I,Science Issue 35: ‘Other Worlds’ Out Now!

Pick up your copy in the lobby of the Sherfield Building or at I,Science stands around the South Kensington Campus today, or click here to read the magazine online.

The vampires are here. And so is canine babesiosis.

Vampires are on the loose and at a time when most things are being blamed on either climate change or the EU (not anymore…), it’s been suggested that a combination of both may have caused the uprising. But the rise of the tick is not sexy news fodder, and tick diseases only affecting dogs even […]

Interview with Steve Crabtree, editor of BBC’s ‘Horizon’

Sophie Walsh interviews Steve Crabtree, editor of BBCs science series ‘Horizon’ to discuss taboo science, the future of Horizon and why he wishes he’s met David Bowie…

Interview with Darius Nikbin

To celebrate I, Science’s 10th anniversary, current editors Iona Twaddell and Kruti Shrotri met up with Darius Nikbin, the founder of the magazine…

Lords Question Breadth of PhDs

Innovation is valuable; that’s why the government places such great emphasis on it in their plan for economic growth. Usually, it’s hard to predict where the next big innovation might come from – and so traditionally, scientific research spreads its net wide, so as to maximise it chances of hitting on great discoveries. But the […]

Universe of Sound: The Planets

Universe of Sound: The Planets The Science Museum 10am-6pm daily from 23 May – 8 July 2012. Entrance is FREE. Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to be part of a 132 piece Orchestra? For 6 weeks this summer you can find out… The Science Museum and the Philharmonia Orchestra have teamed up […]

Science Behind the Photo #38

Taken from Issue 20. For nearly as long as we have been creating objects of value, we have been developing ways to keep them safe. Being a relatively untrusting species has meant that we have invested a significant amount of time developing security measures to keep our belongings out of the hands of other people. […]

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 […]

Science Game Shows Just How Hard It Is To Be Usain Bolt

We all do a bit of running, whether to a bus, to the shops, or away from an awkward encounter. But, have you ever thought about just how complicated the motion is? Well a game that has become all the rage on the internet will show you just how difficult it is. QWOP (named after the keys […]

Book Review: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

The story of Henrietta Lacks, the African American woman whose cancer cells gave rise to the famous HeLa cellline is not a story about the glories of medicine; it is instead about racism, science and the price of poverty. HeLa cells are the most commonly used cell lines in medical research. They orginally came from […]

Podcast: Autotune the Abstract

As a science communication student I find myself constantly coming across new and different ways people try and get across scientific data and knowledge. It can range from typical things such as news articles and blog posts to knitted representations of science. Whilst some of the crazy ways people try and get out their research may […]

Science sans frontières

So, what is the demarcation between concepts that seem crazy now but might berealised eventually, and things that are forever impossible? Are there limits to how much we can ever predict? Are there scientific problems that will forever baffle us – phenomena that simply transcend human understanding? – Lord Martin Rees, From Here to Infinity, […]

Fish Go GaGa For Ginger Gene

  There may be plenty of fish in the sea but the medaka knows what it likes. A single gene mutation that causes the Japanese Killifish to be born a drab grey colour has proved to be a turn-off to members of the opposite sex. By over-expressing the ‘ginger gene’ in the medaka ‘super attractive’ bright […]

Is Science Vital?

Last week, I travelled to UCL to meet Imran Khan, head of CaSE. Imran is an alumnus of the Imperial College Science Communication MSc course and was previously a researcher for former Liberal Democrat MP Dr Evan Harris. As Director of CaSE, Imran deals with a whole range of issues surrounding science policy. Today, Imran […]

Funding

Last week, I travelled to UCL to meet Imran Khan, head of CaSE. Imran is an alumnus of the Imperial College Science Communication MSc course and was previously a researcher for former Liberal Democrat MP Dr Evan Harris. As Director of CaSE, Imran deals with a whole range of issues surrounding science policy. Today, Imran […]

Politicians Used ‘Psychic Engineering’ To Make A Baby Messiah

Everybody’s mother tells them they are special. Children are doted on by their parents and made to feel they are the most important people in the world. However, for one individual there was a little more this. Henry Coombe-Tennant, born in 1913 was ‘engineered’ by his parents to be a messiah in a bizzarre story […]

Political Reception

Last week, I travelled to UCL to meet Imran Khan, head of CaSE. Imran is an alumnus of the Imperial College Science Communication MSc course and was previously a researcher for former Liberal Democrat MP Dr Evan Harris. As Director of CaSE, Imran deals with a whole range of issues surrounding science policy. Today, Imran […]

Campaigning

Last week, I travelled to UCL to meet Imran Khan, head of CaSE. Imran is an alumnus of the Imperial College Science Communication MSc course and was previously a researcher for former Liberal Democrat MP Dr Evan Harris. As Director of CaSE, Imran deals with a whole range of issues surrounding science policy. Today, Imran […]

CaSE

Last week, I travelled to UCL to meet Imran Khan, head of CaSE. Imran is an alumnus of the Imperial College Science Communication MSc course and was previously a researcher for former Liberal Democrat MP Dr Evan Harris. As Director of CaSE, Imran deals with a whole range of issues surrounding science policy. I caught […]

And the Oscar goes to…Science!?

Hollywood has never had a particularly good reputation for scientific accuracy. However, recently its science acumen has received a boost. It is currently the first time that the ‘reigning’ best actor and actress have been both been scientifically published. Colin Firth, has taken time out from swimming in country lakes and stuttering to co-author a […]

Why science needs the state, but the state needs science even more

As we seem to have no blog today, here’s an opinion piece I wrote back in March… If the government fails to invest in science today, there will inevitably be both a huge cultural and economic price to pay tomorrow. Last week, Science Minister David Willetts described Pfizer’s plans to close its Kent R&D site, […]

Science saved my soul

I know many of us are revising frantically at the moment, spending every waking moment trying to cram as much knowledge into our delicate little brains as we can. Either that or feeling guilty for not doing as much as we should. It can feel like our lives have been dominated by the need to […]