BOOKS: Synaesthesia – a very short introduction (Julia Simner)

'A wonderful snapshot of a fascinating and colourful condition' Synaesthesia – when words and colours or sounds and tastes are biologically-interconnected in someone’s brain – fascinates me. Who wouldn’t like to see the colours of the rainbow in their minds-eye on a grey day or taste a fresh fruit salad as they read the paper? …

BOOKS: The Dinosaurs Rediscovered (Michael J Benton)

A review of  The Dinosaurs Rediscovered: How a Scientific Revolution is Rewriting History.   Picture this: a ginger feathered dinosaur with a striped orange and white tail perched in a tree like the Cheshire Cat of his time – or dashing across the landscape like Road Runner dressed in modish cowboy-trousers of black, white and red. Could …

FAMILY: Choose an adventure at IF Oxford

Like a butterfly from a caterpillar, the 25th Oxfordshire Science Festival has metamorphosed to emerge this autumn as IF Oxford (12th-22nd October). This Festival now encompasses not only science but the whole gamut of ideas whether you’re interested in humanity or the heart, artificial intelligence or a symphony of sunbeams saturating the stage. From the …

SCIENCE: Penalties and proteins, goals, galaxies and gravestones – be surprised and entertained!

A new festival, IF Oxford, is coming to town next month (12-22 October) and it is designed for inquisitive minds of all ages taking a broad approach to science and society. The Festival offers a refreshing approach to ideas about humanity and the world at large alongside cutting-edge thinking from world-leading brains. With hundreds of …