Throughout my childhood, much like everyone else’s childhood, I was an observer, an explorer, a sponge soaking up every phenomenon I saw and subconsciously piecing it all together to make sense of the world around me. I was fortunate to…
Jack is joined by Matthew Mack to discuss the trouble with teaching maths, the relationship betweens maths and science, and why blockbuster movies don’t feature mad mathematicians. Matthew is a Masters graduate in mathematics attempting to foray into the real world. When he isn’t mentally dissecting or marrying various concepts, he can be found playing the cello or working through a backlog of indie games.
Jack, Joanna and Sarah make a triumphant return to the studio to delve into how protein evolution can help save us from climate change, what the deal is with ebola, and why mantis shrimp are the coolest animals on Earth. Plus: theses, jobs, superhero shows, and nuclear fusion.
For the nineteenth episode of Unfiltered Thoughts, Jack sits down with Bren Carruthers to chat about the big, bad world of journalism, touching on science, climate change and politics.
Jack geeks out with parasitologist and general cool person Kelly Weinersmith about the seriously interesting world of parasites, zombies and evolutionary neuroscientists. Are mosquitos parasites, or just annoying? How do fungi control ants? Which parasite is in the brains of one third of all human beings? And how many bad jokes can Jack make in an hour? Listen and find out…
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 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.
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”.