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Go behind the scenes of Imperial College London in our monthly podcast, featuring exclusive access to interviews with world leaders and thinkers in the fields of science, engineering, health and business.

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Go behind the scenes of Imperial College London in our monthly podcast, featuring exclusive access to interviews with world leaders and thinkers in the fields of science, engineering, health and business.

    Podcast: Fighting fungi, the music of the moons, and self-healing crystals

    Podcast: Fighting fungi, the music of the moons, and self-healing crystals

    In this edition: We join the fight against deadly fungal pathogens, listen to music inspired by moons, and discover how some crystals heal themselves.
    News: Fixing bones in conflict zones and award-winning sustainable business education – We hear how engineers have created fixators for broken bones being trialled in Sri Lanka, Gaza and Ukraine, and how the Business School has won an award for their Sustainability Leadership programme.
    Fighting fungal pathogens – Fungal infections can be deadly, and a new WHO priority list has been drawn up to fight them. We hear from Professor Matthew Fisher, who is working on two of these worrying pathogens.
    Music of the Moons – We listen in as astronaut Helen Sharman and conductor Amanda Lee Falkenberg lead ‘LUNAR’ – an outreach event about the science behind our neighbouring planets’ moons and the music Falkenberg has created to illustrate them.
    The self-healing power crystals – We learn how crystals of surprising materials including paracetamol and ethanol can ‘heal’ themselves, regrowing their original structure, and how this could help researchers manipulate their growth.
    This section is an extract from the Never Lick the Spoon podcast by the Institute for Molecular Science and Engineering.

    • 23 min
    Podcast: Treating diabetes, boardroom diversity, and avoiding hangovers

    Podcast: Treating diabetes, boardroom diversity, and avoiding hangovers

    In this edition: We meet a clinician investigating diabetes, find out how boardroom diversity benefits companies, and hope for a hangover cure.
    News: World’s first net-zero flight and air pollution monitoring – We hear how the first net-zero transatlantic flight powered with sustainable aviation fuel will launch in 2023, and how communities are being empowered to measure their own air pollution in real time.
    Feeling like a scientist: the clinician – When does a scientist first start to feel like one? We continue our series exploring the careers of some of our scientists with Dr Shivani Misra, a clinician and researcher who sees diabetes patients and studies the condition.
    Boardroom diversity is good for business – We hear how diverse views help avoid groupthink, improving innovation and performance and guiding companies through changes. Diverse boards also reflect the real world, allowing companies to find talent in the whole pool.
    This is an excerpt from the Many Minds podcast from the Imperial College Business School.
    Can we avoid hangovers? – We learn what happens to the body and brain when we drink alcohol (and drink too much), and discover how researchers are trying to make synthetic alcohol that doesn’t cause hangovers.

    • 23 min
    Podcast: Winter viruses, being an engineer, and improving energy efficiency

    Podcast: Winter viruses, being an engineer, and improving energy efficiency

    In this edition: What flu and COVID-19 might do this winter, being an engineer, and how the UK can improve energy efficiency to fight fuel poverty.
    News: Exoplanet atmosphere and impact on Mars – We find out about new molecules discovered in an exoplanet’s atmosphere and the recording of a huge meteoroid impact on Mars.
    Winter virus warnings – What does this winter hold for COVID-19, flu, and other seasonal viruses? Professor Azeem Majeed gives us a low-down of the current situation and what we might expect as temperatures lower.
    Feeling like a scientist: the engineer – When does a scientist first start to feel like one? We continue our series exploring the careers of some of our scientists with Ji Young Yoon, a mechanical workshop technician in the Faculty of Engineering.
    Improving homes to tackle the energy crisis – Fuel poverty is on the rise, but retrofitting homes can help. Dr Kate Simpson tells us how, and what needs to be done to improve UK energy efficiency.

    • 23 min
    Podcast: Smashing atoms at the LHC, becoming a medic, and finding Arctic bees

    Podcast: Smashing atoms at the LHC, becoming a medic, and finding Arctic bees

    In this edition: We discover the latest science at the Large Hadron Collider, meet a medical student, and help the BBC find bees in Lapland.
    News: New health funding and Lates programme preview – We celebrate the Imperial Biomedical Research Centre receiving £95m to develop new treatments, technologies and diagnostics and branch into new areas, and look forward to the new Imperial Lates programme of science outreach events.
    What’s new at the Large Hadron Collider – We catch up with Dr Mitesh Patel to find out what the LHC has found so far, what it’s still looking for, and what upgrades might allow researchers to discover.
    Feeling like a scientist: the medical student – When does a scientist first start to feel like one? We continue our series exploring the careers of some of our scientists with Tani Akinmoladun, a medical student looking forward to applying science in a clinical setting.
    Helping the BBC find bees in the Arctic – We hear about Dr Richard Gill’s adventures in Lapland, helping the Frozen Planet II team tell the story of his research subjects: bumblebees.

    • 25 min
    Podcast: Feeling like a scientist, wastewater disease tests, and summer droughts

    Podcast: Feeling like a scientist, wastewater disease tests, and summer droughts

    In this edition: When a scientist begins to feel like one, monitoring wastewater for diseases like COVID-19, and how droughts led to hosepipe bans.
    News: Flu campaign kick-off and 3D-printing drones – We find out what we might expect from this year’s flu season as the vaccination drive gets going, and learn about new drones that could 3D-print and repair buildings, working together as a fleet.
    Feeling like a scientist: the space scientist – When does a scientist first start to feel like one? We introduce a new series exploring the careers of some of our scientists, beginning with Jesús Manuel Muñoz Tejeda, who studies space propulsion technology.
    Testing wastewater for disease – We meet Claire Trant, Imperial alum and co-founder of Untap, a company that automatically tests wastewater in communal buildings including factories and offices to identify the presence of diseases like COVID-19.
    When droughts lead to hosepipe bans – We get the lowdown on this year’s droughts from Dr Barnaby Dobson, who explains how droughts are defined, what causes hosepipe bans, and how climate change could impact droughts of the future.

    • 24 min
    Podcast: New President, treating cystic fibrosis and updating medical education

    Podcast: New President, treating cystic fibrosis and updating medical education

    In this edition: We meet Imperial’s new President and researchers transforming cystic fibrosis patients’ lives and medical education.
    News: COVID-19 isolation and bees’ response to changing climate – We learn that the first real-world study of COVID-19 infectiousness suggests many people are still able to pass on the virus after five days, and that museum specimens show bumblebees have been increasingly under stress from hotter and warmer conditions since 1925.
    Meet Imperial’s new President – We sit down with Professor Hugh Brady, Imperial’s new President, and hear about his academic career in medicine, his views on student issues, and his plans for the College.
    Transforming cystic fibrosis treatment – As part of a series on the people behind our world-leading research, we meet Professor Jane Davies, who leads clinical trials for drugs that have transformed the lives of cystic fibrosis patients.
    A community approach to medical education – We talk to Professor Sonia Kumar about her pioneering work creating a new approach to medical education that embeds students in the community from the start, via the Medical Education Innovation and Research Centre (MEdIC).

    • 23 min

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