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The Conduct Science Podcast

New topics every week from neuroscience to climate change, from the deep ocean to deep space. Tom and Mitch will guide you through science with the help of expert scientific guests.

This week on The Method Section, Tom talks about the formation of planets in our solar system! How did they form in the first place? What did our primordial solar system look like, what effects of the universe shaped it? Have you ever wondered why there are no gas giants close to the Sun or why looking far away in space is actually looking back in time? New research of a planetesimal called "Arrokoth", in the Kuiper belt, is changing how we look at planetary formation. Music by: Joakim Karud - https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud.

This week on The Method Section, Tom takes a look at CRISPR. Gene editing via CRISPR and the Cas-9 protein was heralded as one of the biggest scientific acheivements of the last decade, but what exactly is it? How does one program a protein to precisely cut strands of DNA? The discussion of what CRISPR technology is being used for now and in the future is a rigourous one filled with all kinds of ethical bounderies and gray areas. Listen now to find out where they are drawing the line! Music by: Joakim Karud - https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud.

This week on The Method Section, Tom goes through the process of writing a project proposal to get funding. If you are an aspiring scientist or even an experienced one, this is something you will have to do time after time. This is an opportunity for you to showcase yourself, you team, and your project and why it deserves funding over others. Tom explores here the classic pitfalls researchers make when applying for funding and the things you can do to maximise your chances. Also included is a set of questions you can ask yourself to get you started. Music by: Joakim Karud - https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud.

This week on The Method Section, Tom explores the mirror system hypothesis and how language transformed humanity! Did language derive from an archaeic gestural "langauage" that linked the sender and reciever of signals? What cytocarchitecture do we possess that enables us to be a language ready species? With language being such a unique asset to humans, how did it transform and shape our evolutionary pathway? Language, as it turns out maybe the reason for everything we know today! Music by: Joakim Karud - https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud.

This week on The Method Section, Tom takes a look at social cognition and language. Why are social cognition and language so tightly linked? Explore why language is such a fundamental property of humanity, why it led to our success and why it is thought as the crucial mechanism for the advancement of cultural complexity. Here you will also find out about the underlying mechanisms of language and where else we see them in the animal kingdom, and why exploring the evolutionary history of animals that don't have the uniquely human trait of language is important to understanding it. Music by: Joakim Karud - https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud.

This week on The Method Section, Tom takes a look at the neurological circuit that is responsible for complex vocal learning. With such a restricted range of animals that show this incredible ability the Kuypers-Jurgens hypothesis presents a great opportunity to understand how complex vocal learning, and by effect, even human language evolved and why such specific neurological pathways are important. Music by: Joakim Karud - https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud.

This week on The Method Section, Tom takes a look at sleep. Everyone sleeps, everyone needs to sleep... but why? Find out here as we explore what happens when we sleep through the different stages of the sleep cycle, why we actually need to sleep and also the result on the brain and body if we don't get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation is the unseen plague in our society and the effect it could be having on millions, if not billions of people around the world is truly scary. Music by: Joakim Karud - https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud.

This week, on The Method Section, Tom takes a look at the past decade and all of the major scientific achievements of the past decade. The 2010's, dubbed the decade of space, certainly lives up to that title with the discovery of gravitational waves and the Higgs bosun particle, the first ever picture taken of a black hole and reusable rockets. More than this, Tom covers the rise of artificial intelligence, gene editing with Crispr, the discovery of a new human species and humanity's fight against disease.Music by: Joakim Karud - https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud.

This week on The Method Section, Tom takes a look at the global climate emergency warning issued by 11,000 scientists worldwide in November 2019. The warning alerts us to the current situation and problems we face while highlighting steps that we need to take in order to ensure a future for not just us, but the whole world.Music by: Joakim Karud - https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud.

This week on The Method Section, Tom takes a look at complex vocal learning. What is it? Where does it occur? Why is it important to study? See how researchers look for vocal learning and the surprising places that they find it. Why is it so important in humans yet not in our closest evolutionary relatives? Yet humans and some birds share similar brain structures! Music by: Joakim Karud - https://soundcloud.com/joakimkarud.

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