Libel chillin’ – or Chilling Libel

May 28, 2010

Two things happened yesterday that reminded me of what it was like when as a child you hear about something that is wrong. As a child, certainly for me, I could never understand how something that’s wrong can be allowed to stand. For example, and not wishing to beat a dead drum on this one: […]

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Science Chat – Episode 14: Science, TV and murder by Physics

May 20, 2010

Science Chat Episode 14 looks at the use of science as a plot construct on TV and in film with Jennifer Ouellette, director at the Science and Entertainment Exchange, http://www.scienceandentertainmentexchange.org. Jennifer has her own blog on http://www.jenniferouellette-writes.com The podcast can be found in the usual place… http://www.sciencechat.podomatic.com/ as well as on iTunes.

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The do’s and don’ts of modern communication?

May 10, 2010

For any of you readers who listened to the recent Science Chat podcast about the hacked e-mails in the Climate Research Unit in University of East Anglia, you will know of the significance of the requests being placed on the climate scientists for their data under the Freedom of Information (FOI) act. While the concept […]

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Science Chat – Episode 13: Hacked E-mails & The Climate War

May 6, 2010

Science Chat Episode 13 examines the ongoing controversy about the e-mails hacked from the servers of the Climate Research Unit in the University of East Anglia with Guardian columnist and the journalist responsible for the Guardian’s excellent 12 part special investigation into the story, Fred Pearce. In it we talk about peer review and Freedom […]

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Science Chat – Episode 12: Baroness Greenfield and The Royal Institution

April 28, 2010

In episode 12 of Science Chat I chat with Sue Blackmore a freelance writer and occasional columnist for the Guardian about the move earlier this year by The Royal Institution to make Baroness Susan Greenfield redundant. I had hoped to speak to the Baroness herself but she was unavailable… I still haven’t given up hope […]

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There are no two cultures!

April 1, 2010

Freedom of information documents released today, April 1, by the British Government under the 30 year law show that CP Snow whose ground breaking and controversial lecture ‘The Two Cultures’ given in the term he occupied the position of Civil Service Commissioner was in fact a government sponsored experiment designed to flush out scientists and […]

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Science Chat – Episode 11: Dublin’s Science Gallery

March 30, 2010

In this episode I talk to Lynn Scarff, Education and Outreach Manager in the Science Gallery in Dublin which you can find on http://sciencegallery.ie/. The Science Gallery has recently been nominationed for the prestigious European Museum of the Year Award. For those of you that haven’t been to the Science Gallery (and are near enough […]

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Science education and what? Wikipedia?

March 25, 2010

Recently I attended a talk given in the Science Gallery in Dublin by Professor Venkatesh “Venky” Narayanamurti entitled The Role of Science and Technology in Meeting Societal Grand Challenges. It was very interesting and Prof Venky, which I will take the liberty of calling him, was an enthusiastic and articulate speaker who presented information about […]

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Science Chat – Episode 10: ten23 and Homeopathy

March 17, 2010

In this episode I talk to Martin Robbins, from http://layscience.net/ about the ten23 event and Sheelagh Behan from the Irish Society of Homeopaths http://irishhomeopathy.ie/ about ten23 and homeopathy. The podcast can be found in the usual place… http://www.sciencechat.podomatic.com/ as well as on iTunes.

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Science Chat – Episode 9: Science Outreach and Imascientist

February 10, 2010

In this episode I talk to Sophia Collins, Producer of the I’m a Scientist Event on http://imascientist.org.uk/, winner of the Sciencewise-ERC People’s choice award for Excellence in Public Engagement with Science in 2009. As you can see the event has got significant recognition by winning this award, and on the podcast you’ll hear how it […]

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