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Woo Bombdetectors -- the End of Dowsing for Death

(10) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 2:19 PM

Many people regard magical beliefs as a bit of harmless fun and in most cases that is true. However, there are those who are prepared to take advantage of other's gullibility with lethal consequences. In 2009, I was shocked to read a New York Times report that a...

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Does Science Have a Soul? The Potential Sale of a Sacred Site of Science

(3) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 5:12 PM

Science communication is currently enjoying a degree of popularity both in traditional publishing and in the rise of interest in online courses, as exemplified by the success of TED talks. Science communication can trace its origin to a magnificent neoclassical building at 21 Albemarle Street in Mayfair, London, that is...

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Female Scientists Parody Sexist Video

(20) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 10:43 AM

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) produced a damning report in 2010 on the number of women in science. In an era when women are increasingly prominent in medicine, law and business, they ask the question, "Why are there so few women in science, technology,...

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Jimmy Savile's Memorabilia Is Essentially Evil

(2) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 4:30 PM

As more revelations of UK TV presenter Jimmy Savile's alleged pedophilia assaults come to light, there are many investors who wish they had just not bothered to bid on his memorabilia earlier this year, despite the £300,000 raised for charity. For example, a Dorset scrap dealer who paid...

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Could We Ever Accept Cloned Humans With Duplicated Minds?

(21) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 1:11 PM

Science often inspires science fiction writers to explore fantastic scenarios that may be just round the corner. However, sometimes, science fiction can also be an inspiration for science. One such inspiration for me was The Prestige by Christopher Priest, subsequently adapted into a movie by the same name by Batman...

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Mirror, Mirror... Who's the Fairest of Them All?

(16) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 6:57 PM

After reading about Charles Darwin's observation that an orangutan did not seem to recognize itself in a mirror at the London zoo, the psychologist Gordon Gallup decided to test self-recognition in animals by placing a small red mark on their foreheads while they were asleep to see how they would...

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You Are Essentially What You Wear

(12) Comments | Posted June 21, 2012 | 4:55 PM

I have been known on occasion to offer an audience the opportunity to wear a second-hand cardigan that it has been cleaned for $20. After an initial "what's the catch?" reluctance, a large proportion of the audience usually raise their hands to volunteer. At this point, I tell them that...

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