UCL have yet again been at the forefront of scientific discovery. This time, senior academics have realised that if you force the resignation of one s...
Why is it that Feminism is a word with negative connotations? If you ask the British public whether they are in favour of equality the vast majority will say yes, they definitely are. They will rightly argue that we fought for it in the past and we pursue it in the present for ourselves and future generations. Now ask them if they are a feminist...
Is your pet becoming disoriented, forgetting which doors leads to the garden, getting his old tricks wrong, sleeping at weird hours or soiling the house? Well he might be senile.
I do feel sorry for Professor Hunt, I'm sure he is a very nice man and he should still have his job, but let's not forget, his damaged reputation is his own fault. The professor is finding out what it's like to have your career blighted by a single moment of human weakness
We need to look outside the box if we are to tackle the problems facing the NHS and the health issues we face more widely today as a society. It is for that reason that the Health Select Committee needs an open and independently-minded Chair who can put aside the dogma that has held back the health agenda in this country, and seek innovative solutions.
So, the trouble is not with girls; it is with prejudice and deep-seated "traditional" attitudes that somehow place men above women when it comes to performance in and aptitude for science. Swimming against the flow is always strenuous.
What Sir Tim's comments, and the resulting media storm, have failed to recognize is that gender inequality isn't unique to engineering institutes and science labs - we, as a society, continually fail to get these inter-gender relationships right, and it's holding all of us back.
This trend, which appears to be gaining traction quite rapidly, is a push back in time to the past, a few decades ago. A push for 'retro' products. Walking around in London nowadays, looking in shop windows, I see more and more products whose designs are clearly inspired by the designs of the past; and capturing in some way the essence of those past products. Retro radios, retro cars such as the Mini Cooper, retro kitchen equipment... and now I am able to understand why a retro version of my own ZX Spectrum computer design appears to be attracting interest like wildfire.
Science is unlikely to garner much mainstream media coverage in the lead up to the vote, making initiatives such as Scientists for EU all the more important. EU membership greatly benefits science in the UK and it is vital that the wider public is made aware of this, before it is too late.
It is a misunderstanding that can be helped by chemists raising awareness of what they do and talking about what excites and motivates them. Many of them are already doing so and are fine ambassadors for their respective fields.
We are not brains. We are people with bodies. The brain, by itself, is somewhat limited. It can't breathe. It can't eat. It can't see or hear. It can't walk or talk, smile or kiss, laugh or cry, have sex or raise children. There are all kinds of things that the brain can't do, but you can do, because you are not a brain.
Many acts of kindness may be motivated by self-interest. But is it naive to suggest that 'pure' altruism can exist as well? An act of pure altruism may make someone feel better about themselves afterwards, and it may increase other people's respect for them, or increase their chances of being helped in return at a later point.
My bet is that you've never won a lottery jackpot. Few people have. After all, for example, for a ticket in the UK national lottery there's only a 1 in 14 million chance of winning. That's like getting 24 heads in a row when tossing a fair coin: you wouldn't want to hold your breath!
Sometimes astronomers release images that most people wouldn't look at twice. This saddens me because the science behind these images is usually mind-blowing. So with that in mind, here are my top five unimpressive images from space, and why they're actually amazing.
So many people are under the misapprehension that somehow, modern meteorologists can give a detailed forecast for a specific location months in advance. This is, sadly, but a myth - not helped by those meteocharlatans who peddle their long-range weather forecasts triggering media headlines of heat waves, floods and big freezes.
Settled I was, in the dim of a Café in the gut of Dublin City. I was navigating myself through the torrent of Facebook status' on my phone, when I no...