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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 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?

Over the weekend, #therobotsareready campaign was in full swing on Twitter in preparation for the British Science Festival in September. NAO was one of the robots featured in the campaign and is one of the robot stars at the University of Birmingham. Here, he tells us a bit more about himself and what he has been designed to do.

By Diana Pearce, an ecologist and freelance science and museum communicator, who has set up Flashmob science.

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When I was about eight years old, one of my first experiences of science in the field was going on a woodland walk. I’m not sure of the location but it is an experience that has stuck with me to this day. On the walk I was shown which trees were deciduous or evergreen and which trees produced edible fruits.

by Roland Jackson, Executive Chair of Sciencewise (Twitter: @Roland_Jackson)

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The annual jamboree of the Science Communication Conference is over for another year. It may be wishful thinking, but I picked up more reference this year to policy impact, and specifically to the activities of Sciencewise. Did this register with anyone else, or is this indeed wishful thinking?

Laura Fogg-Rogers, from the Science Communication Unit at the University of the West of England. Laura spoke on a panel with Mat Hickman from the Wellcome Trust and Hema Teji from the British Science Association at the Science Communication Conference 2014.

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By Lizzie Crouch, Project Manager at DesignScience

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We believe there is a critical, yet often overlooked link between science and design, and a growing need for increased collaboration between the two.

This belief has motivated us – DesignScience’s Anne Odling-Smee and myself, creative producer Ellen Dowell and interactive designer Andrew Friend – to raise the question, ‘What is design for?’ at this year’s Science Communication Conference.

By Joe Cox, Principal Lecturer in Economics and Finance at the University of Portsmouth.

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Citizen science is not a new phenomenon and many will already be aware of long-running projects such as Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count and the American Association of Variable Star Observers. However, with the rapid evolution of interactive online technologies, citizen science projects are being revolutionised through new approaches to online crowdsourcing. Suddenly, scientists are able to bring together huge numbers of volunteers from across the world to take part in large-scale projects with significant scientific and social value incredibly easily and fairly quickly as well.

by Martin Zaltz Austwick, a lecturer in data visualisation and programming at the Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at UCL, with an interest in cities and networks, having previously studied quantum physics and worked as a medical laser physicist.

You can find his blog at sociablephysics.com, or follow him on twitter @sociablephysics.

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Ellie CosgraveBy Dr Ellie Cosgrave, engineer and ScienceGrrl director.

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