Birdsong

An article in The Guardian last weekend discussed the Convention in Trade and Endangered Species (Cites) meeting in Bangkok.  It mentioned a few species that had already succumbed to extinction, which included the New Zealand laughing owl.  Unfortunately a trawl around the net informed me that the last sighting was in the early 20th century, […]

Neuron Noise

Yesterday I visited the Barbican for their Brain Waves Weekender, a range of exhibitions fusing art with neuroscience.  Along with a kid-friendly dissection of a jelly brain and an invitation to knit a neuron, the event featured two sound-related demonstrations. The first was Music of the Mind – a performance by Finn Peters, Prof Mark […]

Chasing Sound

Last week I went to see the documentary Chasing Ice at Hammersmith’s Riverside Studios.  It is an excellent film that follows the attempts of James Balog and his team to photograph receding glaciers in Alaska, Greenland and other parts of the Northern hemisphere.  At one stage during the process Balog poignantly suggested that his photographs […]

Digestible Media

In a Guardian article today, Ben Goldacre wrote that clinical research into the effectiveness of many prescription drugs is often only published when the results are favourable, i.e. the pharmaceutical companies have a great deal of sway when it comes to the studies that are released to healthcare professionals.  He noted that this is not […]