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June 2014

Welcome to the blog, you can read all about the latest news for the sections and take a look in our archive. Scroll through the latest posts below, or select a section from the dropdown.

by Kate Mills, doctoral student at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. Kate can be found on Twitter at @le_feufollet

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The astronomer and science communicator Carl Sagan was my childhood hero. My first flashbulb memory occurred on the last day of school before winter break, when I heard the news of Carl Sagan’s death on the radio. I had come to know Carl Sagan's existence so young in my life not because my family were particularly keen on science, but because my grandfather was awarded a telescope from his company for having worked 30 years in a chemical factory without sustaining an injury.

By Gianamar Giovannetti-Singh, who is currently studying double maths, physics, chemistry, philosophy and Italian at A-Level. Gianamar has recently completed his Gold CREST Award and has received a number of prizes at the National Science + Engineering Competition since 2012.

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Despite having been interested in science for a long time, my passion for physics and my drive to become an amateur scientist was kindled by an excellent science teacher in Year 9 at school who taught us about particle physics as an extra to our GCSE course. I also think Brian Cox's "Wonders of the Universe" series had a big impact on me as it was the first time when watching a science documentary that I could truly feel the enthusiasm communicated by the presenter.

by Graphic Science

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In March 2014, the latest version of the Public Attitudes to Science report was published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in partnership with Ipsos MORI. But what can we learn from the PAS survey?