Biology-related podcasts as part of the KYTOS Enrichment Programme.
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Medicine Through Time: Part 1 - Prehistory, Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece
How did people in the past treat illness, injury and disease? What medicines or 'magic' did they use? In this first of a series of short podcasts, I explore the concept of natural illness vs the supernatural in prehistoric times, the healers and priests of Ancient Egypt and their meticulous medical records on papyri, and how the Ancient Greeks moved from Asclepion medicine to Hippocratic medicine as their knowledge and understanding developed.
'Death Of A Naturalist' - The Biology of Inevitable Change in Heaney's Seminal Poem (with Felicia Isaacs)
English teacher Felicia Isaacs joins KYTOS once again, to discuss the Biology behind one of her favourite poems, 'Death of a Naturalist', by renowned Irish poet Seamus Heaney. In this seminal piece of work, small tadpoles undergo metamorphosis into frogs, and this inevitable change causes a young Seamus to question his love for nature, and the destiny awaiting all living things.
Hormones and Their Influence on Emotion and Behaviour
Hormones are chemical messengers that have a specific physiological effect in the body. Research suggests that hormones also have considerable influence on behaviour and emotion in both human and non-human animals. This supports the notion that behaviour and emotion have physiological origins. It is not appropriate, however, to say that hormones cause behaviour but that hormones influence behaviour. Research highlights the interaction between physiological factors and environmental stimuli, supporting a correlational effect. (With thanks to our sponsor 'Curriculum Press' for providing content for this podcast)
The Drugs Don't Work - Will viruses replace antibiotics in the fight against superbugs?
In the hope that it might provide a solution to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance, a new treatment is currently receiving a lot of attention. Based on a naturally occurring phenomenon this potential solution lies with a group of viruses called bacteriophages. When most people think of viruses, they usually imagine the ones that infect humans and cause diseases like flu, measles, rabies or Ebola. However, humans are not the only organisms that suffer from viral infections. Viruses can also infect plants, fungi and more crucially - bacteria. Bacteria infected by phages are turned into virus-making factories, producing and releasing huge numbers of new bacteriophages when they burst open (lyse) and die. Incredibly, Bacteriophages cannot infect human cells. Scientists are interested in the potential use of phages as an alternative to antibiotics for treating bacterial infections. (With thanks to our sponsor 'Curriculum Press' for providing content for this podcast)
Is Earth the only living planet?
There is evidence that, when the solar system was young, conditions on Mars and Venus may have been suitable for life. The surface of Mars has clearly been altered by water in the past and it may still exist deep underground. Venus is the nearest planet to Earth and is almost identical to Earth in both size and geological composition. Recent research has suggested that, long ago, Venus could have been Earth’s sister planet, complete with rivers and life. (With thanks to our sponsor 'Curriculum Press' for providing content for this podcast)
Coral Reef Ecology - Formation, Threats and Conservation
Coral reefs are widely regarded as some of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. They provide habitat for approximately 25% of all marine species but surprisingly account for a microscopic 0.1% of the world’s ocean surface. Coral reefs are continually under threat from both natural and anthropogenic (human) factors. In this podcast, I will explore the different types of coral along with their specific growth requirements, the various and very real threats they face, and more importantly, the wide-ranging conservation efforts underway to protect these valuable resources. (With thanks to our sponsor 'Curriculum Press' for providing content for this podcast)
Super interesting and were especially helpful for on-the-day interview prep!