Barts Hospital Museum 20th anniversary

Last week I joined several other London bloggers on a behind the scenes visit to Barts Hospital Museum. The museum turns 20 years old this month, but the building it’s housed in is much older than that, dating back to the 18th century. It’s one of the historic buildings on…

Writing tips for science communication

Writing tips for researchers interested in science communication

This is the first post in a series of blog posts all about the process of moving from research to science communication. It’s something I’m often asked about, but there are a lot of different aspects to the question. Science communication is a very broad umbrella term that applies to…

The science of bath bombs

Have you ever wondered how bath bombs work? What is the science of that colourful fizzing ball in your tub? In the video below I did some experiments to find out. Have look at the video, and the explanation below, so next time you throw a Lush Experimenter bath bomb…

DNA in art

How has DNA inspired art?

Today is DNA Day, a day to celebrate DNA, genetics, and all the science and medical advances that come with it. In just a few decades, DNA has become so familiar and so much a part of our culture that it hasn’t just influenced science – it inspired art. There…

Squishy Cow Marches for Science

Squishy Cow  heard a lot about the Science March and wanted to see what it was all about, so we went to the London march on Saturday. The Science March was a global event, planned to coincide with Earth Day.   “What was your favourite part of the march, Squishy?”…

short science books

5 short science books you can read in a day

Happy World Book Day! Maybe you’ve picked up a book for World Book Night in the UK, or participated in #ProjectReadathon, or maybe you heard about this annual emphasis on reading through another channel. Or maybe this is the first you’re hearing about World Book Day. It’s today, April 23….

The Japanese House - Barbican exhibit

Japanese House – Barbican exhibit

The Barbican Centre currently has an exhibit called Japanese House, all about Japanese architecture and home design after 1945. Having been to Japan, I’d seen some of the country’s houses in real life, but I didn’t know much about the architectural history, so this was an interesting exhibit. Japanese Architecture…

bread wine chocolate

Book review: Bread, Wine, Chocolate

In Bread, Wine, Chocolate, author Simran Sethi shares stories about her relationship with certain foods, but it’s easy to relate these to your own experiences. Food is such an important part of life. So why don’t we give it more thought? That’s what this book does. The three foods from…


Newsletter recommendations

Email newsletters are a bit like the vinyl records of online communication. They were already around long before social media, before blogs, even before web browsers. They never really went away, but recently they suddenly because popular again. I subscribe to a number of them, some for longer than others….

Green Man Festival

Musicians and scientists working together

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post called “Why are so many scientists also musicians?” I closed that by saying “I think that the question of why there is a lot of overlap between musicians and scientists is not the most interesting question. Much more interesting would be…