Talking science

Discussions and reflections on a diverse range of science topics from a range of contributors including event speakers, film-makers, audience members and Ri staff.

Static magnetism - The believable untruth

Posted by
Olympia Brown Andrew Marmery
Date posted
01.04.2015
Olympia Brown

The latest Ri Channel video claimed that you can charge any battery with static magnetism, discovered 150 years ago by Michael Faraday. Here's why it's nonsense.

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The Dress explained

Posted by
Andrew Marmery
Date posted
27.02.2015
xkcd dress colour

How a picture of a dress can highlight the fragility of our perception of the world

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Biogenetics, Cognitive Neuroscience and Computing – a convergence whose time has come

Posted by
Michael Brooks
Date posted
29.01.2015
Dan Dennett

Michael Brooks looks at the coming together of cognitive neuroscience and computing

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Science communication: in-between science and art

Posted by
Frances Cheesman
Date posted
24.11.2014

Ri Channel intern and PhD student Frances Cheesman explains the importance of science communication and her experience at the Ri during her BBSRC internship.

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It's just a theory

Posted by
Jim Al-Khalili
Date posted
12.11.2014

Is a scientific theory no different to the theory that Elvis is still alive? Jim Al-Khalili sets the record straight.

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What the humble worm might tell us about doubling our lifespan

Posted by
Alison Woollard
Date posted
31.10.2014

Dr. Alison Woollard, 2013 Christmas lecturer, tells us about how studying the worm C. elegans can help us understand the ageing process.

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ExpeRimental in Uganda

Posted by
Emma Nason
Date posted
29.10.2014

Dr Emma Nason shares her experiences of teaching science in Uganda and how the ExpeRimental films helped inspire children and adults alike to love science.

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Motor spirit at the Royal Institution

Posted by
Laurence Scales
Date posted
27.10.2014

Laurence Scales takes a look at the Ri members who turned the crank handle for motoring and the Royal Automobile Club.

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Memories of the Ri and Sir Lawrence Bragg

Posted by
Michael Wells
Date posted
09.10.2014

Michael Wells, father of Dr Pippa Wells from CERN who gave a Friday Evening Discourse on 26 September 2014, reflects on his own experience with the Ri 50 years ago.

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Science: a creative discipline?

Posted by
David Porter
Date posted
30.09.2014
Students at the L'Oreal Young Scientists Centre

David Porter from the L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre asks what ‘science’ means to young people, and how we can inspire a true spirit of discovery.

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