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Arludo: Battery Low event teaching cutting-edge science and technology behind your favourite games. Image: Arludo
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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.

Episode 7: The Science of Creativity

Friday 24 September, 12-3pm AEST

Hosted by Dr Sophie Calabretto and Dr Michael Kasumovic

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

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!

Special guests

Paul Flemons

Paul Flemons on Balls Pyramid
March 2017. An Australian Museum (AM) team of climbers and scientists ascended Balls Pyramid, the tallest volcanic stack in the world, to retrieve a live specimen of one of the world’s rarest insects. The female Lord Howe Island stick insect or phasmid (Dryococelus australis) – named “Vanessa” after the climber who found it – will join a captive breeding program at Melbourne Zoo designed to bring the species back from the brink of extinction. Formerly endemic to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Lord Howe Island, the phasmid was declared extinct in 1986, before it was rediscovered in the early 2000s on the nearby Balls Pyramid. Image: Tom Bannigan
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Paul Flemons is the Manager of Digital Collections and Citizen Science, at the Australian Museum Research Institute. Paul is responsible for providing access to digital collections across the Museum, managing all matters related to the Collection Database Management system, digitising collections through both staff and volunteer efforts, heading up the AM’s Centre for Citizen Science and developing the AM’s program of expeditions.

Paul joined the Museum in 1998 and has been instrumental in building the Museum’s reputation as a world leader in biodiversity informatics and in developing DigiVol, a globally recognised volunteer-based program for digitising the AM’s natural history collections. Paul is particularly interested in developing innovative solutions to biodiversity informatics challenges.

More special guests to be announced

Previous episodes

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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