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Into Oblivion!

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This new science fiction film currently in cinemas is another visual masterpiece.  There are some stunning scenes of a space ship flying over an old and decrepit earth which contrast so sharply to the pristine and polished tablet technology used by the characters.

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However, more is afoot than the mere clearing up of earth……we get a front row seat to witness what it would be like to have a fist fight with your own clone!  Amongst this one also gets to observe what it would be like to come to the realisation that you are a clone of many thousands of ‘you’ and that you were definitely not the original. 

The film provides a decent portrayal and forces you to reflect on what you would do if you were faced with your own ‘self’.  I’m not sure I’d cope as well as the character did here!


A homage to the British expedition team in the Antarctic

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This British crew were doing real science out in the field going to the edges of where we can get to on this planet, and trying to find out answers to questions relating to whether life existed in the frozen lake Ellsworth 3km below the ice. BBC cover the basics (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20850126) but their own website has a number of fascinating live feeds and vide: http://www.ellsworthlive.org.uk/
Although it did not end in success, what a valiant effort from the team and it is worth reading their final comments:


Human Brain Project!

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Science is not just a body of facts, or even a particular way of studying something, but also a group of people.  Studying something as complex as the human brain is not only about a few scientists in one university doing experiments, but a whole host of multinational bodies coming together to pool their resources and findings to move this field of science forward.  This is the essence of the Human Brain Project.  Something incredibly ambitious but with huge possible ramifications for overcoming neurological diseases and to help move computing power forward into the twenty-first century.  This has now begun, but who knows exactly where it will end up…..


Advice to young budding scientists

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This short talk is from famous American biologist Edward Osborne Wilson who is extensively experienced and incredibly insightful.  This, I believe, will be a seminal talk in the years to come.  Enjoy!


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