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We are a team of scientists based in Helsinki and we want to show you how cool science is! Follow us having semi-serious conversations with our sci-guests. New episode every month.

The Science Basement Podcast The Science Basement

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    • 4.8 • 4 Ratings

We are a team of scientists based in Helsinki and we want to show you how cool science is! Follow us having semi-serious conversations with our sci-guests. New episode every month.

    4.9 Tiny Tech, Big Impact: The World of Biosensors – w/ Martin, Katja & Rhiannon

    4.9 Tiny Tech, Big Impact: The World of Biosensors – w/ Martin, Katja & Rhiannon

    Have you ever wondered how a COVID-19 or flu test works? Or how these types of biosensors are made? Join us as we dive into the fascinating world of biosensors and uncover why these tiny devices are revolutionizing healthcare and technology. In this episode, we explore the critical role of biosensors in monitoring health, the profound impact of the pandemic on their development and use, and the intricate challenges in making them both specific and sensitive. We'll also discuss the highly competitive landscape where only a few innovative ideas survive to become successful commercial products. Tune in to understand the science, the struggles, and the future potential of biosensors.

    • 40 min
    4.8 The first five days of embryo development: the key to IVF success – w/ Nina, Rhiannon & Rose

    4.8 The first five days of embryo development: the key to IVF success – w/ Nina, Rhiannon & Rose

    Ever wondered what happens within the first five days after conception? What genes are responsible for triggering the first few cell divisions of embryo development? And how can understanding this process lead to improved IVF success rates? Join this week's episode of The Science Basement podcast as Rhiannon and Rose chat to Nina Boskovic about her research into understanding the genetic mechanisms after fertilisation and the specialised techniques she uses to uncover this!

    Nina Boskovic has an MSc in clinical Embryology from the University of Oxford and is currently working towards her PhD at Karolinska Institutet (Sweden) and University of Helsinki. Alongside her PhD, Nina has launched an IVF consultancy company, Nina Fertility, which aims to help people going through IVF treatment.

    Nina Fertility's Instagram handle: https://www.instagram.com/nina.fertility?igsh=ZnR0Ym4wbWhhNXB0&utm_source=qr

    Nina’s recent publications:
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.xpro.2023.102357
    https://doi.org/10.1007%2Fs10815-024-03038-4

    • 1 hr 6 min
    4.7 Closing the loop: How your discarded clothes are getting a new life

    4.7 Closing the loop: How your discarded clothes are getting a new life

    Let's take a journey into the afterlife of your closet. What happens to the clothes that do not go to the charity shops or second hand retailers? Who manages that waste and who is impacted by it? Find out the answers in this episode of the science basement as the hosts Rhiannon and Sujai speak to Anubhuti. Together we look at the ongoing research activities trying to transition the textile sector from a take-make-waste approach to a more circular approach involving reduce-reuse-recycle thinking.

    Anubhuti Bhatnagar has a DSc in Energy Engineering from Tampere University and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Aalto University working on social impact assessment of textile waste management.

    Find her research and publications on https://research.aalto.fi/en/persons/anubhuti-bhatnagar. Information on her project is available https://trexproject.eu/
    Read about all the good work happening in the EU on textile sector at https://textile-platform.eu/eu-projects. Find like-minded people looking to extend clothing life through https://www.conferencemanager.dk/participation-in-the-nordic-textile-collaboration/program

    • 45 min
    4.6 Growing mini-brains as models for Alzheimer's disease - w/ Alejandra, Giuliano & Pritakshi

    4.6 Growing mini-brains as models for Alzheimer's disease - w/ Alejandra, Giuliano & Pritakshi

    Explore Alzheimer's disease with us on this episode of The Science Basement Podcast! Hosts Giuliano and Pritakshi chat with Alejandra Castilla B. Together, we dive into what causes Alzheimer's disease and all the latest research surrounding the models to study the disease. From animal models to 'mini-brains' grown in the lab from patients' blood cells, we break down the science for you. Join us for a fascinating discussion on neurodegenerative diseases and the exciting developments in the field.

    Alejandra Castilla B is a biomedical Engineer (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia) and Master in Neurophysiology (University of Regina, SK, Canada), lecturer and TEDx scientist in Alzheimer's disease, who is currently doing a Ph.D. in Medical Biophysics at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. She loves to study biomaterials and tissue engineering and has experience in academia as a researcher and laboratory instructor in neurosciences and biosciences, and in regulatory affairs for medical device approval. She is the designer of biomedical devices and software and the founder of Linkiu App, an application that aims to be the technological strategy to connect medical personnel with medical supply providers.

    TEDx Talk Aljandra Castillo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYVT5fCupug&t=196s

    Fun Fact, Rats giggling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-84UJpYFRM&pp=ygUMdGlja2xpc2ggcmF0

    • 26 min
    4.5 The Anatomy of Agony: Deciphering Pain Perception

    4.5 The Anatomy of Agony: Deciphering Pain Perception

    Ever stubbed your toe and questioned reality? Buckle up, because this episode dives deep into the "ouch" that binds us all! Join us as we unravel the mysteries of pain perception. Our guest, Helena Hartmann shares her insights into the intricate anatomy of agony, drawing from her extensive research employing neuroimaging, neuromodulation, and behavioral experiments. Beyond her scientific endeavors, Helena opens up about her journey with science communication.
    So, tune in for a thought-provoking conversation that'll leave you appreciating (or maybe questioning?) the next time you bump your funny bone.

    Helena is currently employed as a postdoctoral researcher at the Bingellab (Clinical Neurosciences) at the University Hospital Essen. Her research interests revolve around understanding the factors influencing how individuals perceive pain, both in themselves and in others. Her scientific approach strongly aligns with open scholarship principles. In addition to her research endeavors, she actively participates in and teaches science communication.

    Helena’s Twitter: @helenahhartmann
    More about Helena’s Science and Fiction project: https://scienceandfiction.net/

    Your hosts this week are Pritakshi Das and Katja Kaurinkoski.
    Edited by Steven Simmonds.
    Episode cover by Katja Kaurinkoski
    Description by Pritakshi Das
    TSB podcast logo by Tomás Garnier Artiñano.
    Jingle by Havelocke: thisishavelocke.bandcamp.com

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    Email: podcast@thesciencebasement.org

    • 42 min
    4.4 Our favourite episodes of 2023 - w/ Anastasiia, Eleanna, Rhiannon, & Sujai

    4.4 Our favourite episodes of 2023 - w/ Anastasiia, Eleanna, Rhiannon, & Sujai

    As another productive year is coming to an end, we are reflecting on all the wonderful topics we got to explore. In this episode, Eleanna, Rhiannon, Sujai, and Anastasiia are sharing their favourite The Science Basement episodes of 2023. Undoubtedly, the hardest choices they had to make the whole year!

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    Your hosts this week are Anastasiia Marmyleva, Eleanna Asvestari, Rhiannon Newman, & Sujai Banerji.
    Edited by Steven Simmonds.
    Episode cover by Anastasiia Marmyleva.
    TSB podcast logo by Tomàs Garnier Artiñano.
    Jingle by Havelocke. thisishavelocke.bandcamp.com

    Follow The Science Basement:

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Instagram: @sciencebasement

    Twitter: @ScienceBasement

    Email: podcast@thesciencebasement.org

    • 58 min

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