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Academics and comedians redesign the human body with science, tech and ideas from nature. Combining gene splicing and trans-humanism, medical advancement, surgical enhancement, whimsy and wonder, Level Up Human takes a long hard look at the human race and tries to figure out how to make it better. A podcast by Simon Watt and Rachel Wheeley.

Level Up Human Simon Watt and Rachel Wheeley

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Academics and comedians redesign the human body with science, tech and ideas from nature. Combining gene splicing and trans-humanism, medical advancement, surgical enhancement, whimsy and wonder, Level Up Human takes a long hard look at the human race and tries to figure out how to make it better. A podcast by Simon Watt and Rachel Wheeley.

    Level Up Human Extra - Organic robots | Cultured archaea | Diego the sex tortoise

    Level Up Human Extra - Organic robots | Cultured archaea | Diego the sex tortoise

    Simon and Rachel skype in with some interesting items from the science news.


    Episode summary
     
    On this episode of Level Up Human Extra, we have news that scientists have managed to build the first organic robots using stem cells from the African clawed frog.
     
    A team from Japan have successfully cultured an elusive species of archaea and Diego the sex tortoise is retiring.
     
    Mentioned this episode


    Organic robots: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jan/13/scientists-use-stem-cells-from-frogs-to-build-first-living-robots


    The first ever archaea culture: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jan/15/breakthrough-gives-insight-into-early-complex-life-on-earth


    Diego’s retirement: https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2020/01/12/diego-tortoise-species-retiring/


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    • 20 min
    Level Up Human S2E4 - Human homing pigeon

    Level Up Human S2E4 - Human homing pigeon

    Simon and Rachel are joined by writer and computer scientist Dr. Kate Devlin and digital artist Eric Drass.


    Episode summary
     
    We dive into the latest human enhancement developments before getting into pitches. Rach has news of a potential Alzheimer’s vaccine; Kate found a robotic tail at a conference and Eric warns of ‘rooms full of people’ listening as we chat to Alexa, Siri and Google.


    Next: pitches from our guest experts, the studio audience and Mother Nature herself.


    Eric wants us to have multiple versions of ourselves online, Kate wants a way to know where North is. The audience want lego organs, an eye on our index finger and ‘pain on purchase’ – a device to prevent us buying too much when we’re drunk. Simon's suggestion from nature is quadruplets for all, borrowed from the nine-banded armadillo.
     
    Which will make it onto Rach’s shortlist?
     
    Mentioned this episode


    Eric’s Ian Hislop deep fake: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkWvkNAbgfg
    Kate's robotic tail: https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/japan-robotic-tail-intl-hnk-trnd/index.html
    An imminent Alzheimer’s vaccine?: https://www.wired.co.uk/article/alzheimers-vaccine-united-neuroscience
    Tech companies listen when we talk to our virtual assistants: https://edition.cnn.com/2019/08/19/tech/siri-alexa-people-listening/index.html


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    • 40 min
    Level Up Human S2E3 - 14 senses

    Level Up Human S2E3 - 14 senses

    Simon and Rachel are joined at the Barbican centre by renal-cardiovascular physiologist Keith Siew and evolutionary psychologist, Dr. Gillian Forrester.


    Episode summary


    The team have brought news stories from the world of science to share before we kick off the pitches. Gillian shares a study that suggests that babies can recognise faces in utero, Keith has news that salt makes us hungry rather than thirsty and Rach reports on a colony of tardigrades on the moon.


    Then we hear pitches for how we should redesign the human body from each of the panellists, the studio audience and Mother Nature herself.


    Keith has a back up kidney or two up his sleeve, GIllian thinks humans should understand animals better. The audience want more senses, a pain over-ride, and adjustable IQ. Simon's suggestion from nature is the sensitivity of the star-nosed mole.


    Which of these will make it onto Rach’s shortlist?


    Mentioned this episode


    Gillian's 'Me, Human' project at the science museum: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/news/birkbeck-project-me-human-at-the-science-museum
    The star-nosed mole: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Egz2f5_Ip3U
    Terminator tries to smile: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnrIdXWtOP8


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    • 43 min
    Level Up Human S2E2 - Brown fat

    Level Up Human S2E2 - Brown fat

    In June, Level Up Human went to Hatch in Manchester for the Microdot festival.


    Simon and Rachel are joined by bioethicist Prof. Andy Miah and physiologist and cardiovascular specialist Dr. Sarah Withers, both from the University of Salford.


    If you’d like to see us live, we’re in the middle of a residency at the Barbican in London. Please join us on November 7th 2019. You can reserve free tickets at https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2019/event/level-up-human


    Episode summary


    The team have brought news stories from the world of science to share before we kick off the pitches. Rach has news of the UK’s commitment to reduce the UK’s greenhouse emissions by 2050, Andy shares a discovery about the earliest recorded use of cannabis, and Sarah has a breakthrough in dementia research.


    Then we hear pitches for how we should redesign the human body from each of the panellists, the studio audience and Mother Nature herself.


    Sarah wants to level up fat, Andy is interested in a universal translator and we have pitches from the audience about empathy, full body transplants and more robust organs. Simon’s suggestion is borrowed from a warty comb jelly (Mnemiopsis leidyi), also known as a 'sea walnut.' I’m going to let you listen to find out what the suggestion is. 


    Which of these will make it onto Rach’s shortlist?


    Mentioned this episode


    UK commits to net zero emissions by 2050
    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-becomes-first-major-economy-to-pass-net-zero-emissions-law
    Earliest evidence of cannabis use
    https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/culture-history/2019/06/earliest-evidence-cannabis-smoking-discovered-ancient-tombs
    Effect of late-life weight change on dementia incidence: a 10-year cohort study using claim data in Korea
    https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/9/5/e021739
    Cryonics
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryonics
    The warty comb jelly: https://www.geek.com/news/scientist-discovers-jellyfish-like-creature-with-transient-anus-that-only-appears-when-it-is-needed-1777327/


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    • 51 min
    Level Up Human S2E1 - Tempered testosterone

    Level Up Human S2E1 - Tempered testosterone

    Level Up Human is back redesigning the human body! This series we are supported by the Physiological Society. This episode was created with the help of the Society for Endocrinology, a world leading authority on hormones.


    This episode was recorded at the Barbican as part of the Life Rewired season. Host Simon Watt and judge Rachel Wheeley are joined by Dr. Miles Levy, consultant endocrinologist and honorary associate professor at University Hospitals of Leicester. And by Dr. Clare Jonas, psychologist and blogger at That Thinking Feeling.


    If you’d like to see us live, we’re in the middle of a residency at the Barbican in London. Please join us on October 28th and November 7th 2019. You can reserve free tickets at https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2019/event/level-up-human


    Episode summary


    The team have brought news stories from the world of science to share before we kick off the pitches. Clare explains why elephants are basically cancer-proof, Miles sings the praises of the pituitary, and Rach has tardigrade news.


    Then we hear pitches for how we should redesign the human body. Clare would like every human to have synaesthesia and Miles suggests we tone down testosterone. The audience want to eat like termites, improve face recognition and control their adrenaline. Simon wants to make humans stripy. Which suggestions will make it onto Rach’s shortlist?


    Mentioned this episode


    Synaesthesia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synesthesia
    Acromegaly: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acromegaly
    The Hyrax: does this sound like a video recorder rewinding to you?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mF3rPvzTPF4
    Video recorder, for the under 35s: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Videocassette_recorder
    Tardigrades could hold the key to treating life-threatening injuries: https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2019/01/could-an-extremophile-hold-the-secret-to-treatment-of-devastating-injuries/
    Pareidolia (recognising faces in inanimate objects): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareidolia
    Prosopagnosia (face blindness): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosopagnosia


    Extracts


    “The pituitary gland is the most under-rated gland in the whole body. It is the size of a pea and it’s the conductor of the endocrine-orchestra (thyroid gland, adrenal gland, ovaries, testes, pancreas and all other glands.) It controls every hormone. It’s the most important, yet the most misunderstood and ignored part of the body.” – Miles Levy


    “Everyone should have synaesthesia. It’s a completely harmless, possibly even helpful neurological condition where your senses get mixed up. So you might see colours when you’re listening to music, you might taste words, or in my case, you might see the calendar and numbers and letters of the alphabet all laid out in space in front of you which is hugely useful.” – Clare Jonas


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    • 50 min
    Level Up Human Series 2 trailer

    Level Up Human Series 2 trailer

    Simon breaks exciting news about the brand new series of Level Up Human - hitting your podcast device next Wednesday October 23rd.


    We've been recording episodes as part of our residency at the Barbican and you can join us at two more recordings happening on October 28th and November 7th.


    https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2019/event/level-up-human


    This series of Level Up Human is supported by the Physiological Society. Specials for the Endocrinology Society and the Biochemical Society are coming up soon. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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