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These are long-form, unscripted interviews with Academics, Scientists & Journalists about their areas of research.



Forming a series of in-depth conversations with fascinating people, with loads to say about the current state of the world, everything that came before us, and everything that could be still to come.



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Earth Ideas Laura Mahler

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These are long-form, unscripted interviews with Academics, Scientists & Journalists about their areas of research.



Forming a series of in-depth conversations with fascinating people, with loads to say about the current state of the world, everything that came before us, and everything that could be still to come.



FOLLOW Insta @earthideas.podcast Twitter @ideas_earth

    How Special Is The Earth? | with Dr Elizabeth Tasker | PODCAST #21

    How Special Is The Earth? | with Dr Elizabeth Tasker | PODCAST #21

    Dr Elizabeth Tasker is an astrophysicist who studies exoplanets: extra-solar planets - those worlds that exist, function and potentially support life outside of our own solar system.    



    We talked about methods & theories in discovering and learning about exoplanets, the search for a planet similar to Earth, and the very exciting near future of space technologies & discoveries.   



    0:00 Elizabeth's career journey 

    9:51 First exoplanet discovery 

    17:00 Detecting their compositions 

    29:24 How to we detect & guess? 

    34:52 Searching for water 

    36:53 Searching for life 

    44:29 The $.5bn Question 

    52:07 JAXA's next missions  



    This is a series of in-depth conversations with fascinating people, with loads to say about the current state of the world, everything that came before us, and everything that could be still to come.     



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    Refs & Links:  

    Hayabusa 2 Asteroid samples landing: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-55201662

    The Planet Factory: https://www.elizabethtasker.com/planetfactory

    Elizabeth's Links:   

    https://twitter.com/girlandkat 

    https://twitter.com/nexssmanyworlds 

    https://www.elizabethtasker.com/ 



    Our Socials:    

    https://twitter.com/ideas_earth 

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    https://www.instagram.com/earthideaspodcast 

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    • 57 min
    What Can Indigenous Languages Teach Us? | with Dr Lindsay Morcom | PODCAST #20

    What Can Indigenous Languages Teach Us? | with Dr Lindsay Morcom | PODCAST #20

    Dr Lindsay Morcom (Ardoch Algonquin First Nation) is a linguist and researcher of aboriginal languages and teaching. She works actively in language revitalisation techniques and advocates for decolonising education. Indigenous languages hold knowledge, histories & ways of thinking about their lands and culture that do not easily translate into western vocabularies and, as hundreds of languages die out every year, people like Lindsay work to make sure they are received by their heirs.   



    0:00 Introduction to Lindsay 

    5:07 Urban language revitalisation 

    12:46 How do you think First Nation Canadians feel about their language? 

    19:06 Can we have true direct synonyms or translations? 

    25:42 Isolate languages 

    28:19 Reconstructing languages 

    33:24 Lindsay's approach to revitalising & teaching languages 

    42:00 How are indigenous languages changing & updating?  

    44:10 Lindsay's latest research  



    This is a series of in-depth conversations with fascinating people, with loads to say about the current state of the world, everything that came before us, and everything that could be still to come.      



    We hope you enjoy.    

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    Refs & Links:  

    https://www.ted.com/talks/lindsay_morcom_a_history_of_indigenous_languages_and_how_to_revitalize_them

    Lindsay's Links:   

    https://educ.queensu.ca/lindsay-morcom https://educ.queensu.ca/atep 

    Our Socials:    https://twitter.com/ideas_earth 

    https://twitter.com/llcmahler 

    https://www.instagram.com/earthideaspodcast 

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    • 47 min
    How Do We Understand The Brain? | with Prof Matthew Cobb (PART 2) | PODCAST #19.5

    How Do We Understand The Brain? | with Prof Matthew Cobb (PART 2) | PODCAST #19.5

    Prof Matthew Cobb is a zoologist and researcher into animal behaviours through their sense of smell (including ours!) On the side, he explores further his work in science with writing books on the history of science. His newest, The Idea Of The Brain: A History, explores how we come to define & thus attempt to understand the brain and all its complexities, and how we must continually reinvent our approach to doing as we learn more & more about how the brain works. 



    We talked about historical understandings of the physical human brain and our cognitive abilities, the metaphors used over time for the brain, and new research & research methods that are revealing the limitations of our previous discussions on the brain.

    The 1st half of this podcast focuses on Matthew's research into the sense of smell, so is available separately in the previous episode :)  



    0:00 How did you get inspired for your new book?  

    6:05 Comparing the brain to a computer 

    10:15 Do we need a new metaphor for the brain? 

    14:45 Smell in the brain 

    20:40 How is the brain divided up?  

    26:30 What are you writing now?



    This is a series of in-depth conversations with fascinating people, with loads to say about the current state of the world, everything that came before us, and everything that could be still to come.    



    We hope you enjoy.   

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    Refs & Links: 

    https://www.research.manchester.ac.uk/portal/cobb.html

    Matthew's Links:  

    https://twitter.com/matthewcobb

    The Idea Of The Brain: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51719771-the-idea-of-the-brain

    Smell: A Very Short Introduction: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52049783-smell 



    Our Socials:   

    https://twitter.com/ideas_earth 

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    • 33 min
    What Is Smelling? | with Prof Matthew Cobb (PART 1) | PODCAST #19

    What Is Smelling? | with Prof Matthew Cobb (PART 1) | PODCAST #19

    Prof Matthew Cobb is interested in animal behaviour & psychology, and seeks his answers through research into the sense of smell.  



    We talked about what effect Covid could be having which is causing a loss of smell and taste, how smell differs across the diversity of life, and what looking into smell can tell us about the effects of today's anthropogenic changes.  



    0:00 COVID & loss of smell 

    14:30 Can you regain loss of smell? 

    18:20 How do you study smell? 

    30:35 Pheromones 

    40:50 Global & cultural differences in smelling 

    48:25 Effects of anthropogenic changes



    The 2nd half of this podcast focuses on Matthew's work in the history of science, so is available separately in the next episode.   



    This is a series of in-depth conversations with fascinating people, with loads to say about the current state of the world, everything that came before us, and everything that could be still to come.    



    We hope you enjoy.  

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    And come back next time for more.    



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    Refs & Links: 

    https://www.research.manchester.ac.uk/portal/cobb.html

    AS Barwich Smellosophy https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51579757-smellosophy 



    Matthew's Links:  

    https://twitter.com/matthewcobb

    The Idea Of The Brain: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51719771-the-idea-of-the-brain

    Smell: A Very Short Introduction: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52049783-smell 



    Our Socials:   

    https://twitter.com/ideas_earth 

    https://twitter.com/llcmahler 

    https://www.instagram.com/earthideaspodcast 

    https://www.instagram.com/laura.mahler

    • 1 hr
    Space Weather: Predicting The Sun's Seasons | with Dr Robert Wicks | PODCAST #18

    Space Weather: Predicting The Sun's Seasons | with Dr Robert Wicks | PODCAST #18

    Dr Robert Wicks is a space physicist and specialist in natural and man-made hazards in our solar system. He is part of the team behind the ESA Solar Orbiter mission which aims to gather data about our sun's solar wind and polar regions, to better understand its magnetic fluctuations or 'seasons.'  

    We talked about space weather, the newest attempts to predict it (like Solar Orbiter), and the risks posed by the solar storms & coronal mass ejections that we currently can't well predict. 

    We then spoke about hot satellite real estate and the growing commercialisation of the space industry.    



    0:00 How has your teaching been affected by lockdown? 

    6:47 How has your research been affected? 

    11:00 International cooperation in space industry 

    17:20 Creating a space weather forecast 

    28:35 Historical geomagnetic storms 

    37:07 Effect of storms on satellites 

    43:44 The Kessler Syndrome & space junk 

    49:04 How do you feel about privatisation of industry? 

    01:02:33 What new mission would you start with unlimited funding?



    This is a series of in-depth conversations with fascinating people, with loads to say about the current state of the world, everything that came before us, and everything that could be still to come.    



    We hope you enjoy.   

    Leave us a comment :)   

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    And come back next week for more.    



    If you found this episode valuable, please support me with caffeine to keep them coming https://www.buymeacoffee.com/lauramahler :)



    Refs & Links: 

    https://www.esa.int/Science_Exploration/Space_Science/Solar_Orbiter 

    https://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/parker-solar-probe 

    https://www.northumbria.ac.uk 

    https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/our-staff/w/robert-wicks/ 

    http://interstellarprobe.jhuapl.edu https://ambasat.com 

    https://www.aac-clyde.space 

    https://www.ucl.ac.uk/mssl/ 

    https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/specialist-forecasts/space-weather  



    Robert's Links:  

    https://twitter.com/RobTWicks 

    https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/our-staff/w/robert-wicks/ 



    Our Socials:   

    https://twitter.com/ideas_earth 

    https://twitter.com/llcmahler 

    https://www.instagram.com/earthideaspodcast

    https://www.instagram.com/laura.mahler

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Microbes Living In Extreme Environments | with Dr Aparna Banerjee | PODCAST #17

    Microbes Living In Extreme Environments | with Dr Aparna Banerjee | PODCAST #17

    Dr Aparna Banerjee is a microbiologist who works in the field of extremophiles - microbes who live & thrive in extreme environments. She's currently working on microbes that live in the Andean Hot Springs, and has previously studied those living in freezing Antarctic temperatures.  



    We talked about extremophile methods for survival, and then went on to talk about her work in levelling the STEM playing field for women and hard-to-reach would-be scientists.



    0:00 Chile's Atacama Desert 

    6:12 Polymeric networks 

    12:46 Use in industry 

    19:34 Aparna's career journey 

    26:00 Microbe conservation 

    35:00 Lockdown's effect on microbes 

    38:49 Women in STEM 

    53:22 Microbes in space 

    56:30 The $.5bn Question



    This is a series of in-depth conversations with fascinating people, with loads to say about the current state of the world, everything that came before us, and everything that could be still to come.  



    Or you can WATCH this episode on Youtube at https://tinyurl.com/y6akmj2p



    We hope you enjoy.  

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    And come back next week for more.  



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    Aparna's Links: 

    https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Aparna_Banerjee3

    Bioclues: http://bioclues.org/core-members/ 

    https://twitter.com/AparnaMicrobio



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