Posts Tagged ‘scientists’

Time Travel

The lives of nearly a third of Britons could soon be made much easier thanks to the gift of time travel – or so they believe.

If Time travel was possible, what would you do with it, answer via post


A survey of 3,000 people reveals 30% of adults across the UK mistakenly believe time travel is actually possible and not confined to the realms of fictional films or television.

The research, commissioned by Birmingham Science City, suggests programmes such as Doctor Who and Ashes to Ashes may have had a hand in the blurring of lines between science fiction and science fact.

Results also show nearly half of adults (44%) wrongly believe memory-erasing technology, similar to that used in the film Men in Black, and hover boards, such as those showcased in Back to the Future, exist in reality.

The possibility of being teleported is also an option for nearly a quarter of those surveyed (24%) who wrongly think it is a real mode of transport, while 22% of people think light sabres exist not just in Star Wars but also in real life.

Other findings also reveal nearly one fifth of adults (18%) hold the incorrect view that they can see gravity.

The team of researchers, who carried out the study to celebrate National Science and Technology Week, said it is “not surprising” people sometimes get science fact and science fiction confused because of the major scientific advances being made across the world.

For example, more than three quarters (78%) of Britons believe invisibility cloaks exist only in the fictional world, and yet a team at the University of Birmingham, led by Prof Shuang Zhang, has developed a method for making objects appear invisible.

Nearly nine out of 10 people (89%) think it would be impossible to grow an extra pair of eyes, even though scientists at the University of Warwick have found this is possible in frogs and hope to be able to use the technology to explore eye development in human.

Dr Pam Waddell, director of Birmingham Science City, said: “What’s clear from this research is that science captures everyone’s imagination so we must continue to invest in it and strive to develop the latest ‘stranger than fiction’ creations.”

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Laura Sutherland, Ex MSc Biological Photography and Imaging, The University of Nottingham.

Laura Sutherland is interviewed for the Arkive Blog

I’ve always had a bit of a fascination with nature and the outdoors, and like nothing more than being outside in my wellies, camera in hand. This led me to study Biological Sciences at Oxford University and then Biological Photography & Imaging at the University of Nottingham. After completing my Masters degree I moved to Bristol to start work as an ARKive Media Researcher and have been here ever since.

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Turn Your mobile Into a High-Powered Scientific Microscope

Using tape, rubber and a tiny glass ball, researchers transformed an iPhone into a cheap, yet powerful microscope able to image tiny blood cells. They’ve also added a clinical-grade cellphone spectroscope that might be able to measure some vital signs.

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Science in the Park to reveal the wonders of the world around us

Do you have what it takes to help deliver a lamb? Have you got the guts to get up close and personal with a giant millipede or tarantula? Or maybe you’ve always wondered how nature produces its own genetic mutants?
If so, a free family event being held in Nottingham this weekend, and involving a host of experts from The University of Nottingham, could offer the perfect day out, mixing the fascinating with the fun.
Science in the Park 2011, taking place at Wollaton Hall on Saturday March 12 from 11am to 4pm, has been organised by the British Science Association Nottinghamshire Branch and aims to open up people’s eyes to the wonder of science in the world around them.

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Thank you to  Siôn Prys Davies

The Environmental Photographer of the Year 2011 competition is now open, and this year a new video category has been introduced to further raise awareness of environmental and social issues.

Organised by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) since 2007, the Environmental Photographer of the

Deadline 31st July

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Dr David Fox keeps some odd and curious items in his museum of Natural History, bones, jars and pickled specimens. There are stuffed foxes, badgers and birds, bird’s nests, bees and months, spiders small and large but nothing as large as the ostrich skeleton which lurks in a cupboard, shelf’s full of cures from a witches cauldron but it’s the wizard within David that finds all of these items for the students at The School of Biology to photograph.

David’s vast knowledge cannot be encompassed within a book; it’s the living version of Google. Ask him a question like Jeeves and out pops the answer not wrapped in a scientific envelope of misunderstanding but with words that help you explore more into a world of Natural History.

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There is a fantastic photographic exhibition  (free)  in Edinburgh’s St Andrew Square, which is part of the  Edinburgh International Science Festival. The photos featured are spectacular images from Scottish seas and beyond by renowned photographers, that start at the surface of the ocean and travel downwards to look at sharks, coral reefs and the creatures of the deep.

The image on the right was taken by Alex Hyde { former student } now part of the teaching team, MSc Biological Photography and Imaging, The University of Nottingham, it is a hermit crab which is 2 cm across in real size, the image has been enlarged 2 meters across, This photograph was taken using a Canon MP-E 65MM Lens.

Well done Alex Hyde full story here

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