Lighting up research

Salty Wave is excited to present a couple of new videos featuring Professor Kate Schroder and her research team from the Inflammasome Lab, at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, based at the University of Queensland.

Produced by Gabrielle Ahern, Salty Wave

Inflammation causes diseases and disorders that impact on many people’s lives globally and during this re-vamped version of her original animated video, produced with Gabrielle Ahern, Manager of Salty Wave, Professor Kate Schroder explains what an inflammasome is and how this complex protein drives the inflammation process.

Produced by Gabrielle Ahern, Salty Wave

It was a great pleasure to meet Kate and her team at the Inflammasome Lab during production of the videos. You can discover more about her inspiring research into the inflammasome via the Institute for Molecular Bioscience.

Exploring Science

Science is a topic that covers many areas of research. It is a virtual labyrinth of information to navigate through and without a clue, you can encounter a few myths like the Minotaur from Ancient Greek mythology and get lost in a maze of information.

Open access to the discoveries being made by scientists worldwide is important for anyone wanting to learn more. Being able to read about the research team’s objectives and whether their results support the hypothesis or not is one of those expectations most people have. While an abstract provides a good summary, it doesn’t really provide the in-depth detail readers need to know. 

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I have noticed while trawling through online databases, many research papers are published behind a pay wall. And depending on the paper, individuals are expected to pay varying amounts to access the paper. If you are not enrolled at a University or an academic, access to the articles published by many science Journals is not cheap.

But considering scientists are charged a fee to publish their studies through a Journal, I suppose the advantage of global publicity and exposure to a review panel with experience commensurate with the cost, must make sense to researchers keen to share their work. Surprisingly, the latest discoveries aren’t always the most in demand publications in the science world. 

Image: art130405 via Pixabay
Image: art130405 via Pixabay

Take Elementa geometriae by Euclid of Alexandria. It was written approximately 2300 years ago and since then, this ancient manuscript has educated some of the foremost minds in mathematics. An original first edition print from 1482 fetched $148, 842 when it was auctioned in 2016.

But other more popular manuscripts include Newton’s Principia Mathematica attracting an incredible $3.72 million. Basilius Besler’s Hortus Eystettensis was sold for a whopping $2.55 million, and Rheticus’ De Libris Revolutionum earned someone a cool $2.4 million. An original print version of Birds of America by John James Audubon attracted a record $11, 570, 496 USD.

Image: Lubos Houska via Pixabay

A selection of research articles are published under the banner of free, open access content via many Journals and if you have the time, online science magazines provide an interesting perspective on the scientists, their study and research experiences, along with blogs and social media pages dedicated to STEM. 

Earth still has its mysteries – some it can keep to itself – but there are many more exciting things to discover!  The only challenge is open access to the data you need to read. 

Story by Gabrielle Ahern

Latest video by Salty Wave

This latest video produced by Salty Wave for the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, highlights how ongoing pain can impact people’s lives, psychologically, emotionally and physiologically.

Learn more about The Science of Chronic Pain.

Montage

Montage is a French word and when translated means to edit – to assemble a composite of images, text, music and sounds linked by effects into a condensed presentation of information. The word is formed when Monter ‘to mount’ is combined with -age (a suffix) ‘action or result of something’. If you watch French films or television programs, ‘montage’ in the credit roll refers to the Editor or Post Production team.

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Editing is the final piece in the jigsaw puzzle of any film or video and is one of the most important aspects of any production.

To achieve the final cut, editors work from a script, and edit together vision, narration, effects, graphics, text, music and natural sound into a logical sequence. Editors use their creative and technical expertise to produce the final presentation, and styles of editing are applied to convey atmosphere, pace and excitement, suspense, humour or mystery. 

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In film, different specialists contribute to postproduction. For example, visual effects designers, continuity, animators, sound engineers, musical composers, the director and producers. But the number of people involved also depends on the type of production and the budget. On average, one editor edits all aspects of a television program (30 minutes to over an hour in duration), and a sound editor will complete the final sound mix before broadcast.

Image by Maklay62 / Pixabay

In documentary production, one person can wear all the production caps and be the cinematographer, sound recorder, writer, presenter and editor. While in commercials, independent producers liaise with the client to complete different types of presentations.  

There is a lot to consider when editing a video and software packages often touted as simple to use, can spring a few traps for the unwary digital traveller.

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I specialise in postproduction and if you are planning to include a surf-safari video, wildlife documentary, small biz promo, cinema commercial or video explainer for business or social ventures, I invite you to contact me at Salty Wave.

New Website launched by Salty Wave

Each week I trawl through a sea of information from social media, television programs, podcasts, films, magazines, science research and newspapers. Sometimes I feel inspired creatively, not inspired in any way, shape or form, or compelled to move out of my comfort zone. A couple of weeks ago, I decided to redesign my Salty Wave website to highlight the products and services I offer in postproduction, content strategy and photography. As a result of my efforts, the website has transitioned into a slick presentation and I feel great about making the decision to change things up.

There are links to my social media channels announcing what’s happening at Salty Wave, ecology themed articles featuring the latest science discoveries, videos covering different topics and reports about innovative technologies making the human footprint more wearable by nature. The projects I am managing are very interesting and there will be more updates to follow soon. So follow Salty Wave via Twitter, Google, Facebook, Instagram and lots of other channels and keep up with what’s going on.

I am very excited to announce the new website I designed for Salty Wave.