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Futureproof Extra: The End of Medicine As We Know It
If you have acute migraines, your doctor might refer you to a neurologist.
If your Asthma is really bad, maybe you’ll be sent to a respiratory specialist.
They will then use their expertise to alleviate your symptoms but crucially they won’t be able to tell you what is causing your illness because frankly, they don’t know.
So, what if the ultimate cause of these ailments isn’t happening in the brains or the lungs but elsewhere? Doesn’t that present a problem for how our medical system operates?
The resounding answer is yes according to Professor Harald Schmidt who is Chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Personalized Medicine at the University of Maastricht and author of 'The End of Medicine as We Know It and Why Your Health Has a Future'. He joins Jonathan to discuss.
Thorium Nuclear Reactors
Recently, the Chinese government has been testing a thorium nuclear reactor that uses molten salt as a coolant. Although this radioactive element has been trialed in reactors before, experts say that China is the first to have a shot at commercializing the technology.
The Wuwei reactor is designed to produce just 2 megawatts of thermal energy, which is only enough to power up to 1,000 homes.
But if the experiments are a success, China hopes to build a reactor that could power hundreds of thousands of homes by 2030.
So could Thorium Nuclear Reactors be the answer to all of our current climate woes?
Simon Middleburgh, Professor of Materials at the Nuclear Futures Institute in Bangor University joins Jonathan to discuss.
Futureproof Extra: The Large Hadron Collider & The Search for a Fifth Force
Depending on your social media proclivities you may or may not have noticed that your feed is awash with images from the JWST. Certainly science Twitter is very excited about it.
And so they should be, it’s amazing to see what we can observe of the very big and very far away thanks to the increased resolution of our newest space telescope.
In a similar vein the third run of the Large Hadron Collider is allowing us to peer ever further into the world of the very small.
So what might we find?
Amanda Donohue is a UCD Doctoral Student at the Large Hadron Collider in CERN
Jon Butterworth is Professor of Physics at University College London (UCL) working on the ATLAS experiment at CERN's Large Hadron Collider.
Longevity, Immortality and the quest to defeat death with Aubrey De Grey
How do you eat an elephant? One spoon at a time, right? Well It's the same with living forever. No one is going to find a magic potion that will make you 20 again but over the years we are slowly, consistently and incrementally improving patient health and preventing diseases associated with ageing. We've nearly doubled life expectancy in just over a century. Doubled! Jonathan caught up with Author and Biomedical Gerontologist Aubrey De Grey at the Inaugural Longevity Summit in Dublin to hear why he thinks the first person to live to 150 has already been born.
The Future of Transport
A recent Newstalk survey on commuting has found that people are spending longer on their journeys to work since the pandemic.
And so all week we’ve been speaking to transport experts, policymakers as well as commuters themselves to hear about the issues being faced on a daily basis as we look to get from A to B.
But what does the future hold for commuting and for transport in general?
Are the likes of Hyper Loop, Air Taxis, and automated pods a thing of science fiction?
Professor Marcus Enoch, a professor of transport strategy at Loughborough University in the UK joins Jonathan to discuss.
Futureproof Extra: Survival of the Richest
You’ve probably seen the likes of '2012' or more recently 'Don’t Look Up' - disaster movies where there’s a race against time to save humanity.
Those films also have a common thread: you have a superset of super-rich people looking to buy their way to salvation.
Pretty silly stuff, right?
But what if we told you those preparations are happening right now, and that there really is no room at the inn for the like of you and me?
Douglas Rushkoff is Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics at the City University of New York, and is the author of over 20 books, the latest of which is called ‘Survival of the Richest: Escape Fantasies of the Tech Billionaires' - he joins Jonathan to discuss.
Jonathan has a great way of explaining the intricacies of Science to the layperson. I have loved the shows on a wide variety of topics from the program on moondust to vomitting bumblebees. Very entertaining, educating and stimulating. Thanks for all the hard work. MJB.
Re Paco Calvo on plant intelligence
I think Paco was making the case for investigating whether or not plants had some self-adjusting mechanisms rather than having human type intellect. Might be interesting to compare with an animal which has a distributed nervous system such as the Octopus.
Could do better
I stopped listening a while ago after Jonathan was dismissive of a question I sent in. I think Shane and Lara should be the hosts and definitely the science news of the week could be a podcast in itself and finally there should be more Irish guests