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A #MW2013 workshop run by Sharna Jackson of Tate and Danny Birchall of Wellcome Trust. The workshop discusses how museums and galleries can create digital games and toys.

Mosaic: The Science of Life

This is such a fantastic venture, I don’t even know where to begin. The Wellcome Trust has teamed up with some amazing science writers and editors to produce an online publication known as Mosaic. It is dedicated to writing about life sciences in a long, in-depth fashion that is rarely seen these days. It sounds like the type of writing that I am trying to do as well :)

The best part? It will be completely open. The work will be licensed under Creative Commons; it will be free to read, and free to re-use, even to re-publish elsewhere, including paid-for websites and magazines.

This is exactly the sort of science communication that inspires, educates and engages the public. Mosaic will be launching early next year. In the meantime, you can follow their activity on Twitter using @mosaicscience( So far they don’t have a presence on Google+…maybe we can convince them otherwise? :)

Read more about Mosaic here:

#scienceeveryday   #SciComm   #wellcometrust


So, my Intro to Psych class took us on a walk through the “Wellcome Trust,” which is this amazing museum/library/learning center right near the Bedford Square campus. This guy, Henry Wellcome, was a really eccentric man and had an extremely vast and unique (to say the least) collection. I saw things like Napoleon Bonaparte’s actual toothbrush. It was made of real gold … yeah I know! There was a guillotine blade on display, ancient jars from Egyptian tombs, a phrenological skull form 19th century Europe, and other awesome artifacts. I know that this going to be a total nerdy moment, but everything at this place fascinated me so much. the Phrenological Skull was actually something that people developed in the hopes of understanding how humans operated. My Psychology professor taught us about it and basically what it means is that the different part of brain coded for something in our personalities or the way that we interact with other. So, for example, the top of the skull controls what we like to eat, the right of the skull might be emotional response to death, the left might be sexual arousal. Obviously, this was discredited because it’s a ludicrous idea. BUT, the point is that school came to life for me at this Trust. 

Note on Science/Belief

The post below was my entry to this year’s Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize. Unfortunately I didn’t make the cut but well done to everyone who did. The full shortlist can be seen here:

My entry was submitted back in April and looking back I can see I picked a slightly controversial and heavy topic. This appears to be a nasty habit of mine (my dissertation is on representations of race in museums) but I can’t help what I’m interested in.