nominated for a Webby

Title says it all really. This is a great boon for us, sort of the equivalent of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, so kudos to anyone and everyone at who has helped us to achieve this recognition. It’s a popular vote, so VOTE NOW! You have to register first though.  Read more

Howtoons: Tools of Mass Construction!

Howtoons: Tools of Mass Construction!

Scifooers Nick Dragotta and Saul Griffith published their awesomely brilliant Howtoons book yesterday (US only I think). It’s a comic style book aimed at kids with intructions on how to do kitchen science and make brilliant things such as a zoetrope or soda bottle submarine. Theirs was my favourite talk at Scifoo, and not just because I got to seriously geek out with an artist who actually draws ol’ webhead himself. This is a must for anyone who: 1) has children between the ages of 7 and 15 2) Is a child between the ages of 7 and 15 3)  … Read more

Nature Podcast reborn

After two years and 102 shows, we are relaunching the Nature Podcast today. We’ve got new music, some new presenters (Kerri Smith, and erm, yours truly) and some ace new features on the pod. These include the Podium: a soapbox monologue (so if you’ve got a campaign to launch, or you simply want to shout about something sciencey that’s bugging you then write to us at; and Sounds of Science, your chance to record some amazing sounds from your labspace or field, or anything that sounds awesome. This week we’ve got Nature’s top dog Philip Campbell at the Podium, and Sounds of Science is the quite brilliant Genome Dub Collective, who have set the Origin of Species to a reggae beat. Genius. Of course, that’s alongside the hottest new research on RNAi, 7000 year old rice paddies, and dinosaurs brought to life on the stage.  Read more

More Podcasts from Nature

With our fully functional studio up and running, and full time staff working our little socks off, we’ve recently scaled up our podcasting output to include new sections in the weekly Nature Podcast, as well as several stand-alone shows on Genetics, World Heart Day and Chemistry. Recent highlights have been evolution editor Henry Gee interviewing a leading paleoanthropologist over a curry, journalist Geoff Brumfiel persuading a senior NASA official to pretend to be a space shuttle after another delayed launch and an interview with a leading Iranian cosmologist on what it means to be a scientist and a Muslim in Iran. Look out for next week’s show which will feature both Nobel and Ig Nobel prize winners.  Read more

Nature Stem cells podcast

Last night we published a special one-off podcast on stem cells. Some of our listeners requested longer and more in depth podcasts to complement the weekly magazine show, the Nature Podcast, so this is in part a response to those requests. The show runs to an hour, and features interviews with authors from the Insight on stem cells, published in this week’s issue of Nature, but also a roundtable discussion and interviews from last week’s ESHRE conference in Prague. It’s presented by Gareth Mitchell in the Uk and Allan Coukell in Boston, BBC and NPR, respectively.  Read more

Neuroscience Gateway

Here’s the latest launch from Web Publishing, the Neuroscience Gateway, a free online resource for neuroscientists. The idea is to publish and highlight neuroscience content from Nature and other journals, but also to act as a central hub for all neuroscience and genomics researchers. It follows in the footsteps of the Signaling Gateway and the Cell Migration Gateway, and is a collaboration with the Allen Institute for Brain Research, set up by the philanthropist Paul Allen.  Read more