The Public Library of Science has announced the six finalists for their ASAP Accelerating Science Award Program. They hired me as a freelancer to record an interview with finalist Professor Matt Todd about his Open Source Science project to crowd-source a cure for Malaria. Adrian Tan worked as my videographer.
Lynne Gryphon produced a top-rating video podcast back in 2006, and became very popular. Then her show was broadcast on Canadian TV with ads but no pay, copied by people with ads all over the internet. Lynne felt she'd been exploited and so she took everything down. This year she's uploaded the episodes to youtube.
My review of the film "We Steal Secrets - the story of WikiLeaks".
WikiLeaks film lacks objectivity says Assange
The strange and consequential case of Bradley Manning, Adrian Lamo and WikiLeaks
Ex-Hacker Adrian Lamo Institutionalized, Diagnosed with Asperger's
What the NSA Does With the Data It Isn't Allowed to Keep
We Steal Secrets
At Nerd Nite Sydney in the Cafe Lounge, Dr Peter Jonason lecturer in personality and individual differences from the University of Western Sydney, spoke about the evolutionary functions of the different kinds of sexual relationships people choose to have from casual, to committed. He hung around after the gig, we went outside the noisy club, and spoke to me about the behavioral ecology of sexual relationships.
Peter Karl (PK) Jonason, Ph.D
In light of the revelations that the US and UK spooks are treating us all like criminals by spying on our every move, I went to the very noisy Pitt St Mall to talk with David W. Campbell Senate candidate for the Pirate Party about PRISMbreak and the Protect Our Privacy protest.
Pirate Party Australia
Snowden reveals Australia's links to US spy web
NSA Surveillance of Australia Exposed!
Agreements with private companies protect U.S. access to cables' data for surveillance
Your brain has a backup! Ian Woolf explores Cognitive Reserve Theory - how using your brain can help keep the symptoms of Alzheimers disease away as long as possible, by building up your brain's backup.
Education and Dementia in the Context of the Cognitive Reserve Hypothesis: A Systematic Review with Meta-Analyses and Qualitative Analyses
Cognitive Reserve and Lifestyle
Build Your Cognitive Reserve - Yaakov Stern
Should Grandma Join Facebook? It May Give Her a Cognitive Boost, Study Finds
How to Build and Maintain Cognitive Reserve
A savings account for your brain
Staying Sharp: Can You Prevent Alzheimer's Disease?
Can You Delay Dementia?
The latest advice in avoiding Alzheimer's
Losing your self
At Nerd Nite Sydney, outside the noisy Cafe Lounge I spoke with Astrid Zeman about her research into using optical illusions to improve computer vision. (This interview was recorded on my phone, surrounded by a crowd, before I bought the new microphone, so my apologies for the noise).
Astrid Zeman's profile at Macquarie University
Astrid's paper 2013 paper: The Müller-Lyer Illusion in a Computational Model of Biological Object Recognition
NBC coverage of Astrid's work
While searching for chocolate videos for Diffusion, I found this on the Internet Archive:
I've been writing a story about a hamburger being made from muscle cells grown in a petri dish. Here's a limerick the story inspired:
The problem with laboratory grown meat
Is the fact that the meat has to eat,
cultured cells must be fed,
with blood from the dead,
Its a pity the flavour's so sweet!
Angus Devenson is the organiser of RoboWars Sydney 2013. He spoke to me about the sport of building and battling robots, funded by the crowd. RoboWars Sydney 2013 will be on the 3rd and 4th of August, in Redfern.
Dr Sara Lal and PhD student Diarmuid Kavanagh spoke to me about their research into wiring up driver's brains to detect fatigue, and intervening before it causes accidents, at the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Technology, Sydney. This interview was recorded as part of the Science Communication Education Project, in which I was Project Officer.
The Fourth Dimension and How to Get There by Rudy Rucker
BBC Doctor Who Sound files
Carbon-Nanotube Optoacoustic Lens for Focused Ultrasound Generation and High-Precision Targeted Therapy
Guo Research Group
Super-fine sound beam could one day be an invisible scalpel
Mechanical Evidence of the Orbital Angular Momentum to Energy Ratio of Vortex Beams
Coke cans focus sound waves beyond the diffraction limit
Focus: Focusing Sound without a Lens
English: The current TARDIS seen at BBC TV Centre and taken by me Zir (talk) 23:04, 20 January 2009 (UTC) Please credit © zir.com if used outside of Wikipedia Category:Doctor Who images (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The academic paper on which I was a junior author has been made open access by UTS!
The research-teaching nexus as a driver for science communication skills enhancement (Bonfiglioli Catriona; Kirkup Leslie; Woolf Ian 2009)
An historical account of the `WearComp' and `WearCam' inventions developed for applications in `Personal Imaging'
rcomp.org/wearcompdef.html>Definition of "Wearable Computer" One on One: Steve Mann, Wearable Computing Pioneer
A GNU/Linux Wristwatch Videophone
Cyborg Luddite Steve Mann on Singularity 1 on 1: Technology That Masters Nature is Not Sustainable
Wearable Computers Are the Next Big Devices
Olympus and Apple Join Google With Wearable Computing
InterAxon thought controlled computing
Cyborg: Digital Destiny and Human Possibility in the Age of the Wearable Computer
Google Glass gets a sleeker, Japanese competitor
Google Glass tech specs revealed
The LifeBoat Foundation
Professor Mann's University of Toronto page
Steve Visual Filter for continuous live webcast as well as viewing (i.e. visual reality modification in realtime). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Diffusion science show has been cut by 2SER, to make room for new
shows by new volunteers.
After 19 years on air, and 15 years of contributions from me, it was the
final Diffusion Science Radio broadcast from 2SER last night.
Now you will only be able to hear the show by subscribing to the
podcast at www.diffusionradio.com, listening on one of the 14 stations
on the Community Radio Network that broadcast us around Australia, on
the National Science Foundation's Science360 internet radio station in
the USA, and on Astronomy.FM in the UK.
Diffusion has 700 weekly subscribers to the podcast, with 10 000
downloads every month.
Its the end of an era of funny, quirky, weird and wonderful science that
started in 1995. Over 50 volunteers have broadcast more than 180
interviews as captured by the podcast at www.diffusionradio.com, along
with well researched reports, panel discussions, book reviews, science
songs, trivia games and radio plays.
Diffusion has been an institution where volunteers were trained by
fellow volunteers to do all the jobs of producing a radio show, from
operating the panel, conducting interviews, presenting, script writing,
editing and producing.
In 2005 the Discovery show was asked by a cable Science network to
change its name, due to similarities.
In 2011 astronomer Matt Dawson named a planetoid "VictoriaBond". The
Minor Planet Ephemeris Service says:
"Victoria Bond is the name of the popular Australian science show
presenter of "Diffusion Science Radio". Her catchphrase "Planetoid! I
love that word!" and accurate astronomy coverage have endeared her to
listeners worldwide". Ironically, the voice saying the phrase in our
theme music actually belongs to Jacqui Hayes.
Later in 2011, Diffusion won the 2SER Best Talk Show award.
Then in 2012 Diffusion was granted $10 000 for content development from
the Community Broadcasting Foundation.
I'm now looking to find funding for professional recording gear, courses in marketing my journalism, while singing the words to Jonathan Coulton's "Still Alive".
Brain scanning technology is quickly approaching levels of detail that will have serious implications (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
For Brain Awareness week 2013, the Museum of Human Disease held Get Into Your Head to help people experiment with their brains. I visited the Museum and spoke with Thomas Fath, Christine Froud, and Bridget Murphy about the experiments.
Joe Patkes, is Red blood cell serology manager for the Red Cross blood service for NSW. He's had 22 years experience in the blood transfusion business, 7 years with the Australian Red Cross, and before that, 14 years in the United States. He spoke with me about blood types and transfusions. Please excuse the occasional buzzing from the machines in the background.
Pareidolia normally makes you see faces, but I see a huge capital letter "A" in the sky. Can you see it, too?
Velvet Soldierbush / Heliotropium foertherianum / 紋羽の木(モンパノキ) (Photo credit: TANAKA Juuyoh (田中十洋))
structure of rosmarinic acid (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
As I wrote earlier, Heliotropium foertherianum or Octopus Bush is a traditional remedy for Ciguatera Fish Poisoning that was scientifically tested in assays last year as effective against the toxin. While it hasn't been through the clinical trials that would show that it was definitely effective, as a native Australian plant its listed as bush tucker, so its not toxic.
Given that its not toxic, I've discussed this with my doctor, and I'd like to try the remedy of Octopus bush leaves boiled up as a tea. I am concerned about what will happen in my body if the toxin is dislodged as described in the paper, but its the only treatment on offer. The researchers in France are interested that the active compound in Octopus bush is similar to rosmarinic acid which they know how to make, so they've patented the use of rosmarinic acid for treating Ciguatera Fish Poisoning. I'd like to interview them, I hope they speak English.
A fellow CFP sufferer on facebook is trying rosmarinic acid supplements that are extracted from Rosemary, because its available. My problem is that the amounts of rosmarinic acid in the supplements are tiny. I'm after a medically active dose.
So I'm looking for sources of Octopus Bush itself, as I'd rather try the remedy that was proved to work. In the best of all possible worlds I'd wait for the clinical trials to be initiated, funded and completed, and for all the medicinal interactions to be mapped. However I've been sick ten years, and I'm recovering from a really vicious relapse that's lasted 12 months.
I can't find any sales of this plant or its extracts after exhaustive searches, so I've written to the Royal Botannical Gardens and the CSIRO for help. They've directed me to the Australian Tropical Herbarium, and the Northern Territory Herbarium . I'll send my request, and keep eating the rosemary.