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Conversations with groundbreaking researchers from Northeastern University. We connect what’s going on in their labs to what’s going on in your life.

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    • Natural Sciences
    • 5.0, 37 Ratings

Conversations with groundbreaking researchers from Northeastern University. We connect what’s going on in their labs to what’s going on in your life.

    Grow Out on a Limb

    Grow Out on a Limb

    These salamanders don’t grow up—but they do grow back. When their organs are removed or injured, they can regenerate them flawlessly. Is it because of a mutation that prevents metamorphosis? Perhaps, but there’s more to the story.  

    In this episode, we talk to James Monaghan (associate professor of biology). 

    • 12 min
    COVID-19: Curing disease with city design

    COVID-19: Curing disease with city design

    When tuberculosis gripped the U.S. in the 1800s, health officials didn’t know enough about biology to cure it with medicine. But they did know that fresh air and sunlight offered some relief, which created a demand for public parks. Now, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, architects consider returning to city planning as a solution to contagious disease.

    • 15 min
    COVID-19: The fate of the planet is up in the air

    COVID-19: The fate of the planet is up in the air

    By cutting down on travel, we not only slow the spread of COVID-19—we decrease emissions and the harmful effects they have on our health. But while the clearer air isn’t likely to last, anything that bolsters health is an asset in a pandemic.

    In this episode, we talk to Justin Manjourides (associate professor of biostatistics).

    • 8 min
    COVID-19: Same ventilator. Different shortage.

    COVID-19: Same ventilator. Different shortage.

    Ventilators are incredibly complex machines, which is one reason manufacturers had trouble producing them quickly at the beginning of the pandemic. But now, another shortage looms: the people who know how to use them.

    In this episode, we talk to Tom Barnes (registered respiratory therapist and lead faculty member for the Master of Science in Respiratory Care Leadership).

    • 13 min
    COVID-19: Will contact-tracing apps slow the spread of disease?

    COVID-19: Will contact-tracing apps slow the spread of disease?

    Contact-tracing apps could slow the spread of the disease. But are people willing to forfeit their privacy for the sake of public health? “We can have both,” says Christo Wilson, who studies computer privacy and security. The question is: Will we?

    In this episode, we talk to Christo Wilson (associate professor of computer science).

    • 19 min
    COVID-19: Why Africa was prepared for the pandemic

    COVID-19: Why Africa was prepared for the pandemic

    The continent, like others, could theoretically see an overwhelming number of cases of COVID-19. But the distribution of the population and people's experience with infectious disease are already helping to manage the spread.

    In this episode, we talk to Richard Wamai (associate professor of cultures, societies, and global studies).

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

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37 Ratings

zoinkydoink ,

Informative and engaging!

well-crafted podcast! The hosts are conversational tour guides, taking you on a little journey as you learn about a variety of topics. Triple thumbs ba-BY

camsleeper ,

Very interesting

Lots of interesting topics, and the hosts are great

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NU teaching prof

This is well produced and carefully planned, all without showing the intense work that goes in to a short, lively podcast. Good work, team. This is going nowhere but up.

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