Episode 10: Nerve Agents, Biohacking Genitals & Cambridge Analytica

April 18, 2018

We're back with a brand new host - the amazing Hana Ayoob!

This week, we talk about the attempted assassination of Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with the nerve agent Novichok. Why have biohackers started using stem cells to make their genitals better? And why has someone been diagnosed with super gonnorhea (when Oz was so clear about it in Episode 3)?

In our discussion, we talk about the Cambridge Analytica story and how big data might be used to profile people. We download Oz's data to find out exactly what Facebook knows about him (and why his only interest is Jim Al-Khalili).

 

Hana's Highlights

Jennifer Crouch - @JenniferCrouch

Angela Saini - @AngelaDSaini

Adriana Lowe - @Adriana_Lowe

You can find Angela's book "Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong" on Amazon and in all good book retailers.

 

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Episode 09: Black Panther & Racist Cameras

April 4, 2018

Black Panther has broken massive barriers - the most successful superhero film of 2018 and a trendsetter in diverse film-making.

But it hasn't always been that way - once upon a time, cameras were kinda racist. Oz and Suhail take us back through the history of photography and film to explain how the cameras have evolved to shoot dark skin.  

Expect stereotypical models, chocolate bars, angry furniture companies and South African ID cards.

 

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Episode 08: Lab Vibrators, Thirst Traps & Facebook’s Switch Up

March 21, 2018

The crew is back and filled to the brim with more interesting science and tech stories.

We look into #ReviewForScience: the hashtag where scientists repurpose everyday items for science work and then review them. Everything from collecting whale snot with paint poles to lab credit cards being used to buy sex toys.

Plus, Suhail discusses how Facebook's plans to change how users interact online could mean big things for fake news and mental health.

And, as an added bonus, Oz explains the science of Instagram thirst trap accounts.

 

Next Live Shows: Listed Here

Suhail's Latest Film: Refugee takes up running to tackle his depression

 

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Oz’s Shifty First Dates (Live at Science Showoff)

March 16, 2018

While we're waiting on our next mega episode, we're releasing a little something for you all.

Come hear about the trials and tribulations of Oz - from mouse brains to perfectly symmetrical genitals. 

Recorded live at Science Showoff.

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Episode 07: Cheddar Man, Medical Cockblocking & Blood Donations

February 21, 2018

 

This week, we get into the science behind the news that Cheddar Man - the oldest Brit - was dark-skinned. What does it mean for the concept of race and ethnicity in the UK? And why are the Daily Mail and Twitter comments about it so funny?

And as the NHS is doing a massive push to get more black people to sign up to donate blood and organs, we talk about the intersection of health, science and culture and discuss what's stopping a lot of ethnic minority people from registering.

And as a gay man, why is the NHS cock-blocking Oz?

 

How do I sign up to give blood/organs?

 

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Episode 06: Genetics, January Blues & Group Therapy

February 7, 2018

We've got a special hour long episode (to make up for the fact that we've not put anything out in January)! 

We talk about the idea of January Blues, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Swiss Mummies (maybe related to Boris Johnson). Plus the fact that Oz's genetic heritage is more confused than he is at a gym right now.

In the second half of the show, we discuss our journeys with mental health. We learn about Alex's Kebab Therapy, Suhail's scribbles and how child prodigy Oz learned about sex.

Live Shows

The Science Newseum - The Harrison, London - 15th Feb 2018

Science Showoff - The Star of Kings, London - 20th Feb 2018

Bright Club: 10th Anniversary - Stratford Circus Arts Centre, London - 22nd Feb 2018

 

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Episode 05: Fake Terrorism, Twitter and Mass Hysteria

December 30, 2017

Oz explains his coffee addiction, we talk about the fake terror attack at Oxford Circus and Suhail explains how misinformation can spread through the media.

We also discuss the Irish Fright of 1688 - whatever that was.

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Episode 04: Racist Gaydar & The Science of Attractiveness

December 18, 2017

This week, Oz talks about some software that some think can predict your sexual orientation based on how you look (if you're a white male).

Our discussion for this week: Is there a science behind attractiveness?

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Episode 03.5: Is Cake A Material? (Bonus)

December 3, 2017

In which Suhail anthropomorphises semen, Oz drinks whiskey and Anna plays Coolio on a trumpet mouthpiece.

This is a special episode to say thank you for all the support we've received in the last few weeks.

You can follow Anna on Twitter @AnnaPloszajski and her podcast is 'Rial Talk.

If you're in London, you see Anna live on 07/12 for her special Christmas Quiz.

 

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Episode 03: Smart Materials (ft. Anna Ploszajski)

November 27, 2017

We have our first guest - comedian, author and materials expert Anna Ploszajski!

She talks about smart materials and why our future might look like Big Hero 6.

In the mean time, we've got Oz talking about his super gonorrhea problem and Suhail gets sad about fish depression.

You can follow Anna on Twitter @AnnaPloszajski and her podcast is 'Rial Talk.

To hear more about what the future might hold, you can get the book "What's Next" on Amazon and in all half-decent bookshops.

 

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