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The Science Set - From Ghana and Beyond

Science Disrupt

Release Date: 01/06/2019

Getting Lost in Math with Sabine Hossenfelder show art Getting Lost in Math with Sabine Hossenfelder

Science Disrupt

In this episode we chat to , a physicist and author of . In the book Sabine makes the case that physicists have committed themselves to ideas of beauty rooted in maths that are unsupported by the data. She calls for a radical re-evaulation of how physics is done.  

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Disrupting Science show art What We Talk About When We Talk About Disrupting Science

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In this episode, we’re chatting about Science Disrupt 2.0 - what we mean when we talk about ‘disruption’, what deeper conversations we now need to have about science, and how and why our own ideas have evolved over the last 4 years. We talk about what’s changed in science since 2016, including the more open nature of critical conversation in academia; how the cult of personality (of consultants, startups and VCs) can make a mockery of science and tech, and what deeper questions aren’t being asked while many still problematic practices continue in research and tech transfer.

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Abolishing Silicon Valley With Wendy Liu show art Abolishing Silicon Valley With Wendy Liu

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In this episode we chat to author of the brilliant book, ! We talk about the myth of the meritocracy, reclaiming entrepreneurship, and what innovation looks like beyond capitalism. Our quick review of Abolish Silicon Valley: From inspiring early experiences in open-source software development, to crushing disappointment in the search for startup funding, Wendy Liu writes a refreshingly candid account of how she fell in, and then out, of love with the tech industry. Liu shows how the inhabitants of Silicon Valley - from the funders, to the founders - have abdicated their responsibility to...

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Science communication in the age of Coronavirus show art Science communication in the age of Coronavirus

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In this one we talk about people talking about science, and scicomm, and journalism, and open science.

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The Return ft. Gemma's Book show art The Return ft. Gemma's Book

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Gemma's book launched last week and we talk about it. You can pick up a copy .

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Solving Space Junk with Harriet Brettle show art Solving Space Junk with Harriet Brettle

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After a long summer we're back, and we're here to talk spaaaace! Specifically the issue of satellite sustainability and the startup leading the charge. In this episode of the Science: Disrupt podcast we chat to Harriet Brettle, Business Analyst at the startup and co-founder of the London Space Network. Astroscale is a space startup that is developing a solution to the environmental concerns over space debris and all of the challenges that that can bring. We also discuss Harriet's path to Astroscale and her drive to establish the London Space Network and the benefits of community...

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How to Write our Future with Anne Charnock show art How to Write our Future with Anne Charnock

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In this episode we chat to science fiction author, Anne Charnock. For Anne's latest novel "" received the Arthur C Clarke award in 2018, and explores the future of fertility, and pre-natal genetic screening. Anne was also a Phillip K Dick Award nominee for here 2013 novel "A Calculated Life". It's becoming more and more clear that sci-fi and futurism can have great influence in our culture. In our chat with Anne we dive into the role of sci-fi as a launchpad for scientific exploration, the ethical obligations of the writer, the power of daydreaming, and how writers balance literary freedom...

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Biology's Big Data Problem with Charles Fracchia show art Biology's Big Data Problem with Charles Fracchia

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In this episode we chat to , CEO and Co-Founder of a bioscience data company driven to make labs faster and smarter. Showing that building out a smart lab isn't the preserve of the roboticists, Biobright hoovers up every drop of experimental data with a view to make science more reproducible. Their product 'DarwinSync' can hook up to you electronic lab notebooks, be searched through voice, and can even help with the analysis and visualisation of lab data. Charles' CV reads like a who's who of science innovation, from his IBM PhD Fellowship in the , to working in George Church's lab...

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The Science of Storytelling with Kat Arney show art The Science of Storytelling with Kat Arney

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In this episode we chat to science writer, podcaster, speaker, author, and now communications consultant Dr Kat Arney on all things science communication! We dive into the current state of the science communication industry, from the tools of the trade, things that 'scicommers' can improve, and the work Kat does training researchers in the art of storytelling. Relevant links: Kat's Kat's book - Gemma's Article on ''

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Viral Misinformation with Richard Clarke show art Viral Misinformation with Richard Clarke

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In today's episode we are joined by Richard Clarke, a PhD researcher at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine! Richard is a member of the the Vaccine Confidence Project, an initiative that monitors public confidence in immunisation for the purpose of detecting public concerns around vaccines. These concerns can have massive implications for the effectiveness of vaccine programmes and as such researchers must address them as early as possible. In this episode we explore what researchers can do to effectively communicate science on-and-off-line (it turns out caps lock, insults,...

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Today's guest is Antipem Ofori Charles, a Ghanaian inventor and entrepreneur who is intent on transforming science education within Ghana and beyond. Antipem is the founder of the DEXT Technology, an accessible science set designed to engage students in underserved communities with the wonder of science. 

One of Antipem's inspirations for developing DEXT was through his own pathway into science. His father, a local high school teacher, framed what it meant to be a scientist for him by designing rain collection experiments with the simplest of equipment...a bottle and a funnel. This spirit of democratisation of science through ease of access has been woven into development of the Science Set. Affordable, but with a diverse array of resources, it sets up students with the tools they need to develop their drive to tinker and experiment.