An evening of education

February 7, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Posted in Just for fun | Leave a comment

SameAs are back with another night of science-related fun – this month’s topic is education.

This conversation will explore a series of innovative approaches to education, be it through the use of emerging technologies, architectural design, or on a philosophical level. Each of our speakers come to us with backgrounds deeply steeped in education, ranging from involvement in efforts such as One Laptop Per Child, to an interest in the redesign of civic institutions (schools being a key example). They’re sure to challenge the way we think of education and it’s applications, and we hope you’ll join us.

Speakers include Matthew Carlos – knowledge architect, philipsoher and philanthropist – and Steven Edwards, educationalist, data gatherer and architect of best course for me.

When? Monday 21st February @ 7pm

Where? Coach & Horses, Clarkenwell, London

More info from SameAs


It’s Christmas

December 20, 2010 at 9:22 am | Posted in Just for fun | Leave a comment

Merry Christmas

Give your brain a festive workout

December 8, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Posted in Just for fun | 2 Comments

Give your brain a workout at the sameAs pub quiz (credit Carolune/flickr)

Fancy flexing the old grey matter and having a good cerebral workout before you lose a few IQ points over the festive period? Well then get yourself down to the sameAs science and technology pub quiz on 20th December.

sameAs aims to bring together interesting people from diverse backgrounds to discuss science and technology – and everything in between. They bring together communities and individuals under one roof to uncover “the threads that stitch them all together”.

At previous events, they’ve discussed TheWeb and Sound, and this is their first stab at a pub quiz – ten rounds of taxing science and technology questions from quizmaster Matt Brown.

Tickets cost £5 (order them online).

Venue: The Book Club in Shoreditch.

More info: sameAs

The Big Christmas Quiz…

December 2, 2010 at 9:16 am | Posted in Competition, Just for fun | Leave a comment
It's Christmas!

It's Christmas!

Welcome to this year’s Big Christmas Quiz: some of the answer you’ll be able to find in the magazine, others you’ll have hunt for yourself.

So before you head off for the laboratory Christmas party to get suitably inebriated and stuff yourself with sausage rolls, have a crack at our festive (-ish) quiz!



    1.       How many turkeys were eaten on Christmas day in the UK in 2009?
    2.       How fast can a mako shark swim?
    3.       Who created the Christmas Cracker?
    4.       What is the only letter not to appear in the Periodic Table?
    5.       What is the name of the reaction that causes the meaty aroma and browning of your roast potatoes called?
    6.       How fast is a sneeze?
    7.       What is the best-selling Christmas song of all time?
    8.       What is the most dangerous herbivore to mankind?
    9.       Who designed the first Christmas card?
    10.   What is a jiffy?
    11.   When was the Queen’s Speech first televised?
    12.   What is stannous fluoride?

Want the answers? Find them here

It’s snowing…

November 30, 2010 at 9:22 am | Posted in Just for fun | Leave a comment

Since it’s snowing here at Lab News Towers, we thought we’d share the latest frosty-themed Image of the Month. It features in the December issue – out tomorrow – so you lucky things are getting a sneak peak before anyone else!

Snowflakes by Wilson Bentley

Snowflakes by Wilson Bentley

By way of a tribute to the wintery month’s ahead here is a collection of snow crystals taken by Wilson Bentley – also known as “The Snowflake Man.”

Wilson Alwyn “Snowflake” Bentley (February 10, 1865 – December 23, 1931) was born in Vermont, and is one of the first known photographers of snowflakes. He perfected a process of catching flakes on black velvet in such a way that their images could be captured before they either melted or sublimated.

Bentley also photographed all forms of ice and natural water formations including clouds and fog. He was the first American to record raindrop sizes and was one of the first cloud physicists.

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