This Poetry is Madness

Imperial College hosted this evening of top performance poets reciting verse on mental health. Each performer had either suffered mental health problems or been affected by the suffering of someone close …

Wild hope: Conservation successes

Our little blue planet is dying. For decades scientists have been warning of the potentially fatal affects of pollution, global warming and deforestation. Yet, we all continue to consume unsustainable quantities of …

Eat Your Heart Out

A Bloody Mary: what more could you want one cold November afternoon? They’re deliciously equipped with tomato juice, a splash of Tabasco and vodka; but at St Bartholomew’s Pathology Museum there was a twist on the traditional mix. Bacon was delicately floated in the beverage to create the suitably named cocktail, Charred Remains. And that […]

The Badger Cull

The UK government has caused controversy in the farming, science and public communities by announcing that the proposed cull of badgers in the UK will be postponed until the summer of 2013. Badger numbers are estimated at between 250 – 300,000 and in 2011 alone 34,000 British cattle were killed due to the spread of […]

Podcast: Scientists in Parliament

Julian Huppert MP Decisions about science that affect our lives are being made by people with little knowledge of those areas. Should we be worried? Debacles such as Tony Blair’s handling of the MMR vaccine scandal in the early Noughties show what can go wrong when science is poorly handled by politicians. Ten years on, […]

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

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 […]

Podcast: Alan Turing’s Centenary

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Alan Turing’s birth and there are events happening across the UK to celebrate Turing’s contributions to computer science as we know it today. However, not that many people seem to realise the influence Turing’s work continues to have and the stuggles he faced. I went along to Kinetica […]

Sounds From Other Planets

Have you ever wondered what your voice might sound like on another planet? A team of scientists working at the University of Southampton have used mathematical and physical tools taking into account atmospheres, pressure and fluid dynamics to produce the natural sounds of other worlds, including thunder, human voices, whirlwinds, probe splashdowns and waterfalls. The […]

Podcast: Kinetica Art Fair

Today I had the chance to go along to the preview of this year’s Kinetica Art Fair. I really can’t recommend it enough, it’s an absolute wonderland of art inspired by science and technology – I could have happily wandered around all day playing with the various installations. Have a listen to the podcast to […]

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

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 […]

Podcast: Episode 3 – Lift off

Science writer and producer Piers Bizony takes a retrospective look at NASA’s Space Shuttle Program, astrobiologist Lewis Dartnell discusses space bacteria and the possibility of extra-terrestrial life and we ask Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees if we’ve any hope of getting to the red planet. Presented by Thea Cunningham and featuring reporters Camila Ruz, Thomas […]

Podcast: Radio Package 2: Sounds of the Science Museum

In the second of the I, Science radio package series, I take a look at the “Sounds of the Science Museum”. Museums are traditionally sight- and touch-based, but they use a lot of sound too – interactives, videos, audio content on gallery, and even just the constant sound of busy visitors add to the overall […]