Science Chat – Episode 20: Sense About Science

February 9, 2011

In this episode of Science Chat, I talk to Julia Wilson, Communications Officer and VoYS Coordinator in Sense About Science, an independent charitable trust who responds to misrepresentations of science and scientific evidence on issues that matter to society, from scares about plastic bottles, fluoride and the MMR vaccine to controversies about genetic modification, stem […]

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What would a real mammoth look like?

February 1, 2011

Personally I’d like to see what a real mammoth looks like. That said, there are of course other reasons why we should be interested in the reports recently published about the continuing attempts to clone a mammoth – more of that later… This is also an occasion to reflect on commenting to blogs and reports […]

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Science Chat – Special Episode

January 3, 2011

With our first full year of episodes behind us, I thought it was time for a little compilation and in this special episode of Science Chat, I look back at some of the issues we covered in 2010: Episode 17 featured David Fahy Director of ESOF Dublin City of Science 2012 where we spoke about […]

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Causality and the fundamental interconnectedness of all things

December 24, 2010

Just recently, BBC have shown the pilot for a new comedy series, Dirk Gently, based on the same character and series of books by the brilliant Douglas Adams. If you are familiar with this character you’ll know that he believes in the ‘fundamental interconnectedness of all things’. He uses this theory to solve various mysteries […]

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Science Chat – Episode 19: Stem Cell research in Ireland

December 6, 2010

Stem Cell research in Ireland makes a welcome return to Science Chat in this episode with Dr Stephen Sullivan of the Irish Stem Cell Foundation and long-time friend of Science Chat. In the podcast we talk about the situation regarding the lack of legislation on this type of research in Ireland, and how this is […]

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Science Chat – Episode 18: History of Science and Technology at the NMM and Royal Observatory

November 17, 2010

In episode 18 of Science Chat, I chat with Rebekah Higgitt, Curator for the History of Science and Technology at the National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory in Greenwich. As well as being a curator at the NMM, Rebekah also is involved in research activities associated with the history of science, and in particular is […]

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Science Chat – Episode 17: ESOF Dublin City of Science 2012

November 4, 2010

In this episode of Science Chat, I chat with David Fahy, Director of ESOF Dublin City of Science 2012 about the Dublin City of Science. The ESOF City of Science is a program that runs every two years with a European city being chosen to host a five day long series of science events. The […]

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Lest we forget… or should that read how quick we forget…

October 22, 2010

Three interesting stories about science and research in the US got my attention this week for a variety of reasons but I think overall because they represent what I think is a problem in countries like the US where politicians see fit to hijack things like science for their own political needs. The first story […]

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Science Chat – Episode 16: STEM and the Leaving Certificate Results

September 2, 2010

In Science Chat Episode 16, I chat with Michelle Dunne about the recent reports into the failure rates in the Leaving Certificate in the Science subjects and Maths in particular. For those of my non-Irish listeners, the Leaving Certificate is the exam which is sat by students at the end of their secondary level education […]

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Science Chat – Episode 15: Libel in Science Journalism

August 10, 2010

In Science Chat Episode 15, I chat with Brian Trench about libel and science journalism. Brian is a well know science communication practitioner, academic and researcher who has until recently chaired the Masters degree in Science Communication in Dublin City University. Brian has also worked in journalism and has been a contributor on programmes on […]

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