Notes: 22/7/11: I’ve added an update to this post at the end. 25/9/13: Daden’s slideshow on the finished project added I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for Birmingham. I visited the museums when I was a kid, and particularly liked the Museum of Science and Industry. Then I spent six years studying engineering
“And yet it moves” – supposedly the rider Galileo Galilei added to his confession to the Inquisition when questioned about the earth’s movement around the sun. And clock hands move too – across timezones. That makes it comfortably still 15th February in my equal most favouritistical country, the USA – so, HAPPY BIRTHDAY GALILEO! To
The National Secular Society’s annual award for Secularist of the Year has been awarded jointly to Dr Evan Harris MP and Lord Avebury, for their success in getting blasphemy laws abolished. I joined the event this afternoon, which was also a celebration of Charles Darwin’s 200th anniversary, at the Imperial Hotel in central London. The
It was sad to hear the news today that Waterford Wedgwood, the company formed from an amalgamation of Waterford glass and Wedgwood pottery, has fallen into administration.
The name Wedgwood, and its most characteristic and recognised Jasper Ware products, are well known icons of the British pottery industry. Perhaps less well known are the links between the founder of Wedgwood pottery, Josiah Wedgwood, and the Darwin family – including Erasmus Darwin, the inspiration for this blog.
UK newspaper ‘The Independent’ today featured this spine tingling story about what is probably the world’s oldest animal, and reminding us that man doesn’t hold all the cards – especially when it comes to longevity. I gave Nippy, the world’s oldest gibbon, a mention earlier this year when he passed away at almost 60 years
Okay – in September I made this little joke about the dumbing down of education standards in the UK; a tension reliever from the continuous and often anecdotal murmur around grade stats going up while exam difficulty goes down. But the issue is dead serious, as we are reminded today by the Royal Society of
On Monday, I joined an awards evening celebrating the best environmental science and technology productions made for European television. The categories were: drama, general programmng, new media, and an extra jury prize for exceptional content. The MIDAS awards were hosted by PAWS – as the name suggests, a group promoting the public awareness of science.
There has been a lot of comment in the last few days about statements made in an interview with Lord Paul Drayson, the new UK science minister, concerning his beliefs around faith, god, and particularly his claim to a ‘sixth sense’ for on occasion knowing what was going to happen. What I find regrettable is
(I ought to add up front that the following is the result of an exercise in a type of sensationalistic reporting characteristic of certain UK tabloids) Remember the Iceman? Not Maverick’s nemesis from Top Gun, but the 5000 year old Neolithic mummy found in the German Alps back in 1991. After 17 years of peaking