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Opinionated Science is Technology Networks’ homemade podcast, where our team of scientists-turned-journalists cut out the chewy jargon and serve up slices of the most fascinating stories from the world of science.

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Opinionated Science is Technology Networks’ homemade podcast, where our team of scientists-turned-journalists cut out the chewy jargon and serve up slices of the most fascinating stories from the world of science.

    Episode 5: The Placebo Effect: Phantom Surgery, Alternative Medicine and the Big Bad Nocebo

    Episode 5: The Placebo Effect: Phantom Surgery, Alternative Medicine and the Big Bad Nocebo

    In this episode, the Technology Networks team investigate the placebo effect. Why have placebo treatments become more effective at treating patients in the last few decades (but only in the USA) and what do powerful placebos mean for clinical trials? Read more from this podcast: The Power of the Placebo EffectSurvey Finds 97% of GPs Prescribe PlacebosPlacebo Surgery TrialThe Magnitude of Nocebo Effects in PainPlacebo Effect Grows in U.S., Thwarting Development of Painkillers

    • 18 min
    Episode 4: Food Fraud: Fake Wine, Poisonous Milk and Horse Lasagna

    Episode 4: Food Fraud: Fake Wine, Poisonous Milk and Horse Lasagna

    In this episode, the Technology Networks team take a bite into the world of food fraud. We take a look at famous cases of fraud, including scandals involving horse meat, baby formula and expensive wine. We also discover the analytical methods that inspectors can try and use to find fraudulent food before it makes it to your plate. Read more from this podcast: Shedding Light on Wine Fraud With NMR FingerprintingWhiskey, the Target of FraudInfographic: What's in Your Food? 

    • 15 min
    Episode 3: The Microbiome: Gut-Brain Connections and "Poo Pills"

    Episode 3: The Microbiome: Gut-Brain Connections and "Poo Pills"

    In this episode, the Technology Networks team discuss the community of bacteria that have made our bodies their home: the microbiome. We explore how these bugs can influence our behavior and help us fight disease and whether microbiota-modifying poo pills could become a part of precision medicine in the near future.  Read more from this podcast:https://www.technologynetworks.com/cancer-research/infographics/the-microbiome-and-cancer-319758https://www.technologynetworks.com/genomics/infographics/sequencing-the-microbiome-327727https://www.technologynetworks.com/neuroscience/articles/mouse-moms-microbiota-leads-to-altered-behavior-326252https://www.technologynetworks.com/tn/articles/microbiome-medicine-takes-center-stage-308055

    • 29 min
    Episode 2: Psychedelic Drugs: Ketamine for Depression, Party Octopuses and Stoned Dolphins

    Episode 2: Psychedelic Drugs: Ketamine for Depression, Party Octopuses and Stoned Dolphins

    In this episode, the Technology Networks team discuss the rejuvenated field of psychedelic drugs research and how it might provide solutions for enduring mental health disorders.Read more from this podcast: https://www.technologynetworks.com/neuroscience/articles/the-neuroscience-of-psychedelic-drugs-ending-psychedelic-myths-with-professor-david-nutt-328359https://www.technologynetworks.com/neuroscience/articles/the-neuroscience-of-psychedelic-drugs-your-brain-on-psilocybin-with-frederick-streeter-barrett-328582https://www.technologynetworks.com/neuroscience/articles/the-neuroscience-of-psychedelic-drugs-octopuses-mdma-and-healing-social-injury-328152Watch dophins getting high on pufferfish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msx3BAhIeQg

    • 25 min
    Science Aloud: Preprint Describes Human Monoclonal Antibody That Blocks SARS-CoV-2

    Science Aloud: Preprint Describes Human Monoclonal Antibody That Blocks SARS-CoV-2

    Our Science Aloud podcasts feature audio narrations of Technology Networks articles. In this episode of Science Aloud, Technology Networks Science Writer Molly Campbell narrates her article on a human monoclonal antibody that can block the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Read the article here: https://www.technologynetworks.com/biopharma/news/first-report-of-human-monoclonal-antibody-that-blocks-sars-cov-2-332110Read more about how preprints differ from peer-reviewed research here: https://www.technologynetworks.com/tn/articles/understanding-preprints-in-scientific-publication-332961

    • 6 min
    Episode 1: Genes and the Brain

    Episode 1: Genes and the Brain

    In this episode, the Technology Networks team discuss neurogenomics, the interface between our genes and our brain. Expect a new Opinionated Science every other Friday. Read more from this podcast: https://bit.ly/2wGJW0jhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5816070/

    • 38 min

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