Ep 81. Harry potter, taxonomy and academic publishing with Tom Saunders

Tom Saunders experienced a burst of scientific fame after naming a newfound species of wasp Lusius malfoyi, after the beloved and maligned Harry Potter character Lucius Malfoy. Naming new species after pop culture figures has become a useful tool for enhancing public awareness taxonomy and biodiversity research. Taking this strategy though has to be handled delicately as paying homage to beloved fictional characters can upset … Continue reading Ep 81. Harry potter, taxonomy and academic publishing with Tom Saunders

Science Trivia with In Situ Science

Think you know your protons from your neutrons? Can you name a Nobel prize winner or two. Then come along to test your skills with a night of Science Trivia with brought to you by the team behind the In Situ Science podcast. Where: Botany View Hotel, 597 King St Newtown When: Wednesday 14th of August – 6:30pm Keep up to date on the Facebook … Continue reading Science Trivia with In Situ Science

The Science Behind Poultry Farming

The global demand for poultry continues to rise but the resources we have to produce them don’t, so how can we continue to farm poultry sustainably, ethically and responsibly? A large proportion (20%) of dietary protein fed to broiler chickens is undigestible. These represent a significant proportion of diet cost and may have negative effects on broiler gastrointestinal health and performance. Moreover, decreasing protein excretion … Continue reading The Science Behind Poultry Farming

Ep 72. Honey bees, slime moulds and velvet worms with Tanya Latty

  Urban beekeeping is all the rage but its not the only thing you can do to help pollinators. Tanya Latty from the University of Sydney says being a lazy gardener may be the best thing you can do to help your local bees, beetles and butterflies. Tanya’s work was recently featured on ABC’s Catalyst as part of the Great Australian Bee Challenge. Tanya and her … Continue reading Ep 72. Honey bees, slime moulds and velvet worms with Tanya Latty

Ep 70. Coeliac disease and carnivorous plants with Richard Charlesworth

Is gluten actually bad for you? Is all the hype surrounding gluten free diets justified? According to Dr Richard Charlesworth, its complicated. People’s responses to gluten can range from severe coeliac disease, through to a whole spectrum of intolerance syndromes, to not reacting to it at all. And diagnosing which of these conditions people are susceptible to is a complex challenge. In an interview with … Continue reading Ep 70. Coeliac disease and carnivorous plants with Richard Charlesworth

Ep 65. Livestock, genetics and science ninjas with Sonja Dominik

In this special Christmas episode of In Situ Science we chat to Sonja Dominik from the CSIRO who has just been named one of Australia’s ‘Superstars of STEM’, a nationwide initiative focussed on increasing the visibility of women in STEM and addressing the gender gap in scientific careers. Her research focuses on using genetic technologies to improve the health and productivity of livestock animals such … Continue reading Ep 65. Livestock, genetics and science ninjas with Sonja Dominik

Ep 64. Powerlifting, resistance training and microbiomes with Mandy Hagstrom

Lift heavy, but not too heavy. Don’t eat too much, unless you need to eat a lot. Cardio is great, until it isn’t. Sports science is a relatively new field of science and there is lots of conflicting information out there that can leave people very confused about how best to approach healthy decisions. Sports scientist Mandy Hagstrom from the University of New England tends … Continue reading Ep 64. Powerlifting, resistance training and microbiomes with Mandy Hagstrom