Opinionated Science
Opinionated Science Sneak Peek: The Reproducibility Crisis

Opinionated Science Sneak Peek: The Reproducibility Crisis

October 22, 2021

Opinionated Science is Technology Networks’ homemade podcast, where our team of scientists-turned-journalists cut out the chewy jargon and serve up slices of the most fascinating stories from the world of science. 

In this sneak peek episode, the team is joined by  Dr. Carl Ascoli, Chief Scientific Officer at Rockland Immunochemicals.

Drawing upon decades of experience in drug development, join us to hear Dr Ascoli’s unique insights into some of the biggest challenges we face when looking at reproducibility and how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed this.

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Opinionated Science Episode 36: The Neuroscience of Creativity

Opinionated Science Episode 36: The Neuroscience of Creativity

October 8, 2021

In this episode of Opinionated Science, Senior Science Writer Ruairi J Mackenzie speaks with Dr. Rex Jung, an assistant professor in the department of neurosurgery and director of neuropsychological services at the University of New Mexico, about the neuroscience of creativity. Together, they investigate the research that has attempted to understand where creativity emerges in the brain and why it exists in the first place.

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The Neuroscience of... Creativity

Opinionated Science: The Dish on Cell Culturing

Opinionated Science: The Dish on Cell Culturing

September 30, 2021

 In this episode, the team is joined by Jacob Sten Petersen, Corporate Vice President and Head of Stem Cell Research and Development for the global healthcare company Novo Nordisk.

Drawing upon decades of experience in drug development, join us to hear Professor Petersens unique insights into how cell culturing has played a role during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how cell cultures have impacted drug discovery across the globe.

Opinionated Science is Technology Networks’ homemade podcast, where our team of scientists-turned-journalists cut out the chewy jargon and serve up slices of the most fascinating stories from the world of science. Expect a new Opinionated Science every other Friday.

Episode 35: Mighty Microbes Battle Cancer and Protect the Environment

Episode 35: Mighty Microbes Battle Cancer and Protect the Environment

September 24, 2021

In this episode, the Technology Networks team review a pair of studies showing off the power of microbes. In one, they act as a conduit in an unlikely potential health benefit for a high-salt diet. In the other, they are revealed to play an important role in the breakdown of plastic in the environment. 

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High Salt Diet Helps the Microbiome To Suppress Tumors, Mouse Study Reveals

Biodegradable Plastics Could Still Be Problematic in Soil

Opinionated Science: Discovering the Secrets of Single Cell Sequencing

Opinionated Science: Discovering the Secrets of Single Cell Sequencing

September 14, 2021

In this episode, the team is joined by James Eberwine, the Co-Director of Penn Centre for Single Cell Biology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia.

 

We will be discussing how single-cell sequencing differs from alternative methods such as bulk sequencing, its applications, the challenges associated with single-cell sequences, and where the future of this research space is heading.

Opinionated Science is Technology Networks’ homemade podcast, where our team of scientists-turned-journalists cut out the chewy jargon and serve up slices of the most fascinating stories from the world of science. Expect a new Opinionated Science every other Friday.

Episode 34: Genetics of Endometriosis, the Birthing Brain and Cancer Vaccines

Episode 34: Genetics of Endometriosis, the Birthing Brain and Cancer Vaccines

September 10, 2021

In this episode, the Technology Networks team review world-leading research into the mechanisms behind endometriosis, a condition that affects up to 10% of women of reproductive age, but often takes a decade to diagnose. There's also a peek into mom's brain during birth and a new cancer vaccine that uses similar technology that which created the Oxford-AstraZeneva COVID-19 vaccine. 

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A New Drug Target for Endometriosis Treatment?

Designing a Cancer Vaccine Using Oxford University’s COVID-19 Vaccine Tech

The Neuroscience of... Birth

Episode 33: Fish on Meth and a Prize-Winning Prosthesis

Episode 33: Fish on Meth and a Prize-Winning Prosthesis

August 13, 2021

In this episode, the team looks at a study showing that the wild European perch has a fondness for methamphetamine and another body of research that has advanced how lower limb neuroprostheses are designed. Quite a pairing! 

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Wild Fish Can Become Addicted to Methamphetamine in the Water

Best Foot Forward: Advanced Artificial Limb Research Wins Neuromodulation Prize

Opinionated Science: Cannabis Potency Testing

Opinionated Science: Cannabis Potency Testing

July 16, 2021

In this episode, the team is joined by Ben Southwell, an Assistant Professor at Lake Superior State University.

We explore the world of cannabis potency testing, from start up laboratories to growers and extractors and take a look at how to select the right instruments for your needs.  

Opinionated Science is Technology Networks’ homemade podcast, where our team of scientists-turned-journalists cut out the chewy jargon and serve up slices of the most fascinating stories from the world of science. Expect a new Opinionated Science every other Friday.

Episode 32: Debunking the “Hygiene Hypothesis” and Psychedelic Brain Changes

Episode 32: Debunking the “Hygiene Hypothesis” and Psychedelic Brain Changes

July 16, 2021

In this episode, the team take a look at a new study that suggests the "Hygiene Hypothesis" - that early exposure to some microorganisms protects against allergic disease - might be in need of a cleanup. They also detail some findings on the psychedelic drug psilocybin and its effects on the connections of the mammalian brain. Not to be missed! 

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We May Not Be "Too Clean for Our Own Good" After All

Single Dose of Psychedelic Compound Psilocybin Can Remodel Connections in the Brain

Psychedelic Healing: Adjunct Therapy Harnessing Opened Malleability (PHATHOM)

Opinionated Science : When Cannabis Meets Robotics

Opinionated Science : When Cannabis Meets Robotics

July 12, 2021

 

In this episode, the team is joined by Dr Toby Astill who is PerkinElmer's global Market Manager Leader.

 

We explore what happens when you cross cannabis with robotics, and Toby provides an overview of the benefits of automating laboratory testing and PerkinElmer’s new QS Works 420 workflow.

Opinionated Science is Technology Networks’ homemade podcast, where our team of scientists-turned-journalists cut out the chewy jargon and serve up slices of the most fascinating stories from the world of science. Expect a new Opinionated Science every other Friday.

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