Category Archives: public science

I’m gutted but I just can’t justify attending Google/O’Reilly Science Foo Camp

I recently received an invitation to Google/O’Reilly’s Science Foo Camp, for 2017 at the Googleplex in Mountain View later this summer. I’d so love to go. But I just can’t bring myself to do it, and this is the letter … Continue reading

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Cheltenham Science Festival 2013 – Programme now out

The programme for Cheltenham SciFest is out at last and it looks absolutely fantastic with, as usual, a mix of provocative, wacky, thought-provoking, and downright silly events to tickle the minds of old and young. Check out the “What’s On … Continue reading

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Wellcome Elements – Gold Silver Copper and Tin

It’s 2012 and Hugh Aldersey-Williams and I have been co-curating another unique one night only event at the Wellcome Collection, Euston Road London on Friday 22 June 2012 from 7 – 11 pm. If the last two metals don’t immediately … Continue reading

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Energy Poverty – An opportunity, surely?

I’ve hesitated for some time to post this but a couple of comments on the site have prompted me to let it into the open. The British press has been full of self-righteous anger about energy prices.  And last weekend … Continue reading

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Farewell to shadow projection?

One of the many books I haven’t read to the end is Plato’s Republic. But I did get to the part where he speaks of Socrates’ image of everyday reality being nothing more than the shadows on the wall of … Continue reading

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Spooklights – Things That Go Flash in the Dark

I’ve been sorely reprimanded by Alom Shaha and Declan Fleming for not posting anything about this. So for the record here it is. They’re right. I should have written about this earliers. Tomorrow evening – Friday 24 July – as … Continue reading

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Mercury amalgams – behind the scenes for Elements

It was as a graduate student that I first dissolved things in mercury. We’d drop small chips of sodium into a flask containing mercury. After a few seconds sitting on the surface the sodium would vanish into the liquid, accompanied … Continue reading

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