The podcast is presented by Gareth Mitchell, a lecturer on Imperial's MSc Science Communication course and the presenter of Click Radio on the BBC World Service, with contributions from our roving reporters in the Research Communications group.

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2018 podcasts

The 106-year-old doctor, parent scientists and hearing aid games

In this edition: An immunologist who worked with Alexander Fleming reaches 106, mums put their breast milk to the test and hearing aids get gamified.

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News: The lorry park of England and puberty BMI link – Will Kent, the garden of England, become a lorry park if Brexit lengthens border checks? We find out, as well as a link between early puberty and higher BMI for girls.

The Parenting Science Gang – More than 100 mothers donated their breast milk in a study collaborating from the Department of Surgery and Cancer. The Parenting Science Gang come up with their own research projects – including this one on the content of milk given to children up to and beyond two years old.

The 106-year-old doctor – Bill Frankland celebrated his 106th birthday on 19 March, but still sees patients. He is an expert in allergies, who introduced the world to the pollen count and worked with Alexander Fleming, Roger Bannister and Ernst Chain.

Tune in to hearing aids – 3D Tune-In is an EU project to help those with hearing issues understand the latest tech for their hearing aids, and helping those without problems understand those who do, through immersive games and virtual reality.

The Imperial College Podcast is now also available on the brand new visual podcast app, Entale. If you have an iPhone, download the app and search for ‘Imperial College Podcast’. You’ll see how our episodes really come alive on the exciting new platform. Download Entale for free on iOS.

(21 March 2018)

The health effects of being poor and cheap solar power

In this edition: How being poor affects health in cities across the world, and how collaborating with Cameroon could help advance cheap solar power.

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News: Ozone woes and junior doctor strikes – We discuss how the ozone layer may still be in trouble, and find out the impact of the 2016 junior doctors strikes on patients.

The health effects of being poor – Having a low socioeconomic status can cut up to seven years off your life and make your ‘biological age’ older than your real age. We find out what can be done to reduce the gap between health outcomes for the rich and poor.

Health inequality in global cities – The health gap between rich and poor is widening in cities, despite potential access to more and better services. For this potential to be reached, however, researchers say factors like affordable housing and quality food need to be addressed in cities across the world – from London to Accra.

Keeping the lights on in Cameroon – Countries near the equator have a lot of sunshine to take advantage of, but low-cost solar panels are a must. We catch up with a researcher collaborating with academics in Cameroon on cheap solar panels, and find out what he thought of the country on his first visit.

(21 February 2018)

Making maths connections, spotting fakes and working with your hands

In this edition: We say bonjour to a new Imperial-France maths centre, use machines to spot fake reviews, and swap skills with curators and artists.

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News: GP opening hours and testing Ebola resistance – A study reveals that GP opening hours are not necessarily correlated with visits to A&E, and Imperial researchers trial a cheap device for detecting immunity to Ebola.

Making maths connections – At the opening of a new joint research unitbetween Imperial and France's National Center for Scientific Research, we speak to French Fields medallist and politician Cédric Villani.

Keeping the internet honest – How can we be sure online reviews are genuine? A machine trained to argue can help us root out the fakes, but also help medics find the best treatments. Professor Francesca Toni explains how.

Working with your hands – What can artists, conservators and researchers learn from each other’s physical skills? Professor Roger Kneebone explored the topic with a range of people not often in a room together, but with surprisingly similar skills – from taxidermists to solar physicists. You can also listen to the full interview.

(24 January 2018)