5 free podcasts you need to listen to

The beauty of podcasts is that you can listen to them almost anywhere.

At the gym. On public transport. To liven up your boring, long car ride. In bed. To drown out the sounds of your significant other nagging you. Okay, that last one probably isn’t the best idea…

But, which podcast should you listen to? Our online airwaves are saturated with different podcasts. So we’ve sifted through them all to pick out our top five podcasts that we reckon you’ve absolutely got to listen to:

The podcast history of our world

Available: iTunes and Stitcher
Category: History

Want a crash course in the entire history of the world? Look no further! From the Big Bang to the Modern Age in bite-sized 15 – 30 minute chunks, Rob Monaco will turn you into a knowledgeable history buff in no time!

WTF with Marc Maron

Available: iTunes, Google Play and online
Category: Comedy

Listen to comedian Marc Maron interview other comedians and celebrities. With his witty mix of philosophical ‘meaning of life’ topics and humour, you’re bound to end up in stitches.

Stuff you should know

Available: iTunes and online
Category: Society and culture

Want to know everything about every topic? Like LSD, satanism and vaping? Look no further. Hosts Josh and Chuck give you the lowdown on everything you should know, in a podcast full of humour.

TED talks daily

Available: iTunes, Google Play and Radio Public
Category: Education

Everyone’s heard of TED Talks. Want to listen on the go? This podcast brings thought-provoking content on every. subject. imaginable. Artificial Intelligence? Tick. Zoology? Tick. There’s literally something for everyone.

Good life project

Available: iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and Spotify
Category: Self-help

After some self improvement inspo? If you’re finding navigating life as a uni student perplexing, get a dose of motivation from this podcast. Super inspiring and a great way to start your day.

Do you have a podcast you love? Let us know in the comments!


Love to read? You need to check out these 3 free apps!

Are you obsessed with reading? Like ‘Rory Gilmore ain’t got nothin’ on you’ obsessed? Well, you’re on the Library Blog right now so we’ll hazard a guess that the answer may be yes…

Reading can provide an escape from the world around you. But not everyone carries around a book in their backpack like good ol’ Rory Gilmore anymore. In fact, not everyone wants to read a printed book.

That doesn’t mean the content you’re reading has to be restricted to your Facey feed, though. Check out the below free apps for some ideas:

Goodreads

By: Goodreads
Cost: Free
Available: iTunes, Google Play and online

Discover and share books you love on Goodreads, the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations! Find new and interesting books by browsing personalised recommendations based on books you’ve read and your favourite genres. See what your friends are reading, write book reviews and keep track of what you want to read.

Flipboard

By: Flipboard Inc.
Cost: Free
Available: iTunesGoogle Play and online

Flipboard gathers together news, popular stories and conversations to give you the full perspective and lets you easily share the best ideas with others. Download the app, pick your passions and Flipboard creates a Smart Magazine for each topic. Automatically filled with articles, videos, podcasts and tweets, Smart Magazines blend expert voices, curated sources and recommended stories. Simply sit back and flip through the latest and greatest stories of our time.

PressReader

By: PressReader Inc.
Cost: Free for Griffith staff and students
Available: iTunes, Google Play and online

A plethora of popular newspapers and magazines at your fingertips! Get your favourite publications and discover new titles that you’re sure to love. Choose from thousands of magazines and newspapers and read them in the image-rich original layout.


Free apps to help you give back

While we understand everyone goes through their own personal struggles, overall many of us are very lucky.

If you’ve got easy access to running water, a roof over your head, are attending an amazing university (that’s us, folks!), have food in your cupboard and money in your bank account (we know, you are students, this may be a stretch), you may want to take this opportunity to give back.

There are ample opportunities to volunteer. Though if you’re a commitment-phobe, and the idea of starting a new series on Netflix alone freaks you out, let alone committing to something more structured, it’s OK. Instead of opening up your Netflix, why not try another app?

The following three apps allow you to easily donate cash to a worthy cause. So if your pockets are feeling a bit heavy, and your hands are feeling a bit empty – grab your phone and get downloading!

GiveEasy – donate & give to your charity & cause

By GiveEasy
Cost: Free
Available: iTunes and Google Play
GiveEasy changes the future of giving. The App allows you to donate funds to appeals and charities directly from your credit card, anytime, anywhere. Your friends and colleagues are notified of your donations through Facebook and Twitter.

Good Thnx

By Good Thnx Pty Ltd
Cost: Free
Available: Google Play
When someone does good, say thnx! Good Thnx is a platform that rewards good behaviour by allowing people to say thank you, with the money going to charity in a contemporary new way. Write a message and add an amount for a charity or cause. It can be as little as 10c, or as much as you like. The thnx notifies your friend and they choose where the money goes.

Charity Miles

By Charity Miles
Cost: Free
Available: iTunes and Google Play
Strapped for cash but still want to give back? How about we throw in getting fitter at the same time? Simply open Charity Miles, choose a charity, and go! The app works like a walking meter, cycling meter, or running stopwatch, measuring the distance of your route. You earn money for the distance you travel, which goes to your elected charity (up to Charity Miles’ corporate sponsorship pool limit).


Popular Science Apps : Biology

In our popular science apps series, we are now focusing on a few apps suitable for our students studying biology. These are helpful tools that you can use for reference and to assist you in your lab work. Where possible we have selected free apps for iOS and Android devices. You are sure to find one of interest to help you in your studies.

iPhone, iPad and Android
iCell (HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology). Price: Free

This handy little app is useful as a reference resource to view 3D models of organelles within cells. The top level has three main sections: animal, plant and bacteria. Clicking on one allows you to see the typical structure of an animal, plant or bacteria cell. A user can then rotate the 3D image by dragging the finger around on the screen. A user can zoom in and out by pinching and flaring the fingers. Each organelle can be zoomed in on to see the name and a basic description. In the iPad version, a user can also choose among three levels of detail in the descriptions of the cellular structures. Tap again and the image zooms out.Student with mobile device

Android
Visual Anatomy Free (Education Mobile). Price: Free
iPhone and iPad
Visual Anatomy Lite (Education Mobile). Price: Free

The Visual Anatomy app is an interactive reference tool showing all human body anatomy systems in visual detail. Some images come directly from the premier reference book, Gray’s Anatomy. All images from Gray’s Anatomy are included in the paid version of the app.

The app has more than 500 feature points with labels, full descriptions and high-resolution images. Organs have rotational 3D images able to be viewed and muscles have a highlighting tool to view them in more detail. It has a search function to find the organ, system, bone or muscle a user is looking for. A user can pinch or tap zoom on each feature to look at it more closely. It also features a multiple-choice quiz to test yourself on your knowledge. It supports the following languages: English, French, Spanish and German.