Taking Science to the Extremes

16th January 2012

Last night Kevin Fong took us to the ends of the earth in To Boldly Go, the second in a two part series for the BBC. Using himself as a test dummy, he explored the way the human body faces up against extreme altitudes and demonstrated just how high advances in technology might take us. Missed it?

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Keep Calm and Carry On

11th January 2012

Start 2012 as you mean to go on with Oliver Burkeman’s weekly advice column for the Guardian. This week, the unexpected potential ‘techno-distraction’ has to induce calm:This Column Will Change Your Life.

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Science Weekly: Your beating heart

30th November 2011

Dr Kevin Fong, Wellcome Trust Fellow, consultant anaesthetist and astrophysicist, is interviewed by Alok Jha on matters of the heart for this week’s Guardian Science Weekly Pod-cast.

Click here to listen in.

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Wanted - Dead or Alive.

1st November 2011

Need something to fill the long hours until the release of the Pirates! movie next March? Head to the Pirates! website to create your very own wanted poster and watch the latest trailer.

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Framing the Debate

1st November 2011

Framing The Debate’ is Jonathan Jones’s new column for the Comment Is Free series on the Guardian website. Each week he discusses the cultural,aesthetic and ethical impact of a controversial photo, historical or contemporary, that has divided opinion.

Click here to read his column and join the debate.

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Xiaolu Guo to judge International Ficton Prize

18th October 2011

Orange shortlister, Xiaolu Guo, will join Nick Barnsley, director of the Edinburgh International Book Fair, on the judging panel for the 2012 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. The award is unique in its recognition of both author and translator in international contemporary fiction, and the winner will receive a prize of £10,000.
Last years the prize went to RED APRIL by the Peruvian author Santiago Roncagliolo, translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman.The 2012 Winner will be announced in April of next year.

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Alex Bellos shortlisted for Royal Society Prize

27th September 2011

Alex’s Adventures in Numberland has been selected as one of only six remaining books in competition for the Royal Society Winton Prize for science books. The judging panel, which includes writer, actor and TV presenter, Robert Llewellyn, commented: “This book is a complete revelation. A rich and diverse story of mathematics, peppered with anecdote and personalities, whirling round the globe and through history from Euclid to the supercomputer, it brings maths bursting to life in a way we never expected.”

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Orange New Writers Book of the Month

23rd September 2011

Ours Are the Streets,the fantastic first novel from Sunjeev Sahota, has been selected as book of the month for the Orange New Writers programme. Described by John Burnside as “A moral work of real intelligence and power” this debut is one worth keeping a close eye on.

Click here to be directed to the Orange New Writers Page.

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Lost in Translation?

23rd August 2011

Is That A Fish In Your Ear? by David Bellos is a wonderful, all-encompassing book about translation and the meaning of everything. Published this month, here’s a tantalising little film to whet your appetite…

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Edinburgh Book Festival 2011

18th August 2011

A great turnout of J&N authors at this year’s Edinburgh Festival.

Speaking today are Jasper Fforde, author of THE LAST DRAGONSLAYER and the brilliant THURSDAY NEXT series, and journalist Gavin Knight, whose prescient HOOD RAT, described by The Independent as “Britain’s Gomorrah”, is an exploration of UK gang culture with the narrative drive of a thriller.

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