Episode 21: A high-tech company with explosive growth…and various other science things you don’t want to miss

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Matthew Shribman has accumulated over 25 million views across platforms for his ‘Science in the Bath’ series, available here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoSRNBi6F4jN0CYq-sRcOHQ 

We talk about how birds literally ‘see’ the Earth’s magnetic field, and cover Twist Bioscience, a company that’s revolutionizing gene synthesis.  Twist is working on DNA as a viable storage medium for computers, drug discovery, genetic sequencing and synthetic biology.  This is a little more sciencey than usual, but I think you will enjoy! 

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0:11 — Introducing Matthew Shribman

3:00 — Whale carbon sequestration

4:30 — Matthew’s bird migration project at Oxford

6:50 — How bird compasses work

9:03 — How to photograph molecules with lasers, prisms and mirrors

15:49 — Our new investment in Twist – revolutionizing DNA synthesis

17:53 — Twist’s take on drug development

19:08 — DNA as a storage medium for computers

24:33 — Weather patterns & climate explained

27:02 — The PT extinction event

27:45 — Pension funds and ESG investing

28:29 — Coal & the broader energy sector getting hit twice

31:00 — The inefficiencies of “QWERTY” keyboards

36:57 — Synthetic biology for fuel

40:33 — Discussion on nuclear & its safety

41:55 — Israeli innovation for energy storage

44:08 — Science innovation coming out of Oxford

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