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CPASian Chris Ingles revolutionises Middle-earth geology

For fifty years fans of Lord of the Rings have struggled to make sense of the geology of the world depicted in Tolkien’s work – Middle-earth – in terms of contemporary earth science. But according to CPAS graduate Chris Ingles – a former earth … Continue reading

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SN2 vs SN1 rxns – Stories of Eternal Love & Conflict

Guest post by:  Rami Ibo On the occasion of the 2011 International Year of Chemistry, the Physical and Biophysical Chemistry Division (I) of IUPAC announced a Student Chemistry Cartoon Competition. The goal of the competition was to illustrate a chemistry principle … Continue reading

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Science fiction as a tool for genetic screening discussion in the public forum

Guest post by: Aidan Muirhead The science fiction film GATTACA is based on the idea that preimplantation genetic diagnosis technology has the potential to turn society into a genetic hierarchy that many see as a dystopia. I aim to look … Continue reading

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The climate science debate rages still further…….

Guest post by: Falconhawkman This post is more of a re-post from a post on the ABC’s ‘The Drum’ online section. I found it interesting as it deals with some of the concepts dealt with in first year Sci Comm … Continue reading

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Scientists Attempting to be Great Sci Communicators

Guest post by: Sally Horwood Don’t know whether it’s the best attempt out there.

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Science Fiction Folio

Guest post by: Alissa  This is a link to a website I made for my Science in Popular Fiction Folio. There are some flaws in the site and a few things went missing or got distorted in the process of … Continue reading

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So what is a ‘scientist’ anyway? Part 3 and conclusions.

Guest post by: StephS Part 3 But not only have the criminals been left out, but so have an array of other people that I class as scientists, because they ‘do science’. Let’s talk about farmers. They may not be … Continue reading

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So what is a ‘scientist’ anyway? Part 2.

Guest post by: StephS Part 2 Perhaps one of the most neglected populations of these people that do science being criminals. Of course, many ‘mad’ or ‘evil’ scientists are criminals but science is still often their profession. I’m talking about … Continue reading

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So what is a ‘scientist’ anyway? Part 1.

Guest post by: StephS Part 1 Science in fiction has been analysed by scholars who frequently look at how scientists are portrayed in fiction. But how can you analyse how “scientists” are portrayed, if you haven’t defined what a scientist … Continue reading

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The Big Bang Theory: a science in fiction backflip?

Guest post by: StephS Sheldon, Leonard, Raj and Howard are the four scientists in The Big Bang Theory that have slowly been taking over and dominating our television screens. Yet they don’t fit into any conventional science show roles, so … Continue reading

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