Opinionated Science
Episode 25: AirDNA and Reversing Hair Loss in Shaved Mice

Episode 25: AirDNA and Reversing Hair Loss in Shaved Mice

April 9, 2021

In this episode the TN team take a look at a study that has plucked DNA out of thin air, and another that points the way towards reversing stress-induced hair loss. There are several bad puns in this episode, please proceed with caution. 

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First Evidence of Animal and Human DNA Collection From Air

Scientists Uncover Why Chronic Stress Can Lead to Hair Loss

Episode 24: Mayan Bones, Boozy Brains and Baboon Logic

Episode 24: Mayan Bones, Boozy Brains and Baboon Logic

March 26, 2021

In this roundup episode , the TN team review what happens in the brain when we drink alcohol, find out how to use baboons and grapes to make discoveries about logic processing and unearth the rise-and-fall life story of an ancient Mayan. 

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Bones Tell the Story of a Powerful Man's Rise and Fall

Behavioral Effects of Alcohol May Be Caused by Breakdown Products Produced in the Brain

Study Shows Baboons, Like Humans, Can Solve Abstract Reasoning Tasks

Episode 23: Mind Palaces, Artificial Sight and Invading Squirrels

Episode 23: Mind Palaces, Artificial Sight and Invading Squirrels

March 12, 2021

In this episode, the TN team round up some of the best and weirdest science from the last month. We investigate some innovative methods being used to control invasive squirrels, a new technology that could partially restore sight and an innovative memory technique beloved by ancient greeks, memory maestros and TV detectives. 

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Gene-Editing Approach To Control the Invasive Gray Squirrel 

Retinal Implants Give Artificial Vision to Blind People

Sherlock’s Mind Palace Technique Explains “Memory Athletes'” Incredible Recall 

 
Episode 22: Microplastics Nano-sized Waste Causing Macro-sized Problem

Episode 22: Microplastics Nano-sized Waste Causing Macro-sized Problem

February 26, 2021
In this episode, the team is joined by Ariel Bohman, an application scientist at PerkinElmer. They discuss the different types of microplastics and how they are affecting everything from the food we eat to the corals in our oceans.
 
 
Episode 21: The Roundup – Moon Phases, Anti-Cancer Elephants and Poop Infusions

Episode 21: The Roundup – Moon Phases, Anti-Cancer Elephants and Poop Infusions

February 12, 2021

In this episode, the TN team round up some of the best and weirdest science from the last month. Hear how elephants and naked mole rats fight cancer, how immunotherapy is getting a microbial boost from poop transplants and why researchers think our sleep patterns might be affected by the phases of the moon. 

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The Marsupial Brain Benefits From a Stretchy Shape

Investigating How Elephants Evolved To Become Resistant to Cancer

Moon Phase Linked to Altered Sleep Duration and Onset

Fecal Transplant Boosts Cancer Immunotherapy

What Can the Naked Mole-rat Teach Us About Cancer?

Episode 20: How Data Integrity Can Stop You Getting Fined $500 Million

Episode 20: How Data Integrity Can Stop You Getting Fined $500 Million

January 29, 2021

 In this episode, we explore data integrity – a pillar of good science. We hear from our expert speakers how modern labs can improve their data and, of course, what happens when mistakes or fraud compromises data integrity.

Episode 19: Next-Generation Sequencing Takes Over the World

Episode 19: Next-Generation Sequencing Takes Over the World

January 22, 2021

In this episode, the team discuss the omnipresent technology of next-generation sequencing (NGS), which has seen the cost of sequencing a human genome go from $100 million to under $1000 in just two decades. We hear from the European Bioinformatics Institute’s Dr Alex Almeida, who uses NGS techniques to examine the human microbiome. We also investigate the future of NGS and ask what will happen when we have sequenced absolutely everything?

Episode 18: The No-COVID Science Wrap-up of 2020

Episode 18: The No-COVID Science Wrap-up of 2020

December 4, 2020

2020 has been a memorable year in science for many reasons, most of them bad. As we finally begin to see some chinks of light at the end of this incredibly long year, the Opinionated Science team look back at some of the biggest stories of the year that were nothing to do with COVID-19, including brain implants, inherited trauma and millions of tons of microplastics. 

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Opinionated Science takes a deep dive into Neuralink

All-Female Crew Open Eyes to Plastic Pollution Crisis on Round the World Sailing Expedition

Infographic: Microplastic Detection

What's the Physiological Relevance? A Profile of Oded Rechavi

The Epigenetic Memory of Stress Flows Through Generations in Coral

Trauma Impacts the Metabolism in Ways That Can Be Inherited

Episode 17: I Got COVID-19: Here’s What Happened

Episode 17: I Got COVID-19: Here’s What Happened

November 20, 2020

This episode is a COVID-19 podcast with a first-hand focus. Podcast host Ruairi Mackenzie discusses his experience with symptomatic COVID-19. And we also look at the data around COVID-19 risk and age and discuss the emerging problems posed by long COVID.

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CDC Data on COVID-19 Risk by Age

The Lasting Misery of Coronavirus Long-Haulers

Long Covid: Reviewing the Science and Assessing the Risk

Episode 16: The Metabolome: The Way to Personalized Healthcare?

Episode 16: The Metabolome: The Way to Personalized Healthcare?

November 6, 2020

In this episode, the team discuss the metabolome; the billions of tiny molecules that our cells produce every second. Scientific understanding of the metabolome has leapt forward, opening the door to a better understanding of how to treat disease, how to live a healthier lifestyle and even how trauma can be passed down via our metabolites.

Today's episode is brought to you by SCIEX. 

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Wellness and Illness From a Precision Quantification Perspective

Disease Biomarker Discovery Infographic

What's Your (Metabo)Type? 

Trauma Impacts the Metabolism in Ways That Can Be Inherited

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