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Pint of Aston: A Pint of Science mini-series. Episode 4: The gendered brain with Professor Gina Rippon

Pint of Aston: A Pint of Science mini-series. Episode 4: The gendered brain with Professor Gina Rippon

September 10, 2020

Welcome to Episode four of a very special mini series of the Pint of Science podcast, in collaboration with Aston University.

In this four episode series, we're meeting with a few of the leading lights of research at the university – some you may know if you've been to a Pint of Science talk, and some you may not. We'll be talking about their research, what makes them tick, how they are changing the world for the better and pushing the boundaries of the understanding of humankind... You know, the day to day stuff.

If you're listening to this and you're maybe inspired to learn more about these scientists' fields or STEM courses in general, head to www.aston.ac.uk for more information.

In episode 4, we’re meeting Professor of Cognitive Neuroimaging Gina Rippon, from the School of Life & Health Sciences at Aston University.

Among her work, Gina specialises in brain development and the idea of the ‘gendered brain’; that it’s predominantly society, rather than our biology, which determines how and why men and women behave differently.

She’s spent much of her career looking at these differences through a scientific brain, and examining how everything from the toys we play with to the problems we solve in our lives lead our brains to slot us into the roles expected of us.

 

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The Pint of Science podcast is a part of the Pint of Science Festival, the world's largest science communication festival. Thousands of guests and speakers descend on pubs in hundreds of cities worldwide to introduce science in a fun, engaging, and usually pint-fuelled way.

This year, Pint of Science is going live online! We will be going digital on the evenings of 7-9th September with a great selection and variety of online Pint of Science events. 

You can donate and help Pint of Science through these incredibly challenging times. For obvious public health reasons, we are recording remotely at the moment - but we hope to be back in the pub very soon (and very safely).

Pint of Aston: A Pint of Science mini-series. Episode 3: Stem cell technology with Dr Eric Hill

Pint of Aston: A Pint of Science mini-series. Episode 3: Stem cell technology with Dr Eric Hill

September 10, 2020

Welcome to Episode three of a very special mini series of the Pint of Science podcast, in collaboration with Aston University.

Over the next four episodes, we're meeting with a few of the leading lights of research at the university – some you may know if you've been to a Pint of Science talk, and some you may not. We'll be talking about their research, what makes them tick, how they are changing the world for the better and pushing the boundaries of the understanding of humankind... You know, the day to day stuff.

If you're listening to this and you're maybe inspired to learn more about these scientists' fields or STEM courses in general, head to www.aston.ac.uk for more information.

In this episode, we’re meeting Dr Eric Hill, senior lecturer and member of Aston University’s Biosciences Research Group.

Eric does something pretty remarkable sounding on a day to day basis –he 3D prints brains. Not the whole thing, but his team uses very sensitive 3D printers and stem cell technology to implant neurons and other brain cells in order to create working models of parts of the brain, which they use to study the cause and effects of early onset Alzheimer’s and other terrible degenerative conditions. It’s an incredible technology which could have wide-reaching effects on diagnosis and scientific research.

We’re also going to be talking about the incredible experience of growing your first beating heart cells in a dish, and the future of stem cell therapies and possible treatments for everything from epilepsy to heart failure in years to come.

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This year, Pint of Science is going live online! We will be going digital on the evenings of 7-9th September with a great selection and variety of online Pint of Science events. 

You can donate and help Pint of Science through these incredibly challenging times. For obvious public health reasons, we are recording remotely at the moment - but we hope to be back in the pub very soon (and very safely).

Pint of Aston: A Pint of Science mini-series. Episode 2: The Psychology of allergies with Dr Rebecca Knibb

Pint of Aston: A Pint of Science mini-series. Episode 2: The Psychology of allergies with Dr Rebecca Knibb

September 10, 2020

Welcome to Episode two of a very special mini series of the Pint of Science podcast, in collaboration with Aston University.

Over the next four episodes, we're meeting with a few of the leading lights of research at the university – some you may know if you've been to a Pint of Science talk, and some you may not. We'll be talking about their research, what makes them tick, how they are changing the world for the better and pushing the boundaries of the understanding of humankind... You know, the day to day stuff.

If you're listening to this and you're maybe inspired to learn more about these scientists' fields or STEM courses in general, head to www.aston.ac.uk for more information.

In episode 2, we’re meeting Dr Rebecca Knibb, of Aston University’s School of Psychology.

Rebecca researches the psychology of allergies, and looks at ways people who suffer with intolerances and other conditions such as asthma can life happier, more confident lives. It’s something which affects millions of people throughout the UK, and can make the most simple activities, like getting on a bus or buying a coffee, a daily ordeal.

Rebecca’s work focusses on helping these people, and their families, as well as assisting in research into future therapies which could potentially save lives, as well as a huge amount of stress and anxiety.

If you're listening to this and you're maybe inspired to learn more about these scientists' fields or STEM courses in general, head to aston.ac.uk for more information.

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This year, Pint of Science is going live online! We will be going digital on the evenings of 7-9th September with a great selection and variety of online Pint of Science events. 

You can donate and help Pint of Science through these incredibly challenging times. For obvious public health reasons, we are recording remotely at the moment - but we hope to be back in the pub very soon (and very safely).

Pint of Aston: A Pint of Science mini-series. Episode 1: Antibiotic resistant diseases with Dr Jonathan Cox

Pint of Aston: A Pint of Science mini-series. Episode 1: Antibiotic resistant diseases with Dr Jonathan Cox

September 10, 2020

Welcome to Episode one of a very special mini series of the Pint of Science podcast, in collaboration with Aston University.

Over the next four episodes, we're meeting with a few of the leading lights of research at the university – some you may know if you've been to a Pint of Science talk, and some you may not. We'll be talking about their research, what makes them tick, how they are changing the world for the better and pushing the boundaries of the understanding of humankind... You know, the day to day stuff.

If you're listening to this and you're maybe inspired to learn more about these scientists' fields or STEM courses in general, head to www.aston.ac.uk for more information.

In episode 1, we're meeting a man whose leading the fight against bad bugs and some of the most destructive diseases we're fighting today. Dr Jonathan Cox is leader of the Mycobacterial Research Group at Aston University. He specialises in antibiotic resistant diseases such as Tuberculosis, or TB, and has dedicated his career to finding ways to defeat these hardy bugs. He's also a Pint of Science festival grandee to boot, so pull up a drink of your choice, and get ready for a Pint of Science with Dr Jonathan Cox.

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The Pint of Science podcast is a part of the Pint of Science Festival, the world's largest science communication festival. Thousands of guests and speakers descend on pubs in hundreds of cities worldwide to introduce science in a fun, engaging, and usually pint-fuelled way.

This year, Pint of Science is going live online! We will be going digital on the evenings of 7-9th September with a great selection and variety of online Pint of Science events. 

You can donate and help Pint of Science through these incredibly challenging times. For obvious public health reasons, we are recording remotely at the moment - but we hope to be back in the pub very soon (and very safely).

Pint of Science Podcast - Prof Jim Smith, Radiation and Environmental Scientist studying Chernobyl [Series 2 - Episode 2]

Pint of Science Podcast - Prof Jim Smith, Radiation and Environmental Scientist studying Chernobyl [Series 2 - Episode 2]

July 7, 2020

Series 2 Episode 3 sees Callam and Jim meet Professor Jim Smith, Environmental Scientist at the School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences at the University of Portsmouth.

 

Jim started his career as a physicist, and has spent the last 30 years working in the Chernobyl disaster zone in Ukraine and Belarus. His work is somewhat unusual in combining physics and the science of radioactive decay, with environmental science and the effects of said radiation on wildlife populations.

Jim's something of an expert on what happens to nature when humans are taken out of the picture - as they have been in the Chernobyl exclusion zone and, to an extent, in much of the rest of the world by the Covid-19 lockdown.

Oh, and he's also developed Atomik Vodka, the first spirit made from wheat grown in the exclusion zone.

The Pint of Science podcast meets scientists and science writers at a safe social distance around the UK (and the rest of the world) to find out about their lives, their universe, and everything.

Series 2 sees us target more topical stories and discuss the science around them. Like what we do? Let us know using the hashtag #pintcast. And be sure to subscribe to us and rate us on your favourite podcasting platform!

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The Pint of Science podcast is a part of the Pint of Science Festival, the world's largest science communication festival. Thousands of guests and speakers descend on pubs in hundreds of cities worldwide to introduce science in a fun, engaging, and usually pint-fuelled way.

This year, Pint of Science is going live online! We will be going digital on the evenings of 7-9th September with a great selection and variety of online Pint of Science events. 

You can donate and help Pint of Science through these incredibly challenging times. For obvious public health reasons, we are recording remotely at the moment - but we hope to be back in the pub very soon (and very safely).

Pint of Science Podcast - Dr Paula Koelemeijer, Global Seismologist [Series 2 - Episode 2]

Pint of Science Podcast - Dr Paula Koelemeijer, Global Seismologist [Series 2 - Episode 2]

May 20, 2020

Series 2 Episode 2 sees Callam and Jim meet Dr Paula Koelemeijer, Global Seismologist and Royal Society University Research Fellow and Lecturer at Royal Holloway University of London. Paula studies the seismic activity of the Earth thousands of kilometres below the surface, but recent events much closer to home have had a surprising positive effect on her work.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and much of the world being in lockdown, Seismologists have been getting far clearer signals from within the Earth, because of less disruption from on top of it. Known as Anthropogenic Noise, the racket that humans make by working, travelling and moving around makes the work of those studying the Earth very difficult. With less noise comes significantly clearer signals - from which we can filter out the noise when it eventually returns.

Oh, and we also talk about the earthquakes caused by Lionel Messi scoring, quakes on the Moon and Mars, using tremors to stop elephant poaching, and tracking the shakes caused by Rolling Stones concerts. It really is a wide conversation, this one!

The Pint of Science podcast meets scientists and science writers at a safe social distance around the UK (and the rest of the world) to find out about their lives, their universe, and everything.

Series 2 sees us target more topical stories and discuss the science around them. Like what we do? Let us know using the hashtag #pintcast. And be sure to subscribe to us and rate us on your favourite podcasting platform!

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The Pint of Science podcast is a part of the Pint of Science Festival, the world's largest science communication festival. Thousands of guests and speakers descend on pubs in hundreds of cities worldwide to introduce science in a fun, engaging, and usually pint-fuelled way.

You can donate and help Pint of Science through these incredibly challenging times. For obvious public health reasons, we are recording remotely at the moment - but we hope to be back in the pub very soon (and very safely).

Pint of Science Podcast - Professor Nick Chater - Professor of Behavioural Science [Series 2 - Episode 1]

Pint of Science Podcast - Professor Nick Chater - Professor of Behavioural Science [Series 2 - Episode 1]

May 5, 2020

Welcome to series two of the Pint of Science Podcast! We're very excited to have Nick Chater, Professor of Behavioural Science at Warwick Business School as our first guest, from a safe social distance. Nick is the author of The Mind is Flat: The Illusion of Mental Depth and The Improvised Mind, and an advisor to the UK Government’s Behavioural Insights team (‘The Nudge Unit’). He's also scientist in Residence for BBC Radio 4’s The Human Zoo.

This week, Callam and Jim talk to Nick about the psychology of lockdowns around the world - not why we need to distance, but how we convince people it's a good idea and something they should take part in - as well as how to message effectively, and how to not...

The Pint of Science podcast meets scientists and science writers at a safe social distance around the UK (and the rest of the world) to find out about their lives, their universe, and everything.

Series 2 sees us target more topical stories and discuss the science around them. Like what we do? Let us know using the hashtag #pintcast. And be sure to subscribe to us and rate us on your favourite podcasting platform!

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The Pint of Science podcast is a part of the Pint of Science Festival, the world's largest science communication festival. Thousands of guests and speakers descend on pubs in hundreds of cities worldwide to introduce science in a fun, engaging, and usually pint-fuelled way.

You can donate and help Pint of Science through these incredibly challenging times. For obvious public health reasons, we are recording remotely at the moment - but we hope to be back in the pub very soon (and very safely).

Pint of Science Special - An afternoon with inventor and YouTuber Colin Furze

Pint of Science Special - An afternoon with inventor and YouTuber Colin Furze

December 13, 2019

In a very special episode, Pint of Science was invited to do something rather different: Spend an afternoon with YouTuber and inventor/engineer Colin Furze. With nearly nine million subscribers, Colin is known worldwide for his incredible (and often a little dangerous) way of turning extreme dreams into real machines. Previous inventions include a real Star Wars AT and land speeder, a jet powered bicycle, and a guitar with a flamethrower on it.

Now, working with BBC Earth and YouTube, he's been tasked with a challenge unlike anything he's done before - levitate science presenter and quite large person Rick Edwards. And we mean levitate him - not just make him fly. Cue an adventure in everything from ultra-sonic suspension to liquid nitrogen-fuelled hoverboards!

You can download the full episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDyJkFehDk0&t=1s

The Pint of science podcast meets scientists and science writers in pubs around the UK to find out about their lives, their universe, and everything. From *how* fruit flies love to *why* humans love, via jumping into volcanoes, winning Olympic medals, where we came from and more!

Like what we do? Let us know using the hashtag #pintcast19. And be sure to subscribe to us and rate us on your favourite podcasting platform!

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Pint of Science meets Randall Munroe, author and XKCD cartoonist! (Special episode!)

Pint of Science meets Randall Munroe, author and XKCD cartoonist! (Special episode!)

October 17, 2019

Welcome back to a very special episode of the Pint of Science podcast! Series two is on the way, but in the meantime we had a chance to catch up with XKCD creator and author of 'How To' and 'Thing Explainer' Randall Munroe.

Like this episode? Please share it with your friends and on social media!

Randall is the brains and artistic hand behind https://xkcd.com/. His website gets some 70 million hits a month, and is a huge presence online, especially among communities on Reddit. He also has a book out, How To, which explains how to do everyday things in wildly inappropriate but scientifically valid ways.

He was kind enough to give us his time as he passed through Manchester on the How To book tour, so we took him to Pint of Science Podcast favourite The Salutation Pub.

The Pint of science podcast meets scientists and science writers in pubs around the UK to find out about their lives, their universe, and everything. From *how* fruit flies love to *why* humans love, via jumping into volcanoes, winning Olympic medals, where we came from and more!

Like what we do? Let us know using the hashtag #pintcast19. And be sure to subscribe to us and rate us on your favourite podcasting platform!

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The Pint of Science podcast is a part of the Pint of Science Festival, the world's largest science communication festival. Thousands of guests and speakers descend on pubs in hundreds of cities worldwide to introduce science in a fun, engaging, and usually pint-fuelled way.

Pint of Science Podcast - Dr Raia Hadsell - Artificial Intelligence researcher [Episode 10]

Pint of Science Podcast - Dr Raia Hadsell - Artificial Intelligence researcher [Episode 10]

May 20, 2019

Episode 10 – Dr Raia Hadsell

In this final (sniff) episode of series 1, we were lucky enough to catch up with Dr Raia Hadsell, senior research scientist with world-renowned artificial intelligence research company DeepMind. DeepMind describe their mission as being ‘to push the boundaries of AI, developing programmes that can learn to solve a complex problem without needing to be taught how’. Artificial intelligence is an increasingly important part of our day to day lives and, whatever your feelings on it, it’s only going to become more important over the coming decades. So we were pretty chuffed that Raia was up for a chat!

Due in no small part to the Terminator films, there are sci-fi myths aplenty surrounding the world of AI research. We decided to use today to demystify the subject and get a better insight into what day to day AI research actually looks like for those carrying it out. What we found was that, in many ways, working with AI is like working with a clever and slightly mischievous child… Happy listening, and we’ll be back later this year with series 2!

Welcome back to the Pint of Science podcast. Each week, we meet scientists in pubs around the UK to find out about their lives, their universe, and everything. From *how* fruit flies love to *why* humans love, via jumping into volcanoes, winning Olympic medals, where we came from and more!

Like what we do? Let us know using the hashtag #pintcast19. And be sure to subscribe to us and rate us on your favourite podcasting platform!

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The Pint of Science podcast is a part of the Pint of Science Festival, the world's largest science communication festival. Thousands of guests and speakers descend on pubs in hundreds of cities worldwide to introduce science in a fun, engaging, and usually pint-fuelled way.

This podcast is made possible with the help of our sponsors Brilliant.org. Do check them out, and visit www.brilliant.org/pintofscience/ where the first 200 people who sign up will get 20% off a Premium plan! 

About Raia Hadsell, this week's guest:

Originally from California, Raia’s undergraduate degree was in religion and philosophy, but she made the transition to computer science at PhD level, with a thesis entitled ‘Learning Long-range vision for off-road robots’. She worked as a postdoc at Carnegie Mellon University and a research scientist at SRI International, both in the US, before moving to London in 2014 to join the DeepMind team. Follow Raia on Twitter (@RaiaHadsell)

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