On the Culture of Evidence

I was recently asked to step in at two Café Scientifique talks for the London based charity Sense About Science to present the talk: Asking for Evidence (AfE) as part of their campaign of the same name. In a culture where the “questioning of authority isn’t always welcome” as Director of Sense about Science Tracey […]

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The Physics of Guinness

Today is St Patrick’s Day. To any person with close relatives that are Irish, you probably know of this as a semi-religious holiday. To any of the rest of you, it is probably associated with the Cheltenham festival, various exaggerated Irish stereotypes, wearing green, and drinking green cocktails and Guinness. When you inevitably partake in […]

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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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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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The E-Smoking Gun

The 11th of March was No Smoking Day and on the same day here in the UK the House of Commons voted in favour of standardised packaging for all cigarettes. Great news in order to aid in the stamp-out of smoking, but of course the war rages on. Today we all know that smoking is […]

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