Science Category

Something for the weekend – A comedy sci-fi

I promised after I published ‘Chosen’ last month that I would try something a little lighter next. So I’ve switched genres and gone all ‘Hitchhikers Guide’ on you…please welcome ‘Tastes Like Chicken’,  a short piece of science fiction based on an idea I had whilst researching my article on stem cell meat. It’s aimed squarely at […]

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Dance your PHD

So, here’s a great idea: a competition to dance your PHD. Science and performance art combining to produce something intricate yet comprehensible; serious yet entertaining; researched, rehearsed yet beautifully spontaneous. I thought I would share this with you, because it occurred to me that this is not just an innovative and exciting way to get […]

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Free your mind

I have discovered something disturbing: I am left-brain biased. This is not all bad, but in terms of career choices it’s pretty devastating: the left side of the brain is the logical, analytical, objective side that deals with language, reasoning, logic, numbers and critical thinking. What is right brained thinking? Well, it’s the intuitive, thoughtful, […]

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Dinner’s in the lab, dear

Whether you know it or not, cow farts are a big problem. According to latest estimations, they produce at least 18% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. That means, for every 10 breaths we take, two of them are full of bovine bottom pops*. That can’t be good. And that’s just one of the food […]

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Failing to succeed

I watched an interesting talk online this week, given by Seth Godin last year on ‘Art and Science and Making Things’. It was a thought-provoking discussion on the business of taking risks and failing in order to create new things. Forgive me if I am late to the party, but I have just discovered Seth, and […]

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Serendipity

We just arrived at our home in Tuscany for the next five days. It’s like the place was made  for me:

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