Conservation Canines: Update #2

Update #2 from science documentary filmmakers Jade Hoffman and Noah Baker, who are filming dogs that track whales in the Pacific Northwest. Looks like they’re having pretty good weather out there, which must be good for filming. We held back from posting this until the rain stopped, in case you spat coffee at your screen […]

Conservation Canines: Update #1

Last week Noah Baker and Jade Hoffman, documentary filmmakers from Imperial College London, left for the Pacific Northwest in the US to start making a film about dogs that track whales. The Conservation Canines project, run out of the University of Washington, Seattle, uses highly-trained sniffer dogs – similar to those used by customs officials […]

Podcast: Ghosts Beneath Our Feet

Sacha Thorpe speaks to metal-detecting enthusiasts and archaeologists, people hoping to understand the ghosts behind the ancient objects dug up from beneath our feet. How do we interpret these long-lost possessions, how do we reveal the secrets of those who made them? Podcast by Sacha Thorpe. Image: johnm2205

Review: “The Universe Explained to My Grandchildren”

The Universe Explained to My Grandchildren – explained to my fifteen-year-old sister RRP: £6.00 Publisher: Salammbo Press Target audience: children/young adult Hello little sister. Today I will talk to you about the Canadian astrophysicist Hubert Reeves’s new book, The Universe Explained to My Grandchildren. Pray tell, dear sister, why should you wish to talk to me about […]

Podcast: Cinema in a Digital Age

In the same month as The Artist – a widely-acclaimed tribute to old cinema – took the Oscars by storm, Europe’s biggest cinema chain, Odeon Cinemas, announced it had cut a third of its projectionist jobs. Digital technology’s latest victim is the 35mm film projector, and it has left hundreds of projectionists, who have dedicated […]

Video: What Is Science Communication?

“This video is the result of a workshop run for the Imperial College Science Communication Group. It represents 12 hours of intensive work from 16 Imperial College students and 4 technical assistants, including the fabulous TortoiseButler who edited the piece together.” Thanks to Morag Hickman! Watch on Vimeo here. More > Check out GM from […]

Video: GM from Scratch

Stop-motion genetic modification! Credit to Pen Hill, Lucy van Dorp, Sam Cavenagh, Vanna Barber and Luis Mulet Planelles. More > Got a taste for stop-motion science? Check out Edible CERN!

Podcast: An Audience With Cleverbot

Cleverbot was recently judged to be 59% human, whatever that might mean. In honour of this achievement, Imogen Ogilvie, Jennifer Whyntie, and Jade Hoffman cornered him for a chat. An Audience With Cleverbot by iscience

Podcast: “You. Tickle. Me.”

Primitive AI or just clever tricks? And what’s the difference anyway? Sacha Thorpe and Elliot Black sit down with a Furby to ask just that. An Interview with a Furby by iscience Image: flickr | blamethecrane

Calendar: Secret Lives of the Stars

Daily planetarium shows: 11.45, 13.30, 15.15 (weekends/holidays) | 14.45 (weekdays in term-time) Royal Observatory Greenwich, Greenwich Park, Greenwich, SE10 9NF “This spectacular new show explores the fascinating life history of the stars, from the smallest red dwarf to the largest blue giant. Using state-of-the art digital simulation, it charts the life of a star from […]

Calendar: Just A Minute, IC Radio

5:30pm on Sunday 11th December Metric, Imperial College Union (free entry) IC Radio brings everybody’s favourite panel game to Imperial College campus. “Six articulate, erudite, cultured and charming academics who couldn’t be booked in time will be replaced by a panel of young scientists – Matthew Allinson, Gilead Amit, Nigel Fullerton, Kadhim Shubber, Tom Whyntie […]

Calendar: Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2011

9 September 2011 – 5 February 2012 Royal Observatory Greenwich, Greenwich Park, Greenwich, SE10 9NF “The Royal Observatory Greenwich is proud to present Astronomy Photographer of the Year – a free exhibition showcasing some incredible images of the sky. Now in its third year, 2011 has brought some incredible images to the competition and exhibition, […]

You Mars be joking

When Giovanni Schiaparelli tilted his telescope towards Mars in 1877, he was hardly expecting to answer one of humanity’s enduring questions: are we alone in the Universe? Yet, what he found sparked almost a century of heated debate about whether he had done just that. The Italian observed a series of long, straight lines, or […]

Put this in your pipe and smoke it: Cannabis genome sequenced

When midnight struck on the 17th August, most stoners were probabily blissfully unaware of the significance, as they rummaged through cupboards for food and listened to Pink Floyd at ear-bleeding levels. Science has always been pretty good mates with cannabis. At least unofficially, from the rambling philosophical chats about space and time, to just general ‘insight’ into the world […]

Is Palm Oil So Evil?

Palm oil is indigenous to the tropical belt area but has only recently spread across the world in an industrial context. The industry reputation suffers damage as a result of the necessary destruction it causes to tropical forest, in order to clear land for plantations. Environmental standards have been introduced to improve the sustainability of […]