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Re: Physicist Guidance

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"Phillips, Rhys" <[log in to unmask]>

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psci-com: on public engagement with science

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Thu, 12 Apr 2012 09:44:15 +0100

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> The phone in wasn't a fine example of science in the media. 
 
I'm assuming this was Mr. Vine's show? 
 
-- 
Rhys Phillips 
Lightning, Electrostatics & EMH 
x4704 
 
 
 
-----Original Message----- 
From: psci-com: on public engagement with science [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Andrew Robinson 
Sent: 11 April 2012 21:09 
To: [log in to unmask] 
Subject: Re: [PSCI-COM] Physicist Guidance 
 
Some interesting discussion recently on Helium -- I nearly raised it 
here at the time. 
 
BBC Radio 2 had a phone in and this piece is in the guardian.  
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/mar/18/helium-party-balloons-squandered 
 
The phone in wasn't a fine example of science in the media. Thirty 
minutes of it has done more to convince me of for the need of science 
communication than anything else, as the so called expert from the 
industry body peddled inaccuracies that the presenter accepted as truth. 
He claimed you couldn't purify helium if it mixes with other gasses 
(e.g. in NMR scanners) and so the balloon industry is actually just 
using waste helium. 
 
Their Green Balloon Campaign 
http://www.thegreenballooncampaign.com/page10.htm states. "Helium is 
found in the atmosphere all around us". Is it just me that feels that 
this statement suggests it's more abundant than 0.0005% of the 
atmosphere? 
 
Andrew 
 
 
On Wed, 2012-04-11 at 20:11 +0100, Alex Taylor wrote: 
> Dear Sam, 
> Thank you so much for your email. 
> Just wanted to say, Im getting a physicist onboard so we Dont litter... 
> Maybe I should place this in the ad. 
> Thanks again, 
> Alex 
> On 11 Apr 2012 19:35, "Sam Kuper" <[log in to unmask]> wrote: 
>  
> > On 11 April 2012 16:46, Alex Taylor <[log in to unmask]> wrote: 
> > 
> >> We are a film company hoping to do an exciting publicity stunt involving 
> >> mass balloons positioned at the right place at the right time. 
> > 
> > 
> > If you are planning to release the balloons so that they drift off into 
> > the sky, please cancel your stunt. 
> > 
> > For some reasons why, see: 
> > http://www.ukrivers.net/balloon_fact.html 
> > http://www.rspb.org.uk/ourwork/policy/marine/pollution.aspx 
> > 
> > Balloon releases amount to little more than littering on a spectacular 
> > scale. 
> > 
> > If, on the other, hand, you'll not be polluting, and you'll be effectively 
> > communicating interesting aspects of physics, then all power to your elbow. 
> > 
> > Regards, 
> > 
> > Sam 
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