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"Dragons Den for Nerds" Simon Watt and Rachel Wheeley invite academics to pitch good ideas for the human body.

Level Up Human Simon Watt and Rachel Wheeley

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"Dragons Den for Nerds" Simon Watt and Rachel Wheeley invite academics to pitch good ideas for the human body.

    Level Up Human - Sally Le Page vs James Piercy

    Level Up Human - Sally Le Page vs James Piercy

    S2E12: Level Up Human is a podcast on a mission to redesign the human body.


    Simon and Rach chat to biologist and science YouTuber Sally Le Page and science communicator James Piercy.
    We discuss periods, expanding skulls and a rebooted ear.


    In the news 
    Female female aggression in fruit flies: https://bit.ly/LUHfruitflies
    The new kilogram: physicsworld.com/a/new-definition-of-the-kilogram-comes-into-force/
    Robots powered by the spines of rats: https://bit.ly/LUHRatSpines


    The pitches 
    Sally wants selective ovulation, James wants a skull flap. There’s a suggestion from the audience for One Massive Ear and Simon is borrowing from the opossums which could hold the key to saving snakebite victims.


    Mentioned this episode


    Dragons’ Den: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006vq92
    Lesbian lizard colonies: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Mexico_whiptail
    Parthenogenesis: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parthenogenesis
    Decompressive craniectomy: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319755
    Fontanelle: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fontanelle
    Barn owl hearing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SI73-Ka51E
    Opossum’s natural immunity to snake venom: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2015/03/150323-opossums-snakes-snakebites-venom-health-world-science/
    Stay In for Towel Day: https://www.savetherhino.org/get-involved/events/stay-in-for-towel-day-2020/


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    • 50 min
    Level Up Human Extra - Regeneration

    Level Up Human Extra - Regeneration

    Simon and Rach consider regeneration. Humans are pretty rubbish at it. Some lizards, newts and salamanders are INCREDIBLE at it. How do we get it, and would we really want to?
     
    Check out…
    The Shining: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081505/
    THAT tweet: https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1256239815256797184
    Bee sniffing tech: https://phys.org/news/2010-03-bee-sniffing-technology-dangerous-vapors.html
    FaceTime some Japanese eels: https://www.businessinsider.com/video-call-eels-tokyo-aquarium-so-they-dont-forget-people-2020-5?r=US&IR=T
    Zoo animals are lonely in lockdown: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-52493750
    T1000 – Liquid Metal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8h8d2XLWKY
    Teratoma: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teratoma
    Planarian worm: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planarian
    Combination of master and mistress is: Mastress. No, I don’t have a link for that.


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    • 29 min
    Level Up Human S2E11 - Steve Backshall vs Kate Storrs

    Level Up Human S2E11 - Steve Backshall vs Kate Storrs

    S2E11: Level Up Human is a podcast on a mission to redesign the human body.
    This week, Simon and Rach chat to naturalist and broadcaster Steve Backshall and visual perception scientist Kate Storrs.
    We discuss enhanced vision, limb regeneration, gecko hands, super kidneys and re-breathing.
    Extended show notes including edited transcripts are available here.
    In the news 
    Kate is tickled and baffled by a news story about Microsoft
    Steve's news story is entitled, 'Venomous Frogs use Heads as Weapons.'
    Rach's levelled up human is Bertolt Meyer, who has hacked his prosthetic hand to hook it up to his synth.
    The pitches 
    Steve wants to borrow the abilities of the Iberian sharp-ribbed newt, a type of salamander which can regenerate limbs and organs.
    Kate thinks the human body should be able to see the polarisation of light
    Plus pitches from our audience and Mother Nature herself 🌱


    Mentioned this episode
    Microsoft's new patent: https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/a32318654/microsoft-brainwaves-mine-cryptocurrency
    Venomous frogs use heads as weapons: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/280753150_Venomous_Frogs_Use_Heads_as_Weapons
    Bertolt Meyer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSKBtEBRWi4
    'Scuba-diving' lizard, Anolis aquaticus: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-03/bu-lc032019.php
    Steve's Home Schooling (9.30am, Wednesdays): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm-URP49TgSgyIU1rgh2m7A/videos
    The Mirror Trap: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-mirror-trap-online-tickets-104125171190
    Stay In for Towel Day: https://www.savetherhino.org/get-involved/events/stay-in-for-towel-day-2020/


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    • 49 min
    Level Up Human Extra - Flight

    Level Up Human Extra - Flight

    Episode summary
    Simon and Rachel take a detailed look at flight. Why can’t we fly, how could we achieve it, and wouldn't it be exhausting?


    An edited transcript is available here.


    Mentioned this episode


    Alan Rickman as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, the most attractive man in the world, according to Simon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZhCCu-2gbw


    Starlink: https://www.starlink.com/


    Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hitchhiker%27s_Guide_to_the_Galaxy


    The incredible, gliding Hoatzin – the Johnny Rotten of the bird world: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87_shPJxdns


    Barotrauma: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barotrauma


    Pentadactyl limb: https://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/pentadactyl-limb


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    • 32 min
    Level Up Human Extra - RNA

    Level Up Human Extra - RNA

    Simon and Rachel recap Episode 10 of Series 2, where we chatted with immunologist Professor Sheena Cruickshank and microbiologist Dr. Chloe James. Plus Simon has good news for Eurovision fans.


    We dive deeper into what RNA is, how to train bacteriophages, and how we know humans are still evolving.


    An edited transcript is available here.


    Mentioned this episode


    2001: A Space Odyssey: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2001:_A_Space_Odyssey_(film)
    Patrick Moore’s Gamesmaster: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCuPX_tmOOo
    Ribonucleic acid (RNA): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RNA 
    Messenger RNA: https://www.genome.gov/genetics-glossary/messenger-rna
    Transfer RNA: https://www.genome.gov/genetics-glossary/Transfer-RNA
    Are we evolving to survive Alzheimers?: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/alzheimers-asthma-high-cholesterol-eradicated-natural-selection-plos-biology-research-a7932566.html
    Thunderdome (featuring Tina Turner): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HeZrI5Giw4
    Cytokine: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cytokine
    Cytokine storm: https://www.newscientist.com/term/cytokine-storm/
    The AI Eurovision Song Contest: https://www.vprobroadcast.com/titles/ai-songcontest.html
    Boris: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_(band)


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    • 24 min
    Level Up Human S2E10 - Self-scratching backs

    Level Up Human S2E10 - Self-scratching backs

    Rachel and Simon are locked down in London. Joining them from Liverpool and Manchester are microbiologist Dr. Chloe James and immunologist Professor Sheena Cruickshank.


    A full transcript is available here.
     
    Episode summary
     
    We discuss if it’s possible for scientists to work from home, cytokine storms and a brand new 'magic' toilet.
     
    Our panellists this week make pitches for command over our internal armies of bacteria phages and reprogramming our immune cells.
     
    The audience want self-scratching backs and bodies we can repair ourselves.
     
    Which will make it onto the shortlist? Which pitch will win? Listen to find out!
     
    Mentioned this episode
     
    NHS Covid-19 advice: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
    Quantitative PCR machine: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantitative_PCR_instrument
    Magic toilet: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/apr/06/magic-toilet-could-monitor-users-health-say-researchers
    Bacteria found in gut might help boost physical performance: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jun/24/bacteria-found-in-gut-could-help-boost-physical-performance
    Withnail and I: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Withnail_and_I
    How stress causes gray hair: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/01/200122135313.htm
    Barbara Woodhouse “I took to dog training when I had to give up cows”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ic5fe7M_Sys
    Cytokine storm: https://www.newscientist.com/term/cytokine-storm/


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    • 39 min

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22 Ratings

22 Ratings

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Brilliant, varied, always learn something!

Always entertaining, the different guests means that every episode is fresh, fun and informative. Keep up the good work!

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Great comedy science podcast!

It was a real pleasure to be a guest on Level Up Human. A very interesting podcast and lots of fun to record! 😄😄

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Excellent panel show quiz that challenges you to think about weird things we could do to make human 2.0

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