Brains Matter

By The Ordinary Guy

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The Podcast on Science, Curiosities, and General Knowledge. Brains Really Do Matter!

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190 – Nick Robinson – The Wild Top End
In today’s episode, I speak to Nick Robinson about his new IMAX documentary, “The Wild Top End 3D” We discuss: – How he got into documentary making – The process of making a documentary and an IMAX documentary – The background of making The Wild Top End – Some amazing facts from the documentary and […]
Sep 15, 2019
189 – Dyani Lewis – Journey to Becoming a Science Journalist
In today’s episode I speak to Dyani Lewis about her path from a science researcher to the path of a science journalist. Download MP3 of Ep 189
Sep 10, 2019
188 – Michael Dalton-Smith – Volcanoes 3D
In today’s episode I speak to Michael Dalton-Smith, who is a Canadian adventurer with over ten years of experience filming in some of the most remote and challenging places in the world. He spoke to me about the release of his latest documentary on IMAX, “Volcanoes 3D” We spoke about: – Michael’s background – What […]
Apr 01, 2019
187 – Dr Dyani Lewis – Plant Genetics
In today’s episode, I speak to Dr Dyani Lewis on the topic of plant genetics. Download MP3 of Ep 187
Mar 31, 2019
186 – Dr Jake Owens – Giant Panda Conservation
With the release of IMAX’s “Pandas 3D” recently, I talk to Dr Jake Owens, an American conservational biologist based at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan, China, and the project work he has been doing in terms of Panda re-introduction to the wild and conservation work that the documentary is based […]
Jun 10, 2018
185 – Kirsten Banks – Archaeoastronomy and Aboriginal Astronmy
In today’s episode, I talk to Kirsten Banks, a young female physics and astronomy student at the University of New South Wales. Topics we cover include: – How Kirsten got into physics and astronomy – Her interest in archeaoastronomy – Australian Aboriginal astronomy – Research interests – Females in science and physics Download MP3 of […]
May 22, 2018
184 – Dr Zara Dennis – SciFly STEM Outreach
In today’s episode I speak to Dr Zara Dennis, who has appeared on the podcast previously. We catch up on what she’s been up to since we last spoke, and I talked to her after she Topics we cover include: – Mixing Zara’s interest in flying with education – What sparked her interest in flying […]
Sep 30, 2017
Competition
Hi all, The winner of the online tutoring competition that was mentioned in episode 183 has been announced. The winner is: Giuliana De Bellis Congratulations Giuliana! Please contact the folks out at MyWebTutor to collect your prize.
Aug 01, 2017
183 – Anant Tanna – Outreach and Science Fun
In today’s episode, I talk to Anant Tanna once again. This time we talk about his interest in science outreach, why it’s important, and the fun of learning science. Topics we cover include: – Why is outreach important? – Why is science outreach, in particular, important? – How should outreach be approached? – Why does […]
Jun 03, 2017
182 – Joanna Corby – Galactic Large Organic Molecules
In today’s episode, I speak to Joanna Corby, who was visiting the University of New South Wales from the University of Virginia, while doing research into Large Organic Molecules in High Mass Star Forming Regions in our galaxy. We spoke about – What region of our galaxy is being looked at? – What are the […]
Jun 02, 2017
181 – Anant Tanna – Searching for Invisible Galaxies
In today’s episode I speak to Anant Tanna from the University of New South Wales School of Physics, about his research on looking for invisible galaxies. During our conversation, we cover: – What are invisible galaxies? – How do we find distant galaxies that we can’t see via their own light? – What are redshift […]
Apr 05, 2017
180 – Ten Years of Brains Matter
This Episode of Brains Matter celebrates the 10 year anniversary of the show. Yes, Brains Matter has hit the double figure mark. Starting out on the 16th of October 2006, the show has covered a wide range of topics and amazing guests. In today’s show, I speak to Clive Weeks, who has been involved with […]
Nov 03, 2016
179 – Dr Michael Childress – Supernovae
In today’s episode I speak to Dr Michael Childress from the Australian National University. He talks to me about his research into supernovae. During our conversations, we cover: – His research into the progenitors of supernovae – The techniques used to determine what type of stars they were before going supernovae – The difference between […]
Oct 28, 2016
178 – Dr Roland Crocker – Fermi Bubbles
In this episode I speak to Dr Roland Crocker from the Australian National University on the topic of Fermi Bubbles – what are they and how do they form? Listen in to find out! Download MP3 of Ep 178
Aug 30, 2016
177 – Angus Wright – ICRAR and GAMA
I speak to Angus Wright from ICRAR who speaks to us about the GAMA project and radio astronomy, and the work he is doing as part of his PhD in the GAMA collaboration. Download MP3 of Ep 177 This episode is supported by the Monash Centre for Astrophysics .
May 12, 2016
176 – Dr Anushi Rajapaksa – Spray Vaccines
Do you or someone you know dislike getting the needle? Well in today’s episode, I speak to Dr Anushi Rajapaksa from the Murdoch Children’s Institute on her research into delivering vaccinations via a spray. We also talk about DNA vaccines and personalised medicine. Sounds intriguing! To find out more, listen into the episode! Download MP3 […]
May 07, 2016
175 – Dr Charley Lineweaver – Is Our Solar System Special?
Listen to today’s episode as I talk to Assoc Prof Charley Lineweaver from the Australian National University on his thoughts about whether the Solar System is unique or special! Download MP3 of Ep 175
Apr 04, 2016
174 – Dr Zara Dennis – From Sports Science and Geophysics to Teaching
Listen in as Dr Zara Dennis talks to us about her journey from sports science to teaching high school physics. In particular, Zara talks to us about: – Her interest in geophysics and outer space – Working with lasers – What led to doing her PhD – PhD that looked at electromagnetic to find gold […]
Sep 03, 2015
Brains Matter is Back From Hiatus
Hi listeners! As you would have noticed, the Brains Matter podcast has been on a bit of a hiatus over the past year and you haven’t heard much from the show. If you’ve wondered why, well there’s been a combination of factors, from technical issues to funding issues, and in amongst this all was a […]
Sep 03, 2015
173 – Assoc Prof Brad Carter – Space Weather
In today’s episode, I speak to Associate Professor Brad Carter from the University of Southern Queensland about Space Weather. What is it? How do we measure it? And what does it mean for the formation of life? Download MP3 of Ep 173 This episode is supported by the Monash Centre for Astrophysics .
Dec 06, 2014
172 – Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith – The SKA
In today’s episode, I speak to Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith from the CSIRO, about the Square Kilometre Array project. – What is the the Square Kilometre Array Project? – The results of the decision on where to host the project – What are the different parts of he SKA project – The Murchison Widefield Array Download […]
Aug 18, 2014
171 – Sarah Bruzzese – Astronomical Society of Australia Poster Sessions
During the Astronomical Society of Australia conference, I went and visited the Poster Sessions where students showcased their research. In today’s episode, I speak to Sarah Bruzzese, one of the poster session presenters. Download MP3 of Ep 171 This episode is supported by the Monash Centre for Astrophysics .
Nov 16, 2013
170 – Sarah Sweet – Astronomical Society of Australia Poster Sessions
During the Astronomical Society of Australia conference, I went and visited the Poster Sessions where students showcased their research. In today’s episode, I speak to Sarah Sweet, one of the poster session presenters. Download MP3 of Ep 170 This episode is supported by the Monash Centre for Astrophysics .
Aug 17, 2013
169 – Dr Charley Lineweaver – The Birth, Life, and Death of our Planet… and the Universe
The following recording is of the 2013 Astronomical Society of Australia’s Harley Wood Lecture, hosted by the Monash Centre for Astrophysics. People, planets, stars, and even universes are born, they live for a while, and then die. Associate Professor Charles Lineweaver reviews what we now about the origin of the Earth and the origin of […]
Aug 06, 2013
168 – Matt Witkowski – Leukaemia and the Ikaros Gene
In today’s episode, I talk to Matthew Witkowski, a PhD student at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, on his research into the relationship between the Ikaros Gene and Leukemia. We discuss: – Matt’s background – A definition of leukaemia – Matt’s work in his PhD – What is the Ikaros gene? – […]
Jul 14, 2013
167 – Robert Lloyd – 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who – Part 2
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the classic science fiction show, Doctor Who. I spoke to actor and comedian (and honourary 10th Time Lord) Rob Lloyd, also known as the Number 1 Doctor Who fan in the world, about the show. This is the second part of a two part interview. Topics we discuss […]
May 26, 2013
166 – Robert Lloyd – 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who – Part 1
Something a bit different for this episode – this year marks the 50th anniversary of the classic science fiction show, Doctor Who. I spoke to actor and comedian (and honourary 10th Time Lord) Rob Lloyd, also known as the Number 1 Doctor Who fan in the world, about the show. This is the first of […]
May 12, 2013
165 – Dr Michael Brown – The Peer Review Process
In today’s episode, I talk to Dr Michael Brown from Monash University about the peer review process in science. We talk about: – What the Peer Review Process is – How the Peer Review Process helps – The issues with Peer Review – What is the issue with positive and negative scientific results? – The […]
Apr 26, 2013
164 – Sir Paul Nurse – Making Science Work Part 2
This episode is part 2 of 2, of a talk given by Sir Paul Nurse, who is President of The Royal Society in the UK, and the Nobel Laureate in Medicine or Physiology for 2001, on the wonder of science and how it enhances our culture and civilisation. He also discusses how science can not […]
Apr 24, 2013
163 – Sir Paul Nurse – Making Science Work Part 1
This episode is part 1 of 2, of a talk given by Sir Paul Nurse, who is President of The Royal Society in the UK, and the Nobel Laureate in Medicine or Physiology for 2001, on the wonder of science and how it enhances our culture and civilisation. He also discusses how science can not […]
Apr 24, 2013
162 – Dr Michael Brown – Lies, Damned Lies, and NRA Statistics
In today’s episode, I talk to Dr Michael Brown from Monash University about the mis-use of statistics in the public sphere, and specifically, about the American National Rifle Associations misrepresentations of data. We talk about: – The Australian context – Australian gun control laws – The subsequent experience after the implementation of these laws – […]
Mar 22, 2013
161 – Sir Harry Kroto – The State of Science
In today’s episode, I talk to Sir Harold Kroto, who shared the 1996 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for the co-discovery of carbon-60, or Buckminsterfullerine. We continue the discussion from episode 160, and talk about – Stereotypes of scientists – Science and natural philosophy – What are non-science people interested in? – Kids as scientists – […]
Feb 28, 2013
160 – Sir Harry Kroto – Buckminsterfullerine
In today’s episode, I talk to Sir Harold Kroto, who shared the 1996 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for the co-discovery of carbon-60, or Buckminsterfullerine. He talked to me about the discover of carbon-60, as well as the state of science in the UK and worldwide. This is part 1 of a 2 part interview. Today’s […]
Feb 12, 2013
159 – Where is my flying car? – Part 3
Today’s episode is part 3 of a 3 part series called “Where is my flying car?” organised and hosted by the University of Melbourne’s Physics Students Society. This final episode in this series primarily includes audience questions – some of the audio is difficult to hear from some parts of the audience, so apologies for […]
Dec 23, 2012
158 – Where is my flying car? – Part 2
Today’s episode is part 2 of a 3 part series called “Where is my flying car?” organised and hosted by the University of Melbourne’s Physics Students Society. Hosted by Dr Roger Rassool, panel members included: Dr Andi Horvath, Museum Victoria, Dr Erica Sloan, Monash Institute on Pharmaceutical Science, Tim Thwaites, Science writer, and myself. The […]
Oct 31, 2012
157 – Where is my flying car? – Part 1
Today’s episode is part 1 of a 3 part series called “Where is my flying car?” organised and hosted by the University of Melbourne’s Physics Students Society. Hosted by Dr Roger Rassool, panel members included: Dr Andi Horvath, Museum Victoria, Dr Erica Sloan, Monash Institute on Pharmaceutical Science, Tim Thwaites, Science writer, and myself. The […]
Aug 17, 2012
156 – Professor Chris Tinney – The Search for Extrasolar Planets
There can be few questions more fundamental for a scientist’s research to address than “Is our home here on Earth unique? Or ubiquitous?” Astronomers involved in the search for – and the study of – extra-solar planets are fortunate enough to have this sort of question driving their daily activities. This episode is sponsored by […]
Jun 10, 2012
155 – Professor Brian Schmidt – The Accelerating Universe – Public Talk
In 1998, two teams traced back the expansion of the universe over billions of years and discovered that it was accelerating, a startling discovery that suggests that more than 70% of the cosmos is contained in a previously unknown form of matter, called Dark Energy. The 2011 Nobel Laureate for Physics, Brian Schmidt, leader of […]
Mar 27, 2012
154 – Alom Shaha – The Young Atheists Handbook
In today’s episode, I speak to Alom Shaha, a science teacher and communicator from the UK. Alom has worked on television shows researching science, and is well known in science communication circles. He recently published a book called The Young Atheists Handbook, and spoke to me about his views on science, religion, freedom from religion, […]
Mar 25, 2012
153 – Dr Duncan Galloway – Neutron Star Binaries
In today’s episode, I talk to Dr Duncan Galloway, ARC Future Fellow at Monash University. His interest is in Neutron Star Binaries and I talked to him about this: – Duncan’s background – What is a neutron star? – How big is a neutron star? – How does a neutron star stay together? – The […]
Jan 22, 2012
152 – Dr Corin Storkey – Sugar to Mend a Broken Heart
In today’s episode, I talk to Brains Matter regular, Dr Corin Storkey, from the Heart Research Centre in Sydney. He talks to us about new research into a type of sugar that could prevent heart disease! We talk about: – the patent that has been filed on a new sugar based compound – how the […]
Dec 20, 2011
10/12/2011 365 Days of Astronomy Appearance
The Ordinary Guy has contributed to another 365 Days of Astronomy podcast Aryabhata
Dec 16, 2011
151 – Dr Robyn Pickering – Australopithecus Sedeba Update
In today’s episode, I talk to Dr Robyn Pickering from the University of Melbourne, with an update on the status of research regarding the discovery of Australopithecus Sedeba. Topics discussed include: – the age of the Australopithecus Sedeba has been confirmed – how the more accurate dates were determined – how does this relate to […]
Dec 05, 2011
150 – One Hundred and Fifty Shows!
In today’s short episode, OG comments on his experiences with the show for the past 150 episodes. Download Encore MP3 of Ep 150
Dec 01, 2011
Encore – Brian Schmidt – The Acceleration of the Universe
Professor Brian Schmidt won the Nobel Prize for physics for 2011, for his work in helping discover that the universe was accelerating in it’s expansion, which came as a huge surprise to the whole astronomical community. I spoke to Brian about his work for the 24/5/2009 episode of Brains Matter – for those of you […]
Oct 13, 2011
149 – Kellie Caught – The Say Yes Campaign
In this episode, I talk to Kellie Caught, Head of Climate Change for WWF Australia, about the Say Yes Campaign. Topics discussed include: – Kellie’s background – The background of the carbon price in Australia and worldwide – Kyoto – How long has the EU had Emissions Trading Schemes? – What is the ‘say yes’ […]
Oct 12, 2011
148 – Michael Roache – Australian Macropod Action Plan
In this episode, I speak to Michael Roache, the Program Manager for Threatened Species at the World Wildlife Fund – Australia. He spoke to me about: – Michael’s background – National Threatened Species Day – How many threatened species do we have in Australia? – What are macropods? – The relationship between threatened species and […]
Oct 01, 2011
147 – Marita Cheng – Who are the Robogals?
In today’s show, I speak to Marita Cheng, the founder of Robogals. Topics we discuss include: – Marita’s background – What inspired her to go into engineering? – How did Robogals get started? – What are the aims of Robogals? – Who is it targeting? – What does it do at schools? – What is […]
Sep 18, 2011
146 – Five Years of Brains Matter
Today’s episode is a 5 year celebration of the podcast – Listener feedback for the five year anniversary – The five year anniversary competition winner A discussion on science and society at the Brains Matter 5 year celebration where we discussed: – education – inspiration – teachers – governments and their inertia in pushing science […]
Sep 17, 2011
145 – Dr Rosemary Mardling – The Three Body Problem
In today’s episode, I speak to Dr Rosemary Mardling from Monash University on the 3-body problem and the n-body problem. – What is the 3-body problem? How does it relate to astronomy? – How was it worked out in the early days? – What was Newton’s approach to the problem? – How does the 3-body […]
Sep 14, 2011