Temptations of technology – Why newer, faster and flashier isn’t (always) better

Technology rules our lives. I mean, look at me; I’m writing this blog post on my laptop, with my iPhone next to me, my iPad on the table, and the remote for plasma TV within arms reach. The Internet gives

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The problem with scientific presentations

Let’s  face it… Most scientists aren’t natural entertainers. If we were, we would surely be treading the boards of Broadway rather than slaving away in a laboratory. Yet, oral presentations are a fundamental part of every scientist’s life and career.

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Humour… Hero or villain of presentation skills?

There is nothing quite like the feeling of people in the audience smiling, chuckling, even laughing out loud at something you said (assuming of course, that you intended to make a joke, and its not because you have your zipper

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Never underestimate novelty – sheep, sex and presentation skills

My PhD student, Trina, did her PhD on the role of novelty in reproduction in sheep. She found that, after a few months hanging out together in the paddock, female sheep habituate to a male, so that he no longer

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