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Pint of Science Podcast - Dr Anna Machin - Evolutionary Anthropologist and ‘professor of love’ [episode 2]

Pint of Science Podcast - Dr Anna Machin - Evolutionary Anthropologist and ‘professor of love’ [episode 2]

March 25, 2019

Do you wanna know what love is? Is love all you need? What is love? How many song titles can you feasibly get into an opening paragraph? We answer all these questions and more in this episode of the Pint of Science podcast. We caught up with evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin in The Old Thatched Inn in Adstock, Buckinghamshire, and asked her about her research on romantic love, the role of the father, and her media work on the likes of Channel 4’s Married at First Sight. Oh, and using ancient hand axes to do unspeakable things in a garage... 

 

Welcome to the second episode of 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!

 

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 Anna Machin, this week's guest:

 

Dr Anna Machin is an evolutionary anthropologist, writer and broadcaster. Her work is about the very nature of 'being human'. She is world renowned for her pioneering work exploring the science and anthropology of fatherhood and her cross-disciplinary interpretation of human parental and romantic love. She is regularly called upon to share her knowledge about human social relationships and behaviour with the media, public and policy makers. As one of the most visible female scientists in the media today she has brought her knowledge and infectious enthusiasm for the human sciences to the TV screen in two seasons of Married at First Sight (Channel 4) and alongside Michael Moseley on Meet the Humans (BBC Earth).

 

Her first book, ‘The Life of Dad’, was released last year. 

 

Click here for more info on the Julian Savulescu and Ingmar Persson work we breifly discuss in the episode.

 

Watch Anna's incredible Tedx talk

 

Pint of Science podcast - Steve Haake - The sports scientist behind 60 Olympic medals [pilot episode]

Pint of Science podcast - Steve Haake - The sports scientist behind 60 Olympic medals [pilot episode]

March 18, 2019

Steve Haake is a sports scientist whose research has been responsible for over 60 Olympic medals. We met up with him at The Hallamshire House in Sheffield for a pint, and a chat about the incredibly interesting world of sports science - from chasing the perfect performance to calculating the way gold balls bounce (and trying not to eat what's inside them).

 

Welcome to the pilot episode of 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!

 

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 Steve Haake, this week's guest:

 

Steve Haake is Professor of Sports Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University. He is a physicist who has worked with companies such as Adidas, Puma, Callaway Golf and Ping, as well as the governing bodies of sport such as FIFA, the International Tennis Federation and UK Sport.  He has worked on football boots, golf clubs, golf balls, and tennis equipment of all types.  Since 2008, his team has developed around 100 performance-analysis systems for the UK’s Olympic teams, supporting them to over 60 medals at London 2012 and Rio 2016. 

 

He is Chairman of the parkrun Research Board.  He is currently working on a survey of parkrunners to see how it has their running habits and their health: they received 100,000 survey returns making it the biggest of its kind in the world.  Data analytics is the new sports technology.

 

He's also got a book out: Advantage Play: Technologies that Changed Sporting History.