Welcome to the Altmetric Podcast, where we bring you the stories behind the science that is being discussed the most online.
Thousands of conversations about scientific research happen online every day and at Altmetric we track and collate these conversations. In our podcast series, we interview the researchers behind the research that is being discussed the most, so you can find out why.
Coffee, caffeine and health
Coffee: not the villain it was once thought to be.
Rob van Dam, Domain Leader (Epidemiology) at NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health in Singapore, joins us on the Altmetric podcast to talk about his study that showed that coffee consumption is associated with reduced risk of diabetes.
Read the study: https://www.nejm.org/doi/10.1056/NEJMra1816604
Explore the attention: https://www.altmetric.com/details.php?citation_id=86267317&src=bookmarklet
Lego in the ocean
Estimating the lifespan of LEGO in the ocean.
Dr. Andrew Turner from the University of Plymouth joins us on the Altmetric podcast to tell us about his study that used LEGO bricks to determine how long plastics last in the ocean.
Read the study: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0269749119364152?via%3Dihub
Explore the attention: https://www.altmetric.com/details.php?citation_id=77307410&src=bookmarklet
Dinosaurs are extinct because of an asteroid, not volcanoes
Putting forward the only plausible explanation for the extinction of the dinosaurs.
In this month's podcast, we speak to Dr. Alessandro Chiarenza, from Imperial College London, who carried out research that provided the first quantitative confirmation that the cause of the dinosaur's mass extinction could have only been the impact of an asteroid.
Read the study: https://www.pnas.org/content/117/29/17084.
Explore the attention: https://www.altmetric.com/details.php?citation_id=84926567&src=bookmarklet.
Beards evolved to protect humans from a punch in the face
Could a beard provide a function beyond just looking great?
In this podcast, we speak to Dr. David Carrier, Comparative Biomechanist and Professor of Biology at the University of Utah, about his article investigating the evolutionary reasons men grow beards and whether it could be because they once provided a hairy shock absorber for unwanted impacts.
Read the study: https://academic.oup.com/iob/article/doi/10.1093/iob/obaa005/5799080
Explore the attention: https://www.altmetric.com/details.php?citation_id=79862600&src=bookmarklet
Can we trust COVID-19 information on YouTube?
Do you trust medical information in YouTube videos?
In this podcast, we speak to Heidi Li, a medical student at the University of Ottawa, about her investigation into the usefulness and accuracy of the information reported in YouTube videos on the subject of the coronavirus pandemic.
Read the study: https://gh.bmj.com/content/5/5/e002604
Explore the attention: https://bmj.altmetric.com/details/82019331
Special episode - Can social media be used to influence patient outcomes?
Digital Science’s Mike Taylor talks to children’s nurse and Senior Lecturer in Non-Medical Prescribing Kate Davies about her experience of using social media to connect directly with families impacted by particular conditions.