Female Athletes & Body Image

Female athletes are inspirational because of their strength, motivation and determination. Yet two thirds believe the public and media value the way they look over their achievement in sport.  This post on my sister blog about running: Female Athletes & Body Image looks into more detail at a recent report by BT Sport about the way female…

Northern Lights
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Sciency Bucket List

This Winter’s BBC2’s Stargazing Live has been focusing heavily on one item that features on many a Bucket List: The Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis. These magnificent displays of dancing lights which captivate all who see them. They look truly magical, and it’s easy to see why there are plenty of myths and legends surrounding them,…

And such a beautiful location
http://www.walkingwithdinosaurs.com/movie/media/gallery/

Dino-Disappointment

The most anticipated film of the year (for dinosaur fans anyhow) was one of the biggest disappointments to boot. Hot on the heels of the brilliant stage show, see my review here, Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie promised fantastic graphics that made the prehistoric terrible lizards really spring to life in front of you.…

Brian & Robin hero

Christmas, Meet Science

Last week I travelled to London for Robin Ince and Brian Cox’s Christmas Compendium, an eclectic mix of science, comedy and music, celebrating the world around us. A charitable event, Robin and Brian invited a wide range of their friends to present science in the way they know best; the result was a slightly mind-boggling…

Jenner - the father of vaccination

Vaccinate! – Over 100 Years of Data Tells Us Why

Contagious diseases have been making headlines recently, with resurgences of measles in Wales and pertussis in the US, despite these diseases being entirely preventable and under vaccination programmes. Parental concern over the risk-benefit balance of vaccines have been blamed for under-vaccination, for example here. The resistance to vaccines and lack of immunization are implicated in…

Blackfishmovie.com

A Note on Blackfish

Packed with spine chilling footage and interviews from former trainers and witnesses, Blackfish turns the spotlight on what has really been happening for more than twenty years in aquaria and parks across the world. This powerful documentary follows the story of Tilikum, a huge male orca taken from the wild as youngster, raised in captivity,…

A TEM micrograph of poliovirus (Source: Wikipedia)

Polio – Why it’s too soon to Forget

Polio seems to many in the western world a disease of the past; Victorian children with deformed limbs and walking sticks. But in reality, it was only in the last fifty or so years that we truly got a handle on this life-threatening, life-altering disease. My closest known association with polio is a great aunt…