Category Archives: Science

Reading Geek Night–July 2015

Went to my first Reading Geek Night tonight, coincidentally their first at the new venue. They used to convene downstairs at the Outlook (decent draught beer) – just like Skeptics in the Pub – but now are upstairs at the … Continue reading

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Learn another language and live longer

Samantha invited me along to the inaugural Albert Wolters Lecture at the Henley Business School (confusingly located on Reading Uni campus). The first subject matter was “Bilingualism: Consequences for the mind and brain”, delivered by Professor Ellen Bialystok (Department of … Continue reading

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Cone snails are awesome

Whilst in the Scottish Museum in Edinburgh last month, I spotted this intriguing display model: 4 – Fish-hunting cone shell, Conus Tulipa A creature that lives in a shell in the sea and hunts fish? How would that even work? … Continue reading

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TIDKIDK–what’s wrapped round the Rod of Asclepius?

Today’s thing I didn’t know I didn’t know is that the medical symbol of a snake-entwined staff – the Rod of Asclepius – may instead show the disgusting guinea worm which used to be slowly extracted from the body of … Continue reading

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Cafe Scientifique – Synthetic Biology: why now and what next?

It’s British Science Week 2015 and the University of Reading has deployed it’s iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) team as part of their programme of events. The International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM) is the premiere undergraduate Synthetic Biology competition. … Continue reading

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Skeptics in the Pub explore spaaaaace

Tonight’s Skeptics in the Pub guest was Sarah Kendrew, from Oxford University’s Astrophysics group, talking about the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). One of the best parts of attending talks is the spin-off knowledge you pick up. Obviously you hear … Continue reading

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Skeptics in the Pub – Prof Dorothy Bishop evaluates alternative treatments for dyslexia

Another evening well spent in the pub with my daughter. Such a pity these talks only come round once a month. Tonight was Dorothy Bishop, Professor of Developmental Neuropsychology at the University of Oxford, giving good advice on how to … Continue reading

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