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We are a team of scientists based in Helsinki who want to show you how cool science is! Follow us having semi-serious conversations and playing games with our sci-guests. New episode every second week.

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We are a team of scientists based in Helsinki who want to show you how cool science is! Follow us having semi-serious conversations and playing games with our sci-guests. New episode every second week.

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The Science Basement

Latest release on Feb 14, 2019

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We are a team of scientists based in Helsinki who want to show you how cool science is! Follow us having semi-serious conversations and playing games with our sci-guests. New episode every second week.

26. Plastic brains for adults - w/ Giuliano Didio

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Welcome back to The Science Basement Podcast!

Our guest this week is Giuliano Didio, who is a PhD student at the Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE) of the University of Helsinki. He works on the magical world of brains! Did you know that the common saying that kids learn things faster is actually true? That’s because the infant brain is very “plastic”. Listen to this episode to learn what brain plasticity is and how to increase brain plasticity in adults!

…and, of course, it wouldn't be an episode of the TSB podcast without a science anecdote. This time we talk about the autonomous reflexes that only babies have!

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Where you can find us:

Homepage: www.thesciencebasement.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheScienceBasementTSB

Instagram: @science_basement

Twitter: @ScienceBasement

Email: thesciencebasement.helsinki@gmail.com
Music by Havelocke http://thisishavelocke.bandcamp.com

Feb 14 2019

37mins

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25. The dark side of the Moon - w/ Markku Alho

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Welcome back to The Science Basement Podcast!

Our guest this week is Markku Alho, who is a PhD student at Aalto University. He works on plasma modelling of solar wind interactions with several bodies in space. In this episode, we focus mostly on the Moon and how the solar wind “bombards” its surface, but we also talk for example about Venus, Mars, and comets!

…and, of course, it wouldn't be an episode of the TSB podcast without a science anecdote. This time we talk about the chinese probe Chang’e 4 that recently landed on the “dark” side of the Moon!

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Links from this episode:
• Finland goes to the Moon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Irxd89oP7Vw
• The #dearMoon project: https://dearmoon.earth
• Aalto virtual planetarium: http://space.aalto.fi/software/?fbclid=IwAR0FlE2uWYEve4XEI2mChgpOJ2YTj1IuOpnqDDE7L0-leJyziuH1p-6HGJc
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Where you can find us:

Homepage: www.thesciencebasement.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheScienceBasementTSB

Instagram: @science_basement

Twitter: @ScienceBasement

Email: thesciencebasement.helsinki@gmail.com
Music by Havelocke http://thisishavelocke.bandcamp.com

Jan 31 2019

40mins

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24. In social sciences your data can look back at you - w/ Anastasia Diatlova

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Welcome back to The Science Basement Podcast!

Our guest this week is Anastasia Diatlova, who is a doctoral researcher in Sociology at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Helsinki. Her research focusses on the daily experience of life and work of russian-speaking sex workers in Finland. It is also the first time we have a guest telling us about social sciences, so we have the opportunity to learn about data collection through interviews, i.e. when your data can literally look back at you! Listen to this episode to learn more!

…and, of course, it wouldn't be an episode of the TSB podcast without a science anecdote. This time we talk about the YouTube comment section!

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Links from this episode:
• Anastasia's article about her research: https://discoversociety.org/2017/08/02/living-the-border-russian-speaking-sex-workers-in-finland/
• Apologia by Soup Troupe: https://www.rstc.fi/productions/apologia
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Where you can find us:

Homepage: www.thesciencebasement.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheScienceBasementTSB

Instagram: @science_basement

Twitter: @ScienceBasement

Email: thesciencebasement.helsinki@gmail.com

Music by Havelocke http://thisishavelocke.bandcamp.com

Dec 24 2018

55mins

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23. Plants are leaking gas all the time - w/ Arnaud Praplan

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Welcome back to The Science Basement Podcast!

Our guest this week is Arnaud Praplan, who is an Academy Research Fellow at the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI). His research focusses on the reactive chemical compounds emitted by plants into the atmosphere and their oxidation reactions. Did you know that plants emit stuff all the time, and that their emission depends on the season, the temperature, the amount of light, and many other factors? Listen to this episode to learn more!

…and, of course, it wouldn't be an episode of the TSB podcast without a science anecdote. This time we talk about the importance of toilets!

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Links from this episode:
• Arnaud’s blog: https://reactivitair.blogspot.com
• UN toilet day: http://www.un.org/en/events/toiletday/
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Where you can find us:

Homepage: www.thesciencebasement.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheScienceBasementTSB

Instagram: @science_basement

Twitter: @ScienceBasement

Email: thesciencebasement.helsinki@gmail.com

Music by Havelocke http://thisishavelocke.bandcamp.com

Nov 28 2018

48mins

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22. If a huge solar storm comes we can be left without social media - w/ Diana Morosan

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Welcome back to The Science Basement Podcast!

Our guest this week is Diana Morosan, postdoctoral researcher in solar physics at the University of Helsinki. We chat about multiple things: how to observe the Sun in radio frequencies, the big LOFAR radio telescope, the solar cycle, solar storms, the coronal heating problem, and many other things. In particular, tune in to hear what would happen to us if a huge solar storm would hit Earth!

…and, of course, it wouldn't be an episode of the TSB podcast without a science anecdote. This time we talk about one of the biggest solar storms ever recorded, the Carrington event!

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Links for this episode
• the LOFAR radio telescope: http://www.lofar.org/
• Carrington's sketch of the 1959 flare: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e5/Carrington_Richard_sunspots_1859.jpg
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Where you can find us:

Homepage: www.thesciencebasement.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheScienceBasementTSB

Instagram: @science_basement

Twitter: @ScienceBasement

Email: thesciencebasement.helsinki@gmail.com

Music by Havelocke thisishavelocke.bandcamp.com

Nov 20 2018

52mins

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21. Shooting X-rays at things - w/ Ari-Pekka Honkanen

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Welcome back to The Science Basement Podcast!

Our guest this week is Ari-Pekka Honkanen, PhD student at the Materials Physics lab of the University of Helsinki. He studies the structure of materials by "shooting" X-rays at them! He also explains us how an X-ray detector works.

…and, of course, it wouldn't be an episode of the TSB podcast without a science anecdote. This time we talk about how X-rays helped discover the structure of penicillin and the DNA!

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Links for this episode
• Ari-Pekka's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_gIlueUGYNXPb9yZ5uPVEg
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Where you can find us:

Homepage: www.thesciencebasement.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheScienceBasementTSB

Instagram: @science_basement

Twitter: @ScienceBasement

Email: thesciencebasement.helsinki@gmail.com

Music by Havelocke https://thisishavelocke.bandcamp.com

Oct 31 2018

41mins

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20. Epigenome, DNA, and pineapple on pizza - w/ Chiara Facciotto

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Welcome back to The Science Basement Podcast!

Our guest this week is Chiara Facciotto, PhD student at Biomedicum in Helsinki. She works on how epigenetics influences cancer response to therapy. Follow us to discover what the epigenome is and how it relates to our DNA, and why it is a very bad idea to put pineapple on your pizza!

…and, of course, it wouldn't be an episode of the TSB podcast without a science anecdote. This time we talk about how living with your mother-in-law can have effects on your offspring!


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Where you can find us:

Homepage: www.thesciencebasement.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheScienceBasementTSB

Instagram: @science_basement

Twitter: @ScienceBasement

Email: thesciencebasement.helsinki@gmail.com

Music by Havelocke https://thisishavelocke.bandcamp.com

Oct 22 2018

41mins

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19. Nobody is allowed to steal plutonium - w/ Camille Bélanger-Champagne

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Welcome back to The Science Basement Podcast!

Our guest this week is Camille Bélanger-Champagne, post-doctoral researcher at the Helsinki Institute of Physics (HIP) in the technology programme. Her research focusses on instruments for nuclear safeguards! The instrument she works on can be used by the inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to check that facilities that handle nuclear power are using nuclear material for peaceful and civilian activies only. We chat with Camille about her work, about the nuclear plants in Finland, and about how a nuclear reactor works!

…and, of course, it wouldn't be an episode of the TSB podcast without a science anecdote. This time we talk about the Fermi solution!

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Links from this episode:
• The Fermi Solution (book): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/507755.The_Fermi_Solution
• The Trinity test: http://www.dannen.com/decision/fermi.html

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Where you can find us:

Homepage: www.thesciencebasement.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheScienceBasementTSB

Instagram: @science_basement

Twitter: @ScienceBasement

Email: thesciencebasement.helsinki@gmail.com

Music by Havelocke https://thisishavelocke.bandcamp.com

Oct 03 2018

51mins

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18. We are going to Mercury! - w/ Juhani Huovelin

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Welcome back to The Science Basement Podcast!

Our guest this week is Juhani Huovelin, who is a University Lecturer at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He is also the Principal Investigator of the Solar Intensity X-ray and particle Spectrometer (SIXS) instrument onboard BepiColombo, the mission to Mercury from ESA and JAXA that will be launched in October 2018! Join us for a conversation about Mercury and how to plan a whole space mission!
…and, of course, it wouldn't be an episode of the TSB podcast without a science anecdote. This time we talk about Mariner 10, the first satellite that visited Mercury!

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Links from this episode:
• BepiColombo mission: http://sci.esa.int/bepicolombo/
• BepiColombo public event on 25.9 in Helsinki (in Finnish): https://www.facebook.com/events/1255135107963106/

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Where you can find us:

Homepage: www.thesciencebasement.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheScienceBasementTSB

Instagram: @science_basement

Twitter: @ScienceBasement

Email: thesciencebasement.helsinki@gmail.com

Music by Havelocke http://thisishavelocke.bandcamp.com

Sep 20 2018

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17. Looking for gravitational waves - w/ David Weir

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Welcome to Season 2 of The Science Basement Podcast!

Our first guest for the new season is David Weir, who is a University Researcher at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He looks at gravitational waves from processes in the early Universe, and we have a chance to chat with him about his work, the successful LIGO experiment, and the upcoming LISA mission!
…and, of course, it wouldn't be an episode of the TSB podcast without a science anecdote. This time we talk about the famous Newton’s apple!

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Links from this episode:
• LIGO: https://ligo.org
• LISA: https://www.lisamission.org
• “Turning the pages” from the Royal Society: https://royalsociety.org/collections/turning-pages/
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Where you can find us:

Homepage: www.thesciencebasement.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheScienceBasementTSB

Instagram: @science_basement

Twitter: @ScienceBasement

Email: thesciencebasement.helsinki@gmail.com
Music by Havelocke http://thisishavelocke.bandcamp.com

Sep 05 2018

50mins

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Summer Special - Science stories with the students from ICPS2018

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Hello from TSB Podcast!

This episode is a Summer Special that we recorded at the International Conference of Physics Students 2018 that took place in Helsinki during 8-14 August!
We at TSB have spent one day with the students and held a workshop about science communication called “How to tell a science story”! This special episode is the result of the workshop.

Listen to a bunch of science anecdotes from our special guests, and then follow our conversation about studying physics in different countries and how young scientists should be trained to communicate science to the public!

Big big thanks to our very special guests:

★ Mafalda Matos (University of Porto)
★ Alexandra Oliveira (University of Porto)
★ Ana Luisa Caivalho (University of Lisbon)
★ Elías Guisado Villalgordo (University of Seville)
★ Pietro Torta (University of Milan)
★ Michael Kovacs (TU Graz)

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Links from this episode:
• The ICPS2018 conference: https://icps.helsinki.fi
• QuantumFracture (YouTube channel): https://www.youtube.com/user/QuantumFracture
• The spread of true and false news online (article): http://science.sciencemag.org/content/359/6380/1146
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Where you can find us:

Homepage: www.thesciencebasement.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheScienceBasementTSB

Instagram: @science_basement

Twitter: @ScienceBasement

Email: thesciencebasement.helsinki@gmail.com
Music by Havelocke http://thisishavelocke.bandcamp.com

Aug 23 2018

36mins

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16. Working with 4500 salmon - w/ Andrew House

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Welcome back to The Science Basement Podcast!

Our guest this week is Andrew House, who is a PhD student in Wildlife Biology at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He works with a large sample of Atlantic Salmon and studies the fat composition in these fish during their early development (from the stage of embryo up to 2.5 years into their life!).

...and, of course, it wouldn't be an episode of the TSB podcast without a science anecdote. This time we talk about the medaka fish, the little japanese fish that went to space!

This is the last episode for Season 1 of TSB Podcast, see you after the summer break for Season 2!

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Links from this episode:
• Andrew's group at the University of Helsinki: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/researchgroups/evolution-conservation-and-genomics
• Andrew's blog: http://talesofahouse.com
• More info about the medaka fish space experiment: https://phys.org/news/2017-01-real-time-imaging-transcriptome-analysis-medaka.html
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Where you can find us:
Homepage: www.thesciencebasement.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheScienceBasementTSB
Instagram: @science_basement
Twitter: @ScienceBasement
Email: thesciencebasement.helsinki@gmail.com

Music by Havelocke http://thisishavelocke.bandcamp.com

Jun 19 2018

40mins

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15. How to brew stem cells - w/ Shibani Ratnayake

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Welcome back to The Science Basement Podcast!

Our guest this week is Shibani Ratnayake from Aston University (UK), Life and Health Sciences, biomedical engineering group. She works on stem cells (unspecialised cells that are in our body), and in particular on automatisation of stem cells growing techniques.

...and, of course, it wouldn't be an episode of the TSB podcast without a science anecdote. This time we talk about the "immortal" cells of Henrietta Lacks!

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Links from this episode:
AUTOSTEM (Horizon 2020 project): http://www.autostem2020.eu
Book about Henrietta Lacks' story: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6493208-the-immortal-life-of-henrietta-lacks
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Where you can find us:
Homepage: www.thesciencebasement.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheScienceBasementTSB
Instagram: @science_basement
Twitter: @ScienceBasement
Email: thesciencebasement.helsinki@gmail.com

Music by Havelocke http://thisishavelocke.bandcamp.com

Jun 09 2018

45mins

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14. Polluting the air whilst cooking - w/ Lubna Dada

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Welcome back to The Science Basement Podcast!

Our guest this week is Lubna Dada, who is a doctoral student at the Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR), University of Helsinki. She works on aerosols and how particles are formed in the air. We have a chance to talk with her about particles that float in the air and various factors that contribute to air pollution!

...and, of course, it wouldn't be an episode of the TSB podcast without a science anecdote. This time we talk about the ozone hole and the Montreal Protocol!

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Links from this episode:
Paper with the banana plot (Figure 2): http://www.helsinki.fi/~hvehkama/publica/kulmala_overview2004.pdf
Baby robot crawling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqTi9fK70t0
Lubna’s paper: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S002185021300195X
Nature paper about the ozone hole: https://www.nature.com/articles/249810a0
Interview with Sherwood Rowland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYC-XJswzgw
The Montreal Protocol: http://ozone.unep.org/en/treaties-and-decisions/montreal-protocol-substances-deplete-ozone-layer
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Where you can find us:
Homepage: www.thesciencebasement.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheScienceBasementTSB
Instagram: @science_basement
Twitter: @ScienceBasement
Email: thesciencebasement.helsinki@gmail.com

Music by Havelocke http://thisishavelocke.bandcamp.com

May 23 2018

42mins

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13. Flying around a comet with Rosetta - w/ Minna Myllys

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Welcome back to The Science Basement Podcast!

Our guest this week is Minna Myllys, who is a postdoctoral researcher at the Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie de l’Environnement et de l’Espace (LPC2E) of CNRS in Orléans, France. She works on data from the Rosetta spacecraft to study the plasma environment around comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, in order to understand how the comet's coma interacts with the solar wind.

...and, of course, it wouldn't be an episode of the TSB podcast without a science anecdote. This time we talk about Edmond Halley and the famous Halley's comet!

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Links from this episode:
The story of Halley's comet: http://adsbit.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/nph-iarticle_query?1908PA.....16..331D&defaultprint=YES&filetype=.pdf
The singing comet: http://blogs.esa.int/rosetta/2014/11/11/the-singing-comet/
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Where you can find us:
Homepage: www.thesciencebasement.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheScienceBasementTSB
Instagram: @science_basement
Twitter: @ScienceBasement
Email: thesciencebasement.helsinki@gmail.com

Music by Havelocke http://thisishavelocke.bandcamp.com

May 09 2018

48mins

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12. From chicken bones to bone music - w/ Alexander Meaney

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Welcome back to The Science Basement Podcast!

Our guest this week is Alexander Meaney, who is a doctoral student in the computational inverse problem group at the Department of Mathematics of the University of Helsinki. He works on reconstructing 3D images from 2D X-Ray screenings! His research aims at improving the current techniques, so that patients would need less X-Ray screenings to get their 3D image, which means that they would be exposed to less radiation.

...and, of course, it wouldn't be an episode of the TSB podcast without a science anecdote. This time we talk about the "bone music" phenomenon during the Cold War years of the Soviet Union!

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Links from this episode:
Orbiter (Alexander's band): https://www.facebook.com/orbiterconnection/ and https://orbiterconnection.bandcamp.com
Multidisciplinarity, interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17330451
Bone music (the X-Ray audio project): https://x-rayaudio.squarespace.com/xraybootlegs/
[Bonus] Interdisciplinary XKCD: https://xkcd.com/755/
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Where you can find us:
Homepage: www.thesciencebasement.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheScienceBasementTSB
Instagram: @science_basement
Twitter: @ScienceBasement
Email: thesciencebasement.helsinki@gmail.com

Music by Havelocke http://thisishavelocke.bandcamp.com

Apr 25 2018

42mins

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11. Did you know about MITO? - w/ Juan Landoni

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Welcome back to The Science Basement Podcast!

Our guest this week is Juan Landoni, who works at the University of Helsinki on mitochondrial diseases. Mitochondrial diseases start from the mitochondria that are inside our cells and there is still much effort to be put into understanding them and curing them.

...and, of course, it wouldn't be an episode of the TSB podcast without a science anecdote. This time we talk about how Alexander "Mr. Bragger" Fleming discovered the penicillin by accident!

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Where you can find us:
Homepage: www.thesciencebasement.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheScienceBasementTSB
Instagram: @science_basement
Twitter: @ScienceBasement
Email: thesciencebasement.helsinki@gmail.com

Music by Havelocke http://thisishavelocke.bandcamp.com

Apr 11 2018

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10. Glaciers are very fast runners - w/ Yongmei Gong

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Welcome back to The Science Basement Podcast!

Our guest this week is Yongmei Gong, who also is a TSB "honourable" member since she recently got her PhD. She works at the Institute of Atmospheric Science and Earth System Research at the University of Helsinki. She works on glaciers, and in particular on ice shelves and ice caps. We talk about how fast glaciers are "running", which means how fast they are melting!

...and, of course, it wouldn't be an episode of the TSB podcast without a science anecdote. This time we talk about geoengineering to avoid the melting of glaciers!

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Links from this episode:
The Nature paper "Geoengineer polar glaciers to slow sea-level rise": https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-03036-4
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Where you can find us:
Homepage: www.thesciencebasement.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheScienceBasementTSB
Instagram: @science_basement
Twitter: @ScienceBasement
Email: thesciencebasement.helsinki@gmail.com

Music by Havelocke http://thisishavelocke.bandcamp.com

Mar 28 2018

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9. The science of #howatomsmove - w/ Ekaterina Baibuz

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Welcome back to The Science Basement Podcast!

Our guest this week is Ekaterina Baibuz, who works towards her PhD at the University of Helsinki in Materials Physics. She works on simulating the behaviour of materials with computer simulations and is part of a big collaboration that aims at building a new particle accelerator at CERN called Compact Linear Collider (CLIC).
We also have a chance to talk about science communication through various platforms, in particular blogging and social media.

...and, of course, it wouldn't be an episode of the TSB podcast without a science anecdote. This time we talk about the smallest movie ever made!

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Links from this episode:
Ekaterina's SciComm your PhD video about the Compact Linear Collider (CLIC): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwI1k9aFRwE
The official page for CLIC: http://clic-study.web.cern.ch
Ekaterina's Telegram channel (in Russian): https://t.me/ayoungscientistsnotebook
Paper about building a particle detector in a can: https://aapt.scitation.org/doi/10.1119/1.4923022 (and arXiv https://arxiv.org/abs/1509.02379 )
Blogging science on TSB: https://www.thesciencebasement.org/bloggingscience/
TSB Lego Lab: https://www.thesciencebasement.org/all-blog-posts/2018/2/28/the-science-basement-lego-lab
A boy and his atom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSCX78-8-q0
Ekaterina's project on "a boy and his atom": http://www.skolar.fi/how-computer-simulations-help-spy-on-atoms/ (blog post) and https://vimeo.com/203995700 (video)
The famous "guacamole" cake: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/cake-recipes/avocado-lime-cheesecake/
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Where you can find us:
Homepage: www.thesciencebasement.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheScienceBasementTSB
Instagram: @science_basement
Twitter: @ScienceBasement
Email: thesciencebasement.helsinki@gmail.com

Music by Havelocke http://thisishavelocke.bandcamp.com

Mar 14 2018

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8. There is dark and cold dust between stars - w/ Elisabetta Micelotta

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Welcome back to The Science Basement Podcast!

This episode takes us to interstellar space! We talk with Elisabetta Micelotta, who is an astrophysicist at the University of Helsinki. She studies interstellar dust, which is solid matter that can be found in the space between stars. Interstellar dust absorbs light from the stars and re-emits it in other wavelengths, and also contributes to stars formation itself!

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Where you can find us:
Homepage: www.thesciencebasement.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheScienceBasementTSB
Instagram: @science_basement
Twitter: @ScienceBasement
Email: thesciencebasement.helsinki@gmail.com

Music by Havelocke http://thisishavelocke.bandcamp.com

Feb 28 2018

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