I,Science were invited to the V&A this week to get a taste of the exhibition: FOOD: Bigger than the Plate. Now in it’s final week, the interactive exhibition looks to explore how our relationship with food is changing, taking visitors on a sensory journey through the food cycle, from production to table. The exhibition has […]
On the radio this week, the Good and Bad of Documentaries. Why should we watch them? Should they be educational? How accurate can they be?
How do we ensure we can produce enough protein to feed everyone?
Join Professor Brian Cox, the Royal Society Professor of Public Engagement, as he brings together experts on GM food to discuss key issues for the future of our planet. Panelists will include: Sir David Baulcombe FRS FMedSci Regius Professor of Botany at the University of Cambridge Professor Ottoline Leyser CBE FRS, plant developmental biologist at […]
Throughout its brief history, mathematics has been closely linked with measurement and money. In the ancient settlements the rules of arithmetic and geometry were used to solve problems about the allocation of food and resources. When life became more complex, the use of coined money led to computational problems that required good algorithms for their […]
Feed your curiosity at our daytime discussions. Drop in to hear local scientists in conversation about their latest experiment, life in the lab and why science matters to everyone, all in the space of your lunch hour. Bring your sarnies with you. First come, first seated. Public health nutritionist Alan Dangour makes connections between the […]
With growing prevalence of lifestyle-associated diseases, including obesity, Type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease, there is an urgent need and demand to try to prevent the onset of these diseases within our growing population. Nutraceuticals, along with appropriate diet and exercise, may provide a solution. They are defined as bioactive compounds isolated from food which […]
Anna Ikarashi on how agriculture today will make it harder for future generations to feed themselves
Many academics believe that only humans can ‘mentally time travel’ to relive their experiences and imagine future ones. But Iona Twaddell reveals new research which indicates humans may not be so unique as scrub jays may share some of the same memory abilities.
Nam Cheah looks at the evolution of the hominoid diet
Connie Orbach and Nic Rae endure temptation at the Press Launch of Cravings, the new Science Museum show
How does food colour effect taste? How does the snack food industry trick your brain into wanting more? The Geek Salad latest …
Prof Johnathan Rushton challenges you to go to the supermarket and find out where your food comes from …
Ahead of the chocolate-filled Easter holidays, ‘Bang Goes The Theory’ uncovered some surprising truths about sugar …
Have the BBC gone overboard with humanising animals in the ‘Penguins’ series? Plus the horsemeat story served up …
The banquet of delicacies at fringe event ‘A Feast for the Sciences’ included white chocolate candles and CO2 sorbets …
Food security is a pressing issue with over 1 billion people today suffering from Chronic hunger. But the technology and techniques are being developed to combat it …
On Wednesday 16th January, Alanna Orpen went to see the historian, writer and broadcaster, Dr. Louise Foxcroft, talk about her research on the history of dieting at the Wellcome Collection. Here she tells us what she learnt… — Lord Byron; acclaimed English poet, influential literary figure and leading personality of the Romantic Period. But the […]
In ‘Scientists In The Pub’ Andy Roast talks to researchers about their latest work. This episode features Dr Suze Kundu on splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen and the science of cocktails …
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 […]
There has been much media attention recently over the extent of ‘land grabs’ for agriculture, or the ‘foreignisation of space’ occurring in Africa. Estimates suggest up to 230 million hectares of land have been leased or bought largely to produce food, animal feed or biofuel for export in the aftermath of the food and energy […]
Perhaps it’s the recession but British allotments are flourishing in the most recent revival of the community garden. Increasing numbers of city folk are taking matters into their own hands in the latest quest for fresh, local produce. New research from the University of Colorado Denver shows that community gardening is good for both emotional […]
Following all the arctic antics and farmyard fun on the blog this week I’m sorry to say that today we turn to a more sombre theme, but do not fear, there is science in our midst (see below). For many of us here at Imperial College, our morning hike through the South Kensington tunnel is made […]
The thought of climate change may leave you with a sinking feeling in your stomach, what with rising sea levels and increasing extinction rates. Research published recently in PLoS has suggested a novel way of helping the planet, although it is unlikely to help the situation in your stomach. Eating insects can, apparently, reduce our […]