In 2016 we launched the S@tL Podcast. We chat with real live scientists about the work they do, how they got into it and whatever else takes our fancy.
The podcast has a few flavours actually. Sometimes you can catch Kevin and I yakking it up and there are a couple of prototypes of Le Science Show, a blatant rip-off of Harry Shearer’s Le Show, which combines news, satire and music.
You can download or stream all our episodes at our Soundcloud page, or search for “Science at the Local” at the iTunes store. But don’t rate them – iTunes is getting you to do free work for them and you need to stop that now!
Show notes – S03E05 Desi Quintans
- Desi has a humdinger of a personal web page, do yourself a favour and take a gander
- Naturally, Desi is on GitHub – go git it
- Desi’s page at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment
Show notes – S03E04 Julia Ryeland
- Julia’s personal web presence
- EmuSat, a data recording app where citizens and volunteers can record sightings of emus, chicks, nests and found feathers.
- Julia’s page at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment
Show notes – S03E03 Gareth Denyer
- Gareth’s institutional homepage at Sydney Uni
- arXiv, the open source pre-publication scientific research repository
- All the kerfuffle about Alpha Zero chess learner and player extraordinaire (of course posted to and hosted at arXiv)
- Great presentation from open data thought leader Cameron Neylon
- Global obesity trends at that bastion of ye olde publishing, the Lancet
Show notes – S03E02 Chris Davis
- The topics that the HEARing Cooperative Research Centre is investigating
- Interesting venture promoting the hearing health of young Australians: HEARsmart
- A project that examines the idea of a cognitively controlled hearing aid
- The twitter account of the Auditory-Visual Speech Association (AVISA)
- The Multisensory Communication research program at the MARCS Institute
- The famous Saxophone Club in Bangkok, where Chris’ career took an important turn
- The song I couldn’t stop myself referring to during the podcast
Show notes – S03E01 Johann Hari
- Johann’s webpage with information about his books Chasing the Scream and Lost Connections
- The tremendous Social Science Bites podcast
- Simon Lewis’ new book on climate change & the Anthropocene
- Nick Davies’ School Report book
- French film, 120 Beats Per Minute
- A great episode of the Open Source podcast on Billie Holiday, one of the stars of Johann’s book Chasing the Scream: The Last Days of the War on Drugs
Show notes – S02E07 Peter Rohde
- The UTS Centre for Quantum Software and Information
- Peter has built himself quite the personal website
- An acessible, short introduction to ethical issues in quantum computing
Show notes – S02E06 Ollie Jay
- Ollie’s Sydney Uni profile page
- A short video of Ollie describing his work
- Things are really heating up at the Thermal Ergonomics twitter account
Show notes – S02E05 Ana Vila Concejo
- Sydney Uni’s Geocoastal Research Group (and an fb link, if you must)
- Do yourself a favour and check out Women in Coastal Science (you can find them on fb & twitter too)
- Spanish Researchers in the Australia-Pacific They might be doing a fire themed event in 2019. OMG!
Show notes – S02E04 Hamish & Kevin Remain On Edge
- See S02E03
Show notes – S02E03 Hamish & Kevin On Edge
- Why, Edge.org’s Annual Question Centre, of course!
Show notes – S02E02 Le Science Show Again
- See S02E01
Show notes – S02E01 Le Science Show
- No notes tbh. Nothing can prepare you for Le Science Show.
Show notes – S01E09 John Lesku
- Where the magic happens – The Lesku Lab
- A video of sleeping ostriches
- A collection of videos of sleeping animals
- Crocodiles sleep with one eye open – where Metallica and sleep ecophysiology meet
- Future Nobel Prize winner James Krueger with a popular rendition of the science of sleep
- The home page of future Nobel Prize winners Chiara Cirelli and Giulio Tononi
Show notes – S01E08 Paul Young
- Paul’s homepage at UQ
- Many moons ago (so long ago the original link is gone), Science at the Local cofounder Hamish Clarke wrote a feature article for Cosmos Magazine on the ins and outs of viruses
- Incredible search results for the bacteriophage virus – look at these and tell me they are not aliens
- Old interview with Paul about his work on Koala viruses
Show notes – S01E07 Shari Forbes
- Shari’s page at UTS
- Information about the UTS Body Donation Program
- SMH article about AFTER, the forensic facility recently opened (don’t call it a body farm though!)
- Piece on ABC’s AM program about Shari and AFTER
Show notes – S01E06 Alice Williamson
- The Open Source Malaria home. The OSM’s current series is on triazolopyrozine.
- The 6 Laws of open source research. I think it’s pretty cool that they’ve come up with these. Reader, what are your laws?
- Of course, the OSM is also on facebook and twitter. Go forth, interact!
- Speaking of interacting, you can do so with Alice at twitter or on the radio, Tuesday mornings at 8:15
Show notes – S01E05 Michaela Blyton
- Michaela’s home page at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment
- All about the Koala Microbiome Project
- A nice little primer (it’s a pun, you’ll see) of the Polymerase Chain Reaction a.k.a. PCR
Show notes – S01E04 Aaron Greenville
- Aaron’s desert ecology research group (fancy a trip to the desert? You can volunteer!)
- Aaron’s personal page. He writes, takes amazing photos… what a guy!
- Aaron’s group has a facebook page and yes of course, it is called Ratcatchers
- Aaron spoke about the Bush Heritage group, take a gander at Science in the desert’ themed articles.
- Two videos, one from an exhibition celebrating 20 years of the research group’s work and the other from a community information event.
Show notes – S01E03 René Heller
- René’s homepage at the Max Planck Institute
- Article about René’s paper on looking for aliens looking for us
- All about the Hunt for Exomoons with Kepler (that’s the spacecraft, not the deceased pioneering astronomer)
- Exomoons article by Aussie astronomer Bryan Gaensler
Show notes – S01E02 David Blair
- Did you know there’s a Law of how long physics experiments take? Find out about that and more at this excellent account of the discovery of gravitational waves by David Blair himself.
- A great explainer of just what the Dickens gravitational waves are. Also by Blair. Includes audio!
- David Blair’s Google Scholar page. In some ways, this is how academia views scientists!
N.b for the sticklers, S01E01 is Hamish and Kevin struggling to fill space. No show notes required. For the die hards only.