Opinionated Science is Technology Networks’ homemade podcast, where our team of scientists-turned-journalists cut out the chewy jargon and serve up slices of the most fascinating stories from the world of science.
Episode 17: I Got COVID-19: Here's What Happened
This episode is a COVID-19 podcast with a first-hand focus. Podcast host Ruairi Mackenzie discusses his experience with symptomatic COVID-19. And we also look at the data around COVID-19 risk and age and discuss the emerging problems posed by long COVID.Read more from this podcast: CDC Data on COVID-19 Risk by AgeThe Lasting Misery of Coronavirus Long-HaulersLong Covid: Reviewing the Science and Assessing the Risk
Episode 16: The Metabolome: The Way to Personalized Healthcare?
In this episode, the team discuss the metabolome; the billions of tiny molecules that our cells produce every second. Scientific understanding of the metabolome has leapt forward, opening the door to a better understanding of how to treat disease, how to live a healthier lifestyle and even how trauma can be passed down via our metabolites.Today's episode is brought to you by SCIEX. Read more from this podcast: Wellness and Illness From a Precision Quantification PerspectiveDisease Biomarker Discovery InfographicWhat's Your (Metabo)Type? Trauma Impacts the Metabolism in Ways That Can Be Inherited
Episode 15: COVID-19 and the Brain: Investigating the “Silent Wave”
On this episode, the team will discuss how the SARS-CoV-2 virus affects our brain.Over time, it‘s become clear that in addition to affecting our respiratory system, SARS-CoV-2 infection can also have implications for our brain and nerves. This podcast will untangle the disparate effects involved, covering everything from a subdued sense of smell to serious brain inflammation and damage. Finally, we’ll discuss evidence that a “third wave“ of COVID-19 could target the brain in years to come. Read more from this podcast: What Does COVID-19 Do to the Nervous System?What Are the Psychiatric Side Effects of Coronavirus Infection?Neurological Consequences of COVID-19: The “Silent Wave”Sniffin' Sticks for Testing Loss of Smell in COVID-19
Episode 14: Cancer Immunotherapy: Vaccines, Viruses and Nobel Prizes
In this episode, the team explore cancer immunotherapy, a revolutionary set of treatments that has fundamentally changed cancer care. In exploring how our immune system can be turned against cancer, we follow a trail from ancient China to the cutting edge of medical research and look to a personalized future for immunotherapy. Opinionated Science is Technology Networks’ homemade podcast, where our team of scientists-turned-journalists cut out the chewy jargon and serve up slices of the most fascinating stories from the world of science. Read more from this podcast: Treating Cancer – 5 Types of ImmunotherapyKey Developments in Cancer Immunotherapy Over the Last DecadeFuture Cancer Immunotherapy Treatments Could Be Administered by a PillCancer and the Immune SystemNew Vaccine Has the Potential To Treat Several Different Cancers
Episode 13: Connecting the Brain: “Thought Tetris”, Brain Privacy and Neuralink
In this episode, the team discuss efforts to let your brain communicate beyond the limits of your head. Whilst much of this research is still in early stages, scientists have shown how individuals can share thoughts through brain wave-based games of Tetris, and tech entrepreneurs have looked to a future where brains can be directly joined with computers. We look into these technologies’ potential to help paralysis patients and the ethical implications of a network of interconnected brains.Read more from this podcast: Brain-Computer Interface Lets Three People Play Video Games Using Their MindsNeuralink Progress Update, Summer 2020Rajesh Rao at TED: Brain Co-Processors-When AI Meets the Brain
Episode 12: Green Labs: Sustainable Science and Exploding Microscopes
In this episode, the team discuss the growing movement for sustainable science. Research has a yeti-sized ecological footprint, and here we follow the tracks from ozone-destroying CFCs and energy-guzzling freezers through to a new future for science that promises to make labs eco-friendly at last.Read more from this podcast:Creating an Environmentally Sustainable Lab InfographicReducing Plastic in the LabAllison Paradise Interviewed at SfN 2018Eco-nutrition Label for Labware Could Make Science a Greener Place To Be