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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(Mis)interpreting Science

CUTTING YOUR TOENAILS WILL GIVE YOU NOSEBLEEDS* Just how many times have you seen a crazy sensationalist headline like this? Unfortunately it seems to be quite common. While the problem lies with various factors, the consequence however is the same: inaccurate stories, grossly simplified misleading the public, sometimes on purpose, sometimes not. (*Just so you […]

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Celebrating Women in Science

Today is Ada Lovelace Day – a day dedicated internationally to recognising women scientists and their achievements. Ada Lovelace was born in England in 1815 and had an intellectual and scientific upbringing by her mother. Working with the Lucasian Professor of Maths Charles Babbage, Ada went on to develop a computer prototype and has since […]

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A Child’s Curiosity

“What is gravity?” asks my then four year old nephew to his family. Quite an inspirational question from a four year old! But then again, at the time they were all watching the highly acclaimed Cosmos; the science documentary hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. A child’s curiosity clearly knows no bounds when it comes to […]

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