Cover art for podcast Further Research Needed

Further Research Needed

39 EpisodesProduced by Further Research NeededWebsite

A podcast on science from scientists. Here we ask those seemingly straight forward questions that don’t have such straight forward answers. Each episode takes a tongue in cheek look at current research and research practises whilst lifting the veil on what is scientific truth. Mostly we nerd out abo… read more

episodes iconAll Episodes

Can viruses get sick?

January 26th, 2022


Today we ask the question can viruses get sick? And can you get sick if your aren't even alive? We take a look at giant viruses and their arch nemesis, the virophage. 

--- Send in a voice message:

Does evolution inform morality?

January 12th, 2022


On this weeks episode we tackle the really big question of the morality of reproduction. Should we be obligated to have children because of evolution?

Solar foods: protein from thin air

December 29th, 2021


This week we are discussing the future of protein production. Is there a hard limit to how many people we can feed on this planet and if yes, are we going to reach it soon? Can we create food from scratch without a …

Why did alchemy die?

December 15th, 2021


Why can't I turn lead into gold and surely I can drink something to live for ever? Today we talk about alchemy; what it promised, who was practising …

Do we need to worry about extinction level events?

December 1st, 2021


This week we are discussing disaster on the highest level. Do we have to prepare for extinction events that would kill all of humanity? And if yes, …

Beyond the double helix

November 17th, 2021


The double helix structure of DNA is probably the most famous biomolecular structure out there. In this episode, we are exploring other structures …

Is scientism anti science?

November 3rd, 2021


Is scientism on the rise? Today we are discussing what exactly we understand under the term scientism, and how it affects the public perception of both scientific findings and the academic community. 

--- Send in a …

The FRN origin story, and how we go from here

October 20th, 2021


After we had a longer summer break, we're introducing the new season, our slightly modified approach to the podcast and tell the story how we got here. 

--- Send in a voice message:

Transhumanism - Is it okay to change our own genes?

June 23rd, 2021


In the second part of our transhumanism feature, we look permanent germline modifications. Is anyone allowed to change their share in the human …

Transhumanism - Is it inevitable?

June 2nd, 2021


This week on Further Research Needed we tackle Transhumanism! We discuss how we understand the term and get into the weeds on how feasible it is. Join us to see if Transhumanism might already be here or whether it is …

Why should we measure scientific quality?

May 19th, 2021


Part of academic publishing is the prestige of the journal, measured by previous citations. We are diving into this system, why we have it and what …

Can scientists have opinions?

May 5th, 2021


On this week's episode of Further Research Needed we discuss: Can scientists have opinions? Scientists are being trained to report data without intermingling their personal opinion. However, voicing one's opinion and …

Engineering vs Science

April 22nd, 2021


Is science just engineering? or vice versa? In this episode we pick apart the two and try and work out if it's a problem that they are so intertwined. 

--- Send in a voice message:

Are universities businesses?

April 7th, 2021


This week on Further Research Needed we tackle the question: Are universities businesses? Changes in how universities behave will have far-reaching consequences for education, research and public services. We discuss if …

Is the big bang soon to be superseded?

March 24th, 2021


Which scientific theories do you know, that are no longer accepted today? Academic consensus is changing slower than any of us could really notice. …

Are antibodies overpowered?

March 10th, 2021


This week on Further Research Needed we try to answer the question: Are antibodies overpowered? Joining us is Sebastian Ols, expert in vaccine research and first time guest on the show. We discuss how our bodies manage …

What else happened this year?

January 13th, 2021


The 2020 science recap is here! Featuring life on Venus, a plane without moving parts and some deep protein folding. Sit back and relax while we …

Are we ready to change peer review?

December 16th, 2020


This time, Pedro Veliça (creator of Pedromics) is joining the show. Peer review is a cornerstone of academia and scientific publishing, but certainly not beyond improvement. Can private companies ensure the quality of …

Which is worse - paragliding or steak?

December 2nd, 2020


Join us for the second installment of the guessing game. This time we will guess about our risk of death, the power of the sun and vaporizing all bodies of water. Find out who takes the guesstimation crown and compete …

Are scientists being censored?

November 18th, 2020


And are there any circumstances where this would be justified?

--- Send in a voice message:

Does winning the Nobel prize cause scientists to go mad?

November 4th, 2020


Would you accept a Nobel prize if the cost was your sanity? In this episode we look at whether receiving the most prestigious award in science causes …

Is science education fit for purpose?

October 21st, 2020


What is the purpose of science education at different stages of school... and are we doing a good job delivering? 

--- Send in a voice message:

What would turn us into supervillains?

October 7th, 2020


Let's leave the realm of the scientifically possible behind for a bit, and plan ahead for when our time comes. 

--- Send in a voice message:

Does the maverick scientist narrative bypass the scientific process?

September 23rd, 2020


Does the myth of the maverick scientist help or hinder science? In this episode we take an in depth look at what makes a maverick scientist and the effect the trope has on scientists and the public perception of …

Who takes the guesstimation crown?

September 9th, 2020


We're putting our scientific minds to practical work and try to make an educated guess on a completely unknown number. Can you beat us?

--- Send in a voice message:

Can a biologist fix a radio?

August 26th, 2020


We are doing a journal club episode on the paper: Can a biologist fix a radio? (Labeznik, CANCER CELL, 2002). 

--- Send in a voice message:

Is pivoting research towards the crisis good for science?

August 12th, 2020


The podcast with straight forward questions that lead to not so straight forward answers is back for another season. 

--- Send in a voice message:

Further Research Needed Trailer

August 9th, 2020


The podcast with straight forward questions that lead to not so straight forward answers introduces itself.

--- Send in a voice message:

Science to make you happy

April 25th, 2020


Enough with the rants for now. Today, each of us is bringing an uplifting piece of science to the table, and shares his excitement with the others. In the end, we have an important announcement about the future of this …

A djinn for science

March 20th, 2020


WHY IS SCIENCE SO SLOW? Today we are looking at science as a whole - talking about the things that drive us up the wall and things that are …

Scientist and sci-fi: a fickle love affair

February 23rd, 2020


How do we as scientists feel about science fiction? Do we get mad about incorrect depictions of science in scifi? Does it create unrealistic expectations towards scientific progress and potential? And who inspires whom …

A guide to causality

February 10th, 2020


How do we know Nicolas Cage is (probably) not drowning people? Does eating ice cream make people drown themselves maybe? In this episode, we learn …

Stop saying biomolecule!

January 23rd, 2020


How is a biomolecule different from any other molecule? Are there artificial chemicals and natural chemicals? Should scientists be trying to make …

What has Matthew McConaughey ever done for us? A recap of the last 10 years in science

January 11th, 2020


We end the decade of research with highlighting the supposedly biggest discoveries in science. Alongside those, we brought some other topics that we found interesting and worth chatting about. Stay excited for the best …

Should the publishers perish?

December 8th, 2019


Even though most scientists agree, there are significant flaws in the publishing system (and related to that: funding distribution, reproducibility and peer review) change is slow. This might be, because our careers …

The linearity of life

December 1st, 2019


Let's dive deep into biochemistry!
Chris and I discuss our beloved biological marcromolecules, and how they are all synthesised in a linear fashion, …

Is science a religion?

November 21st, 2019


What a ridiculous and utterly obsolete question. It is the exact opposite!
That's what you would hear from most people. At closer look however, the …

Chemical separation: Costing the earth

November 11th, 2019


Why chemical separations are so difficult. Separating useful chemicals from our waste has become one of the world's biggest challenges. We discuss …

RNA and the world

November 10th, 2019


Chris Wood and I chat about some features of RNA that are generally not so prominent in biochemistry textbooks, but I find them really fascinating. Along these thoughts, we trash some ribozymes, take a stand on RNA's …

Loading ...

Are you the creator of this podcast?

Verify your account

and pick the featured episodes for your show.

Listen to Further Research Needed


A free podcast app for iPhone and Android

  • User-created playlists and collections
  • Download episodes while on WiFi to listen without using mobile data
  • Stream podcast episodes without waiting for a download
  • Queue episodes to create a personal continuous playlist
RadioPublic on iOS and Android
Or by RSS
RSS feed

Connect with listeners

Podcasters use the RadioPublic listener relationship platform to build lasting connections with fans

Yes, let's begin connecting
Browser window

Find new listeners

  • A dedicated website for your podcast
  • Web embed players designed to convert visitors to listeners in the RadioPublic apps for iPhone and Android
Clicking mouse cursor

Understand your audience

  • Capture listener activity with affinity scores
  • Measure your promotional campaigns and integrate with Google and Facebook analytics
Graph of increasing value

Engage your fanbase

  • Deliver timely Calls To Action, including email acquistion for your mailing list
  • Share exactly the right moment in an episode via text, email, and social media
Icon of cellphone with money

Make money

  • Tip and transfer funds directly to podcastsers
  • Earn money for qualified plays in the RadioPublic apps with Paid Listens