Journalism and the public understanding of science Wow!How? science fair, as part of Oxfordshire Science Week, where with some of my lab we showed school children how to extract DNA from strawberries (e-mail for instructions) or diagnose malaria with a mobile phone. Also see Howtoons and Oxford Sparks. In the Pipeline blog on chemistry and drug discovery Oxford University Science Blog Bad Science: also a column in the Guardian, challenging and making fun of pseudoscience and misrepresented science that is presented as fact on TV and in newspapers. From clustered water to underpowered clinical trials, this is both fun and important. Avant-garde chefs discuss cooking with Harvard engineers The Diamond Age- you need to read this novel brilliantly imagining a future built on nanotechnology, where children are accompanied by computerised teachers. Also Quicksilver by the same author, a novel with Isaac Newton as a key character. Online Seminars Fly-on-the-wall documentary on a graduate student's struggles and successes in research (from Columbia). Oxford iTunes- podcasts and videocasts from Oxford University iBioSeminars from Howard Hughes Medical Institute TED.com- e.g. George Whitesides: A lab the size of a postage stamp MIT (Howard Zinn, Stephen Wolfram) Harvard YouTube channel Henry Stewart Talks (series of teaching lectures from famous people in different biological areas). NIH (Chad Mirkin, Stefan Kaufmann inspiring talk on a new TB vaccine, Lichtman on the brainbow) Princeton (Matt Ridley, James Randi, Daniel Liebeskind, and the author of Freakonomics) MIT OpenCourseWare, which freely distributes MIT teaching resources including lecture slides, reading lists, and problem sheets of courses from Mechanics to Epidemiology Oxford research networks
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