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Christmas Lecture 2015

For the 2015 Christmas Lecture, we were joined by Professor Tony Prescott and some of the team from Sheffield Robotics. The lecture was entitled “Are friends electric? Our future lives with robots” and was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience. We even got a cheeky look at some of the robots being designed and programmed at…

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The Science of Fear

                          What is your favourite scary movie? I don’t think I have one, but I did see some very good movies at Celluloid Screams, the Sheffield horror film festival at the Showroom. Watching a horror movie initiates the fight or flight mechanism that…

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Coral Reefs in London

Stunning isn’t it? I personally find coral reefs the most beautiful things under the sea I have ever seen. This is why I jumped at the chance to get myself to London to see the exhibition Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea, which finishes on the 13th September. Sponsoring the Catlin Seaview Survey, the…

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The Science of Music

Every year towards the end of July, Sheffield hosts the music festival Tramlines. As the line goes in one of Madonna’s song Music “music makes the people come together”, and they certainly do when Tramlines hits! Everybody is out. Whether it is out at a gig or a club or your own home, music worldwide…

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Kitty Science

Cats are everywhere on the internet providing the perfect procrastination technique and let’s face it, everyone has at least one friend who is crazy for cats. I have quite a few but one in particular wins the cat obsession prize. She would dress up as a cat for Halloween, wear anything cat related (preferably space…

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Humans Re-designed

Usually those who write about genome editing or designer babies tend to start off by describing a dystopian world probably referencing Gattaca, where if you were conceived naturally you are a “God-child” labelled an invalid and deemed lower class. The topic of designer babies has been explored before in a Science Brainwaves blog post: Designer…

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