Podcast: Fighting fungi, the music of the moons, and self-healing crystals

By Gareth Mitchell , Dr Isabella von Holstein , Michael Mills , Ryan O’Hare , Keerthi Raj Bhavani Shankar , Hayley Dunning

In this edition: We join the fight against deadly fungal pathogens, listen to music inspired by moons, and discover how some crystals heal themselves.

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Fighting fungal pathogens - Fungal infections can be deadly, and a new WHO priority list has been drawn up to fight them. We hear from Professor Matthew Fisher , who is working on two of these worrying pathogens.

Music of the Moons - We listen in as astronaut Helen Sharman and conductor Amanda Lee Falkenberg lead ’ LUNAR ’ - an outreach event about the science behind our neighbouring planets’ moons and the music Falkenberg has created to illustrate them.

The self-healing power crystals - We learn how crystals of surprising materials including paracetamol and ethanol can ’heal’ themselves, regrowing their original structure , and how this could help researchers manipulate their growth.

This section is an extract from the Never Lick the Spoon podcast by the Institute of Molecular Science and Engineering.