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Do Try This at Home: How to Make a Meteorite Crater

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Fri 28 February 2014,

What exactly is a meteorite?  Here's Heather from the Live Science Team to explain - and show you how you can make your own craters at home!

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Meet the Live Science Team: Raj

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Sat 22 February 2014, Written by: Heather

To celebrate February half term we're going to be hearing from a different member of our Live Science Team each day on Twitter. Today is the turn of Raj Bista:

Raj – Live Science Team Leader

Raj first worked with At-Bristol in 2008 as part of the Bright Sparks Project, which was dedicated to raising science achievement amongst BME students in Bristol.  Upon completing the project, Raj was inspired and decided he wanted to join At-Bristol - he is passionate about making science accessible to everyone in the Bristol community and beyond.  Raj has a BSc in Biochemistry and a PGCE in secondary science, and has taught science in various other settings including secondary schools, a Young Offenders Institute and inner city supplementary schools. Raj also has been training in martial arts since a teenager and still competes both locally and nationally.

Favourite moments: "Watching the eyes of visitors light up when they see their own DNA in a test tube!"
Favourite exhibit: Watch Water Freeze

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What's Inside an Eyeball?

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Fri 21 February 2014,

Ever wondered just how your eyes work?  Join Ross from the Live Science Team as he takes a closer look inside an eyeball:

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Meet the Live Science Team: Nerys

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Fri 21 February 2014, Written by: Heather

To celebrate February half term we're going to be hearing from a different member of our Live Science Team each day on Twitter. Today is the turn of Nerys Shah:

Nerys – Live Science Team Deputy Leader

Nerys has been part of the team since 2010. She has a degree in Maths & Physics from the University of Bath and has been fascinated by science since childhood. She loves learning new things. Nerys has previously worked as a BBC researcher, a Manhattan-based PA, and a theoretical physicist, but the LST is her favourite job so far. Nerys loves talking about science, and helping people to explore science for themselves and have fun with it.

Favourite moments: “Seeing disgust turn to fascination during a heart dissection.”
Favourite exhibit: Black Sand

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Meet the Live Science Team: Kerina

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Thu 20 February 2014, Written by: Heather

To celebrate February half term we're going to be hearing from a different member of our Live Science Team each day on Twitter. Today is the turn of Kerina Evans:

Kerina – Live Science Team

Kerina joined the team in October 2013, and loves it! She’s especially enjoyed learning more about the amazing universe and has a new found love of stargazing. She completed a degree in Maths and Music after not being able to choose between the two, and still loves the variety of doing both. Outside of At-Bristol, Kerina teaches music to children, including running music classes for toddlers and making children’s music videos, there’s even one about going to the Moon!

Favourite moments: “Seeing the bounciness and excited smiles of toddlers after a Little Stars show!”
Favourite exhibit: Is This Maths?

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Meet the Live Science Team: Joel

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Wed 19 February 2014, Written by: Heather

To celebrate February half term we're going to be hearing from a different member of our Live Science Team each day on Twitter. Today is the turn of Joel Sanderson:

Joel – Live Science Team

Joel completed a degree in Ecology to better understand the natural world and developed a keen interest in evolution, sustainability, and human ecology along the way. He has also completed courses in primitive living skills to try to get closer to our species’ ancestral way of life. During his time in At-Bristol he has developed his interest in space, which he was composing music about before starting work here. Music is Joel’s main focus outside of work and he particularly enjoys explaining the science fiction elements of future space travel, robotics, and the possible fate of the human race.

Favourite moments: "Building up expectations for a big bang during the Bubble Blast show… only for the demonstration to result in a very small pop!"
Favourite exhibit: Ancient Ancestors

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Sir Mark Walport: The Planet in Our Hands - Responding to Climate Change

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Wed 19 February 2014, Written by: Heather

 

On 4 February 2014 we welcomed Sir Mark Walport, the new Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government, for a public lecture addressing the most pressing issue we face as a global society: our climate.  In this talk he explores what the science tells us, and asks what should we, as a developed nation, do in response?

 

The evening was chaired by Professor Alice Roberts.

If you couldn't make it - or if you just want a recap! - here's the evening in full:

With many thanks to Seamus Foley, Big Screen Producer, Ross Exton, Live Science Video Producer, and James Adams, At-Bristol volunteer.

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Meet the Live Science Team: Sarah

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Tue 18 February 2014, Written by: Heather

To celebrate February half term we're going to be hearing from a different member of our Live Science Team each day on Twitter. Today is the turn of Sarah Stephens:

Sarah – Live Science Team

Sarah did a degree in Biology before moving to Bristol to study for a masters degree in Palaeontology. She loves evolution, fossils, and thinking about what the world was like before people were around. Since joining the team in Septemeber 2013, she’s started presenting in the Planetarium and learning loads about space. It’s her new favourite subject. Otherwise, she spends her time enjoying wildlife, adding fossils to her collection and trying to outdo children with dinosaur facts.

Favourite moments: “Finding I can answer questions after a Planetarium show!”
Favourite exhibit: Startle

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Meet the Live Science Team: Violaine

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Mon 17 February 2014, Written by: Heather

To celebrate February half term we're going to be hearing from a different member of our Live Science Team each day on Twitter. Today is the turn of Violaine Drapeau:

Violaine – Live Science Team

Violaine is French and came to the UK 6 years ago to finish her biology studies in Bristol; she joined the team in May 2013. After a masters degree in Animal Behaviour in Paris, she completed a PhD at Bristol University in 2012, on echolocation behaviour of bats feeding on flower nectar. After that short scientific research career, Violaine was delighted to join At-Bristol and rediscover the amazing world of science in general, particularly astrophysics. In her spare time, she is addicted to knitting in the winter and countryside walks in the summer.

Favourite moments: “Each time a child tells me they want to live in At-Bristol FOREVER!”
Favourite exhibit: Whisper Dishes.

Violaine from the Live Science Team

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Meet the Live Science Team: Heather

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Sun 16 February 2014, Written by: Nicole

To celebrate February half term we're going to be hearing from a different member of our Live Science Team each day on Twitter, today is the turn of Heather Nichol.

Heather – Live Science Team

Heather joined the team in September 2013 having completed an undergraduate degree in Biology, with a passion for conservation and bat ecology - she helped discover the first known breeding colony of the Alcathoe bath in the UK! Heather is now completing a masters at the University of Bristol, researching the effect of windfarm on bat populations. In her spare time, Heather is a keen ballet dancer and baker.
Favourite moments: "Pretending to swim in shark-infested waters with 50 toddlers during October half-term."
Favourite exhibit: The Protein Builder.

Heather LST's own Batwoman!

Heather also features our final video from our ice series, Why is ice slippery?

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