Author archives: James D. Burgon

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    Of Animation and Conservation

    June 11, 2016 • Snippets • Views: 963

    Animated movies draw heavily on the natural world for inspiration. However, are their casting choices encouraging environmentally irresponsible pet trends?

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    Science for Political Friends Only

    November 21, 2015 • Snippets • Views: 1551

    James Burgon discusses the difficulties that come with mixing personal politics and science.

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    Jungle Genomics

    May 30, 2015 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 2495

    The ability to point a device at a life form and identify it is a long-running Sci-Fi trope, but is it now one step closer to reality? Whilst remote sensing is still a dream, a team of Italian scientists from the Science Museum in Trento and the University of

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    Fungal Killer vs. Bacterial Champion: The Battle for Kermit’s Life

    December 6, 2014 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 2258

    There is a killer out there, and its name is Chytrid… Well, actually it is Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd). The spores of this aquatic fungus get under the skin, causing it to ulcerate and slough off abnormally, and it won’t be long before the

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    When Scientists Meet Journalists

    December 4, 2014 • Features, Social Sciences • Views: 1366

    Scientists are rubbish at communicating their research outside of academia; at least that is the opinion I took in an article I wrote for theGIST’s Science for Society conference article competition. But others must have also agreed, because it was voted

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    A dilemma of mammoth proportions

    October 9, 2014 • Features, Life Sciences • Views: 2579

    It is a poignant moment in Jurassic Park, isn’t it? Everyone gathered round the dining table hotly debating the ethics of a theme park filled with resurrected dinosaurs, when Jeff Goldblum‘s character, Dr Ian Malcolm, utters the reason ethics is so