Science on Screen: The Social Network

Network pioneer Michelle Girvan asks how her field of research reflects and is reflected in our social lives. Girvan discusses how social media websites like Facebook, which have dramatically transformed the nature of human interactions, are invaluable to scientists because they generate and store massive amounts of Big Data which can be used to gain new insights […]

Electronic Superhighway Exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery

Technology and the internet is the subject and medium of this London art exhibition, in over 100 works from the 1960’s through to present day.

Convergence: Information, evolution, and intelligent design

The concept of information is fundamental to all areas of science, and ubiquitous in daily life in the Internet Age. However, it is still not well understood despite being recognised for more than 40 years. In this talk, Daniel Dennett will explore steps towards a unified theory of information, through common threads in evolution, learning, and engineering.

The Web Lab

Tucked away downstairs in the Science Museum, Chrome Web Lab, an interactive series of exhibits by Google, is a hands-on exposition of the inner workings of the Internet, consisting of five interactive experiments that focus on different aspects of the World Wide Web. Upon arrival, visitors are presented with a personal Lab Tag, while the […]

#scicom21 review: What the web did to science communication

This is part of a series of reviews of the sessions held by the Science Communication Group on 13th September, in celebration of 21 years of the Science Communication MSc at Imperial College. We will be putting up reviews of each session over the next couple of weeks. If you went to the celebrations and […]

Flickr Bug

Budding entomologists might want to think about casting aside butterfly net and pooter. A paper published in ZooKeys last week reports the discovery of a new species of lacewing, Semachrysa jade. But the unusual thing about this new insect was that it was first spotted not in the field but on Flickr. Insect biosystematist Shaun […]

50 Years of the Internet

Map of scientific collaborations Guest contributor Julie Gould celebrates the Internet’s Golden Jubilee. There have been significant leaps in our understanding of science and technology in the last fifty years. Some have radically changed our world, such as our sending a man into space and the silicon chip. However, one tool above all has become […]

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

World Wide Mind: Book Review

World Wide Mind: The coming Integration of Humanity, Machines, and the Internet by Michael Chorost World Wide Mind is a book out to convince us that the next step for humanity is a collective mind. Michael Chorost has a theory that the Internet will one day be part of our brains. Through it the minds […]

A PC in Every Home and Wi-Fi in Every Window

When nobody’s fussing about Wi-Fi in schools and when there’s a lull between reports on the injurious effects of mobile phones I suspect few of us give much thought to the fizzing ocean of radio waves crashing over us silently, invisibly, continuously, ceaselessly. We take it for granted that the phone in our hand can […]

Is Online Me The Real Me?

There are two moments that have inspired this post, the first was the launch of Google+, and the resultant birth of another on-line version of my persona. The second was further back but, it was a moment where I expected there to be some kind of confetti, and at the very least a fanfare of sorts, but […]

Interview with a Guru

This week, I catch up with Guru magazine editor, Dr Stuart Farrimond… So Stuart, What is Guru? Broadly speaking, Guru is a concept. It’s about breaking down barriers between the scientific community and the general public. Despite huge advancements in technology; the development and growth of the internet (and the associated availability of information) – […]

Top 5 Unseen Weapons

5. The ultrasound gun The sonic devastator Imagine the sound of fingernails scraping down a blackboard, then amplify it to 130 decibels (which is equivalent to a jet plane taking off) and you begin to understand how the Sonic Devastator got its name. Designed for riot control, the hand-held gun’s design restricts its beam to […]

I, Science Editor interviews Simon Singh

by Adrian Giordani The Editor of I, Science managed to get hold of Dr. Simon Singh to talk about the recent success in his libel case with the BCA (British Chiropractic Association) and his views on libel law and science communication.   What does the positive outcome of your libel case mean for science communication […]

I, Science vs Ben Goldacre

Adrian Giordani and Ben Kolb – April 2010 After a little harassment on Twitter, Ben Goldacre, the practising doctor, Guardian columnist, author and ‘nerd cheerleader’ took some time out to chat on the phone to the Adrian Giordani, Editor of I, Science and Ben Kolb about journalism, science communication and what’s next for Bad Science. […]