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Life Solved

University of Portsmouth

LIFE SOLVED lifts the lid on the latest ideas and discoveries that look set to change our lives.

Every week we’ll bring you a fresh episode featuring cutting-edge research. Find out how this is set to revolutionise the way our world works. We’ll explain how technology and community go hand in hand with the natural world, and how industry and sustainable environments can connect for the benefit of society.


Real research. Real world change.

From your subconscious political behaviour on social media to how we can use tech to get swift diagnosis and treatment for common medical problems, the big ideas are here.

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You can find out more about research taking place at the University of Portsmouth at port.ac.uk/life-solved.


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Life onboard a ship in the Southern Ocean for science
01-05-2024
Life onboard a ship in the Southern Ocean for science
In this episode we chat to two researchers who travelled to one of the most remote inhospitable regions on the planet, in the pursuit of science.Professor Fay Couceiro and Dr Clare Boston from the University of Portsmouth travelled 7,000 nautical miles onboard a Royal Navy ship during its annual trip to the frozen continent of Antarctica. We find out why they were there, what they saw, and what life at sea is really like. We’d love you to be part of the discussion, too. Email your questions on this episode or ideas for future episodes to lifesolved@port.ac.uk.If you’ve been inspired by this episode, and want to support our research then head to port.ac.uk/lifesolved to find out how. You can also find out how to work or study with us.Life Solved is released on Thursdays and available on all major podcast platforms.Host: John WorseyProducer: Robyn Montague Sub Editors: John Worsey and Glenn HarrisUSEFUL LINKSProfessor Fay Couceiro bio: www.port.ac.uk/about-us/structure-and-governance/our-people/our-staff/fay-couceiroDr Clare Boston bio:www.port.ac.uk/about-us/structure-and-governance/our-people/our-staff/clare-bostonAntarctica tales with Professor Fay Couceiro: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gMbbN6LWR8Revolution Plastics Institute:www.port.ac.uk/research/research-groups-and-centres/revolution-plastics-instituteProtector completes Antarctic mission: www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-latest-activity/news/2024/march/08/240308-protector-completes-antarctic-missionRoyal Navy supports science mission into human impact on Antarctica: www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-latest-activity/news/2023/december/05/20231205-royal-navy-supports-science-mission-into-human-impact-on-antarcticaAntarctic Treaty: www.ats.aq/index_e.html Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Will architecture save the world?
24-04-2024
Will architecture save the world?
Instead of keeping nature out, architects around the world are looking at innovative ways to work with environments to help reduce the planet’s carbon footprint.To mark World Earth Day (April 22), this episode explores the transformative power of design and the impact of architecture on building a safe and sustainable future.We’re joined by Dr Phevos Kallitsis, Associate Head of the Portsmouth School of Architecture, and Dr Antonino Di Raimo is a Reader in Architecture at the University of Portsmouth.We’d love you to be part of the discussion, too. Email your questions on this episode or ideas for future episodes to lifesolved@port.ac.uk.If you’ve been inspired by this episode, and want to support our research then head to port.ac.uk/lifesolved to find out how.You can also find out how to work or study with us.Life Solved is released on Thursdays and available on all major podcast platforms.Host: Robyn MontagueProducer: Robyn Montague Sub Editors: John Worsey and Glenn HarrisUSEFUL LINKSDr Phevos Kallitsis bio: www.port.ac.uk/about-us/structure-and-governance/our-people/our-staff/phevos-kallitsisDr Antonino Di Raimo bio: www.port.ac.uk/about-us/structure-and-governance/our-people/our-staff/antonino-di-raimoWorld Earth Day: www.earthday.org/earth-day-2024/Portsmouth School of Architecture: www.port.ac.uk/about-us/structure-and-governance/organisational-structure/our-academic-structure/faculty-of-creative-and-cultural-industries/school-of-architecture Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The unstoppable evolution of the English language
18-04-2024
The unstoppable evolution of the English language
To mark UN English Language Day (23 April), we consider how English became one of the world’s most widely spoken languages. And we find out how a mathematical model developed at the University of Portsmouth might predict its future. Dr Mario Saraceni, Associate Professor in English Language and Linguistics, explains how English spread and changed around the globe, and why speakers overseas influence how it’s spoken here in the UK.Dr James Burridge, Associate Professor in Probability and Statistical Physics, reveals how principles of physics and maths help him forecast how certain dialects of English will sound in the year 2066.We’d love you to be part of the discussion, too. Email your questions on this episode or ideas for future episodes to lifesolved@port.ac.uk.If you’ve been inspired by this episode, and want to support our research then head to port.ac.uk/lifesolved to find out how. You can also find out how to work or study with us.Life Solved is released on Thursdays and available on all major podcast platforms.Host: John WorseyProducer: Robyn Montague Sub Editors: Robyn Montague and Glenn HarrisUSEFUL LINKSDr Mario Saraceni bio: www.port.ac.uk/about-us/structure-and-governance/our-people/our-staff/mario-saraceniDr James Burridge bio: www.port.ac.uk/about-us/structure-and-governance/our-people/our-staff/james-burridgeThe problem with English: https://aeon.co/essays/how-do-you-decolonise-the-english-languageEy up northern English to become as lost as the hoddy dod:www.port.ac.uk/news-events-and-blogs/news/ey-up-northern-english-to-become-as-lost-as-the-hoddy-dodUN English Language Day:www.un.org/en/observances/english-language-day Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Sport saving our seas
04-04-2024
Sport saving our seas
What does sport, science, the sea, and space all have in common? While this sounds like the start of a bad joke, the answer is actually the GB Row challenge. Using state-of-the-art equipment, rowers were able to gather incredible insights into the state of our ocean on their 2,000 mile journey.We've caught up with Maggie Hodge, one of the rowers from GB Row's all-women ⁠Team Ithaca⁠, and ⁠Laura Fantuzzi⁠, a data analyst from the University of Portsmouth and 2024 competitor. In the episode, find out what it’s like circumnavigating Great Britain’s coastline, what they’ve learnt about the state of our seas, and how sport can be a driving force for change.We’d love you to be part of the discussion, too. Email your questions on this episode or ideas for future episodes to lifesolved@port.ac.uk.If you’ve been inspired by this episode, and want to support our research then head to port.ac.uk/lifesolved to find out how. You can also find out how to work or study with us.Life Solved is released on Thursdays and available on all major podcast platforms.Host: Robyn MontagueProducer: Robyn Montague Sub Editors: John Worsey and Glenn HarrisUSEFUL LINKSAssessing Pollution With GB Row: https://www.port.ac.uk/research/research-projects/gb-rowGB ROW 2022 IMPACT REPORT: www.port.ac.uk/sites/default/files/2023-03/gb_row_2022_impact_report.pdfGB Row Challenge website: www.gbrowchallenge.com/Ocean rowers set new world record for fastest female team around Great Britain: www.port.ac.uk/news-events-and-blogs/news/ocean-rowers-set-new-world-record-for-fastest-female-team-around-great-britainRS Aqua: www.rsaqua.co.uk/OrcaPod (RS Aqua podcast): www.podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/orcapod/id1599056224 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The academic imprisoned for his research
28-03-2024
The academic imprisoned for his research
In this episode, we peer inside a place that most people want to be kept out of, but one University of Portsmouth researcher has worked hard to get into - prisons.Professor Francis Pakes from the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice purposefully incarcerated himself in an Icelandic prison for two weeks to find out what life on the inside is really like. For Life Solved, he looks at how incarceration has evolved over time, what current systems are in place around the world, and what could be done to improve them. We’d love you to be part of the discussion, too. Email your questions on this episode or ideas for future episodes to lifesolved@port.ac.uk.If you’ve been inspired by this episode, and want to support our research then head to port.ac.uk/lifesolved to find out how.You can also find out how to work or study with us.Life Solved is released on Thursdays and available on all major podcast platforms.Host: John WorseyProducer: Robyn Montague Sub Editors: John Worsey and Glenn HarrisUSEFUL LINKSProfessor Francis Pakes bio: https://www.port.ac.uk/about-us/structure-and-governance/our-people/our-staff/francis-pakesFrancis Pakes piece for The Conversation, ‘I deliberately sent myself to prison in Iceland – they didn’t even lock the cell doors there’: https://theconversation.com/i-deliberately-sent-myself-to-prison-in-iceland-they-didnt-even-lock-the-cell-doors-there-105257Out in the cold? The experiences of foreign national prisoners in Iceland's open prisons: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1756061623000526?via%3DihubCell Block Studios: https://www.port.ac.uk/collaborate/coworking-and-office-space/cell-block-studios Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
What will happen when there’s no water left to drink?
21-03-2024
What will happen when there’s no water left to drink?
EPISODE 01: What will happen when there’s no water left to drink?TX DATE: 21 March 2024Water is our most precious resource; it underpins all aspects of life. But despite this, experts warn many of us around the world could be faced with the prospect of running out of fresh water.To mark World Water Day, in this episode we’ll be speaking to researchers from the University of Portsmouth, to find out what’s being done to help shift water habits, both here and further afield, to ensure a more sustainable future for everyone.Dr Julia Brown, Associate Professor in Sustainable Environmental Management in the School of Environment, Geography and Geosciences, is joined by Rebecca Gale, Head of Sustainability at Waterscan and PhD student. Together, they’ll unpack the growing water crisis and reveal exciting new projects to tackle the issue.We’d love you to be part of the discussion, too. Email your questions on this episode or ideas for future episodes to lifesolved@port.ac.uk.If you’ve been inspired by this episode, and want to support our research then head to port.ac.uk/lifesolved to find out how.You can also find out how to work or study with us.Life Solved is released on Thursdays and available on all major podcast platforms.Host: Robyn MontagueProducer: Robyn Montague Sub Editors: John Worsey and Glenn HarrisUSEFUL LINKSDr Julia Brown bio: www.port.ac.uk/about-us/structure-and-governance/our-people/our-staff/julia-brownSchool of the Environment, Geography, and Geosciences: www.port.ac.uk/about-us/structure-and-governance/organisational-structure/our-academic-structure/faculty-of-science-and-health/school-of-the-environment-geography-and-geosciencesWaterscan: waterscan.com/Life Solved: The Politics of Water ft Dr Julia Brown 2020: /www.port.ac.uk/news-events-and-blogs/podcasts/episode-6-the-politics-of-water Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
When Will the Cost of Living Crisis End?
25-01-2024
When Will the Cost of Living Crisis End?
This is the time of year when the Christmas bills start arriving through the letterbox and with national economies continuing to struggle in many places of the world, January might be feeling something of a challenge for you.Dr Robert Gausden is a senior lecturer in the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance and Dr Joe Cox is Associate Professor of Digital Economy at the University of Portsmouth.In this episode they explain the key economic terms that we need to understand. What the challenges that our financial systems currently face, And when we can expect things to feel just a little bit easier as we wait for our January pay packets to arrive.We’d love you to be part of the discussion. Email your questions on this episode or ideas for future episodes to lifesolved@port.ac.uk.If you’ve been inspired by this episode, and want to support our research then head to port.ac.uk/lifesolved to find out how. You can also find out how to work or study with us.This is the last episode of series 13 of Life Solved. We’ll be back in the Spring with more.Host: John WorseyProducers: Robyn Montague & Glenn Harris for the University Of Portsmouth, Rick Simmonds & Katharine Kerr for Podcast Pioneers USEFUL LINKSDr Robert Gausden: www.port.ac.uk/about-us/structure-and-governance/our-people/our-staff/robert-gausdenDr Joe Cox:www.port.ac.uk/about-us/structure-and-governance/our-people/our-staff/joe-coxUniversity of Portsmouth’s Faculty of Business and Law:www.port.ac.uk/about-us/structure-and-governance/organisational-structure/faculty-of-business-and-lawBank of England:https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/The productivity puzzle - Office for Budget Responsibility:https://obr.uk/box/the-productivity-puzzle/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The Science Of Smells
11-01-2024
The Science Of Smells
For many of us, January is the time for New Year’s resolutions, whether that be cutting out chocolate, carbs or coffee. But to what extent do our cravings come down to smell? In this episode, we explore the science of smells, and how our noses tell us more about the world than we often give them credit for.Dr Lorenzo Stafford is Associate Professor in Psychobiological Psychology at the University of Portsmouth. He will be helping us explore how understanding aromas can be a key part in treating addictions, understanding how our taste buds work alongside our olfactory senses, and why Covid-19 taught us to appreciate our sense of smell more.We’d love you to be part of the discussion. Email your questions on this episode or ideas for future episodes to lifesolved@port.ac.uk.If you’ve been inspired by this episode, and want to support our research then head to port.ac.uk/lifesolved to find out how. You can also find out how to work or study with us.This is the 7th episode of series 13 of Life Solved. The final episode of the series will be released on Thursday 25th January.Host: John WorseyProducers: Robyn Montague & Glenn Harris for the University Of Portsmouth, Rick Simmonds & Katharine Kerr for Podcast Pioneers Production Assistant: Vilma OlofssonUSEFUL LINKSDr Lorenzo Stafford: https://www.port.ac.uk/about-us/structure-and-governance/our-people/our-staff/lorenzo-staffordHow do cravings affects senses: https://www.labmate-online.com/news/laboratory-products/3/breaking-news/how-do-cravings-affect-senses/49335What the nose knows: https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2020/02/how-scent-emotion-and-memory-are-intertwined-and-exploited/University of Portsmouth Faculty of Science and Health: https://www.port.ac.uk/about-us/structure-and-governance/organisational-structure/faculty-of-science-and-health Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Is the World Becoming Less Democratic?
30-11-2023
Is the World Becoming Less Democratic?
In this episode, we explore the concept of democracy – and ask whether it’s under threat.Leila Choukroune is Professor of International Law and Director of the Democratic Citizenship Thematic Area at the University of Portsmouth, whilst Daniel Bedford is Senior Lecturer and Programme Lead for the Law School.At a time when democracy seems particularly at risk, we take a look at its history, what is happening today – and, assuming we want to continue to live in a democratic world, how to ensure its future.We’d love you to be part of the discussion. Email your questions on this episode or ideas for future episodes to lifesolved@port.ac.uk.If you’ve been inspired by this episode, and want to support our research then head to port.ac.uk/lifesolved to find out how. You can also find out how to work or study with us.Life Solved is released every Thursday and available on all major podcast platforms – although we’re taking a Christmas break, returning in January.Host: John WorseyProducers: Robyn Montague & Glenn Harris for the University Of Portsmouth, Rick Simmonds & Katharine Kerr for Podcast Pioneers Production Assistant: Vilma OlofssonUSEFUL LINKSProfessor Leila Choukroune:  https://www.port.ac.uk/about-us/structure-and-governance/our-people/our-staff/leila-choukrouneDaniel Bedford: https://researchportal.port.ac.uk/en/persons/daniel-bedfordAre we losing our right to protest: https://news.sky.com/story/public-order-laws-are-we-losing-the-right-to-protest-12878592Armistice Day protests: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/nov/09/london-pro-palestine-armistice-day-marchKing Charles III Coronation protests: https://www.nytimes.com/2023/05/09/world/europe/uk-police-coronation-arrests.htmlHuman Dignity and Democracy in Europe: https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/gbp/human-dignity-and-democracy-in-europe-9781789902839.html Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
How Incels Use TikTok To Spread Hate & Lies
23-11-2023
How Incels Use TikTok To Spread Hate & Lies
In this episode, we discover how social media is increasingly a breeding ground for so-called ‘Incel’ content, perpetuating misinformation, misogyny, sexism and even violence – and increasingly accessible on mainstream platforms.Anda Solea is a PhD researcher and Teaching Fellow, and together with Dr Lisa Sugiura, Associate Professor in Cybercrime & Gender in the School of Criminology & Justice at the University Of Portsmouth, you’ll hear why we should all be concerned and the steps that need to be taken by both the tech companies and internet users to keep women safe, online and in person.If you’re affected by the issues discussed, some helpful links to support are below.We’d love you to be part of the discussion, too. Email your questions on this episode or ideas for future episodes to lifesolved@port.ac.uk.If you’ve been inspired by this episode, and want to support our research then head to port.ac.uk/lifesolved to find out how. You can also find out how to work or study with us.Life Solved is released every Thursday and available on all major podcast platforms.Host: Robyn MontagueProducers: Robyn Montague & Glenn Harris for the University Of Portsmouth, Rick Simmonds & Katharine Kerr for Podcast Pioneers Production Assistant: Vilma OlofssonUSEFUL LINKSAnda Solea:  https://www.port.ac.uk/news-events-an...Dr Lisa Sugiura: https://www.port.ac.uk/about-us/struc...Lisa's book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Incel-Rebell...Lisa & Anda’s research: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10610-023-09559-5Links to support: https://www.report-it.org.uk/organisations_that_can_help Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
UFOs or UF-no's?
16-11-2023
UFOs or UF-no's?
In this episode, whilst many of us talk about ‘UFOs’, we take a fresh look at the rebranded term ‘unidentified anomalous phenomena’ (UAPs). This comes as NASA investigates many years’ worth of seemingly out of this world sightings.Dr Chris Pattison is a research software engineer at the University of Portsmouth’s Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, and also hosts a popular YouTube channel discussing all things ‘space’ (link below). In this podcast, you’ll hear how NASA is getting on with its probe into UAPs, how some supposed evidence of alien lifeforms can have hilarious real-world explanations, and how technology is being used to search for extraterrestrial life.We’d love you to be part of the discussion, too. Email your questions on this episode or ideas for future episodes to lifesolved@port.ac.uk.If you’ve been inspired by this episode, and want to support our research then head to port.ac.uk/lifesolved to find out how. You can also find out how to work or study with us.Life Solved is released every Thursday and available on all major podcast platforms.Host: Robyn MontagueProducers: Robyn Montague & Glenn Harris for the University Of Portsmouth, Rick Simmonds & Katharine Kerr for Podcast Pioneers Production Assistant: Vilma OlofssonUSEFUL LINKSDr Christopher Pattison: https://www.port.ac.uk/about-us/structure-and-governance/our-people/our-staff/christopher-pattisonUniversity of Portsmouth’s Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation: https://www.port.ac.uk/research/research-groups-and-centres/institute-of-cosmology-and-gravitationNASA promises further study: https://skyandtelescope.org/astronomy-news/nasa-finds-no-evidence-ufos-are-extraterrestrial-promises-further-study/Mexico ‘aliens’:  https://www.reuters.com/fact-check/aliens-not-confirmed-by-mexican-government-ufo-hearing-2023-09-15/Chris Pattison’s YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/c/chrispattisoncosmo  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Saving Seasides – Why Countries Need Coastal Communities
09-11-2023
Saving Seasides – Why Countries Need Coastal Communities
In this episode, we take a look at seaside towns. Often portrayed in books and films as being a unique combination of pleasure and danger, the modern day coastal town carries a lot of its past alongside the challenges of the current day.Associate Professor, Dr Tom Sykes & Dr Louis Netter from the University of Portsmouth have collaborated to produce a book called ‘Coast Of Teeth’, exploring Britain’s seaside towns through words and pictures. You’ll hear how they used a method called ‘psychogeography’ and discover some surprising facts about coastal communities around the world.We’d love you to be part of the discussion, too. Email your questions on this episode or ideas for future episodes to lifesolved@port.ac.uk.If you’ve been inspired by this episode, and want to support our research then head to port.ac.uk/lifesolved to find out how. You can also find out how to work or study with us.Life Solved is released every Thursday and available on all major podcast platforms.Host: John WorseyProducers: Robyn Montague & Glenn Harris for the University Of Portsmouth, Rick Simmonds & Katharine Kerr for Podcast Pioneers Production Assistant: Vilma OlofssonUSEFUL LINKSDr Tom Sykes: https://researchportal.port.ac.uk/en/persons/tom-sykesDr Louis Netter: https://www.port.ac.uk/about-us/structure-and-governance/our-people/our-staff/louis-netterUniversity of Portsmouth’s School of Art, Design & Performance: https://www.port.ac.uk/about-us/structure-and-governance/organisational-structure/our-academic-structure/faculty-of-creative-and-cultural-industries/school-of-art-design-and-performancePsychogeography: https://www.tate.org.uk/art/art-terms/p/psychogeographyCoast Of Teeth: https://www.coastofteeth.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The realities of radiation and addressing Fukushima fake news
02-11-2023
The realities of radiation and addressing Fukushima fake news
In this episode, we explore the real risks of nuclear radiation – and how incorrect information can cause unnecessary concern.You might have read about Japan’s Fukushima power plant releasing its wastewater into the Pacific Ocean – and potentially some of the accusations or fears around the decision. But often it’s misinformation and lack of understanding that leads to negative news stories – with the reality of radiation being very different to what we might read.Professor Jim Smith from the University of Portsmouth explains the science behind radiation, the real story behind this internet-led panic, and what we can do to understand the nuclear industry better.We’d love you to be part of the discussion, too. Email your questions on this episode or ideas for future episodes to lifesolved@port.ac.uk.If you’ve been inspired by this episode, and want to support our research then head to port.ac.uk/lifesolved to find out how. You can also find out how to work or study with us.Life Solved is released every Thursday and available on all major podcast platforms.Host: Robyn MontagueProducers: Robyn Montague & Glenn Harris for the University Of Portsmouth, Rick Simmonds & Katharine Kerr for Podcast Pioneers Production Assistant: Vilma OlofssonUSEFUL LINKSProfessor Jim Smith: https://www.port.ac.uk/about-us/structure-and-governance/our-people/our-staff/jim-smithThe Fukushima wastewater release: https://wakelet.com/wake/vCMQEBvBJl1OM657QMcv-Fukushima misinformation: https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20230905-afp-fact-check-fukushima-wastewater-release-spawns-misinformation#Atomik Vodka: https://www.atomikvodka.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The History Of The Horror Genre
26-10-2023
The History Of The Horror Genre
To celebrate the start of season 13 of Life Solved, and as we record this just a few days before Halloween, we’re taking a deep dive into the world of horror.And what better way to record the episode, than at one of the most haunted places in Portsmouth, The New Theatre Royal. Dr Rebecca Janicker, Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Studies at the University of Portsmouth, explores the history of the horror genre, the development of scary movies, TV shows and computer games, and how it reflects our current-day culture and concerns. We’d love you to be part of the discussion, too. Email your questions on this episode or ideas for future episodes to lifesolved@port.ac.uk.If you’ve been inspired by this episode, and want to support our research then head to port.ac.uk/lifesolved to find out how.You can also find out how to work or study with us.Life Solved is released every Thursday and available on all major podcast platforms.Host: John WorseyProducers: Robyn Montague & Glenn Harris for the University Of Portsmouth, Rick Simmonds & Katharine Kerr for Podcast PioneersProduction Assistant: Vilma OlofssonUSEFUL LINKSThe New Theatre Royal: https://www.newtheatreroyal.com/Dr Rebecca Janicker bio: https://www.port.ac.uk/about-us/structure-and-governance/our-people/our-staff/rebecca-janickerUniversity of Portsmouth’s School of Film, Media, and Communication: https://www.port.ac.uk/about-us/structure-and-governance/organisational-structure/our-academic-structure/faculty-of-creative-and-cultural-industries/school-of-film-media-and-communicationAnne Rice novels: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Books-Anne-Rice/s?rh=n%3A266239%2Cp_27%3AAnne+Rice Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
AI & Chat GPT: The beast is out of the box, so what now?
28-09-2023
AI & Chat GPT: The beast is out of the box, so what now?
AI and the likes of Chat GPT are possibly the biggest technological development of our age – and the subject of much discussion. But with artificial intelligence evolving at speed, this episode asks what the dangers and benefits are; both now and in the future? And if you’re still grappling with understanding what AI actually is, we tackle that too.From the creative arts to governments trying to keep up with legislation, the world of Artificial Intelligence is affecting us all – and 3 experts in the field take us through it: Oleksandra Ozcan, Lecturer in International Business; Sercan Ozcan, Reader of Innovation & Technology Management and Adrian Hopgood, Professor of Intelligent Systems at the University of Portsmouth.We’d love you to be part of the discussion, too. Email your questions on this episode or ideas for future episodes to lifesolved@port.ac.uk.You can also find out more about this work and other research at the University of Portsmouth website: https://www.port.ac.uk/research/ This is the last episode of Life Solved in the current series. We return with Season 13 on Thursday October 26th 2023.USEFUL LINKSWhat is AI?: https://www.zdnet.com/article/what-is-ai-heres-everything-you-need-to-know-about-artificial-intelligence/ The UK AI Safety Summit: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/iconic-bletchley-park-to-host-uk-ai-safety-summit-in-early-novemberAI Copyright: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2023/sep/24/an-old-master-no-its-an-image-ai-just-knocked-up-and-it-cant-be-copyrightedOleksandra Ozcan bio: https://www.port.ac.uk/about-us/structure-and-governance/our-people/our-staff/oleksandra-ozcanSercan Ozcan bio: https://www.port.ac.uk/about-us/structure-and-governance/our-people/our-staff/sercan-ozcanProfessor Adrian Hopgood bio: https://www.port.ac.uk/about-us/structure-and-governance/our-people/our-staff/adrian-hopgood Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Batteries – leading the charge in sustainable energy
07-09-2023
Batteries – leading the charge in sustainable energy
With World EV Day on the 9th of September, in this episode we’re looking at the power behind electric vehicles – the batteries themselves. As more of us consider ditching our petrol cars, in favour of ones we simply plug in, we’re going to explore both the positives and negatives – and the charges for-and- against this developing technology. Jamie Foster is Professor of Applied & Industrial Mathematics at the University of Portsmouth and in this wide-ranging episode, you’ll hear how batteries work, how sodium (salt) might be the replacement for the finite ingredients currently used, such as nickel and cadmium – and the steps that need to be taken to get us all comfortable with EVs when we next buy a car. We’d love you to be part of the discussion, too. Email your questions on this episode or ideas for future episodes to lifesolved@port.ac.uk. You can also find out more about this work and other research at the University of Portsmouth website: https://www.port.ac.uk/research/ Life Solved is released every Thursday and available on all major podcast platforms.  USEFUL LINKSDr Jamie Foster bio: https://www.port.ac.uk/about-us/structure-and-governance/our-people/our-staff/jamie-fosterUniversity of Portsmouth’s battery modelling research: https://www.port.ac.uk/news-events-and-blogs/news/fresh-cash-boost-for-university-of-portsmouth-battery-researchWorld EV Day: https://www.worldevday.org/The future of sodium-ion batteries: https://www.technologyreview.com/2023/05/11/1072865/how-sodium-could-change-the-game-for-batteries/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Nature’s leading role in cleaning up our waters
31-08-2023
Nature’s leading role in cleaning up our waters
In this episode of Life Solved we take a look at nature’s role in cleaning our waters. There’s no doubt that us humans need to do much more to clean up our own damage, but there are experts here – and around the globe – who are giving nature the opportunity to lend a helping hand as well.Jo Preston is a Professor in Marine Ecology and Evolution at the University of Portsmouth and Gordon Watson is Professor of Marine Zoology.You’ll hear from Jo and Gordon how investing in the wellbeing of our waters – from humble kelp to sophisticated oysters – pays off in more ways than you might even imagine.We’d love you to be part of the discussion, too. Email your questions on this episode or ideas for future episodes to lifesolved@port.ac.uk.You can also find out more about this work and other research at the University of Portsmouth website: https://www.port.ac.uk/research/ Life Solved is released every Thursday and available on all major podcast platforms.USEFUL LINKSProfessor Gordon Watson bio: https://www.port.ac.uk/about-us/structure-and-governance/our-people/our-staff/gordon-watsonProfessor Joanne Preston bio: https://www.port.ac.uk/about-us/structure-and-governance/our-people/our-staff/joanne-prestonInstitute of Marine Sciences: https://www.port.ac.uk/about-us/our-facilities/lab-and-testing-facilities/institute-of-marine-sciencesSolent Seascape Project:https://www.bluemarinefoundation.com/projects/solent-seascape-project/Scientists farm seaweed in the Solent to test water quality and commercial benefits:https://www.port.ac.uk/news-events-and-blogs/news/scientists-farm-seaweed-in-the-solent-to-test-water-quality-and-commercial-benefits Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.