Category: Science and Media

Science Friction

REPOST: This was first posted in February 2009. This semester ends with a ‘Chemistry of Science Fiction’ lecture-workshop so it seems appropriate. Perhaps science fiction is to blame for science’s image. Yes, I know you’re rolling your eyes thinking ‘but I loved science fiction and now look at me, the scientist’. Did you ever consider…

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The Reciprocal Space of Social Media

In a bit of end of semester navel gazing last week I was contemplating the usefulness or otherwise of blogging. The first website I ever ‘ran’ was back in 1997 and it’s creation coincided with having reliable access to a computer and the internet on starting university. While it is long gone (I do still…

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RI Christmas Lectures #xmaslectures

Watching the RI Christmas lectures used to be an integral, if surreptitious part of Christmas. My Grandma would watch them when they used to be on BBC 2 (I think) in the mornings between Christmas and New Year, just about in time for morning coffee. The timing’s have shifted around a bit over the years but I…

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Sidelined Science

The chemists on teh internetz seem to be feeling pretty hard done by these days.  I’ve seen a lot of twittering and blogging about the way chemistry is perceived by non-chemists (the public, but including other branches of science), the (mis-)use of the word chemical, the absence of chemistry blogs from most blogging networks and…

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In which I wish to puke on someone’s shoes…

Were it not for the fact that these articles crossed my desk within two days of one another, I would probably ignore this. But they appeared in quick succession with the second providing sufficient irritation to push me beyond the ‘you don’t usually rant about this on your blog’ threshold. Article 1: 10 common body…

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Chemists, Chemicals and Risk…

There’s a guest bog post on Scientific American this afternoon that’s gotten a few chemistry types (myself included) in a bit of a tangle on Twitter.  It’s been written by one David Ropeik who wrote a book on risk.  In summary, it’s a bit of a chemist bash centred on the notion that International Year…

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The Scare Story Cycle

Every now and again certain scare stories raise their ugly heads and start breathing venomous fire over certain groups of people.  I’m sure someone has done a study somewhere that looks into it.   A few particularly persistent ones concern the use of online stuff like Facebook, Twitter, Blogs…etc etc etc ad naseum. Julia has a good take on…

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Poster boys

Those of you who are on twitter may have noticed the following pictures as tweets yesterday.  I walk past these posters every day but yesterday they really caught my eye.  Lets take this one first: Does this make any of you want to teach physics? Does this make any of you want to set foot…

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Science Online London 2010

I was at Science Online London 2010 this weekend.  This is the third year I’ve been to this conference and it is amazing to see how it has evolved over the three years.  Year 1 it was very focussed on blogs, and there was a real sense of community about it.  Year 2 it was…

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