Technological buzzwords like ‘Big Data’, the ‘Internet of Things’ and ‘Machine Learning’ are becoming ubiquitous in our increasingly techno-centric society, with advocates heralding the birth of a new data-driven age where predictive and analytic technologies will inform every aspect of
Is the Government Burying the Facts on Climate Change ?
Under the Climate Change Act (2008), every five years the UK government must compile and publish “its assessment of the risks and opportunities arising for the UK from climate change” . The first of these reports was compiled in 2012
The water crisis in Flint and public access to science
In January, a state of emergency was in the city of Flint, Michigan because of dangerous levels of lead in the water supply. The problem started when in 2014 officials chose to get the water from the Flint river, instead
Climate Science comes to Science Museum Lates
Yesterday, some of us teamed up with BP or Not BP to attend the ‘Science Museum Lates’ themed around the BP-sponsored Cosmonauts exhibition with the aim of highlighting BP’s environmental record, history of funding anti-science climate denial lobbyists and raising
Science and Society: What next after the Spending Review
As the dust settles on the Spending Review, scientists breathe a collective sigh of relief: science has been spared the axe. In the months leading up to Wednesday, Science is Vital put out its feelers and collated 1600 postcards written
Unofficial conference at the Science Museum on oil sponsorship, climate science and more
Today, along with BP or not BP, we held a ‘public but unauthorised’ conference at the Science Museum, highlighting the institution’s continued ties with the fossil fuel industry. We believe that the Science Museum has a duty to promote scientific
Response to Averil Macdonald’s Guardian article on women and fracking
Averil Macdonald is chair of UK Onshore Oil and Gas and emeritus professor of science engagement at the University of Reading. She was criticised for comments that suggested the reason women are less supportive of fracking is because they do
Science isn’t Broken: Or is it?
Last week Christie Aschwanden wrote a piece for Five Thirty Eight, entitled Science isn’t Broken. It is well written and worth a read. It tries to tackle the recent spate of ‘bad news’ for Science and it’s (perceived) integrity. To
Science transcends cultural and societal boundaries and will always thrive on collaboration between those with diverse backgrounds and views. Science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers in this country are overwhelmingly dominated by white men, but science benefits from as broad a