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. 

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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.

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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.

Make video your story

There are many ways to present a story about your business or the interests you pursue. A video can be a positive ally when attempting to achieve the ultimate goal – gaining the trust of new customers.

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No matter the makeup of the business, a sole trader or a team of people, each has an interesting tale about its origins or a philosophy it likes to follow, so consider the type of video that is representative of your public identity.

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A commercial to advertise products; an explainer video to demonstrate expertise; or a simple video introducing others to what the business is all about, clothing, tourism, hospitality, sport or a trade – the list is endless – makes a big difference to the decision an individual makes.

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A video is not just an introduction, it is also a valuable method of making people more aware of what your business offers and who the people are behind the website or shop front. You never know, a new customer might just be around the corner. But they don’t know about your service, until they know more about you.

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Make video your story and connect with Gabrielle Ahern at Salty Wave to discuss the video right for your business via


Change up your reality

Augmented reality games are the go. No matter where you are located – on holiday, at lunch, travelling or just chilling out – they are geared to entertain and inform.

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Teachers are taking on augmented reality (AR) as a new tool for immersing students into an environment they may be unable to experience for any number of reasons – location, access, distance, time, financial expense, health and safety.

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Some augmented reality apps offer the chance for students in remote inland country areas to study coastal environments or travel to Mars to study its geology without leaving the classroom .

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Lessons can be presented as simulated scenarios using mobile devices. Or the student’s view of the natural environment through virtual reality (VR) glasses can be manipulated by imposing fictional video layers over the surroundings.

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Students can experience lessons in the present, future or go back in time to the world of the Pharaohs in Egypt or the age of the dinosaurs before the big asteroid hit Earth.

This type of lesson connects theory with practical experiences in the field, office or the lab, allowing teachers to guide students through a maze of new concepts, facts, methods and perspectives about all kinds of topics, for example, science, history, art, music or architecture.

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Most people cannot go about their daily tasks without checking their mobile devices; and innovative technologies are streamlining curriculum activities, enabling students to study remotely online or coordinate their studies with work commitments.

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Salty Wave Productions can assist develop VR scenarios for students to learn from by video. AR caters for the different methods individuals learn information – listening, writing, practical experience or visualising – and it is an exciting platform for teachers to create lessons that will inspire students to take on new challenges by the careers they follow, through study.

Varna, Bulgaria - March 10, 2016: Woman in VR headset looking up and interacting with Facebook Youtube Steam VR content. Facebook Google & Steam believes that VR is the future of content consumption.
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Living and working are made simpler through the opportunities offered in the virtual world of augmented reality.

So change up the reality of your learning design and contact Salty Wave Productions about video production.

Written by Gabrielle Ahern
Salty Wave Productions
Web Video + Commercial + Documentary