CSIRO-solar-shines-on-Cyprus-hill

Second Guest: Kathryn North, Director, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, updates us on the $25m for the Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance from the State Government http://www.melbournegenomics.org.au/

Third Guest:Daniel Gomez, Research Scientist Manufacturing Flagship CSIRO talks about novel ways to harvest solar energy for driving chemical reactions instead of generating electrical power.

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Dr Shane, Dr Krystal, Dr Chromo and Dr Lauren discuss empathy in rats, naming of new diseases, discovery of a warm blooded fish, how seasons influence human genes expression, holding your breath to reduce pain and federal budget science funding.

Dr Elisa Hill, neuroscientist from the  department of physiology at the university of Melbourne talks about how the change in microbiomes (made of a complex mix of fungi, microbes of good and bad bacteria) in our digestive system could affect symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder and the upcoming free event in August for families and researchers.

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On today's show Dr Shane is joined by Chris KP in the studio.

First Guest: Dr Elizabeth Vincan - Head of the the Cancer Biology lab at University of Melbourne (Anatomy and Neuroscience section) sharing insights on Bowel Cancer.

Second Guest: Laureate Professor Alan Lopez - Melbourne school of population & global health at University of Melbourne, also works withUniversity of Washington. Alan discusses the many uses of health data, health systems and policy,. specifically explaining birth, death and cause of death data. He then delves into 'Garbage coding' and the flow on effects.

Dr Shane and Chris then share news of the world which among other things include:

- NASA's announcement of a 'Journey to Mars' Challenge.

- The science of finding long lost chocolate bars

- Vaccination; More specifically Measles


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Dr Shane, Dr Ray, Dr Catherine and Chris KP talk about hyper-redundant arms, air pollution’s effect on pregnancy, additional insights into how bats navigate, and exciting imminent results from space probes.

The team talk to Dr Ted Edwards, Honorary Fellow from the CSIRO Australian National Insect Collection, about the Enigma Moth, a ‘living dinosaur’, that has recently been discovered on Kangaroo Island.

They also speak to Professor Michael Parker from St Vincent’s Institute and the University of Melbourne, about using the Australian Synchrotron to look at how antibodies act on toxic peptides that are thought to be responsible for Alzheimer’s disease.

Their final guest is Dr Sandor Kazi from Melbourne Girl’s College, about his work at CERN, and his approach to teaching secondary school physics.

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Dr Lauren, Dr Ray and Dr Jen join Dr Shane in the studio.

In news - how we measure time needs fine-tuning via atomic clocks; artificial photosynthesis; Epigenetics can identify differences in DNA for identical twins; Chinese scientists have been looked at modifying the human embryo to prevent a fatal blood disease.

Euan Ritchie joins the team to discuss the state of science in Australia, including government spending on research and development.

Vaccinations is back in the news after the Australian Vaccination Sceptics Network released a controversial (and offensive) advertisement. 

Australia has a terrible record for species that have gone extinct since Europeans arrived.

Finally, the Big Roo Count, the Pozible campaign to get Dr Jen and Euan back north to assess kangaroo species. Check out the campaign and dig deep to support their cause here www.pozible.com/project/195117.

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EAGG 19th April 2015

Hosts: Dr Krystal, Dr, Kathryn, Dr Jen, Dr Shane

News items: The possible origins of antibacterial resistance, How does the skeletal muscles respond to a high fat diet?, New research in the placebo effect, Earthquake warning from mobile phones.

First guest: Chiara Paviolo, PhD. The most common treatments for cancer are surgery or a combination of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Recently, gold nanoparticles have been employed in cancer cell therapy under laser illumination or as drug delivery systems.  We showed that gold nanorods can also inhibit cell proliferation through a mechanical blocking of receptor clustering. Membrane receptors are proteins that provide the first line of communication between the extracellular environment and the cell cytoplasm.

Second guest: Dr Natalie Thorne is a statistician, and mother to three young children.  She had an early interest in genetics during her Bachelor of Science degree in the late 90's.  She worked with Professor Terry Speed, a world renowned bioinformatician and statistician, when she was in second year university. She went on to complete her Honours and PhD work in bioinformatics at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute with Terry.

Third guest:Professor Jo Douglas, Head of the Department of Immunology and Allergy, Royal Melbourne Hospital. Jo Douglass is a specialist physician who is Head of the Department of Immunology and Allergy at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, an Honorary Clinical Professor at the University of Melbourne and Research Associate at the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute.  She undertook medical training at Monash University and specialist physician training in Allergy and Respiratory Medicine in Australia and the UK, receiving her MD in 2000 with a thesis based on bench-top immunology and continues to contribute to publications and clinical research. She is a Fellow of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand and a former President of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA).  Her current research projects are in severe asthma, allergies and immune deficiencies.  She also maintains an active clinical practice. 



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On this week's episode Dr Shane and the team discuss dormant hair follicles, the resurrection of the brontosaurus, determining causes for population height change and the economics of reinvigorating ancient canal systems.

Special guest Emily Rochette from Melbourne Girls Grammar talks about teaching science and technology incorporating social media.

Lastly, Dr Stephen Leslie from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute discusses his work (from the cover of Nature!) in which he created the first detailed genetic map of a complete population.

All this and much more on yet another jam-packed episode!


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Dr Shane, Dr Chromo, Emily P & Dr Ray discuss the lunar eclipse; Autism Awareness Month and inflammitary diseases, and possible links with bleach and food additives; the NASA Swift Satellite's 10 year anniversary; fur seals attacking sharks; plants that synchronise with the moon; and reviving ancient remedies.

They also discuss the 5th anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, and Dr Chromo reports from his experiences at a conference about the effects of alcohol on fetal development (FASD).

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Dr Shane and Dr Crystal discuss the 'Value of Science' and how it's more to the average person than just free Wifi and GPS. Followed by possibly the ultimate control experiment spanning over 12 months and involving identical twins and NASA.

First Guest: Dr Beth Healey - Live from Antarctica,  Concordia Base. Beth discusses the land based space experiment, isolated and at high altitude for 9 months including 3 months of complete darkness.

Second Guest: Dr Jo Abbott - Research Fellow, Health Psychologist & Acting Deputy Director at the National E-Therapy Centre for Swinburne University of Technology. Jo discusses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Insomnia and sending things into space.

Third Guest: Dr Christoph Rudiger - Senior Lecturer Department of Civil Engineering at Monash University. Christoph discusses hydrology and working with NASA using satellites to measure water levels in soil.

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Dr Chromo and Dr Ray join Dr Shane in the studio.

In news: the jury is back in on homeopathy - it doesn’t work.
Australian science made it into Nature this week for not funding their scientific infrastructure. Time for science to fight back.

Today's guest is Emily Petroff from the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at Swinburn University. Emily works with telescopes and radio astronomy instrumentation to look for short timescale events in the radio sky, like pulsars; and a new type of object called fast radio bursts. Bright, single bursts that appear to originate billions of light years away.

Support Dr Chromo in the World’s Greatest Shave.

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