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Monthly Archives: June 2013

Species Of The Week: The Dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

Guest Post by Marcela De Vivo, a freelance writer from Southern California whose writing specialises in health, technology, travel and marketing. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter. They’ve been by our side for the better part of the past 33,000 years—that’s right, new research shows that dogs were most likely first domesticated way … Continue reading »

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Is crowdfunding a conundrum?

By Zoe Martin, Education Policy Officer at the Society of Biology Everyone has ideas. I have them every day. Sometimes people think really hard about something and come up with an idea to make that something better. Many of these people are scientists. I am sure most readers are aware it normally takes more than … Continue reading »

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Diverse initiatives to promote diversity in science, engineering and maths: Part 2

By Paul Richards, BBSRC Policy Fellow at the Society of Biology This post is the second part of a blog signposting some of the various current initiatives aimed at increasing the diversity of people studying and working in STEM, to coincide with today’s Parliamentary Links Day. The first post covered a broad range of diversity … Continue reading »

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Diverse initiatives to promote diversity in science, engineering and maths: Part 1

By Paul Richards, BBSRC Policy Fellow at the Society of Biology Tomorrow, Parliamentary Links Day will bring together policy makers and representatives from the STEM community for talks and discussions about ‘science and diversity’. The run-up to Links Day presents a timely opportunity to highlight some of the excellent initiatives aimed at promoting greater equality … Continue reading »

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The misuse of research – join the debate

Malcolm Dando (right), Professor of International Security at the University of Bradford, is Chair of our upcoming Policy Lates debate on research which has the potential to be misuse. People can come to a discussion on the problem of dual-use scientific work with very different perspectives. So there is good reason to expect a lively … Continue reading »

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The Supreme Court gene patenting decision – sparking questions for the UK?

Guest post by Dr Eva Sharpe, Science Information and Policy Manager at the The Institute of Cancer Research, London The breast cancer susceptibility (BRCA) genes hit the headlines earlier this year with Angelina Jolie’s public announcement of her decision to have a preventative mastectomy after finding that that she was at high risk of breast … Continue reading »

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Species of the week: celebrating the original Pacman

By Jenni Lacey, Marketing Assistant at the Society of Biology Ornate horned frogs (Ceratophrys ornata) are affectionately known as the Pacman frog due to their characteristic wide mouth and large rotund stomach. They are sedentary amphibians and notorious for their gluttonous eating habits. Their behaviour echoes the 80’s arcade game they take this nick-name from: … Continue reading »

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Using British Sign Language (BSL) in science education

Guest blog by Jon Hickman, teacher – science teacher at Ferndown Upper School in Dorset I have been using British Sign Language (BSL) as a visual learning tool in my science classes for the past year. As a kinaesthetic process it is excellent for visual and tactile learners to reinforce key concepts. The majority of … Continue reading »

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Can we trust climate models?

By Rebecca Nesbit, Society of Biology On Friday I attended an extremely interesting discussion at the Cheltenham Science Festival on ‘can we trust climate models?’. Our climate is influenced by a vast number of inputs and feedback loops, from ocean currents to changes in albedo. Based on these complex factors, climate models have to make … Continue reading »

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Salamanders, Doctor Who and the secret of regeneration

By Jess Devonport, Marketing and Communications Officer at the Society of Biology Matt Smith recently broke the internet by announcing that he would be leaving Doctor Who. This has come as something of a shock to fans, and has led to much debate over who the Eleventh Doctor will regenerate into (for what it’s worth, … Continue reading »

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