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The BBC are very good at this sort of thing. Personally I prefer the I Am The Walrus vid from a few years ago, though:

... but it's nice to see old Eric keeping his hand in.
miss_s_b: (Feminist Heroes: Temperance Brennan & Sk)
I really like The Naked Scientists. It's an independently produced show that's syndicated by the BBC to the East of England region, and bits of it get put on radio Scotland and 5Live. 5Live podcast it (packaged with the execrable Dr Karl, but you can't have everything) and generally it seems to have been a happy-making show, particularly in the East of England, which contains Cambridge, where the show is produced. Cambridge has the highest concentration of scientists anywhere outside the US.

The BBC have decided to axe The Naked Scientists because the content it produces "isn't local enough". Because why would the highest concentration of scientists outside the US want to listen to a science show? That's just silly!

* headdesk headdesk headdesk *

IN THE SACRED NAME OF LORD REITH WHAT ARE YOU THINKING, BBC????!! The programme is educational, informative and entertaining, it clearly fulfills the remit of local radio by being of interest to the local area the show is broadcast in, and it has a wide appeal beyond that remit as well. Axing the show is an exercise in purest stupidity.

Anyway, obviously this decision has prompted a campaign to save the show, involving a co-ordinated write-to-feedback campaign, and involving one of my favourite MPs. Personally, I'd rather see the show promoted to Radio4/4Extra/5Live/World Service, rather than continuing to be ghettoised to bloody southerners who clearly don't appreciate it enough*, but I'd rather it gets saved than cancelled.

If you have any interest in science or science education, this is a bloody good (and bloody rare) radio show, and deserves saving in some form, even if we can't save it in its current form. So please do your bit, dear readers. Write to feedback, and make your feelings known.

(If you want to know what all the fuss is about, the rss feed for the podcast is here.)

*YAY Northern Monkey humour ;)

Ada Lovelace Day

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 01:04 pm
miss_s_b: (Politics: Post Feminism)
As usual, I have been vacillating about what to post for this year's Ada day. I toyed with the idea of posting about the frankly awesome and criminally underrated Pat Moss, because being a racing driver is TOTALLY a STEM career, right? And then I thought maybe I should give signal boost to the excellent Little Miss Geek project. But then I thought about what Ada day is for. Ada day is meant to highlight women in STEM careers who should be an inspiration to the kids of today. And I thought about the people who inspired me when I was a nipper. Aside from my dad, they were mostly people on telly - in terms of science this was Patrick Moore, yes, and David Attenborough, and Terry Nutkins... But also Judith Hann and Maggie Philbin. There were mainstream women on the telly doing science when I was a kid.

There's less of them these days, mainly because science telly has been marginalised in the same way that music telly has - ghettoised into seperate channels and post watershed. But there is a lady who occasionally pops up who I think is amazing, so I'm going to blog about her.

(Image from The Indy)

This is Doctor Maggie Aderin-Pocock. You may recognise her from a number of appearances on the telly. I know her best from James May's Things You Need To Know About... where she appears on a regular basis as a talking head. She's currently a space scientist, but her degrees include physics and mechanical engineering, so she's really useful as a talking head on pop science programmes because of her breadth of knowledge.

Maggie is a fantastic communicator, explaining sometimes quite complex scientific concepts in a friendly and accessible way, but I think the thing I love best about her is a her enthusiasm. She's such a geek! She loves her subject, and communicates that love and joy and enthusiasm in the same way that someone like David Attenborough does, and it's infectious.

I'd love to see her get a primetime science slot. She's smarter and sexier than Brian Cox, and less curmudgeonly and a better communicator than Patrick Moore. And, unlike many of the women discussed for Ada Day, she's here, and available now, and not dead and too late to do much about thanking. So, thank you, Maggie, for all you've done so far; and here's hoping you get to do lots more in the future.

For more about Maggie, check out her profile on the Eden Channel, at The Royal Institution, and her programme on Desert Island Discs.
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Bitter Irony

Thursday, November 26th, 2009 05:05 pm
miss_s_b: (Mood: Vyvyan Twos Up)
Is it just me that gets annoyed when something feminists have been saying for years gets trumpeted by Science Daily once a MALE scientist does some research (with a sample of THREE FFS) into it?

Bloody women, we're never happy, are we? We complain when the menz ignore us, and then when they shamelessly steal female research ideas and get all the credit for it listen, we complain about that too. Tch! We should all just get back in the kitchen...

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According to Kerry McCarthy MP, Dr Evan Harris has a 90 minute debate on libel laws and the reporting of parliament tomorrow. As she says, undoubtedly this will touch on trafigura and Carter Ruck, but I suspect it will also be mentioning Simon Singh.

I am a HUGE fan of Evan, my views coincide with his on pretty much everything, and I could not be more pleased about this.

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