The Doctor Who Daleks and the search for new antibiotics

The Dalek that stands guard in the reception area of BBC Broadcasting House has found to have some helpful bacteria in the swab and send project.

The project asks people to take samples from their environments and to send them off for analysis in the hope of developing new antibiotics.

Clearly the bacteria on this Dalek have not been exterminated.

You can read more about this in the online article 


Ads promoting unrealistic body images banned on London Transport

From next month, according to the BBC, Sadiq Khan, the new mayor of London has pledged to ban advertisements that promote unrealistic body images on tubes, buses and trains in London. What do you think? Should such images be banned in other places as well? Do such images create anxieties about how we look? (Just one of the many different kinds of issues we explore in relation to Media and Culture)

You can read the BBC article by clicking on this link. 

How good is your grammar?

I saw this on the BBC website and thought you might find it useful/entertaining.  Suffice to say that English is  a language that seems (to me) to be full of contradictions. I see my children spelling things incorrectly because they sound correct – the joys of phonics (which didn’t work for me. I had to learn spellings by rote and memory)!

Follow the link below – if you can bear it (definitely not bare it)!!

Minecraft – more than a video game

Minecraft is more than a popular video game – as highlighted by the fact that computer scientists and amateurs are going to be able to use it to look at Artificial Intelligence (by July 2016). See the BBC article: Minecraft to run Artificial Intelligence Experiments 

This follows Minecraft having been made available to all Secondary Schools in Northern Ireland last year as highlighted in an Article in The Guardian: Minecraft Free For Every Secondary School in Northern Ireland. 

The Games BAFTA Awards

You may not have heard of the British Academy Games Awards which took place on 7th April 2016.  Some of the winners include Fallout 4 which won Best Game, as well as Her Story which collected three awards.  The Anime-inspired Ori and the Blind Forest  won a BAFTA for Artistic Achievement whilst the award for Best British Game went to Batman: Arkham Knight.

You can read about the other winners here on the BAFTA website 

The Guardian also notes that Independent titles dominated this years Games Awards

(link to The Guardian article).

April Fools 2016

Have you ever fallen for an April fool? I certainly have. My favourite so far today has been the one about a train carriage dedicated just for dogs, although the one about BMW inventing shoes to stop toddlers falling over comes close. I still remember thinking that dinosaurs had been brought back to life but I love the classic BBC one about the spaghetti harvest

See BBC website for the April Fools today so far