Podcasts

Our new podcast series, ‘Not Another Science Podcast?!’, has officially launched!

It’s available on the host platform, Anchor (click to listen on Spotify, Google Podcasts, RadioPublic, and more!) It’s also available on Apple podcasts and SoundCloud

If you have any queries about the podcast then email us at eusci.podcast@gmail.com.

Listen to the series below!



Tackling Bias Using Wikipedia, with Dr Jess Wade

Not Another Science Podcast
September 16th, 2020

Wikipedia is an online, open-source encyclopedia that attracts 1.5 billion unique visitors every month, and has 54 million articles written in more than 300 different languages. Not just a place to learn interesting facts (or cheat in a pub quiz), Wikipedia is an incredibly important resource used by journalists, teachers, media teams, companies, scientists, and those without access to physical textbooks. But Wikipedia is not perfect, and many of our societal biases are reflected in the makeup of articles added to the site – on English Wikipedia, only 1 in 5 biographies are of women. Ultimately, this comes down to who edits and creates articles, and the previous statistic may not come as a surprise given that between 80 and 90 percent of Wikipedia editors are men.

So how do we resolve this problem? We create. In this episode, Helena speaks to Jess Wade, physicist and prominent member of the growing movement that aims to tackle the gender and racial biases on Wikipedia by creating articles that increase the visibility of women, people of colour, and other underrepresented groups. Finally, don’t miss out on your very own chance to get involved with this movement by joining us at our EUSci Wikipedia edit-a-thon, hosted by our very own Helena Cornu! Follow the link for more information: https://fb.me/e/2R9bC83OJ.

Not Another Science Podcast is edited by Helena Cornu (twitter.com/helenacornu), hosted by Tom Edwick (twitter.com/edwicktom) and brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our cover art was designed by Apple Chew (twitter.com/_applechew).

Visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. We’re also on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/.

Music by Kevin Macleod: 
https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama;
https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3787-funk-game-loop
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/


Meet the Parents, with Helena Cornu and Tom Edwick

Not Another Science Podcast
September 2nd, 2020

Welcome to the first episode of our new season! Before we kick off the season properly, we thought we’d introduce ourselves. 

We’d also love to meet you all, so be sure to attend the events we’re organising for Welcome Week — more details in the episode, and on our social media.

Not Another Science Podcast?! is edited by Helena Cornu (twitter.com/helenacornu), hosted by Tom Edwick (twitter.com/edwicktom) and brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our cover art was designed by Apple Chew (twitter.com/_applechew).

Visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. We’re also on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/.

Music by Kevin Macleod:
https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama
https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3787-funk-game-loop
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/


Tracing Transmission (Science During a Pandemic #4), with Dr. Samantha Lycett

Not Another Science Podcast
August 12th, 2020

The SARS-Cov-2 (Covid-19) pandemic swept around the world in a frighteningly short amount of time. With each news update, the number of affected regions, the number of cases, and the number of deaths climbed. In such a frantic situation,  where the virus was seemingly everywhere, how do you determine how the disease spread through populations and across the world?

This is where researchers like Dr. Samantha Lycett come in. Since the start of the pandemic, scientists have been collecting and cataloguing samples of SARS-Cov-2, sequencing their genetic information, and publishing it with open access. Dr. Lycett has been using the sequences of different SARS-Cov-2 genomes published online to trace the evolution of the virus, and to help establish how it was transmitted across the world. Comparing the genomes allows her to find mutations within the sequences, which she can use to establish the order in which the mutations appeared and thus, how the virus travelled through different populations.

You can find out more about Dr. Lycett and her work on her lab’s website (https://hiv.bio.ed.ac.uk/samLycett/index.html), and her University of Edinburgh staff page (https://www.ed.ac.uk/profile/samantha-lycett).

Not Another Science Podcast?! is edited by Helena Cornu (twitter.com/helenacornu), hosted by Tom Edwick (twitter.com/edwicktom) and brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our cover art was designed by Apple Chew (twitter.com/_applechew). Visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/.

Link to the feedback form: https://forms.gle/bTxXvcrSVyLbKmWn8

Music by Kevin Macleod: 
https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama
https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3787-funk-game-loop
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/


Near and IUPHAR: repurposing drugs for Covid-19 (Science During a Pandemic #3), with Prof. Jamie Davies

Not Another Science Podcast
July 29th, 2020

Drug development is a slow process at the best of times. So the best way to rapidly find treatments for Covid-19 was to find known drugs that could be repurposed to fight the new disease. But with the confusion created by the myriad of studies published about Covid-19, often without peer-review, how do you keep track of everything?

This is where Jamie Davies stepped in. His lab created a curated database of known Covid-19 drugs and drug targets that should be prioritised, providing a reliable source of information. In this episode, Tom talks to Professor Davies about the purpose of this new database, how the pandemic has changed the way research is done, and what effects this could have on science going forward. 

You can find out more about Professor Davies and his work on his lab’s website (http://golgi.ana.ed.ac.uk/Davieslab/), his University of Edinburgh staff page (https://www.ed.ac.uk/discovery-brain-sciences/our-staff/research-groups/jamie-davies), and his blog (http://golgi.ana.ed.ac.uk/Davieslab/wftctg.html). 

Not Another Science Podcast?! is edited by Helena Cornu (twitter.com/helenacornu), hosted by Tom Edwick (twitter.com/edwicktom) and brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our cover art was designed by Apple Chew (twitter.com/_applechew). Visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/.

Music by Kevin Macleod:
https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama
https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3787-funk-game-loop
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0


Can I Borrow Your Printer? I’m Fighting a Pandemic (Science During a Pandemic #2), with Jess Cox

Not Another Science Podcast
July 15th, 2020

When a pandemic disrupts your 3D printing operations, what do you do? Well, if you’re the team at Augment Bionics, you shift gears and start mass producing Personal Protective Equipment. Augment Bionics is a student start up from the University of Edinburgh, and in normal times their engineers design and print prosthetic limbs. Financed by a GoFundMe campaign, they are currently making 10 000 face shields a week, which are donated to the NHS. Tom talks to Jess Cox, the social media and marketing lead at Augment Bionics, to find out more.

You can find Augment Bionics on Twitter (https://twitter.com/BionicsAugment), on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/AugmentBionics/), and on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/augmentbionics/).

Check out their website for more information on how they make prosthetic limbs (https://www.augmentbionics.co.uk/), and PPE (https://www.augmentbionics.co.uk/ppe).

And if you can, please donate to their GoFundMe (https://www.gofundme.com/f/3d-printed-ppe-for-healthcare-workers). If you can help in other ways, get in touch with them via their website.

Other titles considered for this episode included: PPE, Fresh Off The Press; Mind the PPE Gap, Rushed to Print, and Having a Shield Day.

Not Another Science Podcast?! is edited by Helena Cornu (twitter.com/helenacornu), hosted by Tom Edwick (twitter.com/edwicktom) and brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our cover art was designed by Apple Chew (twitter.com/_applechew). Visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/.

Music by Kevin Macleod: 
https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama
https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3787-funk-game-loop


Exploiting Our Genes to Fight Disease (Science During a Pandemic #1), with Max Fourman

Not Another Science Podcast
July 1st, 2020

Why do some people get more sick than others? The answer could lie in our genes. In this episode we talk to Max Fourman (twitter.com/maxfourman), who is part of the Baillie Lab (baillielab.net/) run by Dr Kenneth Baillie (twitter.com/kennethbaillie), and based at the Roslin Institute at The University of Edinburgh. They use genomics – the sequencing, study, and mapping of the genome – to search for the genes that make some people more susceptible to disease. The lab is using this knowledge to study COVID-19, leading a large, collaborative, open-source research study called GenOMICC (the Genetics Of Mortality In Critical Care – genomicc.org/) to try and understand why some people are more severely affected by SARS-CoV-2.

Not Another Science Podcast?! is edited by Helena Cornu (twitter.com/helenacornu), hosted by Tom Edwick (twitter.com/edwicktom) and brought to you by Edinburgh University Science Magazine (EUSci). Our cover art was designed by Apple Chew (twitter.com/_applechew). Visit our website at www.eusci.org.uk to check out the latest issue of the magazine, a ton of other cool science content by our student journalists, and to see how to get involved. All podcast episodes and transcripts can be found at www.eusci.org.uk/podcasts/.

Music by Kevin Macleod:
https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama
https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3787-funk-game-loop
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/