The (Un)Scientific Method

The (Un)Scientific Method

What is science? What do scientists do all day? Do they all wear lab coats? What if they study polar bears in the arctic? That sounds cold… We’ve all had these thoughts. Sometimes the world of scientific research seems like a giant black box. Let’s explore current research straight from mouths of the lab rats themselves.

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July 12, 2022 47 min

Ever think about what makes animals so different from one another? Then zooming in even more, how do we think about differentiating animals within the same species, like the chipper little sap-suckers (a type of woodpecker!)? PhD student Libby Natola studies exactly this-- using genomics behaviour and the ecology of these birds, Libby explores how new species arise. Be sure to listen in on this headbanger of an episode!

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Do you ever wonder how scientists predict disease and the solutions to stopping unwanted infections? A lot of it is because scientists like Nicola work on mathematical models to probe the complex lifestyles of bacteria populations! Tune in to this episode to learn more about how her work helps in understanding COVID-19 and how we can make new medicines to combat other disease!

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What does our gut-health have to do with Parkinsons Disease, a brain disorder? Can mice help us with this kind of research? We bring in PhD student Nina Radisaljevic who tells us about her research where she searches for questions and answers related to mouse models, gut bacteria, and their role in our brain health! Listen along to what might be the future of disease treatment! (Spoilers: might include poop pills!) 

 

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Ever wonder how new medical technology gets developed and so that it can be used in a clinic? And how physics research can contribute to medicine? We explore the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) research being done by physics PhD student Sarah Morris. She shares how MRI research can help us see inside the brain and spinal cord in new ways. Tune in to hear about her research, perspective on imposter syndrome, and favourite type of M...

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Have you ever wondered what “quantum physics” really means? What do theoretical physicists actually do? What type of chalk do they prefer when they confer at the blackboard? We discuss these questions and more with Dr. Alex May, a theoretical physicist and post-doctoral fellow at Stanford. He tells us about the theories that physicists use to understand the basic rules that govern the universe, specifically how quantum mechanics ca...

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November 16, 2021 1 min

Here's a short trailer of what we do at The (Un)Scientific Method and the snippets of conversation between scientists and our host, Beth Castle!

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What’s it like to be a COVID-19 researcher during the pandemic? How do scientists figure out what a virus looks like at a molecular level? In this episode of the (un)Scientific Method podcast, we sat down with MD/PhD student Dhiraj Mannar to learn about just that! He tells us about his exciting work in visualizing the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein by freezing and bombarding the protein with electrons, his unique path to science as a for...

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Have you ever wondered how someone can do research in the Arctic? Today we interview Danielle Grant, a molecular biologist and paleo-oceanographer researcher. What do these terms mean? Well, tune in to hear our discussion of what she studies and how she explores ancient DNA and past climate change to make predictions about our future world.

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