Category Archives: Science and society

Open notebook science

This article has been reposted; it’s a direct copy from my original written for my blog at The Lay Scientist. I guess people have different opinions about open access journals and things like that. I was at a conference run … Continue reading

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Chemistry: a risky business?

About four months into my PhD, the world of academic chemistry was hit by a shocking story. Sheri Sangji, a 23 year old research assistant at the Chemistry department at UCLA had been working alone, late at night. She was … Continue reading

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Science ministers: the players

 We have a general election just around the corner, so I thought it’d be timely to take a look at how the three major parties stack up when it comes to the issue of science. Of course, they may be … Continue reading

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Science on trial..

This is more like a retweet than a post I guess, so I won’t beat about the bush too much… I just thought that if any of you B21 readers have been following the libel law reform campaign which I have covered on the blog … Continue reading

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The most famous apple in science

  Most of us have heard the story about Sir Isaac Newton, the legendary discoverer of gravity, who first formulated his laws after being hit on the head by a falling apple, and wondering exactly why it was that objects fall. But I’ve … Continue reading

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There’s nothing funny about libel law says Dara O’Briain

Dara O’Briain is probably best known for endeavouring to keep Frankie Boyle on a leash on ‘mock the week’. But O’Briain is not just a mouthy bloke of the telly, it appears he also has an interest in free speech. I recently blogged in some detail about how … Continue reading

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Want more scientists? Make school classes relevant to pupils lives.

I recently signed up to receive email updates from Science magazine. Scrolling down the list of highlights last week, I was struck by an entry about performance in high school science students. Some of you may remember me describing my lovely … Continue reading

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