BOS Science

15
May

Sound-Byte 1: Research Roundup COVID-19

Welcome listeners to the newest segment of BOS Science, called "Sound-Bytes"! For these episodes, each month I'll research, write, and present on a new hot topic in the field of science; all in the span of 20 minutes. What can I say, I'm smart, funny, AND efficient!

In today's episode, I'll be discussing a topic that has captured the entire world's attention; the COVID-19 pandemic. In just a few short months, this virus has spread to over 212 countries, generating more than 4.2 million cases and 280,000 deaths world wide. Luckily we have lots of wicked smaht people all across Boston who are working tireless to find ways to understand, detect, prevent, and treat the COVID-19 infection. From virus detecting face masks to anti-viral nose sprays, these scientists have come up with some amazing ways to help fight this disease.

It's not easy being stuck in quarantine, and not knowing what work is being done to get us out of quarantine, can be even more nerve racking. So take a minute, turn off Netflix, grab a drink (as if you don't already have one), and let me help ease some of your worries, by learning all about the amazing work being done in Boston to stop the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

SOURCES:

Information on statistics, history, and biology of virus.

All articles about the research discussed in this episode, can be found linked in show notes above.

8
May

Call for Listener Question’s: Webster Nanomedicine Lab

Everyone get your thinking caps out and get excited, because the next interviews for "BOS Science" are right around the corner. But before I can get down to brass tacks with these scientists, I need your help!

In the next episode, I talk to the Webster Nanomedicine Lab at Northeastern University, to learn about how this research group is working to use nanotechnology as a way to diagnose and treat disease. Before I sit down with my next guests, I'm going to give you some details on some of the wicked cool science that is being worked on at the Webster lab. Now you get the chance to submit your very own questions about this research, which will be answered by these scientists live on the show! And trust me, you're going to want to ask a million questions after you read all about this lab's amazing research.

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Our next guests will feature chemical engineering professor and director of the nanomedicine lab, Professor Thomas J. Webster, and one of the nanomedicine labs brightest graduate student's, David Medina Cruz. These scientists are working on some truly fascinating research, including:

1. Nanotech Implants that Improve Bone Growth and Prevent Infection

One of the most common complications that arises after a patient receives a surgical implant, is the risk of bacterial infection. To combat this problem, these researchers have developed implants with "nano-features" covering the surface that they've found has significantly decreased the ability of bacteria to attach to the surface, and as an added bonus, the nano-surface has also been found to stimulate new bone growth!

2. Nanoparticles to Detect and Destroy COVID-19 virus

The extremely small size of the COVID-19 virus makes it difficult to detect, but by using nanoparticles of similar small size, these researchers have been able to specifically bind the nanoparticle to the exterior of the virus, and then disrupt the virus's structure using infrared light therapy. These nanoparticles can be sprayed directly onto objects or surfaces to destroy the virus, or they can be injected into the body to target and destroy the virus from within!

3. "Trojan Horse" Nanoparticles Produced by Bacteria, which Target and Kill their own Parent Bacteria Cells

Turns out humans aren't the only ones who can create nanoparticles; these researchers found that by feeding bacteria cells specific chemical compounds, the bacteria's internal mechanisms will actually synthesize nanoparticles. If that isn't cool enough, these "bacteria produced nanoparticles" are found to be particularly effective at killing whatever type of cell was used to create them; this could be antibiotic resistant bacteria, or even cancer cells!

*in the voice of Billy Mays* But wait, THERE'S MORE! This crazy cool science has now been turned into a real life chemical company that focuses on using these techniques to develop biomedical agents to combat antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections and chemotherapy-resistant tumors! 

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So are you freaking out from excitement yet? I sure am! Take a look at the article links to learn more about the Webster Labs research, and send me an email with whatever questions you have for our guests. No question is too big or too small, too complicated or too simple! You don't even have to give me your name, just SEND ME YOUR QUESTIONS!! You can submit your questions until 3:00 pm (EST) on Thursday, May 14th.

Thank you guys in advance for your questions, I know they are going to be amazing because you guys are amazing! Subscribe to make sure you don't miss the next episode of "BOS Science", and I'll see y'all next time!

 

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30
Apr

Episode 1: The Fabulous World of Functional Fibers

For many people, fashion is everything (I'm looking at you Kim K.) But what if the worlds of fashion and function could collide? What if we could have clothes that could record music, charge our phones, or even emit light?

It's not a dream, it's a soon to be reality, all with the help of functional fibers! In today's episode, I talk to MIT Professor Yoel Fink and a few of his lab members to learn how they are working on creating fibers that can one day replace the devices that surround us. These wicked smaht scientists have created fibers that can do all sorts of crazy things; emit and detect light, control and release drugs, and even lift weights (that's more than can be said for me)!

These "tech'd" out and decked out threads are revolutionizing how we think about fabrics. Join me as I learn all about the crazy yet fabulous world of functional fibers!

 

SHOW NOTES:

Today's guests; Prof. Yoel Fink, Dr. Tural Khudiyev, Gabriel Loke, and Juliette Alain.

For more about the research discussed on this show, check out the Fibers@MIT and AFFOA websites.

You can see these fabulous functional fibers in action and marvel as they lift weightsplay classical music, and of course glow!

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8
Apr

Episode 0: An Introduction to BOS Science

Come one come all, to the BOS Science Podcast! Today's episode is a chance for you to get familiar with the show, learn who I am and what I'll be talking about in the episodes to come, including some top secret quotes from the guests who will be featured in the very first episode. So stop whatever you're doing, plug your headphones in, and come get to know me and my show! I guarantee you'll enjoy it, or your money back!