11 episodes

A series of informal conversations between scientists on topics that have sparked debates during our coffee breaks. Prepare for big questions in the community, our self-understanding as scientists, engagement with the public, misconceptions that need addressing and curiosities from the realm of natural sciences.

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    • Natural Sciences

A series of informal conversations between scientists on topics that have sparked debates during our coffee breaks. Prepare for big questions in the community, our self-understanding as scientists, engagement with the public, misconceptions that need addressing and curiosities from the realm of natural sciences.

Find more topics and articles on www.fey-sci.com.

    Science to make you happy

    Science to make you happy

    Enough with the rants for now. Today, each of us is bringing an uplifting piece of science to the table, and shares his excitement with the others. In the end, we have an important announcement about the future of this podcast.


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    • 19 min
    A djinn for science

    A djinn for science

    WHY IS SCIENCE SO SLOW? Today we are looking at science as a whole - talking about the things that drive us up the wall and things that are truly fascinating about the scientific research system. As always, we end on a positive note: Each of us makes a wish to the science djinn to improve the scientific system in the long run. All that is needed now is for us to go out there and make them come true...


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    • 53 min
    Scientist and sci-fi: a fickle love affair

    Scientist and sci-fi: a fickle love affair

    How do we as scientists feel about science fiction? Do we get mad about incorrect depictions of science in scifi? Does it create unrealistic expectations towards scientific progress and potential? And who inspires whom anyway? We're diving deep today, and leaving the world of real science behind ... almost.


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    • 1 hr 22 min
    A guide to causality

    A guide to causality

    How do we know Nicolas Cage is (probably) not drowning people? Does eating ice cream make people drown themselves maybe? In this episode, we learn how to assess if there can be a causal link between two correlated phenomena. We find spurious correlations everywhere and having a toolbox to probe for causality is a must for every sceptic. 

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    • 56 min
    Stop saying biomolecule!

    Stop saying biomolecule!

    How is a biomolecule different from any other molecule? Are there artificial chemicals and natural chemicals? Should scientists be trying to make their work sound more "natural", "organic" or "biological"? In this episode we talk about this self-identification and how it may be harming science as a whole.

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    • 48 min
    What has Matthew McConaughey ever done for us? A recap of the last 10 years in science

    What has Matthew McConaughey ever done for us? A recap of the last 10 years in science

    We end the decade of research with highlighting the supposedly biggest discoveries in science. Alongside those, we brought some other topics that we found interesting and worth chatting about. Stay excited for the best and worst enzyme on the planet, new directions for antidepressants, some practical tips for time travellers and car-driving rats. 
    Full list of time stamps and topics:
    0:00 - Intro
    3:16 - RuBisCO:  the best and worst enzyme on the planet
    13:15 - The 5 greatest discoveries of the last decade
    51:25 - Quantum computing - yes or no?
    57:40 - Genome-wide association replacing candidate gene studies
    1:01:23 - Street drugs as antidepressants
    1:14:46 - Science for time travellers
    1:24:28 - Car-driving rats / Outro
    1:26:56 - Additional: Bathroom break chat

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    • 1 hr 31 min

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