Sister Doctor Squared
11. Distorted sense of time: how is this possible?

11. Distorted sense of time: how is this possible?

October 19, 2021

Aleena and Janine investigate how the passage of time can often feel slower or faster even when, objectively, we know that time is always passing at a constant rate. Why do some days drag on while others disappear in a flash? How is it possible that things can feel like they are happening in slow motion during traumatic events? Aleena also shares the latest scientific experiments involving knives made out of human poo (yes, you read that right), and Janine has been questioning the reality of her very existence thanks to a certain YouTube video.

Full show notes at Sister Doctor Squared website.

Mastering of this episode, plus intro and outro music, by the ever-talented Dr Adrian Diery.

10. Why is cancer so rare in whales?

10. Why is cancer so rare in whales?

August 23, 2021

Janine was helping some students with high school genetics when she came across some fascinating research suggesting that whales and other cetacean mammals hardly ever get cancer. She and Aleena were super intrigued and just had to know why, especially as there is such a strong history of cancer in their family. Meanwhile, Aleena tells us how she spent a recent Friday night exploring the ins and outs of Excel pivot tables, and Janine outlines her accidental experiment which proves once and for all that her new favourite pens are not magical at all.

Full show notes at Sister Doctor Squared website.

Audio mastering, plus into and outro music by Dr Adrian Diery

9. Antibiotic resistance: what’s the deal?

9. Antibiotic resistance: what’s the deal?

June 24, 2021

Aleena was recently offered antibiotics by a doctor, for a situation where antibiotics were completely inappropriate. She called immediately called Janine and it was decided that they just needed to do an episode about this massive issue. Meanwhile, Aleena has been partnering with her cat and doing some citizen science experiments, while Janine is stuck in another research rabbit hole: this time about counterfeit fruit and fruit piracy (of course!).

Full show notes at Sister Doctor Squared website.

Audio mastering, plus intro and outro music by Dr Adrian Diery.

8. The ‘nocebo’ effect: just as important as the placebo effect?

8. The ‘nocebo’ effect: just as important as the placebo effect?

May 11, 2021

Janine and Aleena kick off by summarising the well-established 'placebo' effect, before focusing in on the lesser-known 'nocebo' effect. What's the difference? How might these affects play a big role in treatment effectiveness? Can these effects be minimised? Janine also confesses to sub-par performance on a university assignment and Aleena shares some long-overdue pool noodle wisdom. 

Full show notes at Sister Doctor Squared website.

Audio mastering, plus intro and outro music, by Dr Adrian Diery

7. Why do bowerbirds hoard and steal blue stuff?

7. Why do bowerbirds hoard and steal blue stuff?

March 26, 2021

Aleena and Janine respond to a listener request for an episode about their own scientific research. They're happy to oblige! They kick off with Janine's past research into satin bowerbirds and explain just why males collect, hoard, and steal so much random blue stuff! Meanwhile, Aleena discusses her own peculiar past habit of collecting local bus tickets, and Janine is trying to do a self-portrait - but not the standard kind (the existentialist kind, of course!).

Full show notes at Sister Doctor Squared website.

Audio mastering, plus intro and outro music, by Dr Adrian Diery

6. Why do we cry?

6. Why do we cry?

February 13, 2021

In this episode, Aleena and Janine get stuck into the research around human crying. Why do we do it? How did this bizarre behaviour even evolve? Why are humans the only animals shedding tears due to emotion? Should we hold in the tears or let them flow? Meanwhile Aleena then shares her newfound appreciation for protective eyewear for doggos and Janine explains how she is attempting to keep her new mobile phone for more than 5 years and nerds out about battery science!

Full show notes at the Sister Doctor Squared website

Intro and Outro music by Dr Adrian Diery

5. What is La Niña? Can it really lead to diarrhoea?

5. What is La Niña? Can it really lead to diarrhoea?

January 22, 2021

In this episode, Aleena and Janine respond to a listener question (#exciting!): Deepak got in touch to ask them to explain the La Niña weather cycle that he keeps hearing about in the news in Australia this Summer. They start by breaking down the science that causes La Niña (and El Niño) weather patterns across the globe. Then they go deeper into some research showing how this global weather system can lead to or worsen diarrhoeal disease and even increase the likelihood of future pandemics. Meanwhile, Aleena explains why she can now recite the Nato Phonetic Alphabet, and Janine regales us with tales of a card game for any fellow evolutionary biology nerds!

Full show notes at the Sister Doctor Squared website

Intro and Outro music by Dr Adrian Diery

4. Clutter in your home? What does the science say?

4. Clutter in your home? What does the science say?

December 29, 2020

Aleena and Janine open this episode by chatting about how physics may partly explain your messy house. They go deeper into the scientific literature about clutter in your home - how bad is it really? And what can you do about it? Do Marie Kondo's methods really work? What does 'sparking joy' even mean?! They are well placed to chat about all of this as they recently (and finally) cleared their remaining stuff out of the childhood home (it only took them 20 years!). And of course they found quite a few items that speak to their longstanding inner squares...

Full show notes at the Sister Doctor Squared website.

Intro and Outro music by Dr Adrian Diery

3. Why are we so obsessed with true crime?

3. Why are we so obsessed with true crime?

December 3, 2020

WARNING: This episode contains discussion related to violent crime that may be distressing for some listeners.

In episode 3, Aleena and Janine admit to spending countless hours engaging in true crime media. They really want to get to the bottom of why they, and so many of us, are so obsessed with this stuff! The research they present sheds light on the psychology and evolutionary biology that might be behind our motivations. Meanwhile Janine explains her recent deep dive into primary school handwriting rules and downloadable fonts, while Aleena reveals how she tried to use science to win a culinary debate in the family (it didn’t go so well). 

Full show notes at the Sister Doctor Squared website.

Intro and Outro music by Dr Adrian Diery

2. Multitasking: myth or not?

2. Multitasking: myth or not?

November 11, 2020

In this episode, Aleena and Janine delve in to the evidence behind multitasking – is it a myth or not? Janine’s consistent inability to multitask has always been a source of much amusement within the family. Aleena, on the other hand, has always appeared to be an effective multitasker. Their research delivers some clear evidence on whether multitasking is possible and one of them has to eat their words. Meanwhile Janine explains her recent foray into straw-hoarding and Aleena rants about the lack of transparency when it comes word-inclusion decisions for Scrabble and Words with Friends.
Full show notes at the Sister Doctor Squared website.

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