WARNING: A classification system for science news

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WARNING: wild extrapolation a classification system for science news | Dean Burnett | Science | theguardian.com.

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A Matter Of Faith

In my blogging, I have often written on subjects or re-blogged articles concerned with religion. In GibberLog, I might be interested in how religion interacts with politics and policy on such matters as education. In BlatherLog, the concern will be the role of religion in history, or its engagement with the sphere of science (often again touching on how science is taught in schools). It is pretty common for me to play Devil’s Advocate when I blog, and it isn’t always clear whether I have a consistent position on anything at all. Partly this is deliberate, but partly it also reflects the fact that I am not an ideologue, and my genuinely held views are often inconsistent or hail from different parts of the philosophical spectrum. I think most people are like that, really. It is only academics and politicians who have to pick an ideology and stick to it come hell or high water (and often not even politicians!). Continue reading

Words we still use from Shakespeare!

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This week marks both the death and supposed birth of the greatest writer of the English language, William Shakespeare.  He was born in 1564 and died in 1616 and whilst much about him is sometimes doubted such as his birthday, sexuality or even actual identity; what can’t be questioned is the fact that he gave the world some of the finest works of fictional literature.

372px-First_Folio First Edition of William Shakespeare

His works remain classics to this day though we are used to hearing his beautiful prose spoken by actors in the very finest Queens English, originally of course they would have been performed by actors speaking a West-Midlands and almost Brummie accent.  For those overseas readers who don’t know what a Birmingham accent sounds like, this is about as far from the accent of Sir Patrick Stewart or Sir Ian McKellen as imaginable and something like having someone from New…

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Tim Radford Rules, OK!

On 28th November I attended a Guardian Masterclass – Science Writing With Tim Radford. To quote from his profile:

“Tim Radford is a freelance journalist. He worked for The Guardian for 32 years, becoming – among other things – letters editor, arts editor, literary editor and science editor. He won the Association of British Science Writers award for science writer of the year four times.”

The fact that he can have covered such a diverse range of fields and yet, with no science background, still claim such accolades as a science writer, shows just how good a journalist he is. I am not going to give all of his tricks away, because I paid to attend his three-hour lecture and I need all the help I can get. Suffice to say it was instructive, inspiring and thoroughly enjoyable.

Also, The Guardian’s offices are quite funky, and they served wine.

Dumb Ways to Die

The UK has a wonderful tradition of public health and safety communication campaigns – who can forget the Dark and Lonely Water ad? Oz has produced a wonderful addition to the genre. This animation published by Australian train company, Metro Trains Melbourne, is called Dumb Ways to Die. The animated safety message uses music and dark humour to warn people against behaving recklessly around trains. According to the song, dumb ways to die include using your private parts as piranha bait. Simply sublime.

DumbWays2Die – YouTube.