Learning Russian

I love languages, I think they're fascinating things. However, being born and bred in England, where everything is in English and pretty much everyone speaks English all the time - in person, on the TV, on the radio - I had far less exposure to other languages than I would've liked, in retrospect. While I …

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Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm

Now, I've had this in my drafts box for ages. The zoo/farm is near Bristol and I've been kicking around the idea of a field trip for some time - the lack of desire to give them any money being one deterrent. What is it? It's a tourist attraction, specialising in school trips, pushing a …

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A “Media Tart” Case Study

I recently went to a course run by some ex-BBC journalists, Media Players International, on how to engage with the media regarding your research. They encouraged us to become the Media Tarts of the future, so here I (vaguely...) recall some of Dr Armand Leroi's lecture to postgrads at my institute from way back in …

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The Future of Science?

Yesterday I went to the Dana Centre, attached to the Science Museum, where we were challenged to listen to a series of presentations and decide to whom we would entrust our scientific future. Or something to that effect! Apparently it was to be like speed-dating, without the dating bit, unless you actually got those signals …

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Germ Warfare

Yesterday the lovely Mr Levey of my university's press dept shared this link on Twitter: Kettle handles dirtier than keyboards! Who's for a nice cuppa? http://bit.ly/cHBOTg (mail) | http://bit.ly/b9IA9r (press assoc) At first I begin to despair that my work (and general) tea times would no longer be as pleasant as they were. Then I …

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