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‘It smells of science’: hands-on at the Royal Institution

I’ve just spent a fun day in the labs at the Royal Institution for the Telegraph’s education section, taking part in a full day’s biochemistry workshop for GCSE-aged school pupils. Its part of their outreach project aimed at getting more young people into science – who will hopefully go on to study it at university.

The skills gap in science, technology and engineering is growing at an alarming rate, with an estimated shortfall of 10,000 graduates a year.

My feature can be found on the Telegraph website here, or after the fold.

Many thanks to David at the Royal Institution for letting me take part (and lending me a lab coat).

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Clone wars controversy hits equestrianism

This feature for the science section of the Daily Telegraph brings together two of my favourite subjects… horses and technology.

I interviewed the lovely Julia Harrison Lee, a heiress who has become the first Briton to clone a horse. The lucky animal, Romulus 16, was formerly a star of the GB national squad with the rider Damian Charles, but in recent years he has been in retirement at Harrison Lee’s US farm.

If you have £150,000 burning a hole in your pocket and fancy cloning your horse, you might want to have a look at the Cryozootech website, where they provide details of all their previous successes.

They can also freeze genetic samples and keep them in a library of DNA, as a just in case.

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One giant lift for mankind

Science fiction authors have fantasised about an elevator that could reach into space since Arthur C Clarke’s A Fountain of Paradise. Now the discovery of carbon nanotubes could make fantasy a reality.

These threadlike structures, less than 1/50,000 the width of a hair, are stronger than steel: a string the size of a sewing thread could bear the weight of a car.

Full text on the Sunday Times website here, or read on.

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One way tickets to Mars

I have now largely taken over writing the regular ‘briefing’ for the Comment section of The Sunday Times. This article (below) on the future of the space race is the latest.

It’s here on the Sunday Times website, or after the fold.

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