A famous populariser of science… and someone’s motivation to study marijuana

The older man’s voice on the other end of the phone was slightly frail but was still full of the liveliness and enthusiasm of someone younger. I started to scribble down notes about the life and research of the Emeritus Professor I was speaking to when my pen was stopped in its tracks. Did he … Continue reading A famous populariser of science… and someone’s motivation to study marijuana

“It turns your brain into Swiss cheese… “

"For lack of a better term, it turns your brain into Swiss cheese... puts holes in it, does permanent brain damage, irreversible, irreversible from the very first time.” These are the words of a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) official talking about taking Ecstasy on an ABC special ‘Ecstasy Rising’. Shocking stuff! Enough to make people … Continue reading “It turns your brain into Swiss cheese… “

The science of getting some headspace

I have been regressing slowly but surely over the last few days. I have returned to leafy Surrey, to my Dad’s house, as I’m attempting to be more productive in my dissertation writing. I have to admit its absolute bliss to away from the hustle and bustle of London. Getting some headspace has definitely has … Continue reading The science of getting some headspace

Inside Knowledge – A new door opens!

Tomorrow afternoon, Anna Perman, David Robertson, Ben Good and I will launch a new blog on PLoS Blogs. I can't believe this is actually happening... an initial idea that popped into my head months ago is now becoming a reality in under 24 hours! The blog we are putting together over the next 12 weeks, … Continue reading Inside Knowledge – A new door opens!

Bees, an inspirational 10 year old… and CP Snow!

On Wednesday evening, I attempted to rush up Exhibition Road in South Kensington, which is easier said than done; dodging map-clutching backpacked tourists and judging a route through the maze of road-works has become a refined skill. The reason I was rushing? I was running slightly late to get to the Science Museum. That evening … Continue reading Bees, an inspirational 10 year old… and CP Snow!

Make something about science…the Group Projects from the class of ’11

This term on the Science Communications masters at Imperial, we are split into groups of 3 and asked to produce a science communication product which draws on the theoretical work we have done so far. I was blown away on Tuesday when each of the groups gave a presentation on their final piece. Here's a few … Continue reading Make something about science…the Group Projects from the class of ’11

Wolves and Panthers and Bears! Oh My!

Last night the Horizon which I worked on last summer aired; Predators in Your Backyard. Based on an initial idea I pitched, I got to develop, research and set up filming for the programme. It was my baby, and so making the decision to start my Masters over going away to film in those stunning … Continue reading Wolves and Panthers and Bears! Oh My!

Football in the dark – Incredible athletes 4

At first glance this looks like, for want of a better word, a ‘normal’ game of football. But you cannot fail to notice after only a few seconds in that the players are wearing blindfolds. These players with silky smooth skills and powerfully accurate shots are all visually impaired. For some of us who play … Continue reading Football in the dark – Incredible athletes 4

Blade runners – Incredible Athletes 3

Well it’s rapidly approaching the time of year where everyone resolves to either diet, eat less, exercise more, or a combination of all three. As I decided to eat my body weight about five times over in roast dinners and multiple deserts in the last few days, this morning seemed like as good a time … Continue reading Blade runners – Incredible Athletes 3

Incredible Athletes – Part 2

Part way through Inside Incredible Athletes the dulcet tones of the voiceover start over a stunning aerial of London, “Few injuries are more serious than a broken neck... ...but it seems no one told these guys.” Seconds later men in wheelchairs fill the screen and slam into each other at speed. Welcome to the wonderful world … Continue reading Incredible Athletes – Part 2