Drugs Live: The Ecstasy Trial. This is the name of the TV programme, shown on Channel 4 over two nights this week, which will examine the effects of MDMA (the active component of the class A illegal drug ecstasy) on the human body. Title sound a little sensational? Well yes, it is, but at the … Continue reading Extreme emotions
'It's very important that scientists work with artists in my opinion, because science produces facts that go to the head. Art produces beautiful things that mainly go to the heart. And if you want to influence people, you can influence the head but if you want them to act you really have to go through … Continue reading Emotional engagement
There has been a lot of conversation lately about the value of public engagement in large science visitor attractions (summarized wonderfully by Louise Crane’s storify) and so I thought that I’d put my own thoughts down on paper. I believe that, for the most part, a lot of projects that these large organizations carry out … Continue reading Let’s take on the challenge of engaging the public
One need never leave the confines of New York to get all the greenery one wishes—I can't even enjoy a blade of grass unless I know there's a subway handy, or a record store or some other sign that people do not totally regret life. From ‘Meditations in an Emergency’ by Frank O’Hara ********** The … Continue reading What science communication could take away from a poem in New York
This was originally published on the blog site for The Litmus Paper, the daily newspaper for the Times Cheltenham Science Festival. The events referred to were part of the programme at the 2012 festival. *********** Although I knew the crowd filling the stadium was whooping and screaming, I couldn’t hear them. My legs felt numb. As … Continue reading A winning mind
Click on the pictures below to see the final two issues of this year's Litmus Paper. DesignScience Associate Phillip Kent produced programmed design solutions for each of the covers, which also exist online. The code is freely accessible enabling anyone to do their own programming and create new designs. Download the code you find here, modify it, … Continue reading The Litmus Paper – days 4 and 5
Click on the image below to read the 3rd issue of this year's Litmus Paper - the daily newspaper for the Times Cheltenham Science Festival.
Here's a second offering fresh from the Cheltenham Science Festival - click the image below to read the issue.
Over the last few months I have been conspicuously absent from this blog. The reason? The DesignScience team were commissioned to re-design and produce the daily on site newspaper at the Times Cheltenham Science Festival. I won't bore you with the trials and tribulations of the production and design process (all you need to know … Continue reading The Litmus Paper
Today I visited the Wellcome Collection to see their latest exhibit, Brains. I thought it was wonderful! Through a selection of objects, specimens, historical and contemporary print media and video the exhibit brought to life both the important figures in the history of neuroscience and the wider public's attitudes to the brain over time. This … Continue reading Historical brains