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Finding DNA sculptures in London

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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 schedules, but we saw 19 of them and you can…

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DNA sculptures in London – walking tour

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This summer London is host to another series of artist-decorated sculptures. After elephants, buses, and book benches, this time the theme is DNA! Join me and other local science communication folks on a walking tour on July 26. The sculptures, in support of Cancer Research UK,  will be on display around London until early September. A group of science communicators…

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Interrailing through Europe with Borodin and Mendeleev

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This post first appeared on The Finch and Pea.   Long ago, in a kingdom that no longer exists, a bohemian traveller was mistaken for a fugitive revolutionary, and arrested. The traveller was Russian chemist and composer Alexander Borodin, who was on his way to Italy with his friend Dmitri Mendeleev. Both men were researchers in the chemistry department of…

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Barcelona

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I finally had a chance to visit Barcelona last week, on a holiday with my family. Some photos and video below, and many more photos on Flickr.  

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Portlandia

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The seventeen most Portlandia things I saw when I was in Portland earlier this month. 17. Portland time capsule idea box (also very “Parks & Rec”) 16. Keep Portland Weird 15. Community cycling center 14. Zine symposium 13. This guy on a fixie bike stapling posters to poles. 12. Carbon neutral compostable cup 11. Things with birds on it. (Many.…

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Yellowstone

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I’ve started my second year of blogging for The Finch and Pea, and this year I’ll be focusing my science travel posts on places I have NOT been. The first one I wrote is about Yellowstone National Park, and the history of the discovery of Thermus aquaticus. Brock took samples from springs at different temperatures, and found many more microbes…

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Finch and Pea travel post round-up

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I’m almost out of places I’ve been, to write about on The Finch and Pea. Don’t worry – I’ll keep writing there, just from a slightly different angle. If you’re not caught up on my science-themed travel posts there, here is a round-up of the ones I’ve written so far: Cite de Sciences (Paris, France) Sedgwick Museum (Cambridge, UK) Biodome…

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Travelling, catching up

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I’m in Newcastle at the moment. Tomorrow I’m speaking and exhibiting at a conference for postgraduate students. I came here on a train from Edinburgh, where I spoke on Friday as part of Open Access Week. That same week I had also been in Sheffield and Zurich, and the week before I gave a talk in London, and before that…

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Japan video diary

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Had to use my phone to record the narration, because my precious audio recorder is broken… I’m going to send it for repair as soon as I have time to go to the post office, but that might not be until Friday the 13th. Hm, hope that doesn’t mean the repair won’t work…

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Mammoth!

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Science news reporting is generally slow. Unlike sports reporting, for example, you won’t hear something until months after it happened. Today, the New York Times reports on the exciting find of a mammoth underneath a Los Angeles parking garage, but this mammoth was actually found as early as 2007. I already heard about it when I visited the Tar Pits…

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