Return of the science cookies!

October 6, 2011 at 9:56 am | Posted in 40th birthday celebrations, Competition, Cooking with science, Do | Leave a comment
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This month we’re lucky enough to have a selection of cookies made by Quirky Cookies & Cakes aka Wendy – a self-confessed science groupie and geek – and her analytical chemist husband, Jason.

Working from their home in Derbyshire since 2009, Wendy has produced her bespoke biscuits and cakes using as many locally sourced ingredients as possible.  Each cookie is made to her own recipe, and intricately decorated with royal icing, and would make a fabulous addition to any celebration – our favourite is the exploding supernova, which has space dust on it so it also explodes in your mouth!

Wendy and Jason love a challenge, and if they haven’t got a suitable shape in their collection of over 500 different cutters they can even make their own. Quirky Cookies and Cakes welcome orders, just e-mail enquiries@quirkycookiesandcakes.co.uk, call 01332 610997 or send a tweet to @quirkycookies Check out a selection of their cookies at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Quirky-Cookies-Cakes/130360187673

To be in with a chance of winning a fabulous selection of science cookies, just email your name, address and organisation/institution to phil.prime@laboratorynews.co.uk by 28th October.

The British Science Festival

September 8, 2011 at 8:49 am | Posted in Do | Leave a comment
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The British Science Festival is one of Europe’s largest science festivals and this year’s event hits the streets of Bradford between the 10th and 15th of September. The theme for the 2011 Festival is ‘Exploring new worlds’ and there are lots of things to everyone entertained – from family fun experiment with the kids, DIY science workshops and lunchtime discussions to evening events for adults and trips, tours and exhibitions throughout the week.

For more information visit http://www.britishscienceassociation.org/web/BritishScienceFestival/

Something for the Summer – The Natural History Museum

August 10, 2011 at 10:40 am | Posted in Do | Leave a comment
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It’s the summer holidays and those of you with children are probably already fed up with them complaining that they’re bored. Why not check out what’s going on at the Natural History Museum?

Pick up a Family Explorer Backpack – complete with an explorer hat and binoculars and filled with explorers tools, drawing materials and fun activities – kids explore one of six different areas:
Primates – meet our closest relatives and consider what similarities you share.
Mammals – follow the clues of hair and teeth to find the mystery animal.
Monsters – track down a monster that lived millions of years ago.
Birds – match the beak and feathers to identify the correct bird.
Oceans – explore life underwater and follow the clues to catch the right fish.
Wildlife garden – investigate the diverse colours and shapes of nature in the Museum garden.

Don’t fancy that? Discover how what it’s like to be a butterfly explorer on the 13th August, or take in an Animal Vision show on the 17th August to find see how animals view the world.

More information at http://www.nhm.ac.uk

Scientific Cookies

July 8, 2011 at 8:06 am | Posted in Competition, Cooking with science, Do | 6 Comments
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We came across these fab chemistry-based cookie cutters  and just had to give it a go – all in the name of science of course!

Each set of unique cookie cutters features a test tube, an atom, a conical flask and a beaker – plus the method for making your tasty cookies.

We had lots of fun experimenting with different methods – we found the one sent with the cutters wasn’t so good for keeping the shape of the our cookies, so we  tried a different one that involved putting them in the fridge (method here).

Once they were cooked and cooled came the fun part – decorating them. If only they looked as good as the ones at www.sciencecookiecutters.com – all I can say is I tried!

We’ve got a set of Science Cookie Cutters to give away – to be in with a chance of winning, just send your name, address, organisation/institution to phil.prime@laboratorynews.co.uk. Good luck!

The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition

July 6, 2011 at 11:32 am | Posted in Do, Events | 1 Comment
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Celebrate science by heading to the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition and see how science is shaping our world and question other UK scientists about their work. With over 20 exhibits, ranging from Airport Security and Bats & Bugs to Hearing Shapes and Rotten Fish & Fossils – there’s going to be something for everyone.

Entry is free, more information at royalsociety.org/summer-science/2011

5-10th July | 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London

Stuck for something to do? Visit The Dana Centre

June 14, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Posted in Do | Leave a comment
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Looking for something to keep you entertained during the long summer evenings? Take a trip to The Dana Centre at the London Science Museum in South Kensington.

On the 14th there’s Genetically Modified Food: Where are we now? which takes a look at the developments in techniques, labelling and legislation in GM food.

On the 21st, Future World explores whether science fiction successfully predicted the future, and how the visions we watch, read and hear could actually help us create a sustainable future.

Greying Matters on the 23rd explores what happens as we grow older, and wraps up June’s event calendar.

More information can be found at www.danacentre.org.uk/events/2011/06

The Chin Chin Laboratorists

May 19, 2011 at 8:39 am | Posted in Do | 1 Comment
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Visit the Chin Chin Laboratorists in Camden – the first ever liquid nitrogen ice cream parlour. They combine haute cuisine with a splash of science and showmanship to create some weird and wonderful concoctions: Burnt butter caramel with fleur de sel; Basil with jelly bubbles; and Tea & Birthday Cake – sprinkles, buttercream and tea! Sounds as fun as it does tasty and customer comments suggest their ice cream is something truly special – what could be better on a hot summer’s day?

The Chin Chin Laboratorists, 49-50 Camden Lock Place, London,
Open Tuesday – Sunday, 12-7pm

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