The Life and Death of Stars | e=mc2andallthat

Stars, so far as we understand them today, are not “alive”.

Now and again we saw a binary and a third star approach one another so closely that one or other of the group reached out a filament of its substance toward its partner. Straining our supernatural vision, we saw these filaments break and condense into planets. And we were awed by the infinitesimal size and the rarity of these seeds of life among the lifeless host of the stars. But the stars themselves gave an irresistible impression of vitality. Strange that the movements of these merely physical things, these mere fire-balls,…

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Warwickshire Open Studios | maz

Today I have been visiting some local artists who are taking part in Warwickshire Open Studios.

There were nine nearby places for me to visit. It amazes me the talent that my neighbours have and are hiding behind closed doors. I have bought something from each of them, which was exciting in its’ own way, trying to choose what I liked best within my budget. All of the artists were very welcoming, and happy to talk about the work that they are doing.

(In no particular order)
Sarah – beautiful mirrors and hand printed wood block images, which have been turned into a range of cards and…

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Seven Brief Lessons on Physics | Nick

I’m not sure this is a “popular science” book at all, not because the lessons are difficult or contain equations (they aren’t and don’t), but if you approach this slim volume from a scientist’s perspective, there is an insight available to you that maybe the man on the Clapham omnibus will miss. Carlo Rovelli’s broad-brush sketches of six important physics concepts are watercolour impressions of scenes that you may have gained intimate familiarity with over years of study, and yet have never really seen. The final lesson addresses our own place in the universe that we have discovered and…

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Designing a Science Curriculum: my #rEDRugby talk | BunsenBlue

On Saturday 9th June, I was lucky enough to attend and speak at my first reserachED in Rugby, hosted at the stunning Rugby School, by the marvellous Jude Hunton. Here, I share my talk with some additional thoughts I didn’t have time to explain. This talk represents my vision for a curriculum.


I find it incredibly exciting thinking and talking about curriculum design! Why? The curriculum is the medium through which we expose our pupils to the incredible narrative of our subject; we take them on a journey where we stop and point to all that is worthy to admire. What’s more, is…

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All the time in the world | Requires Improvement

The school year has (or should have) a definite rhythm to it. The start of September, when all is new and exciting, and people are awake segues into the tiredness of November. Later, at the end of the academic year, there is the delicious phase in June and July when exams are done, life is a bit less hectic, and it is possible to make plans, dream dreams, and do fiddly lessons which are fun, but require way too much planning to do on a regular basis.

Sometime in the spring comes the part I think of as Teach Like A Roadrunner.

TLAR happens when you realise that the department calendar…

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