We've all got resolutions for 2014, some of them we might even keep beyond January. But if you are looking for something new this coming year, how about attending salons? Building on an illustrious heritage, the modern salons are cultural showcases that cover a range of subjects from the worlds of science, the arts and psychology.
I have met Peter Hitchens and found him quite pleasant off set but when the cameras were on I found him a bit silly. On occasion, I find myself agreeing with him, but there is usually a later paragraph where it all goes awry. He is much like David Icke, there are moments where I nod, then I turn the page and go, "ah, perhaps not".
If it takes an undercover investigation, a review by an independent committee of experts, 65,000 signatures on a petition and an ongoing Home Office inquiry to bring these shameful acts of cruelty in one of our most prestigious Universities to light what hope is there for animal welfare standards in laboratories across the country?
Without creativity artists have the block, a creative drought. Scientists experience the block as well. Whatever the art form, creativity is its key ingredient. This is also true of science. Scientists go through these creativity deserts.
We're living during a time where technology is advancing at an extremely fast pace. Behind this lighting-fast advancement, there are some seriously creative people are thinking outside of the box and dreaming of new ways to work with this technology, often resulting in outstanding uses of technology. Here are just a few of the great minds of our time that are destined for big things in 2014.
As a magician people always ask me 'How did you do that'? In reality if you actually want to know how a trick works, that's probably the least useful question you could ask. Believe me, the mechanics of magic really are the least interesting bit.
Instead of gambling our medicines -- and our lives -- upon these dismal stakes, scientists can make more meaningful predictions about the effectiveness of new therapies in humans and about their safety that are relevant to people in the real world, and intercept the progression of disease before a patient even receives their diagnosis.
Any sex difference could plausibly be due to difference in the time-course of development between men and women. But, in general, it isn't the technical details which I am equipped to critique. It's a fair assumption to believe what the researchers have found, so let's turn instead to how it is being interpreted.
In the build up to February's European Council Summit on industrial competitiveness, Brussels is in the midst of a major policy review. Industrial strategy is the right topic for Europe to be debating and now is exactly the right time to address it...
If the public were able to properly assess the cost to animals against the potential benefits, it is difficult to imagine how some animal experiments would pass public & scientific scrutiny...
When the world's first lab grown burger, created by scientists led by Dutch professor Mark Post, was eaten at a news conference in London on 3 August, the reactions worldwide could not have been more different.
The 2013 EU-China Summit takes place on Thursday 21st November in Beijing on the 10th anniversary of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two. This high level meeting is especially crucial for Europe, not least given that it is the first since the landmark Chinese leadership transition in March.
It is of course undisputed that the existence and expansion of industry in the UK relies upon a continued supply of high quality engineers (to develop existing technologies) and scientists (to create new ones). So we should not then be surprised when the big industry players want to get involved in the education of our children and their potential future employees.
The annual UN Annual Climate Change Summit began in Poland on November 11th and continues until the 22nd. This major international conference is a key stepping stone towards the goal of securing by end-2015 a comprehensive global climate change treaty to take effect from 2020 onward.
Experts at the Institute of Psychiatry in London are publishing research suggesting that smoking cigarettes may be a contributory cause of schizophrenia (a psychotic disorder). This startling finding includes a just published study, plus research to be published in the near future, all of which appears to suggest an association between smoking cigarettes and developing psychosis.
In its exciting and bold new exhibition on the Large Hadron Collider, the Science Museum scores a spectacular success in making the world's most famous scientific experiment fascinating and understandable.