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Become an In Situ Science Patron

In Situ Science is on a mission to support groundbreaking scientific research and exploration, and share this science with as many people as possible. In 2018 alone In Situ Science gave financial support to three different research projects, contributed to the SCINEMA international science film festival and the Sydney Science Festival, produced 26 freely available podcasts and supported a range of free science events throughout … Continue reading Become an In Situ Science Patron

In Situ Science Update

Whats next for In Situ Science? In the weird new world we are living in things have changed quite a bit. Here’s a quick update to let you know that we’re still here and we’re so happy to have your support during these crazy times! https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/kn8x2p/In_Situ_Update_Episode.mp3 Take care, stay safe, and we’ll see you all again soon! Music: ‘Strange Stuff’ by Sonic Wallpaper – www.sonicwallpaper.bandcamp.com Continue reading In Situ Science Update

Flashback episode with Dr Heather Hendrickson

Our next flashback episode goes all the way back to Episode 11 where we chatted with Dr Heather Hendrickson about the battle against anti-biotic resistant bacteria. Dr Hendrickson is a research scientist and science communicator from Massey University in New Zealand. Her research group is at the front line of understanding how other forms of treatment can be used as alternatives to broad spectrum antibiotics. … Continue reading Flashback episode with Dr Heather Hendrickson

Flashback podcast episodes are coming!

For the next few weeks the In Situ Science podcast will be taking a break while James tackles his next big life challenge – raising a newborn child! Over the break we will be revisiting some classic episodes from the back catalogue. https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/xsscvz/Dr_Karl.mp3 First off the rank is Episode 47 with the one and only Dr Karl Kruszelnicki. Dr Karl is perhaps Australia’s most prolific and … Continue reading Flashback podcast episodes are coming!

Ep 94. Painkillers, opioids and addiction with Adam Hamlin

Dr Adam Hamlin is a neuroscientist at the University of New England who studies how drugs, such as painkillers, affect brain neurochemistry. These chemicals can have wonderful affects and are miracles of modern medicine, however if used improperly can lead to dependencies and addictions. In this interview with Dr Hamlin we talk about how these painkillers work and what make them such effective and potentially … Continue reading Ep 94. Painkillers, opioids and addiction with Adam Hamlin

Ep 93. Cannabis, legalisation and pill testing with Samuel Banister

The cannabis plant is useful for everything from textiles to medicine, however our ability to use these plants has been hampered by its association with illegal drugs. People are beginning to make very big claims about the use of cannabinoids to treat almost every ailment under the sun, however the evidence still just isn’t there. Samuel Banister is a medicinal chemist at the Lambert Initiative … Continue reading Ep 93. Cannabis, legalisation and pill testing with Samuel Banister

Ep 92. Bird brains, documentaries and serial killers with Lucy Farrow

Humans have the biggest brains of any animals… well, kind of… only if we correct for body size… which is important… we think. Understanding animal intelligence is difficult, especially when brains are so complex that our own brains might be incapable of understanding themselves. When it comes to animals, brain size has been a primary indicator of intelligence, however showing that having bigger brains leads … Continue reading Ep 92. Bird brains, documentaries and serial killers with Lucy Farrow

Ep 91. Forensics, photography and the CSI effect with Glenn Porter

The science of forensics has been popularised by the success of TV crime shows, but the reality of how criminal investigations occur, and the science behind evidence gathering is often nowhere near as glamorous as these shows imply. While we may not be able to work the magic they show on TV, new technologies are aiding forensic scientists in more effectively gathering and presenting evidence. … Continue reading Ep 91. Forensics, photography and the CSI effect with Glenn Porter

Ep 90. Beards, phobias and implicit biases with Belinda Craig

How well can we read other people’s faces? And how good are we at faking our own emotional responses? Turns out not to great. In the absence of other contextual cues people are not very good at reading peoples facial expressions. Add to that the fact that cultural differences can have a huge impact on what emotions are expressed and how. As humans we are … Continue reading Ep 90. Beards, phobias and implicit biases with Belinda Craig

Ep 89. Tiny gardeners and environmental educators with Matthew McKenzie

Matthew McKenzie is the principal and head teacher of a public school with a difference. Thalgarrah Environmental Education Centre is located in the woodlands outside of Armidale in regional NSW. It is part of a network of environmental and zoo education centres across NSW that provide other schools with a base for excursions, camps and experiences focussed on using nature as a learning and teaching … Continue reading Ep 89. Tiny gardeners and environmental educators with Matthew McKenzie

Ep 88. Video games, dentistry and ageing basketballers with Michael Kasumovic

After a brief stint trying to become a dentist, Michael Kasumovic found his true calling studying the ecology and evolution of spiders. That was until he found another calling studying everything else from performance in professional athletes, how income can affect facial preferences, and how sex and social status can influence people’s behaviour in online videogames. Not content with simply being a prolific research scientist … Continue reading Ep 88. Video games, dentistry and ageing basketballers with Michael Kasumovic