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Brighton Science Festival: Sexy Science review


The Science of Sex: Saturday 9th February, Brighton Science Festival Saturday 9th February was a day dedicated to a grown-ups sex-ed class. Featuring a hugely varied array of speakers, it was Something of a mixed-bag: Dr Malcolm Vandenburg enthusiastically got the day off stories from the ‘clap clinic’ – an impressive tale of firsthand experience … Continue reading

Zombie Science – Worst Case Scenario review: Brighton-Sci Fest


Brighton Science Festival: Sunday 10 February Think the living dead, and you think gore-filled video nasties. Brighton Sci-Fest’s headlining event, Zombie Science – Worst Case Scenario, is none of this and is decidedly family friendly! Theoretical ‘Zombiologist’ Doctor Austin gives audiences a layman’s essential guide: how to deal with a zombie outbreak. A tongue-in-cheek performance, Dr … Continue reading

Brighton Science Festival 2012 – CATASTROPHE!


We’ll be shaken to the core by both the oldest and the latest ideas: quantum, consciousness, religion – what’s it all about? Shaking with fright, as Catastrophe (the BIG shake-up ) is one of our themes: pandemic, global warming, economic melt-down, and how to avoid them. And shaking with laughter as Robin Ince, Marcus Brigstocke, The Festival … Continue reading

Night at the Museum


Last week I was lucky enough to get free tickets to a Priceless Mastercard Event for a Winter Wonderland evening at the Natural History Museum in London! I had never been to the museum before, having grown up in Paris, and this was the perfect opportunity to go. The museum is absolutely breathtaking, especially with … Continue reading

The In-Vogue Scientist


A woman in science, as in any other male-dominated group, is under a certain amount of pressure. It can be as simple as knowing what to wear to work (can I be brainy and look smart?) to playing the ruthless game of juggling work, social life and children. Although the modern world has adapted to … Continue reading

Accepting uncertainty


As a contribution to National Science Week, the University of Brighton ran an afternoon of seminars on the topic of “Science Communication and the Media”. Although two of the four speakers didn’t turn up, which was somewhat disappointing, the event was still interesting, informative and thought provoking. National Science Week’s purpose is to promote a … Continue reading

A day at the Brighton Science Festival 2011


Brighton Science Festival So the festival is over for another year. It has wowed us with lectures, games and activities from the day devoted to molecular gastronomy “Play with your food” to the lectures on symmetry in physics, maths and biology “Fearful Symmetry” through a range of other topics for all ages and interests. I … Continue reading

How arsenic has integrated itself into DNA


DNA, the founding thing of all living organisms, is a fascinating and complex molecule. Since the discovery of its structure by Watson and Crick in 1953, scientists have done their best to understand its ins and outs. How its multiplication and division gives us our children, how slight modifications in its pattern can change everything … Continue reading

The woman who found her voice


A woman who had lost her voice during surgery was finally able to speak her first words in 11 years after a pioneering voice box transplant was successfully performed. This is only the second successful larynx and thyroid transplant ever performed – the first dating back to 1998.  Brenda Charett Jenson lost her voice after … Continue reading

2010: A year of science in review


2010 has been an exciting year for many domains of science, from genetics to astronomy. Here are some of the biggest discoveries of the past year. Physics Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their research into new 2D super-material Graphene. In March, The Large Hadron Collider proved to … Continue reading

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Natacha is a research scientist and a lover of all things science! She love finding out interesting facts about all aspects of life, whether it’s how genetic engineering works or what the difference between crimped and straight hair is. There’s a bit of science behind every mystery and the Science Informant will help find the clues for everyone to enjoy and understand the amazing world of science!

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