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The Literature and Science Hub publishes essays, poetry, interviews and teaching materials in order to explore the relationships between the humanities, the arts and the sciences. You can use our blog to explore our resources across different subject areas by using the keywords. If you would like to write for us please get in touch.


Penelope Boston -- NASA Scientist and Poet

Posted on: 14 October 2017 | Category: Poetry and Science: Two Cultures

The Director of NASA'S astrobiology unit talks about her poetry and its connection to science


Liverpool's Bethan Roberts discusses her research on BBC Radio 4

Posted on: 12 October 2017 | Category: Ecology and Environment

Listen to Bethan and others discuss the nightingale on the BBC's Natural Histories programme using the link below


Memory of Trees Conference Report

Posted on: 10 May 2017 | Category: Events and Announcements

‘The Memory of Trees’ one-day conference took place at the University of Liverpool on the 20th April 2017. The event was held in affiliation with the Literature and Science Hub, and was facilitated with the generous contributions of the School of the Arts and the BSLS Small Grants Scheme. The event focussed on the cultural representation, study, and conservation of trees and woodlands.


WoWFest Tax the Robots Event

Posted on: 10 May 2017 | Category: Data and the Digital

Tax the Robots

Join UoL's Dr Will Slocombe, the Liverpool Geek Girls and others for an event on the future of tech, the gig economy and taxing robots.


Robots, aliens, corporate drones - who will be the citizens of the future?

Posted on: 28 March 2017 | Category: Blog

In the 1940s, science fiction author Olaf Stapledon gave a talk to a school about the future. Addressing his audience as “you citizens of the future”, he proposed three visions for this future: the “destruction of the human race”, a “worldwide police state”, and “an entirely new kind of human world”.


Citizenship in the Anthropocene

Posted on: 26 February 2017 | Category: Ecology and Environment

The hottest year on record was 2016. It was also the year scientists advised that Earth’s citizens were now living in the Anthropocene, the name proposed for an epoch in which humans influence geology and environment on a global scale.


Wave Motion

Posted on: 26 February 2017 | Category: Ecology and Environment

\"Wave Motion\" introduced by Sarah Hymas


Slanted Light and Shadow Sides: Interview with Sarah Westcott

Posted on: 15 October 2016 | Category: Poetry and Science: Two Cultures

Interview with the poet Sarah Westcott

Sarah Westcott discusses poetric influences, data and journalism with Sam Solnick


The struggle of women in science is written in the stars

Posted on: 19 August 2016 | Category: Physics and Chemistry

William and Caroline Herschel

In her 1968 poem, Planetarium, the poet Adrienne Rich wrestles with the crisis of female identity through the lens of astronomy. Rich wrote the poem after learning about the case of Caroline Herschel, an astronomer born in Germany in 1750 who discovered eight comets and three nebulae, and drew praise from the King of Prussia and London’s Royal Astronomical Society. Yet Caroline remained obscure compared with her brother, William, who discovered the planet Uranus.


Nerve: a flawed but insightful film about the perils of social media

Posted on: 15 August 2016 | Category: Data and the Digital

“Truth or Dare but without the Truth.” This scary tagline sums up Nerve, a social media game that drives the film of the same name. We follow 17-year-old Vee’s immersion in the game, where “players” earn money for completing dares to kiss strangers or shoplift $4,000 dresses. As you’d expect, the dares quickly escalate with the vicarious demands of the “watchers” (gamers who pay for the privilege of watching rather than taking part) – riding a motorcycle blindfolded at 60mph, for example. What emerges is a series of somewhat trite, but nonetheless pertinent, observations on social media and the politics of celebrity and voyeurism.


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