Medical Technology

Episode 83 - Bioquark

This week I had a long chat with Ira Pastor, CEO of Bioquark. We talked about their research into new treatments for disease, the importance of a good scientific process, and the challenge of translation, getting from the petri dish to mice to people. Also, a lesson the importance of looking back to past research.


Episode 49 - Longevity pt 3

This week we continue with longevity research. We examine some critiques against it, and consider what it will mean for society if more and more people live longer.

Also, vertical farming in Shanghai, the ISS 200th spacewalk, and wandering black holes.

Shanghai vertical farming

ISS 200th spacewalk

Wandering black holes

Criticisms and Implications of Longevity research

(Martin Lisec)

Links for further reading

Episode 48 - Longevity pt 2

More on longevity this week, with a peek into the worlds of Aubrey de Grey, Craig Venter, and Google's Calico.

Also, the DNA of neurons, and the growing role of big data in the search for extraterrestrial life.


The DNA of Neurons

Conference on the search for life in the universe

The who and what of longevity research

Aubrey_de_Grey-Bruce Klein and Susan Fonseca-Klein
(Aubrey de Grey by Bruce Klein and Susan Fonseca-Klein)

Some links on the who and the what

Episode 47 - Longevity pt 1

This week is part one of a few shows on longevity. The history of living longer, areas of research, and more.

Also - Artificial womb, artificial photosynthesis, and asteroid mining

Artificial womb
Artificial Photosynthesis
Asteroid Mining

Longevity pt 1

(Maria Konovalenko - Art. Lebedev Studio)

Episode 42 - CRISPR and gene editing

This week we dive into the world of CRISPR-Cas9 and gene editing with a hopefully easy to understand overview of the basics. What is CRISPR, what can and might it do, what are the concerns and roadblocks.

Also, new nano metal techniques for improving hardness, and the Air Force X37 sets a record.

Nano Metal


Air Force X37

(Air Force)

CRISPR-Cas9 and Gene Editing


This is probably the best video for an understandable explanation of CRISPR

Episode 41 - Interview with Jamey Racer, all things radiology


This week I have a chat with guest Jamey Racer, Radiographer, CT Technologist, and Instructor. We talk about the past, present, and future of radiology and medical imaging. Types of scans, radiation exposure, and the changes that computers and artificial intelligence are bringing to the work.


A few links for further reading:

Episode 9 - Brain-Computer Interfaces

In this episode we dive in to some computer-chip-in-the-brain ideas, including one that has allowed a man to control his own paralyzed arm. How far can we go with this technology?

In the news: construction bricks grown with microorganisms


Nature article on Ian Burkhart, including the video of him playing guitar hero
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center: Battelle
(photo by Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center/ Battelle)

Other brain-chip links to check out:

Episode 8 - Bionics and Prosthetics

Bionics and Prosthetics

An overview of prosthetics of the past, and current work on bionics and exoskeletons. Advanced medical treatment now, will we chose to have them in the future? Also, news of a tiny bio-robotic stingray, and will octopi take over the world?


Artificial Stingray


Open Bionics