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A podcast about the people, ideas and innovations that make KAUST the most unique research community on the planet. Each episode is a deep dive into cutting-edge tech, science and startup culture through the eyes of pioneering men and women. For more information visit sciencetown.kaust.edu.sa

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A podcast about the people, ideas and innovations that make KAUST the most unique research community on the planet. Each episode is a deep dive into cutting-edge tech, science and startup culture through the eyes of pioneering men and women. For more information visit sciencetown.kaust.edu.sa

    12. Maiden mission to Red Sea floor reveals surprising findings

    12. Maiden mission to Red Sea floor reveals surprising findings

    Victor Vescovo is famous for traveling the greatest vertical distance possible without leaving earth, having summited Mount Everest and dove to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. In February, his craft, the DSSV Pressure Drop anchored in the Red Sea about 100 Kilometers North of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to commence a series of dives in collaboration with KAUST researchers. We went aboard to hear from Victor and his team about their work and the strangest things they have seen on the ocean floor.

    • 37 min
    11. Collecting coronavirus samples in Saudi Arabia is harder than you think

    11. Collecting coronavirus samples in Saudi Arabia is harder than you think

    Scientists are racing to understand the mechanisms of transmission, the most effective testing methods, and how we can all cope with the COVID-19 crisis. In this episode, we talk to a Saudi doctoral student about the highs and lows of sample collection, and we get an insider’s look into the AI that just might give clinicians a leg up in the fight against COVID-19.

    • 30 min
    10. Where will the coronavirus strike next? Ask an ocean wave

    10. Where will the coronavirus strike next? Ask an ocean wave

    The SARS-CoV-2 virus has transited the globe causing both disruption and calls to action for scientists and the institutions they work in. We reached out to some of the mathematicians, geneticists and computer scientists putting their skills to work to help solve the COVID-19 crisis. In this episode, we explore science in quarantine and the things smart people get up to when the lab is closed and global science is called to action.

    • 21 min
    9. How gene editing could save your life—or blow up evolution

    9. How gene editing could save your life—or blow up evolution

    Cheap, rapid genetic sequencing, big data, and supercomputing is opening up new possibilities for medicine at the individual level. But rapid advancements in CRISPR, cyborgism, biohacking and more have raised safety concerns and ethical quandaries about who has the right to push the envelope and who does not.

    • 53 min
    8. How binning the concept of waste could save Earth

    8. How binning the concept of waste could save Earth

    In December the 25th conference of parties or COP25 took place in Madrid, Spain. We followed some of the world's leading experts on material flows, carbon dioxide, the oceans and more to explore closing the loop on circular economies.

    • 40 min
    Tiny bits of lab-made DNA are set to transform drug delivery

    Tiny bits of lab-made DNA are set to transform drug delivery

    Hanadi Sleiman, Professor of Chemistry and Canada Research Chair in DNA Nanoscience at McGill University, speaks with Nicholas Demille as part of a special Sciencetown series on personalized medicine. Sleiman, who visited as part of the 2020 Winter Enrichment Program, is focused on using molecule DNA as a template to assemble nanostructured materials.

    • 15 min

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