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Further Research Needed

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 about the crazy complexity of the world, with the occasional calling out of mischief in the research community. We try to give a full account of the topics under discussion but as always, further research is needed.Contact: Twitter @frnpodcast or contact@frn-podcast.comurl: frn-podcast.com

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Can scientists have opinions?

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 having the freedom to talk freely is as valuable in science as it is everywhere else. Today we critically look at the available outlets, that are available for opinion pieces - from journals to Twitter. Join us for a quick rant about "peer-reviewed" opinions and some constructive criticism. Though as always, further research is definitely needed!--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/further-research-needed/message

43mins

5 May 2021

Rank #1

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Engineering vs Science

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: https://anchor.fm/further-research-needed/message

47mins

22 Apr 2021

Rank #2

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Are universities businesses?

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 unis are getting more commercial than in the past and why they would want to in the first place. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/further-research-needed/message

1hr 5mins

7 Apr 2021

Rank #3

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Is the big bang soon to be superseded?

Which scientific theories do you know, that are no longer accepted today? Academic consensus is changing slower than any of us could really notice. Sometimes it's a good idea to look back at the theories we left behind over the centuries; and this is exactly what we do in this episode. We each bring one superseded theory to the table, and discuss them with respect to past and current scientific consensus. The natural conclusion follows: which theory is next?--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/further-research-needed/message

1hr 20mins

24 Mar 2021

Rank #4

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Are antibodies overpowered?

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 to produce a truly astonishing diversity of antibodies, why antibodies get better over time and what innovative strategies are being used to make even better vaccines. Whether you haven't thought about your immune system in ages or consider yourself well prepared for a fierce discussion about antibodies, this episode will blow your mind. Just as it has blown ours! Strap in, get ready for some hard science and as always, remember, further research is definitely needed. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/further-research-needed/message

51mins

10 Mar 2021

Rank #5

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What else happened this year?

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 share our favorite breakthroughs and meme the grumpy scientist about each other's choice. Guaranteed 99% virus free! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/further-research-needed/message

1hr 25mins

13 Jan 2021

Rank #6

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Are we ready to change peer review?

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 research through free labor, or do we need reform of the peer review system. We're presenting a few alternatives and discuss potential implications for us as scientists, but also our truth standard in general. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/further-research-needed/message

50mins

16 Dec 2020

Rank #7

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Which is worse - paragliding or steak?

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 with us for the best estimate. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/further-research-needed/message

49mins

2 Dec 2020

Rank #8

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Are scientists being censored?

And are there any circumstances where this would be justified?--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/further-research-needed/message

38mins

18 Nov 2020

Rank #9

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Does winning the Nobel prize cause scientists to go mad?

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 scientist to propose crackpot theories and even descend into madness.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/further-research-needed/message

46mins

4 Nov 2020

Rank #10