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Curious Encounters of the Nerd Kind. Conversations with researchers at the University of Edinburgh.

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Episode 4 - Thomas Bak

Could learning a language protect your brain from dementia? There are currently 46.8 million people living with dementia. In the UK, somebody will develop the condition every 3 minutes. There is no cure, however it is estimated that delaying the onset of dementia by 5 years could halve the number of deaths and save 30,000 lives per year. India and Nia speak to Thomas Bak, reader at the University of Edinburgh, about his research into the effect of bilingualism on dementia. Thomas makes a deliberate effort for his work to reach beyond academia; he is a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas) and is involved in ‘Lingo Flamingo’, a scheme which gives care home residents access to language classes. (Described in this article, which appeared in The Guardian the very day we spoke to Thomas: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jul/25/care-home-residents-learn-new-language.) For those who are interested, the initial study which Thomas cites as the inspir...

35 MIN2018 DEC 19
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Episode 4 - Thomas Bak

Episode 3 - Tim Craven

In this episode, James and Nia talk to Tim Craven about his research into madness and poetry. A neuroscientist researching the electrophysiology of fish, turned pharmacist turned award-winning stand-up comedian, now poet and researcher; Tim gives us a bit of his insight into the Confessional Poets, as well as reading us some of his own work. During this episode, Tim reads ‘Neuroanatomy Practical’, you can find more of his work at: http://www.timcraven.co.uk/ Twitter: @craventim

-1 s2018 NOV 6
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Episode 3 - Tim Craven

Episode 2 - Dr Amy Warnock

Have you ever tried tickling a rat? No? Ever been tempted? Well, in this episode, India and James talk to Dr Amy Warnockabout her research within theCentre for Discovery Brain Sciences and learn why tickling rats can reveal how happiness dictates our eating habits.

23 MIN2018 OCT 8
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Episode 2 - Dr Amy Warnock

Episode 1 - Prof. Charles Cockell

Are we alone in the Universe? Will we ever know? Professor of Astrobiology, Charles Cockell talks to us about what it actually means to search for life on other planets. Is there any hope against a technology ‘glass ceiling’, inconsistent funding and that pesky limit known as the speed of light? James and India learn about the significance of the long-awaited discovery of water on Mars and whether we’ve all become more sceptical since the days of crop circles and UFOs...

32 MIN2018 SEP 18
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Episode 1 - Prof. Charles Cockell
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Latest Episodes

Episode 4 - Thomas Bak

Could learning a language protect your brain from dementia? There are currently 46.8 million people living with dementia. In the UK, somebody will develop the condition every 3 minutes. There is no cure, however it is estimated that delaying the onset of dementia by 5 years could halve the number of deaths and save 30,000 lives per year. India and Nia speak to Thomas Bak, reader at the University of Edinburgh, about his research into the effect of bilingualism on dementia. Thomas makes a deliberate effort for his work to reach beyond academia; he is a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas) and is involved in ‘Lingo Flamingo’, a scheme which gives care home residents access to language classes. (Described in this article, which appeared in The Guardian the very day we spoke to Thomas: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jul/25/care-home-residents-learn-new-language.) For those who are interested, the initial study which Thomas cites as the inspir...

35 MIN2018 DEC 19
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Episode 4 - Thomas Bak

Episode 3 - Tim Craven

In this episode, James and Nia talk to Tim Craven about his research into madness and poetry. A neuroscientist researching the electrophysiology of fish, turned pharmacist turned award-winning stand-up comedian, now poet and researcher; Tim gives us a bit of his insight into the Confessional Poets, as well as reading us some of his own work. During this episode, Tim reads ‘Neuroanatomy Practical’, you can find more of his work at: http://www.timcraven.co.uk/ Twitter: @craventim

-1 s2018 NOV 6
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Episode 3 - Tim Craven

Episode 2 - Dr Amy Warnock

Have you ever tried tickling a rat? No? Ever been tempted? Well, in this episode, India and James talk to Dr Amy Warnockabout her research within theCentre for Discovery Brain Sciences and learn why tickling rats can reveal how happiness dictates our eating habits.

23 MIN2018 OCT 8
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Episode 2 - Dr Amy Warnock

Episode 1 - Prof. Charles Cockell

Are we alone in the Universe? Will we ever know? Professor of Astrobiology, Charles Cockell talks to us about what it actually means to search for life on other planets. Is there any hope against a technology ‘glass ceiling’, inconsistent funding and that pesky limit known as the speed of light? James and India learn about the significance of the long-awaited discovery of water on Mars and whether we’ve all become more sceptical since the days of crop circles and UFOs...

32 MIN2018 SEP 18
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Episode 1 - Prof. Charles Cockell
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