Susan Greenfield

Susan Greenfield is a British scientist, writer, broadcaster and member of the House of Lords. She is the author of numerous science books and her first novel '2121: A Story for the 22nd Century', is published by Head of Zeus.

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This week's big questions: Has state spying gone too far? Who should be on our banknotes?

This week's big questions are answered by author and scientist, Susan Greenfield

Podium: Our future could be just too much fun

Taken from the Richard Dimbleby Lecture given by the Director of the Royal Institution and professor of pharmacology

Comment

A FEW weeks ago I was fortunate enough to speak to an unusual type of conference, for an academic - a gathering primarily of television science producers from all over the world.

Comment: Some educationalists believe that neuroscientists really can tell them nothing

THE CRIES of "education, education, education" are still only a year or so old. At the same time, we're facing a century where the cry will be even more vigorous, as we contemplate more leisure, longer lives and a desire for a highly trained workforce - not to mention a humane and literate society: all of us are going to be learning all of the time.

Comment

Three good scientists are turned down by a public funding body because of their novel approach

View From Here

I WAS delighted that on the evening of the last Wednesday in April, the lecture theatre at the Royal Institution was filled to capacity. The talk, given by Dr Francesca Happe, was on autism - and was a clear crowd-puller. However, my particular pleasure was that the obvious success of this particular series of lectures was continuing. What made this lecture, and those that have preceded it, so special, is that they showcase - on the last Wednesday of every month - a young scientist. After all, it is rare that someone who may still be on a fixed-term contract, or may still be less than 40 years old, has the chance to describe his or her work to a general audience. Very often these scientists risk having no acclaim even within their narrow peer community: they may well work with a self- serving boss or merely one who sees no reason to help them develop their own independent career profile.

Education: View From Here

What about an all science `Question Time' given over to genetically modified foods?

View From Here: Girls! Science is for all of you, too

Science is creative, driven by people and passion as much as by logical thought, so why can't girls see it?

Education: View From Here - Susan Greenfield

RECENTLY, I was invited to give a talk in Gloucestershire, organised by the local Satro (Science and Technology Regional Organisation). The idea was that I would give a talk on the brain, in two separate morning/afternoon sessions. The local schools, from both the independent and maintained sectors, were invited to send along sixth-formers who they thought might be interested.

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The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice
Hollywood targets Asian audiences as US films enjoy record-breaking run at Chinese box office

Hollywood targets Asian audiences

The world's second biggest movie market is fast becoming the Hollywood studios' most crucial
Grindr founder Joel Simkhai: 'I've found love on my dating app - and my mum keeps trying to hook me up!'

Grindr founder Joel Simkhai: 'I've found love on my dating app'

Five years on from its launch and Grindr is the world's most popular dating app for gay men. Its founder Joel Simkhai answers his critics, describes his isolation as a child
Autocorrect has its uses but it can go rogue with embarrassing results - so is it time to ditch it?

Is it time to ditch autocorrect?

Matthew J X Malady persuaded friends to message manually instead, but failed to factor in fat fingers and drunk texting
10 best girls' summer dresses

Frock chick: 10 best girls' summer dresses

Get them ready for the holidays with these cool and pretty options 
Westminster’s dark secret: Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together

Westminster’s dark secret

Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Dulce et decorum est - a life cut short for a poet whose work achieved immortality

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Dulce et decorum est: a life cut short for a poet whose work achieved immortality
Google tells popular music website to censor album cover art in 'sexually explicit content' ban

Naked censorship?

The strange case of Google, the music website and the nudity take-down requests
Howzat! 8 best cricket bats

Howzat! 8 best cricket bats

As England take on India at Trent Bridge, here is our pick of the high-performing bats to help you up your run-count this summer 
Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014 comment: David Luiz falls from leader figure to symbol of national humiliation

David Luiz falls from leader figure to symbol of national humiliation

Captain appears to give up as shocking 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat threatens ramifications in Brazil