Tagged: general science

Death by outline - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Jul 03, 2015

Source: Wikimedia Commons, uploaded by le L.E. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Apr%C3%A8s_un_meurtre.JPG When you watch the news do the presenters first grab your attention by saying: “First we’re going to show you the top headlines in priority order. Then we’ll show you a trivial item or two, followed by the sports section, then the weather, before we wrap it … Read More

Making the impenetrable penetrable- science articles as videos - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Jun 19, 2015

  I love writing, especially blog posts, as they’re my chance to be creative – to have a voice. I invest a lot of me in everything I write, but if you’ve read any of my previous posts you’ll be well aware of that already. I started blogging because I felt oppressed and without a creative outlet; yet I … Read More

Rise of the rocurs - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Jan 30, 2015

Rotation curation Twitter sites are rewarding both for curators and readers. Image source: http://www.epa.gov/win/winnews/images05/0510keyboard.gif via Wikimedia Commons. Happy New Year to everyone. Mine was actually spent not in the happiest way, listening to the revelry whilst desperately seeking sleep within the confines of a completely not soundproof tent in Kaikoura. Struck down with a nasty gastro bug for two … Read More

Sexism, shirts, Sutton and saying goodbye - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Dec 09, 2014

Sexism is rife in academia and leads to many leaving academic careers. Last week I worked my last day as an academic at Lincoln University, the disestablishment of my position in the protracted restructuring process officially complete. It’s time for a new chapter in what has been a pretty ugly year. Now I start on an adventure into an … Read More

Chasing a comet- totally newsworthy so why isn’t it top billing? or best shirt-worthy? - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Nov 14, 2014

Welcome to a comet. Photo by European Space Agency taken by Philae. Philae may have bounced off the comet before landing, but it was the local media lack of focus on this event that had the real lack of thrust. This week has seen a truly epic event in human history. It’s an incredible week for space exploration and … Read More

Getting all atwitter about science - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Oct 17, 2014

Image source: Wikimedia Commons uploaded by The Pink Group https://www.iconfinder.com/iconsets/social-media-icons-the-circle-set Recently the Minister of Education , Hon Hekia Parata, suggested introducing new assessments for Years 9 and 10 at school. The tone of the conversations on education in general I have been having in recent months with teachers leads me to … Read More

Sensationalising science: sometimes behind the sizzle is just fizzle - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Jul 25, 2014

If we believe the headlines we might expect to see aliens waving at us via telescopes within 20 years. How much harm does the sensationalism of science do? Image Source: Wikimedia Commons http://science1.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2001/ast07sep_2/ Accompanying the increasing permeation of science news into mainstream media, there’s an explosion of popular science media sites such as IFLScience. Should we … Read More

Frozen Friday Fab Four #6 The importance of basic science - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf May 30, 2014

Four of the Antarctic or anything else headlines/social media bits that have grabbed my attention this week. Remarkably it looks like the diminutive Kiwi is the closest living relative of the extinct elephant bird. Image source: Wikimedia Commons uploaded by Glen Stewart. The importance of basic science 1. As a scientist I actually love it when what we think … Read More

Frozen Friday Fab Four #5 - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf May 23, 2014

Four of the Antarctic or anything else headlines/social media bits that have grabbed my attention this week(ish). Large glaciers are in irreversible decline signalling the collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet more rapidly than predicted. Sea levels will rise as a result. Image credit: Victoria Metcalf 1. Although it may have been overshadowed somewhat by the elevator bust-up … Read More

Frozen Friday Fab Four #4 - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf May 02, 2014

After a break with a couple of Friday holidays we’re back. Four of the Antarctic or anything else headlines/social media bits that have grabbed my attention this week(ish).   Access to icebreakers is essential for polar research. 1. Woohoo for something heartening happening in science. UK polar science is set to get a huge boost with the … Read More