Thursday, 23 October 2014

And so it begins...

The Manchester Science Festival that is...it starts today! :D Here is a link to the website so you can have alook and plan your visits. There is so much going on and many more venues have been added this year too.

http://www.manchestersciencefestival.com/

I an a volunteer (STEM Ambassador) for the festival and my first gig is this evening at MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry) itself. Can't wait! (Looking forward to see what colour our t-shirts are as well). I am volunteering at 'A conversation with Marcus Coates' who is a renowned artist currently with an installation at MOSI. Excited to be learning about that and how different sounds species make works! Here is a link to this event in case you are free and wnat to pop along and see it. Please do say hello if you see me

http://www.manchestersciencefestival.com/whatson/msf14conversationmarcuscoates

My next event is all day Saturday at the university and Whitworth Hall. 'Science spectacular' which has something for all the family and will be alot of fun! Here is a link

 http://www.manchestersciencefestival.com/whatson/msf14sciencespectacular

Once again if you visit and see me do come over for a chat. I love the science festival and when I'm not volunteering I am planning what events I will be attending myself. Hope to see you there :D

Sarah


Sunday, 21 September 2014

Robin Ince is (in and) out of his mind.

Last friday, just 2 nights ago I attended the titular named event at out beloved MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry. It was hilarious and everybody laughed from start to finish. In case you've spent the last decade under a rock, Robin Ince is a comedian who loves science and co-hosts a popular Radio 4 show called the Infinite Monkey Cage which I love and can't recommend highly enough for science lovers. This is the 3rd time I have seen him live but anyway. I had my camera but as he got so into his chatter he did in fact forget to show us his slides though he did flash through them at he end when he realised. Love this mans mania. I did arrive incredibly early and bought a rather tasty glass of red wine and took a seat in the third row and got to see Robin Ince setting up. Needing something to entertain myself with I did snap these :)
On his knees there having technical hitches. Anyway, there was an interval but this event was time well spent. From 8pm to 10pm. He gave us stories from his life and work. Mentioning his radio show several times and doing impressions of Prof Brian Cox, his mancunian Monkey Cage partner in crime. Also impressions of Brian Blessed after asking a couple of kids in the second row if they minded swearing.Naturally they didn't!He talked about his admiration for Richard Feynman and showed us the famous YouTube video of Feynman playing the bongo's days before his death. He told us about making a speech at this dads 80th birthday and a bottle of cheap champagne exploding and covering him in booze and glass. He told us a recent tale of witnessing a certain Nobel prize winner (Sir Paul Nurse) struggling to open a taxi door. I did learn something though. I am now aware of a curious sea creature I had never seen nor heard of before and I want to share this with you. Please say hello to the piglet squid.
It has a certain cuteness don't you think? I wonder if anybody has or could make a piglet squid balloon animal? I'd definitely love to see that! If you get the chance to see this man live then do it. He always seems to have one tour or another happening. Next I will be attending TEDxSalford on Sunday 5th October at the Lowry Centre. I absolutely LOVE TED! Robin Ince is speaking at this event also and I think thre are some tickets left. Catch you later, take care xxx

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Rare Richard Dawkins interview!

Yes another Richard Dawkins so soon. I love him and stumbled across this rare 1 hour interview whilst surfing YouTube. this is fascinating so i thought i would post it for you to watch. i hope you enjoy it and find it thought provoking. It includes religion, alternative medicine.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Science needs women

I have seen this video before and absolutely love it! It is so inspiring I just had to share it on my blog and I will watch it again myself in future. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.  It is sad and unfortunate and rather worrying that in 2014 there is still a lack of women in science and a lack of women being promoted to higher roles within science.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Intuition!

From University of Nottingham.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

5 fun Physics Phenomena

I stumbled across this video which I want to share. Actually I got it in my Youtube digest email and really enjoyed it so I hope you do to. The second video of course contains the answers :) Perhaps you would like to give yourself some time to think of explanations yourself before you watch these explanations. Until next time, keep safe x

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Richard Dawkins explains gay genes

I have been a huge admirer of Professor Richard Dawkins since I was a teenager doing my A levels. In fact I had the immense pleasure of attending an event last November in London in which Dawkins participated in. Anyway today I stumbled across this clip in which Dawkins explains via 3 possible theories how he supposes the 'gay gene' came about. I especially like theory 2 if only for the childish reason thats its not often we hear the professor swear and it sounds odd to me. That aside I found this whole video very interesting but I could listen to Dawkins all day. I hope you enjoy it at least as half as much as I do.







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