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One way to delve deep into the ancient history of the Earth - or other planetary bodies for that matter - is to examine the magnetism recorded by rocks. Kind of like a fossilised magnetic fingerprint. But trying to do this in an environment where another magnetic field exists (i.e. everywhere on Earth!) is pretty challenging. Enter the 'magneticall…
 
"Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, had a very shiny nose..." Many of us will be very familiar with Santa's famous antlered friend. But did you know that many reindeer actually do have red noses? But why? In this festive episode of the Big Questions Podcast, we ask Oxford polar biologist Ignacio (Nacho) Juarez Martinez to share some of the reasons we …
 
Online communication channels are popular, to say the least. For instance, there are 187 million active Twitter users per day alone. Sadly, these open channels of communication also open up the potential for harm, through online hate speech. The problem is so large that we require AI to help detect it. But what about when it comes to emoji? Accordi…
 
"From those humiliating moments have come the most illuminating moments… about myself, about other people, about organisations, about society, and I really see it as accelerated learning even if it's learning the hard way." In this week's episode of the Change Happens podcast, host Jenelle McMaster is joined by Lord Mayor of Melbourne Sally Capp, w…
 
In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic there was a lot of confusion, as we all tried to figure out what we should and shouldn't do to best protect ourselves and others. Fortunately, we now have more definitive answers to some of our most pressing questions - which are backed-up by data - including "umm...should I be wearing a mask?". As COVID c…
 
Satellites have been orbiting our planet for the past few decades. We might be familiar with how they can be used to track weather, or beam television and phone signals around the world. But did you know, that by capturing images of the Earth outside the visible spectrum, they're able to offer a unique perspective of the ground beneath our feet? Th…
 
“Everyone has a role to play as a leader, whether you're leading for better or worse, you're leading every day… whether that's your household, your team, your community, you name it. And so taking ownership and responsibility of that.. comes from us starting by saying, actually anyone and everyone can and is a leader. And so then it's understanding…
 
From California to Greece to Australia, it seems like every time we switch on the news there's another wildfire report. Some fires are natural - in fact, they're a fundamental part of many ecosystems - but the severity and frequency of the wildfires we are now witnessing is beyond natural levels. Human-ignited "megafires" are causing devastation ac…
 
Chocolate. It’s rare to find anyone who isn’t partial to a square or two of this delicious treat. But is its very existence in danger? (*Cue worried faces.*) In this episode of the Big Questions Podcast we chat to chocoholic and researcher Acheampong Atta-Boateng, who studies the relationship between cocoa trees and their micro-pollinators. We hear…
 
“The woman making that statement had lost two kids at the fires, and I figured to myself she's lost her kids. You know she's lost other family and friends and what I've lost is a reputation, so I need to get over it. And I need to be able to be here supporting those people in the recovery of their communities.” In this week's episode of the Change …
 
“If you're not happy before the medal, you won't be happy after the medal." In this week's episode of the Change Happens podcast, host Jenelle McMaster is joined by Olympic Gold Medallist in the Women's Four Rowing Jessica Morrison, who shares an insight into the power of the athlete's mindset and her experience of winning gold at the 2020 Tokyo Ol…
 
"To create change, the only way we can do it is if we can actually come from that human level, human to human, not from a text book, not from just reading PowerPoints and statistics, but we need to bring and draw from our own experiences....” In this week's episode of the Change Happens podcast, host @Jenelle McMaster is joined by @Mundanara Bayles…
 
"I’m feeling pressure that I have to be okay ’cause I’m the “resilience guy” so if I’m not okay does that mean, you know, that I’m just a fraud?" In this week's episode of the Change Happens podcast, host Jenelle McMaster is joined by Founding Director and Facilitator of the Resilience Project, Hugh van Cuylenburg, who shares his insights on managi…
 
In this episode of the Change Happens podcast, host Jenelle McMaster is joined by EY alumni and CEO and Founder of XVenture Mike Conway, who shares his expertise around emotional intelligence, resilience and leadership, and offers an insight into his ten-year tenure at The Wiggles. Host: Jenelle McMaster is Managing Partner, Oceania Markets at EY. …
 
Nowadays, the idea of encountering robots in our daily lives isn't pure science fiction. Many of us interact with AI every day, and the use of robots in, for example, healthcare settings, is already on the horizon. But what if something goes wrong? The RoboTIPS team at the University of Oxford is developing an innovative feature - an 'ethical black…
 
Do you remember when the price of fizzy drinks in the UK went up slightly a few years ago? Soda fans, perhaps you remember all too clearly...! Well, this was because the UK government introduced a sugar tax (or the Soft Drinks Industrial Levy, to be precise), requiring manufacturers to pay a tax on sugary drinks - a cost which was then passed on to…
 
"Somewhere within our public discussions within Australia, a repositioning and revaluing of technical skills, which you are not going to learn off YouTube, which you do need to be at a TAFE, how do we elevate that?" In this week's episode of the Change Happens podcast, Jenelle McMaster is joined by Chair of Australian Sports Commission and Principa…
 
An arboretum could be described as a "living library". A beautifully curated collection of woody plants from across the globe, each one carefully labelled and managed. In this episode of the Big Questions Podcast we chat to Ben Jones, Arboretum Curator at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum, about what makes an arboretum …
 
Lockdowns, social distancing, restrictions on 'normal' activities - we've all been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. But how has it impacted on our mood and mental wellbeing? We chat to Dr Maxime Taquet from the Department of Psychiatry about 'mood homeostasis' (the interplay between people's activities and the way they feel), and how this has bee…
 
"Anyone who has been through a crisis like a natural disaster like a bushfire or flood or whatever really, really need to tell their stories." In this week's episode of the Change Happens podcast, Jenelle McMaster is joined by Lisa Paul AO PSM, who shares her passion for education and mental health as well as her experiences managing crises and fac…
 
Their distinctive 'teacher teacher' call is synonymous with British gardens, but great tits are facing a big problem - climate change. As our springtime becomes warmer and begins earlier, peak caterpillar abundance is also shifting earlier. As a crucial food source for great tit chicks, this is cause for concern. In this episode of the Big Question…
 
"Where I see purposes become a little bit trite or superficial is that they’re trying to meet a convenient or a strategic goal. Where I see them to be authentic and powerful is where they start with the core belief system of the people at the centre of the company." In the latest episode of the Change Happens podcast, Jenelle McMaster is joined by …
 
Remember those days when it was possible to climb aboard a plane and jet off around the world? Well, while we might be yearning for foreign shores, there's no denying that air travel comes with a big ol' carbon footprint. But is it possible to make aeroplanes 'greener'? We chat to Dr Chiara Falsetti, a researcher at the Oxford Thermofluids Institut…
 
"I always say to myself at the end of the year, okay, how many failures did I have this year? Because if I haven't made failures, it means I've been too comfortable." In this week's episode of the Change Happens podcast, host Jenelle McMaster is joined by world renowned food creator and publisher Donna Hay who shares her change journey as a ground-…
 
The moon may be the closest planetary body to us, but we still have a lot to learn about it. For example, what is the water-cycle like on an airless body such as the moon? How much water can be found there, and could we one day utilise this water for space exploration? In this episode of the Big Questions Podcast, we chat to Dr Katherine Shirley, a…
 
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