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Book Review: The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who

The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who Simon Guerrier and Dr. Marek Kukula BBC Books, Paperback (2016)   I didn’t start watching Doctor Who until the rebooted series in 2005. I missed the original episodes because I wasn’t born until well into the era of the Fourth Doctor, and because I…

BookTubeAThon TBR

BookTubeAThon Reading List

Last year I did my first BookTubeAThon (video below) which got me back into reading and slightly more confident about recording my face on video. This year, BookTubeAThon is July 18 to 24, which conveniently overlaps with my vacation for four of the seven days, so I’ve collected a pile…

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A strange time to visit the Herschel museum

The day after the Brexit referendum I went to visit a museum dedicated to two German immigrants, and some of England’s most prolific astronomers. Siblings William and Caroline Herschel lived in Bath during the 18th century, in New King Street. Two and a half centuries later, the street was quiet,…

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Beach bodies, as rated by marine biologists

Sea nettle (2/5) Ouch! Their transparent look makes them hard to spot, but a surprise encounter with one of these beach bodies can really hurt your seaside enjoyment. Penguin (3/5) The coolest penguins are chilling on beaches in Australia, South Africa and Argentina this season. They certainly dress to impress,…

Pied Piper outreach

Outreach advice for Pied Piper

I don’t always get what’s happening in Silicon Valley. I mean the TV show. I certainly don’t understand what’s happening in the actual global tech hub of the same name. Silicon Valley is a comedy about a start-up company, Pied Piper, that does all the things start-up companies do. They…

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Being John Malkovich, and six other Twitter users

What if you could be someone else for a day? Well, you can’t. You’re stuck with being you. But you can experience Twitter as someone else, and that’s almost as good, if not better.   What? How? Tell me more! The app Antipersona, created by Anastasios Germanidis, let’s you pick…

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Science songs – why so silly?

Why are songs about science often so silly? You know what I mean. They try to fit long words in the lyrics for the sake of scientific accuracy, they’re reductionist and literal, and they’re often parodies of existing songs with the words changed to be about science. Some of them…

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Pantographs and the magic of words

“Drivers! Don’t forget to drop the pantograph!” I don’t know what it means, but this sign at London’s Farringdon Station sounds important and magical. It’s a large white sign at the end of the platform, just before the train enters the tunnel towards City Thameslink station. I don’t want to…

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LinkedOut

I’ve had a productive Saturday: I spent two hours in a bookstore, I replaced three violin strings, and I deleted my LinkedIn profile. The latter might seem surprising for someone who runs a website featuring career stories of science graduates, so I thought I’d explain why it was time for…

Science Kombat

Science Kombat

Who would win in a fight: Nikola Tesla or Marie Curie? Now you can find out, in the game Science Kombat. It’s only available online at the moment, and in Portuguese, but a mobile game is in the works. Below some screen shots of Tesla fighting Stephen Hawking, Tesla fighting…