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.   “What was your favourite part of the march, Squishy?” “The part where you carried me because my legs were too short.” “That…

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…


Seven real life fantastic beasts, and where to find them

The film Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is out on DVD today, but did you know about these seven real life fantastic beasts?   Axolotl Photo by Orizatriz, via Wikimedia Commons, CC-BY-SA Fantastic beast because: Axolotls are a type of salamander that never leave their larval stage. Most…

Why are so many scientists also musicians?

Over the last ten years I’ve interviewed several people about their adventures in music and science, and I often asked them why they thought that music was a popular activity among scientists. “Wait,” I hear you ask, “is it, though?”. Yes. Although there are not very many formal studies, all…

who writes science books

Who writes science books?

The last of the SciBookChat videos went up today! Well, I might make more in the future, but this was the end of the six I had prepared. Next year will start with a completely different video, and then there is another science/book-related one in the works, but not a…