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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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Sex, Lies, and Brain Scans: How fMRI reveals what really goes on in our minds by Julia Gottwald (ABSW member) & Barbara Sahakian
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year of publication: 2017
The recent explosion of neuroscience techniques has been game-changing in terms of understanding the human brain. One of the key techniques is functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which allows us to observe brain activity in real time. Already fMRI has been used to detect conscious activity in some patients who had all indications of being in a vegetative state, and even enabled us to communicate with some of them. This is just one of the many striking areas in which fMRI can be used to 'read minds'.
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The opportunity of a spare place on the EUSJA trip to Berlin for Science Week and the Falling Walls conference came up with less than 24 hours' notice, which is why I was sent to take advantage.
The trip included around 20 journalists from across Europe: I spotted people from Spain, Finland, Russia, and Estonia on the first day, when we were given a tour of three of Berlin's scientific establishments.
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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.