“Eclipsim”, and other eclipse stories

Image: Cali Soper An enormous thank you to everyone who took part in our Science + Stories creative-writing competition, organised in partnership with the North Platte Bulletin and A to Z Books. Throughout history – across all cultures and societies – people have reacted eclipses by creating stories, from hungry cosmic dogs to combative giantContinue reading ““Eclipsim”, and other eclipse stories”

Deadline approaching for essay contest

The deadline is approaching for our Science + Stories creative-writing competition, being run in partnership with the North Platte Bulletin and A to Z Books. We’re challenging people of all ages in west central Nebraska to write their own version of an eclipse myth. The winning authors will receive a copy of the National GeographicContinue reading “Deadline approaching for essay contest”

Science + Stories: a creative-writing competition for the 2017 US eclipse

For most of human history, solar eclipses have been unexpected and terrifying events. All over the world, across all cultures and societies, people have reacted to these hair-raising experiences in a very human way. They have made up stories to explain why the sun sometimes vanishes in the middle of the day. Image: Neil PittsContinue reading “Science + Stories: a creative-writing competition for the 2017 US eclipse”

How a solar eclipse made Einstein famous

Images: Wikimedia / CC-PD-Mark We all know the genius on the left. But who is the genius on the right…? My latest article for Sky & Telescope magazine asks: “Why do some great scientists become household names, whereas others do not? Why, these days, does everyone in the world know who Einstein is (and whatContinue reading “How a solar eclipse made Einstein famous”

Storytelling and the brain

名古屋工業大学カレン准教授/脳科学-英語教育会議『’物語り’そして脳』 アイルランド, 2013年, ブライアン·カレン This is Dr Brian Cullen’s presentation from last weekend’s FAB4 neuroELT conference in Nagoya. We’re storytelling animals! We spend our lives telling stories — even when we’re sleeping. We even finish our lives with a story, as Brian explains below at 4:39. > > > > > > > > >Continue reading “Storytelling and the brain”