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Episode 9: Stay tuned for more to be announced

Battery Low teaches cutting-edge science in new and exciting ways. Join the Arludo team and special guest scientists as they uncover the science and technology behind your favourite games.

Each month, meet a new scientist as they play a different game and explore a new topic – from why we fear snakes and crocodiles, to how you can harness your creativity!

  • Join the Twitch livestream and participate in interactive science experiments online.
  • Recommended for high school students and young adults.
  • Upcoming episodes will feature science experts from the Australian Museum.

Previous episodes

Friday 29 October, 12-3pm AEDT

Hosted by Dr Sophie Calabretto and Dr Michael Kasumovic

Join the Arludo team as they uncover the science behind trust.

"Do you trust me?"

It's a line that is almost guaranteed to be said in every movie, whether it is in an action or romance! In our society we are expected to trust the people around us, but there are some situations where we question whether certain people deserve our trust.

In this episode Russell Briggs, the Australian Museum’s Director of Museum Experience and Engagement, will be joining the Arludo team to investigate how we perceive trusted sources and reliable information.

Play along as the team explores what affects who we trust and why we trust them, all while trying to lie and cheat our way through a game of Among Us! Join in the fun to find out who is the sneakiest.

About Russell Briggs

Russell Briggs is the Director of Museum Experience and Engagement at the Australian Museum, beginning his tenure in September 2017. Russell leads the team responsible for permanent, temporary and touring exhibitions; Visitor Services and Front of House; Digital; public and education programs; the AM’s Archives and Library; and the Museum’s extensive World Culture collections.

A native of California, Russell moved to New Zealand in 2002 and joined the team at Auckland Museum from 2007 to 2012. There he held the position of Director of Exhibitions and Programmes and was Director of the War Memorial during planning for the WWI Centenary. He then joined the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne, where he was Director of Exhibitions and Collections from 2012 to 2017. Russell holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Friday 24 September, 12-3pm AEST

Hosted by Dr Sophie Calabretto and Dr Michael Kasumovic.

Why are some people more creative than others? Is creativity something you can practice to improve?

In this special school holidays episode of Battery Low, AM scientist Paul Flemons joins the Arludo team as they explore their creativity while playing Scribblenauts, a game where you're rewarded for discovering the most creative answer to a puzzle.

Uncover the factors that affect creativity and find out which one of our scientists is the most creative!

Friday 27 August, 12-3pm AEST

Hosted by Dr Sophie Calabretto and Dr Michael Kasumovic.
Join the Arludo team as they uncover the science behind cooperation.

From growing successful start-ups to solving important research questions, and even creating engineering masterpieces, cooperation between individuals can result in some incredible accomplishments. But sometimes it’s impossible to get people to work together regardless of the incentive, like trying to agree on what kind of pizza to order.

Join the team as they play Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes and uncover what factors make an individual willing to cooperate – all while diffusing a bomb!

About Heather Bleechmore

In this episode, Heather Bleechmore, the manager of the Australian Museum Collection Care and Conservation department (CC&C), will be joining the hosts from Arludo. From preserving archaeological and cultural objects, rare books and archives, to biology and geology collections, the CC&C team works with every division across the Museum, so Heather keenly understands that cooperation is key!

Heather comes from a photography and sculpture background and moved into the study of materials science, being drawn to the combination of art, science, and technology that materials conservation is. She has worked at the Australian Museum for 18 years, coordinating Integrated Pest Management programs (a wholistic method of dealing with insect pests that love to eat museum collections), working with the Cultural Collections and Exhibitions teams. Heather loves that her work at the AM enables her to continue to learn about the richness of biodiversity in the Australia Pacific region and allows her to work with unique and significant cultural objects on a regular basis.

About Dr Daniel Tan

Dr Daniel Tan’s research focuses on providing technology innovation for rice farmers in Cambodia. Daniel’s project aims to help these farmers grow more rice or higher value crops and ultimately assist them out of poverty. He has presented papers all over the world from the International Crop Science Congress in Brisbane, the International Cotton Conference in Texas, USA, to Austria and even India. Daniel is currently the coordinator of the Sydney Southeast Asian Centre at the University of Sydney.

About Liam Gleason

Liam Gleason is a non-binary US Air Force veteran and current evolutionary anthropology PhD student at Arizona State University. They are interested in the evolution of large-scale cooperation in the context of warfare. Gleason works with an egalitarian pastoralist group in Northwestern Kenya, known as the Turkana. Lastly, they are also broadly interested in the origin of culture, moral sentiments, and the evolution of Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Friday 30 July, 12-3pm AEDT

Hosted by Dr Sophie Calabretto and Dr Michael Kasumovic

Food is delicious, but have you thought about the effort that goes into the food you eat? From the fruits and vegetables that make it to your door, to the treats that sit in your cupboard, they're all created through an understanding of biology, food chemistry, and a desire to make something delicious.

Join the Arludo team in this live show as they explore the science of food in Minecraft. Watch as they survive a monster attack by creating their own farm and talking about the science behind the food they create.

This episode, the team will be joined by some special guests – tune in to find out more!

Friday 25 June, 12-3pm AEDT

Hosted by Dr Sophie Calabretto and Dr Michael Kasumovic

This episode explores the fascinating science behind memory.

Do you remember what you had for breakfast? How about breakfast two weeks ago? What about what happened that one time when you tripped going up the stairs in school and everyone laughed?

Our memory is a strange thing. What we remember and how well we remember can be affected by our emotions. In this episode, the Arludo team will investigate memory, what affects it and whether we can truly improve it.

Featuring forensic psychologist Dr Hayley Callum, cognitive neuroscientist Dr Nikki-Anne Wilson, and Meredith Castles who researches human-computer interactions, is a Twitch Streamer, and has hyperthymesia – that’s a super memory!

Join the team as they explore memory, find out what it’s like to remember EVERYTHING and use Minecraft to test our memory in different mazes.

Will Meredith's super memory win the day?

Friday 28 May, 12-3pm AEDT

Heights. Snakes. Crocodiles. Being in a room with a group of people you've never met before. We're all afraid of something – but why?

This episode dissects what makes us afraid and help us learn how to overcome our biggest fears.

Biologist Dane Trembath, from the Australian Museum Research Institute, will be joining the Arludo team to discuss his love of all things reptile, and investigate how we can tackle our fear of snakes.

We'll also be joined by Jodie Pestana a PhD student in Behavioural Neuroscience studying anxiety and its treatment post-motherhood, and Dr Corrie Ackland, a clinical psychologist from the Sydney Phobia Clinic.

Join in as the team uses Ritchie's Plank Experience and other VR games to explore how our bodies respond to fear and why Sophie isn't afraid of anything.

About Dane Trembath

Dane Trembath is a biologist with a focus on the herpetology of the northern tropics of Australia. Having lived in the tropics for over twenty years, he conducted research into the ecology of tropical snakes and turtles. While doing this research he became aware of the large amount of cryptic diversity present in the herpetological fauna.

Now based at the Australian Museum in Sydney, Dane is involved in the management of over 180,000 herpetological specimens – and nearly two thirds of the collection are reptiles! The collections range from enormous Komodo Dragon and Giant Galapagos Tortoises to tiny rainforest-dwelling frogs. Dane also is undertaking taxonomic work on tropical snakes and frogs and also working on the FrogID project.

About Jodie Pestana

Jodie Pestana is currently a PhD candidate in Behavioral Neuroscience supervised by A/Prof. Bronwyn Graham at UNSW. Her research focuses on how motherhood influences anxiety and its pharmacological treatment in females. Her research is primarily conducted using animal models of fear.

In her spare time, Jodie loves to get competitive playing boardgames with friends and enjoys finding her way out of Escape Rooms. Jodie also loves to play and write music with her guitar and spend time outdoors going on nature hikes.

About Dr Corrie Ackland

Dr Corrie Ackland is the Clinical Director and the principal Clinical Psychologist of Sydney Phobia Clinic. Corrie holds a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and Master of Psychology (Clinical) from Western Sydney University. She has experience across psychological presentations and has worked in the area of severe anxiety presentations and phobias for more than 10 years.

Before opening Sydney Phobia Clinic, Corrie worked for 8 years as Clinical Psychologist at Sydney Obsessive Compulsive and Anxiety Disorders Practice (SOCAD). Currently, Corrie is a PhD candidate at UNSW in the schools of psychology and aviation. Corrie is the national lead clinical psychologist for Flight Experience Global managing the delivery of fear of flying programs across Australia. Outside of work, Corrie enjoys long distance running and in particular travelling for running events around the world.

Friday 30 April, 12-3pm AEDT

Have you ever sat down for a quick gaming session before bed, then looked up and realised you should have been in bed 4 hours ago?

In this episode Arludo investigate the science behind videogame addition and the clever tricks game designers use to keep you coming back for more.

Join the hosts as they chat with psychologists to better understand how games manipulate your brain, and how you can stay in control.

Friday 26 March, 12-3pm AEDT

How does your brain behave when you play video games?

Games are more popular than ever before - gamers are even making a living playing video games. But what does it take to become a successful eSports athlete? In this episode, the Arludo team perform science experiments with athletes and games to learn about brain alpha waves and explore what our brains are doing when we play VR games like Beat Saber.

The hosts design an experiment and put it through the test through the Arludo app, Reaction Packed.

Join scientists on a fun-filled scientific exploration of what's happening in your brain while gaming!

Stay tuned for more episodes to be announced!

About Arludo

Arludo is a science education company specialising in the development of mobile games that teach science for students ranging from primary school to university. Founded by Dr Michael Kasumovic, an avid gamer and Associate Professor in evolutionary biology based at the University of New South Wales, Arludo has developed 25 free apps which are available on the App Store and Google Play and have been downloaded over 300,000 times.

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