Wellcome Collection event about music

If you’re in London this coming weekend, you should drop by the “Why Music?” events at the Wellcome Collection, organised in collaboration with BBC3. The weekend is packed full with three days of talks, workshops and performances all about how music shapes us. Some events are ticketed, but there are…


Books and the image of science

[SCRIPT] I’ve been catching up on classics, and recently read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (first published in 1818) and Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, from 1962. These are two very different books. One is a horror story and the other is a non-fiction book about the effects of pesticides on the environment….


Festival of the Spoken Nerd – Full Frontal Nerdity

Last week I finally cleared out my inbox and among lots and lots and lots of mailing lists, ads, and other irrelevant things I found the review copy of Festival of the Spoken Nerd‘s Full Frontal Nerdity, which has been on sale for WEEKS now. Whoops. I watched it almost…


Science-inspired home decor

Society6 are offering free shipping (worldwide!!) on most items until Monday September 7, so I found you some pretty science-inspired products. Science bags, science shorts, science pillow – even a science shower curtain. You didn’t know you needed one until now, but you DO.   This “mystery molecule” is not…


Science in Books

Project announcement: I’m preparing some videos in which I chat about science in books (both fiction and non-fiction). I’ve recorded some footage, but I don’t seem have a single minute of time left in the coming month to work on it further, so it will have to wait until later…


The Musisci List

In the music and science survey earlier this year, I asked people to “name a musisci”. More than half of the participants answered this question, and several people gave more than one answer. Some were obvious jokes (Olivia “Newton” John; Obama), others I had to check, and some wrote out…

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Finding DNA sculptures in London

On Sunday, a group of friends and I set out to find the DNA sculptures that are scattered around London this summer. The weather wasn’t the best, and we started the journey in heavy rain, but it got a little bit better later. We didn’t make it to all 21…

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Daniel Levitin at BBC Proms

It’s BBC Proms time again! Every summer, the BBC hosts several weeks of concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, culminating in the popular Proms in the Park event. Last Friday was the First Night of the Proms, and on Saturday afternoon, I made my way to South Kensington to attend…


Open call for science art submissions

Art & Science Collaborations have put out an open call for art submissions to an upcoming exhibition around the theme of Biodiversity and Extinction. “We hope to demonstrate the wide diversity of visual tropes that today’s artists are employing to reflect upon the crisis of biodiversity loss and species extinction….


MySciCareer update

If you’re following me or Lou or the general MySciCareer account on various social media, you’ll have seen that we’ve steadily been updating the site over the past year and a half with more career stories. We now have more than 60 science career stories, and continue to look for…