Science & Nature Club Topic, pretty please!

(42 Posts)
TheDoctrineOfSnatch Fri 05-Oct-12 13:04:45


A few of us have been discussing whether MNHQ could have a Science & Nature Club Topic, along the lines of the recent and highly successful History Club Topic.

In it we could have:

Long running threads on major areas e.g. genetics, evolution, astronomy. Discussions about science teaching methods and links to any good resources.
Book recommendations/reviews/maybe even a book club.
Scientific howlers in scifi tv/novels.
Reviews of TV science programmes.
Explanations from expert posters e.g. from OYBBK explaining how all her lovely weather models work (not that I've asked her yet!).
Friday night threads about whether Brian Cox or Marcus du Sautoy is sexier grin.
Any other sciency-wiency naturey-waturey stuff we could think of!

What do people think?

CMOTDibbler Fri 05-Oct-12 13:05:41

Please grin

GrimmaTheNome Fri 05-Oct-12 13:08:58

We could also have discussions about women's careers in science/eng and combining with parenthood.

Just wondering though if Science and Nature fits all we might want - do we want Technology too?

LurcioLovesFrankie Fri 05-Oct-12 13:16:06

Another "yes please" here!

mamabanana Fri 05-Oct-12 13:20:38

Yes please on all counts!

MrAnchovy Fri 05-Oct-12 13:28:38

STEM might be the most suitable scope, although it's not very inspiring or informing as a Topic title.

But if you divert the relevent threads from Geeky Stuff all that will be left there would be a (pretty poor with a few exceptions) IT support forum hmm

GrimmaTheNome Fri 05-Oct-12 14:24:32

It had never occurred to me that 'Geeky stuff' would contain anything except IT issues - certainly not the sort of science topics proposed by the OP. Doesn't look like anyone else has thought so either!

alcibiades Fri 05-Oct-12 15:23:46

I'd guess, Grimma, that most people think of geeky stuff as meaning computers and so on.

I like the idea of a Science Club - there are people like me, wanting to understand and doing my best to learn by myself, and loads of others who know stuff and who are happy to expound on their subject whenever given the chance. It would be good to have a place to gather together.

If MNHQ don't want to set up a new topic, they could rename Geeky Stuff to Science & Geeky Stuff (but I'd still prefer a separate topic).

GrimmaTheNome Fri 05-Oct-12 15:29:17

I don't like any association of science with geekery. It may be one of the things that puts some girls off, you know.

ICutMyFootOnOccamsRazor Fri 05-Oct-12 15:30:14

Yes this would be good. I also always thought Geeky Stuff was for IT bods.

alcibiades Fri 05-Oct-12 16:00:52

That's a good point, Grimma - I hadn't thought of that.

LineRunner Fri 05-Oct-12 18:12:15

Please can I support the idea of a Science & Nature Club wholeheartedly.

As TheDoctrine says, the History Club has really taken off, for a huge range of interested posters.

I think this will, too.

Also, I would like to be able to discuss evolutionary stuff that doesn't really fit into 'History', but which comes up time and time again in general terms on various MN threads and which really needs a home for those who want to debate the detail.

EauRouge Fri 05-Oct-12 19:54:37

Ooh, I would join. Am into sciency-wiency stuff.

GrimmaTheNome Fri 05-Oct-12 20:42:46

ICut...with a name like that you'd have to be on board grin

Startailoforangeandgold Fri 05-Oct-12 20:45:04

Yes please!!
And MdS is mine!! You lot can have Brian Cox

Himalaya Fri 05-Oct-12 20:54:02

Yes please !

Science book club
And experiments to do at home with kids (...mumsy, see?)

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Fri 05-Oct-12 23:29:13

Hooray lots of lovely support!

<squares up to fight Startail for MdS>

GrimmaTheNome Fri 05-Oct-12 23:30:40

And xmas present recommendations... which science kits for our girls (and boys too, if they're up to it wink)

LineRunner Sat 06-Oct-12 00:55:39

Just on the basis of Physics for Girls it should be a MN goer.

moonbells Sat 06-Oct-12 22:52:34

<sticks hand up in support>

LineRunner Sat 06-Oct-12 23:24:40

Does anyone remember the Ode to Brian Cox thread? I think it's in Classics.

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 06-Oct-12 23:28:22

Thanks for this suggestion. We think it's a great idea.

BUT we're afraid we can't create it just yet - Tech Overload Sitch at the Towers.

We'll get onto it as soon as we can.

LineRunner Sat 06-Oct-12 23:31:46

That's very understandable, HelenMN, re The Sitch. Thank you so much for putting it on The List, though.

Tell Tech there will likely be a tech appreciation thread. smile

ICutMyFootOnOccamsRazor Sun 07-Oct-12 01:15:18

Thanks HelenMN. Quite excited about this now!

Also LOVING GrimmaTheNome's idea of a sciencey Christmas present ideas thread. Could we start one in the Christmas topic?

ICutMyFootOnOccamsRazor Sun 07-Oct-12 01:22:22

Or rather, I should say, I'm off to start a thread for science present ideas in christmas unless someone's already done it grin.

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Sun 07-Oct-12 07:03:15

Thank you Helen!

Only just spotted this, I've really enjoyed the Physics thread.

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Thu 25-Oct-12 21:11:56

Have just watched "Voyager: The Final Frontier" on bbc I player, It was absolutely riveting tv, well worth watching.

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Fri 09-Nov-12 12:15:11


Is anyone watching the iceberg and glacier series, it's ace?

Where are we now on the tech list, MNHQ? 3141st? 2718th?

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Mon 10-Dec-12 07:52:31

Hello all

OYBBK has posted on one of the weather threads that the Geminids (meteor shower) will be visible (look up and over Orion's left shoulder) on 14th/15th Dec after 11pm, if cloud coverage permits.

How's the to-do list, MNHQ?

GrimAndHumourlessAndEven Mon 10-Dec-12 08:37:27

Ooooh lovely, I do like a meteor shower, thank you

IceTheChristmasKateMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 10-Dec-12 10:15:09


Hello all

OYBBK has posted on one of the weather threads that the Geminids (meteor shower) will be visible (look up and over Orion's left shoulder) on 14th/15th Dec after 11pm, if cloud coverage permits.

How's the to-do list, MNHQ?

The to-do list is, er, totally manageable and in hand <drowns in denial>

We do know you are waiting very patiently, and we haven't forgotten you, we promise.

Give us another nudge after Christmas, and we'll give you a better status update.

<offers around scientific gin>

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Mon 10-Dec-12 11:00:47

<takes Kate's flavoured C2H5OH>


TheDoctrineOfSnatch Wed 12-Dec-12 11:42:14

Hello all

Is anyone listening to "More or Less: behind the statistics" on Radio 4 or podcast? I know Tim Harford is an economist not a scientist so doesn't quite fit in the title, but I do find it a really good look at how numbers are used (and misused) in news.

GrimAndHumourlessAndEven Wed 12-Dec-12 17:46:55

We love more or less here

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Thu 13-Dec-12 00:12:09

More on The Geminids, this link says it will be 13th and 14th.

Glad there's another More or Less fan!

sciencelover Thu 13-Dec-12 18:12:10

I've always been a skeptic of numbers in the news. I would prefer to see raw data because the subset of reported results always leave me with more questions than answers.

I'm really excited for the the new topic, in case no one could tell by the screen name. smile

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Thu 13-Dec-12 22:45:18

I agree sciencelover. It should be compulsory to provide a link to the abstract when reporting on any "study" (eg "Science shows that 7 out of 10 women like pink" when the study also says 9 out of 10 like green too)

HelpOneAnother Thu 13-Dec-12 22:52:24

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Thu 13-Dec-12 22:54:55

Ooh thanks.

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Wed 09-Jan-13 07:47:04

Happy New Year, science fans (and a gentle nudge to Kate)!

I just read that Brian May bought Patrick Moore's house for him in 2008 so that he could stay living in it. Aww!

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 22-Jan-13 10:16:39

Morning. Here you go: enjoy!

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