Congratulation to Courtney Williams the Lead Editor of Young Scientists Journal and part of the Imperial College London Team for her appearance in BBC2 University challenge – Episode 13 on 8:00pm Mon, 27 Sep 2010http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00v1wrt/University_Challenge_2010_2011_Episode_13/ The team from the University of the Arts London fights it out with Imperial College London for a place in the second round of the student quiz. Jeremy Paxman asks the questions.
As part of a two-week-long online event that ran in March called “I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here,” Zechner and other scientists responded to any questions high school students in the UK came up with and posed via a dedicated website. Then, every day of the second week, students get to evict one of the five scientists they’d been talking to.
“Both the scientists and the kids thought it was really fun,” said Sophia Collins, the producer of the competition.
In a much larger version of the competition than the one that Zechner participated in, “I’m a Scientist” is up and running again this month, from June 14th through the 25th. This time 100 scientists will sign in and chat — live and via message posts — with some 8,000 students across the UK. Teams of five scientists, grouped by topics like cancer or genes, interact with 20 classrooms over the course of the competition. Collins ran the event on a smaller scale earlier this year and in 2008. But this month’s event will be “the biggest one yet,” said Collins.
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Joanne of Joanne Loves Science introduces a joint venture with herself and Jeff of Scienticity Reading Challenge whose purpose is to get kids to read a non-fiction science book and create a video review.More information can be found at
More information can be found at http://www.joannelovesscience.com/kidsreadscience
Richard Holmes’ book is a mixture of science and cultural history showing how scientific and literary endeavors enriched each other and were animated by common ideals. Started with diary of the Botanist Joseph Banks, whose diaries of this paradisiacal island made him a scientific celebrity in the eighteen century. Ironically he was elected as the president of the Royal Society… Also discussing other scientists like William Herschel,Mungo Park, Humphry Davy and also the impact of science on literary writers on the 18th and 19th Centuries
- : http://www.newyorker.com/arts/reviews/brieflynoted/2009/08/10/090810crbn_brieflynoted3
The Royal Society celebrates the very best in popular science writing. Ever since the Prizes were originally established in 1988 they have had the same aim – to encourage the writing, publishing and reading of good and accessible popular science books. They have grown to become one of the UK’s most prestigious non-fiction literary prizes (1) . The initial 2009 list of the Books
The short List (2)
1. What the Nose Knows: The Science of Scent in Everyday Life by Avery Gilbert (Crown Publishers)
Olfaction expert Gilbert takes us on a journey through the world of aroma, describing the latest scientific discoveries and exposing popular misconceptions about smell. Apparently the human nose is almost as sensitive as the noses of many animals, including dogs; blind people do not have enhanced powers of smell; and perfumers excel at their jobs not because they have superior noses, but because they have perfected the art of thinking about scents.
2. Bad Science by Ben Goldacre (Harper Perennial)
Goldacre book is about the shoddy, misleading science we are bombarded with by the media and in advertising. The updated paperback edition includes a damning chapter on Matthias Rath, the vitamin-pill entrepreneur who unsuccessfully sued him for libel
3. The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes (HarperPress)
Holmes charts the rise of modern science in the late 18th century through the lives of botanist Joseph Banks, astronomer William Herschel, explorer Mungo Park and chemist Humphry Davy, and explores its influence on writers and romantic poets including Mary Shelley, Coleridge, Byron and Keats.
4. The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow (Penguin)
Mlodinow uncovers the psychological illusions that prevent us understanding stockmarkets, lotteries, road safety .and wine-tasting. According to the book jacket, he also “reveals the truth about the success of sporting heroes and film stars, and even how to make sense of a blood test”. Mlodinow expounded his ideas about how randomness rules our lives on the Science Weekly podcast last year.
5. Your Inner Fish: The Amazing Discovery of Our 375-million-year-old Ancestor by Neil Shubin (Penguin)
An expert in evolutionary history, Shubin “shows that if we want to know why we hiccup, the answer is in the way fish breathe; and explains why it is that fish teeth are surprisingly similar to human breasts.” Robin McKie reviewed Your Inner Fish for the Observer last year.
The winner will be announced 15th Sept 2009
The 2009 Prize Judges (3)
Five judges are tasked with selecting the longlist, shortlist and finally the winner of the 2009 Royal Society Prize for Science Books. The judges are:
- Sir Tim Hunt FRS, Cancer Research UK and Nobel laureate (Chair)
- Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, space scientist at Astrium Ltd, STFC Fellow of University College London and Founder and MD of Science Innovation Ltd
- Dr Phillip Ball author
- Deborah Cohen, Editor, BBC Radio Science Unit
- Danny Wallace, author, comedian and presenter
Suggestion to Young Scientists, can somebody write a book review for each book for publication in The Young Scientists Journal.
Even though most of us do not live in the polar regions or don’t even see icebergs or ice sheets very often, no matter where you live, the snow and ice of the Earth’s cryosphere has an impact on your climate. NASA released an amazing new view of Earth’s frozen regions today, using visual satellite date to show, among other things, how sea ice is disappearing and glaciers are shrinking. These changes in the cryosphere have had a major impact on global climate, as the crysophere is interconnected with other parts of the Earth system. Scientists are currently studying just how much the frozen places on Earth affect global warming, and the best way to view the remote icy parts of our planet is from space. This video shows satellite data in action, with striking high definition visuals and charts.