UK schools’ science and technology curricula ‘not fit for purpose’, say teachers

Science and technology curricula in UK schools are ‘not fit for purpose’ and need to be updated to help pupils ‘change the world for the better’, teachers have warned. Polls taken amid COVID-19 on behalf of the Amazon Longitude Explorer Prize found 47 per cent of teachers think the technology curriculum, specifically, is out of date. More … Read more

It is rocket science! Manchester City hire multiple astrophysicists to zoom ahead of their rivals

It IS rocket science! Manchester City hire several astrophysicists to their data analysis team in bid to move Premier League leaders further ahead of their rivals Laurie Shaw was employed by the City Football Group as ‘lead artificial scientist’ in January  The group have since made at least three other similar appointments  All of these … Read more

Authors offer explanations for interpreting statics in fascinating science book

Why numbers don’t always add up! Authors offer explanations for interpreting statics in fascinating science book Tom and David Chivers have penned a book about how to interpret numbers  Number of statistics we’re bombarded with has increased during the pandemic  Authors say a claim that X is linked to Y, shouldn’t assume one causes the … Read more

The world’s most beautiful buildings according to science and it’s St Paul’s Cathedral that’s No1 

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But science has another take on this, that what’s pleasing on the eye follows the ‘golden ratio’ – and researchers say that according to this theory, Sir Christopher Wren’s St Paul’s Cathedral in London is the most beautiful building in the world, because it adheres most closely … Read more

Dominic Cummings in row over suggestion for new science body chief

Labour MP slams Dominic Cummings for recommending a scientist who quit his university post over ‘eugenics’ row for role as head of new UK research agency Dominic Cummings floated Stephen Hsu as the head of new UK science body Prof Hsu was forced out of his role after being accused of racism and sexism He … Read more

London’s Science Museum reopens as an NHS vaccination centre this week

London‘s world-renowned Science Museum reopens as a Covid-19 vaccination centre on Thursday (March 11).  The museum on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, which was founded in 1857, will serve north-west London as part of the NHS‘s vaccination programme.  Vaccinations will take place in Special Exhibition Gallery 1, a vast temporary exhibition space where thousands of artefacts have … Read more

PHE boss criticised government for doing ‘science by press release’

One of Public Health England’s top advisers has accused the Government of doing ‘science by press release’ by announcing things without telling its scientists.  Dr Susan Hopkins, who has appeared alongside senior ministers in Downing Street press conferences throughout the pandemic, vented her frustration in leaked emails seen by Politico. The email came in the … Read more

Public Health England boss criticises No10 for pursuing ‘science by press release’

One of Public Health England’s top advisers has accused the Government of doing ‘science by press release’ by announcing things without telling its scientists.  Dr Susan Hopkins, who has appeared alongside senior ministers in Downing Street press conferences throughout the pandemic, vented her frustration in leaked emails seen by Politico. The email came in the … Read more

Zimbabwean-born science teacher, 50, is charged with terror offences

Zimbabwean-born science teacher, 50, is charged with terror offences over speeches shared on Facebook William Chinyanga, 50, was charged with four counts of encouraging terrorism The charges relate to speeches allegedly shared by the teacher on Facebook  Videos allegedly encourage viewers to set fires to put ‘pressure’ on Government Chinyanga is campaigner for political change … Read more

Experts analyse 500 sourdough starters to understand the science behind the perfect loaf

With the UK now in its third lockdown, many bored Britons have spent their time cooped up at home refining their baking skills. One of the most notoriously difficult things to bake at home is sourdough bread, due to the fact that it relies on a ‘starter’ – a live culture of flour and water. … Read more