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Reminder: Today, ASK questions about genes & DNA, CHAT with scientists 8–9pm

Ready to refresh your understanding of DNA? Intrigued by jumping genes, CRISPR or the ethics of genetics research and data? CHAT: Join tonight’s discussion Log in for a chat with geneticists and other teachers between 8-9pm. GO TO CHAT ❯ ASK: Get answers to your science questions anytime Can’t make today’s CHAT? Use the ASK section to post questions to scientists. Great for refreshing areas of your science knowledge, especially if you’re teaching out of specialism. Q: Does anyone know much about stem cell use in therapeutic cloning? One of my students was asking how a group of stem cells can be cultured to differentiate into one specific cell type over another. How do scientists control what the cells will become? ASK A SCIENTIST MY QUESTION ❯ Featured scientists in tonight’s Genetics chat Whether you’ve got ten minutes or the whole hour free, pop in for a chat with the … Continue reading

Posted on January 21, 2020 by modantony in News | Leave a comment

Reminder: Tonight, teachers CHAT with quantum physicists, 8pm

Searching for Schrödinger’s cat? Getting tangled in entanglement? Uncertain about Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle (or maybe not)? Join tonight’s discussion for teachers and physicists between 8-9pm to question the weirdness of the quantum world: GO TO CHAT ❯ Whether you’ve got ten minutes or the whole hour free, pop in for a chat with the researchers online, including: Harikesh Ranganath University of Strathclyde The most exciting thing that’s happened this year: Google’s Quantum Computer. The scientists at google have successfully built a “computer” that operates on quantum principles. Such a computer is firstly an engineering marvel, and also a proof of principle that Quantum Mechanics works even on such scales. This computer will be used to test out quantum algorithms and perhaps see application in modelling chaotic systems such as weather models. My latest work: I work on a Quantum Gas Microscope. This is essentially a camera with resolution enough to … Continue reading

Posted on January 14, 2020 by modantony in News | Leave a comment

Reminder: Tonight, teachers CHAT genes and DNA, 8-9pm

‘Jumping genes’, the ethics of CRISPR, DNA sequencing in class(!)… last week’s Subject Knowledge Zone CHAT covered some fascinating areas of genetics. Join tonight’s discussion for teachers and geneticists between 8-9pm: GO TO CHAT ❯ Francesca: What are people’s thoughts on the use of CRISPR to edit the twins in China? Reka: Scientifically it’s super cool, ethically it’s super not cool. There have been few details about it, and the scientist who did it has been AWOL for some months…Read highlights from previous CHATs Whether you’ve got ten minutes or the whole hour free, pop in for a chat with six researchers delving into DNA, including: Alena Pance Senior scientist at Wellcome Sanger Institute “In this age of genetics, we have access to great data about the malaria parasite, but assessing the host cells is a bit more difficult. This is because the malaria parasites invade red blood cells and … Continue reading

Posted on December 10, 2019 by modantony in News | Leave a comment

Resource: Genetics CHAT transcript – Tuesday 3rd December 2019

Moderator: To kick us off. As a challenge for you all, tell me one thing about Genetics you think I wont have heard about.

Reka – Industry geneticist: Did you know about ‘jumping genes’ (aka transposons), and how Barbara McClintock discovered them by studying colourful corn that had kernels of many different colours?

Eugene – Wellcome Sanger Research Fellow:  Did my PhD studying human transposons

Francesca – Wellcome Genome Campus Education Development Lead: @Eugene @Reka what is the function of a Transposon?

Nikolai – Plant geneticist: Transposons can be fab. Transposons offer a way for genomes to evolve by copying existing genes (fully or partially); these copies are then freed from evolutionary constraints and can obtain new functions (yay) or simply become a pseudogene (booh)

Reka: @Francesca Tough to say as far as I’m aware – they are remnants of viruses that have embedded themselves in our genomes. I believe one theory is that while sometimes they can insert themselves into a gene and wreak havoc, they also contribute to maintaining genetic diversity Continue reading

Posted on December 5, 2019 by modantony in Live chat highlights, News | 1 Comment

Reminder: Tonight, delve into DNA. CHAT with geneticists, 8-9pm

Gene editing, DNA sequencing, debates about data. Few areas of science make as many headlines as our understanding of genetics. CHAT with scientists in Subject Knowledge Zone about these advances tonight between 8pm-9pm. GO TO CHAT ❯ “I’m interested to hear the routes you each took into your current career? My pupils definitely don’t appreciate the wide range of opportunities that studying sciences can provide” Teacher in CHAT Your colleagues are welcome to join you. Whether you’ve got ten minutes or the whole hour free, pop in for a chat with six researchers looking into what makes you, you, including: Reka Nagy Geneticist in industry “My favourite misconception about genes? I have several! That “genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are universally bad for you.” This is very untrue. Humans have been genetically modifying (selectively breeding) plants and animals for thousands of years…”   Francesca Gale Education Development Lead at Wellcome Genome … Continue reading

Posted on December 3, 2019 by modantony in News | Leave a comment

Resource: Particle Physics CHAT highlights – November 2019

Teachers: To ask your science questions, join the live CHAT with scientists every Tuesday 8-9pm. Or ASK questions anytime on Genetics | Particle physics | Quantum physics Go to CHAT about: Measuring ‘Instadeath’ levels of radiation in Sieverts How to use real CERN data in class Routes into particle physics research Quarks, gluons, photons – breaking down atoms Understanding the hugeness of space Read other CHAT transcripts Moderator: To kick off, I challenge you to tell me one thing related to particle physics I wont know, or at least will not have heard much about in the news. Scott – STFC physicist: I have a fact that I learnt the other day. I’ve always known how screamingly, horrifically strong the radiation is coming off our target, but I recently learnt that it’s about a thousand times stronger than that! Like: serious melt your face off insta-death levels (if unshielded). Thankfully our radiation … Continue reading

Posted on December 3, 2019 by modantony in Live chat highlights, News | Leave a comment

Tonight: CHAT with fascinating physicists, 8pm

It’s your last chance to CHAT with particle physicists this term. The CHAT page is open between 8–9pm. GO TO CHAT ❯ “I’m interested to hear the routes you each took into your current career? My pupils definitely don’t appreciate the wide range of opportunities that studying sciences can provide” Teacher in last week’s session Invite your colleagues along as well. Whether you’ve got ten minutes or the whole hour free, pop in for a chat with five researchers doing fascinating physics: Susan Cartwright Neutrino researcher One exciting thing that has happened fairly recently is the detection of very high energy neutrinos from an active galaxy. This should help us to answer a question that has been puzzling particle physicists and astrophysicists for nearly a century: what is the origin of cosmic rays?   Anne Green Dark matter researcher One of the hottest topics in cosmology at the moment is … Continue reading

Posted on November 26, 2019 by modantony in News | Leave a comment

Teachers: CHAT with Particle Physicists, 8–9pm tonight

Science moves fast. And few areas moved further in the last century (or needed bigger, more complicated experiments) than Particle Physics. Get answers to your questions about this most ‘elementary’ of fields from the particle physicists themselves. Join tonight’s informal live CHAT session, open from 8-9pm: GO TO CHAT ❯ Join teachers from around Scotland chatting with six particle physicists, including: Lucy Budge PhD Student I’m currently working on collider physics – looking at specific processes that happen when we collide protons at experiments like the LHC at CERN. Specifically I’m studying processes involving the Higgs boson and gluons… Scott Lawrie Particle Accelerator Physicist The machine I help run studied moon rock recently to see if it would make a good bricks to build a moonbase. Imagine a 3D-printed Hobbit-home nestled into a crater, keeping astronauts warm and shielding them from space radiation!… Also online tonight: Anne, Harrison, Savannah, and Susan. Log in … Continue reading

Posted on November 19, 2019 by modantony in News | Leave a comment

CHAT with Particle Physicists, 8pm–9pm Tuesdays

Science moves fast. And few areas moved further in the last century (or needed bigger, more complicated experiments) than Particle physics. Get answers to your questions about this most ‘elementary’ of fields from the particle physicists themselves. Join tonight’s informal live CHAT session, open from 8pm: Go to CHAT ❯ Join teachers from around Scotland chatting with six particle physicists, including:   Scott Lawrie Particle Accelerator Physicist The machine I help run studied moon rock recently to see if it would make a good bricks to build a moonbase. Imagine a 3D-printed Hobbit-home nestled into a crater, keeping astronauts warm and shielding them from space radiation!…   Susan Cartwright Physics Professor One exciting thing that has happened fairly recently is the detection of very high energy neutrinos from an active galaxy. This should help us to answer a question that has been puzzling particle physicists and astrophysicists for nearly a century: … Continue reading

Posted on November 12, 2019 by modantony in News | Leave a comment