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Further Research Needed

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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

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Transhumanism - Is it okay to change our own genes?

June 23rd, 2021

45:04

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

51:16

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

57:35

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

43:57

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

47:53

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. 

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Are universities businesses?

April 7th, 2021

1:05:01

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Is the big bang soon to be superseded?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

1:20:27

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

51:45

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

1:25:27

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

50:59

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

49:35

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

38:23

And are there any circumstances where this would be justified?

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Does winning the Nobel prize cause scientists to go mad?

November 4th, 2020

46:37

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

53:29

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

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What would turn us into supervillains?

October 7th, 2020

38:29

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

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Does the maverick scientist narrative bypass the scientific process?

September 23rd, 2020

44:54

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

28:16

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?

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Can a biologist fix a radio?

August 26th, 2020

47:11

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

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Is pivoting research towards the crisis good for science?

August 12th, 2020

47:19

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

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Further Research Needed Trailer

August 9th, 2020

2:27

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

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Science to make you happy

April 25th, 2020

19:16

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

53:55

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

1:22:23

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

56:11

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

48:02

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

1:31:00

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

54:13

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

24:27

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

38:17

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

37:08

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

41:40

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 …

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