Jack and Sarah are finally back in the not-studio with science news, respiratory tract infections, and a phone with no batteries. Did you know organic food is better for you? (Or is it?) Dengue fever’s fun too. And what’s the difference between a macronutrient and a micronutrient? Find out, all in this episode!
For the seventeenth episode of Unfiltered Thoughts, Jack sits down with Sarah Murphy and Andy Cutting to chat about teaching science to school children. Sarah is a high-school science teacher with a background in biotechnology and analytical chemistry, and Andy is a PhD student in developmental biology at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. Both work for the Gene Technology Access Centre along with Jack, and he caught up with them on a high-school science outreach trip to Bendigo.
For the sixteenth episode of Unfiltered Thoughts, Jack sits down with Brady Clarke to chat about the influence of technology on music. Brady is a Melbourne-based musician and writer who wears a lot of turtlenecks and likes coffee. When he’s not destroying his personal brand on social media, he makes electronic music as WIST.
Joanna, Nicola and Jack discuss the heavy topic of physician-assisted suicide/euthanasia, why it costs so much to make drugs, and why antibiotic resistant-bacteria might be a bigger future health problem than HIV/AIDS, while “gynandromorphism” is delved into on Jargonauts.
Sarah and Jack do the sexiest episode yet (probably) just in time for Easter, with news about lab-grown vaginas, the proteins that lock egg and sperm together, and the crazy things semen does to virgin female flies, while Jargonauts is all about the various types of tissue/organ grafts. Sexy.
For the fifteenth episode of Unfiltered Thoughts<, Jack sits down with Jessica Pletcher to chat about working in science, the expense and complexity of biotechnological research, and the differences between pure and applied research.
Liz, Joanna and Jack brave apocalyptically-bleak Melbourne weather to delve into news about the efficacy of homeopathy, why a recent Melbourne study into acupuncture might not be so great, and how scientists found water under the surface of one of Saturn’s moons, while Jargonauts gets personally drugged-up with “pharmacogenomics”.
Jack is joined by new co-host Joanna Ward to discuss online scientific hoaxes, the annoying trend of “viral” Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts that steal science images, and why parachutes will save you from falling out of a plane even though they haven’t been tested “scientifically”, while Jargonauts gets a rush from “endorphins”.