Science and the media, advice for young researchers

Voice of Young Science is an initiative that aims to lay siege to the academic ‘ivory tower’, by giving young researchers the skills they need to engage with the media and public discourse. Led by the charity Sense about Science, and hosted at the uncharacteristically sunny University of Manchester, the media workshop promised a series…

Monkey see, monkey do: Celebrities in the Ape order

Originally published – January 2015 Modern celebrity culture is in simplest terms, the adoration of people you’ve never met because they’re perceived as doing something better than you can currently do it.  Whilst its inclusion under the heading of topical news is debatable, modern celebrity culture has rung in the New Year with a couple…

Regional bird songs seek to explain Eurovision

Originally published – May 2015 For a few people in a lot of countries, the second half of May can mean only one thing, Eurovision; the frankly bizarre, yet entrancing, continental singing competition that comes but once a year.  Previous years have seen an Austrian bearded lady, a Finnish monster-themed metal band, and a general…