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ABSW Executive Board Elections - meet your proposed new Executive Board
ABSW AGM Agenda Published - Thursday 30 March 2017 - The Parcel Yard, Kings Cross Station Concourse, London
ABSW Awards Ceremony - Thursday 25 May 2017 - Central London tbc
European Conference for Science Journalists - 26-30 June 2017 - Copenhagen
World Conference of Science Journalists - 26-30 October 2017 - San Francisco
ABSW Awards 2017
Entries for the 2017 ABSW Science Writers Awards for Britain and Ireland and for European Science Writer of the Year closed to entry on Friday 24 February at midnight.
ABSW members can still nominate candidates for the British Entry to the European Science Writer of the Year Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The awards are supported by Johnson & Johnson Innovation
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If your answer is “Yes!” to both questions, then you cannot afford to miss an exclusive event organised by the Association of British Science Writers on Wednesday 2 November.
Bring Back the King: The New Science of De-extinction by Helen Pilcher
Published by Bloomsbury Sigma, 2016 (1st edition)
If you could bring back just one animal from the past, what would you choose? It can be anyone or anything from history, from the King of the Dinosaurs, T. rex, to the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley, and beyond.
De-extinction - the ability to bring extinct species back to life - is fast becoming reality. Around the globe, scientists are trying to de-extinct all manner of animals, including the woolly mammoth, the passenger pigeon and a bizarre species of flatulent frog. But de-extinction is more than just bringing back the dead. It's a science that can be used to save species, shape evolution and sculpt the future of life on our planet.
In Bring Back the King, scientist and comedy writer Helen Pilcher goes on a quest to identify the perfect de-extinction candidate. Along the way, she asks if Elvis could be recreated from the DNA inside a pickled wart, investigates whether it's possible to raise a pet dodo, and considers the odds of a 21st century Neanderthal turning heads on public transport.
Pondering the practicalities and the point of de-extinction, Bring Back the King is a witty and wry exploration of what is bound to become one of the hottest topics in conservation - if not in science as a whole - in the years to come. READ THIS BOOK - the King commands it.
After consulting members and discussion on the ABSW email discussion list the following submission has been made on behalf of the ABSW to the Science and Technology Committee science communication inquiry.
Publisher: Aurum Press
Year of publication: 2016
Webpage where this book can be bought: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Man-Maths-Understanding-curious-mathematics/dp/1781315582
Could we solve queuing with an equation? How do algorithms control our news? What is the secret behind encryption codes?
Mathematics is inescapable. Wherever you go, whatever you do, however you live your life, mathematics plays a role.
From controlling a city’s traffic to finding love, spending money online to building a skyscraper, the mathematics at play in our world is fascinating. Yet despite its ubiquity, for many of us, how the maths of today really works remains complex.
Timothy Revell distils these complexities in this essential guide to modern-day mathematics. Along the way we discover how social media trends work, why the universe has a favourite number and what this means for you. Man vs Maths shows you how understanding a little more mathematics can help improve your life.
The ABSW was saddened to hear of the death of long standing member Andrew Veitch.
Tim Radford, another long standing member of the Association, has written an obituary for the Guardian which we thought members might like to read: