Exploring the relationship between science and entertainment media

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Nature Swipes Back: The Return of an Environmentally Conscious Cinema

On a recent trip to this year’s Film & History conference I presented my current research in a paper called ‘From Sacred to Scientific: Charlton Heston’s Second Golden Age’. The fascinating post-paper discussion revolved around eco dystopian cinema, with a focus on my work on Soylent Green and Omega Man. Following a discussion of the connections between epics and science… Read more →

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Pulsars, Pills, and Post-Punk: Designed for Unknown Pleasures

Since its release on Manchester’s Factory Records in June 1979, Joy Division’s debut album Unknown Pleasures has captured the imagination of a diverse audience, ranging from reclusive adolescents sulking in their bedroom to celebrity scientists socialising with friends. The album has been critically acclaimed not just for the band’s distinctive musical style and sombre lead vocals performed by Ian Curtis,… Read more →

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Bluegrass, Beards, Tattoos, and Stem Cells: The Broken Circle Breakdown and the Human View on Science and Technology

m4s0n501 Uncertainty is an important aspect of scientific work and it is no secret that progress is a less straightforward path than what is presented in research councils’ calls for proposals, or national and EU strategy plans. The conflict between actual research output and expectations that are raised can be difficult to articulate, unless one finds stories that can make… Read more →