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How many women scientists can you name?

For me, the answer is surprisingly few, a fact that makes A Passion for Science: Stories of Discovery and Invention, at once, both inspirational and melancholic. Published by the organisers of Ada Lovelace Day, the book shares the stories of twenty women who researched, invented and utilised science and technology in remarkable ways. In a [...]

By |January 4th, 2014|Book review, science, science communication|0 Comments

Why politics and science don’t mix

Like oil and water, politics and science simply don't mix. Why? Because, as I say in my recent review of Mark Henderson's The Geek Manifesto book, "politicians and scientists think very differently and value different things". Here's an extract from the post: "Changing your mind is de rigeur for scientists who come across new evidence; [...]

By |July 12th, 2012|Book review, science, science communication|0 Comments

Nosy Crow’s Aliens vs MAD Scientists Mega Mash-up

New independent publisher on the block Nosy Crow have recently launched their Mega Mash-up series aimed at boys of 7+. The look and feel of the books mirrors other short series publications like Astrosaurs or Spy Dog. What's new is the 'draw your own adventure' aspect and the brazen repeated combination of everyone's fave character [...]

By |May 22nd, 2011|Book review, Publishing, science communication|4 Comments

Infinitely scandalous: the Natural History Museum’s Sexual Nature

If you want something to create a buzz, you can't do much better than getting your product banned. The Natural History Museum's PR machine must have thanked its lucky stars, then, when Transport for London banned an advertising poster for their new Sexual Nature exhibition. Not only did the action raise awareness for the Museum, [...]

By |February 21st, 2011|Exhibition review, Museums, science communication|2 Comments

Storytellers, objects and the power of stories: notes from The Story 2011

This year’s The Story, held yesterday in London’s Conway Hall, hosted 15 speakers over five hours, each addressing the general theme of ‘storytelling’.  Featuring artists, writers and gamers, the talks covered a myriad of story-ish situations. Within these diverse presentations, a few key concepts seemed to crop up again and again, namely: we are all [...]

By |February 19th, 2011|Communication, Museums, science communication|8 Comments