Animated Science

One of the best aspects of the the science communication-type roles I've had can be the variety. Depending on where you are and how established the team is (the team 'me' was the best!); one day writing articles, the next editing photos/doing some graphic design, web editing, interviews, filming prep, answering questions - or something …

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Friendly book review: genes and brains

I am lucky to have met some amazing people over the last decade and a significant number of them are writers of various sorts - some journalists, bloggers, freelance writers and indeed authors. It seems it's the time for book-writing so naturally I have picked up some of these labours of love (and occasionally deep …

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Scientists cure cancer but no-one notices

The Cancer Research UK Science Update Blog has published an excellent post by Kat Arney on cancer conspiracies - here it is, plus some other excellent pieces: There's no conspiracy - sometimes it just doesn't work (Kat @ CRUK) For follow-up, a post about the top 10 Cancer Myths by Kat and Olly. Must-read. Another great resource is now …

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Helpful Poisons

Cancer Research UK runs the Race For Life events, in which thousands of people from all walks of life, young and old, go out and run/walk to collect sponsorship money that's donated to CRUK. My supervisor [at the time of writing] - known in the building as one of the many PIs (Principal Investigators) who …

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The 3rd Perspective

In the spheres of skepticism and alternative health there are two main perspectives we encounter: The 'good' and the 'bad' 1)      That of the incredulous skeptic who insists all is bullshit, gets angry at the quacks and tries to stop them peddling rubbish at gullible people. 2)      The alt med proponents; be they sellers or …

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