Stephan Matthiesen

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Today in the Guardian: How I was attacked by pot plants

"... he noticed the green liana which had grown from the pot plant and reached his body. Every movement became impossible, and every scream was smothered by the plant material that was growing around his mouth and throat. ... Were the plants taking revenge on humankind, or had aliens conquered the planet? Dr Stephan Matthiesen ... personally experienced this terrifying scenario and lived to tell the tale." This appeared in today's Guardian, one of the biggest British quality newspapers. What's going on here?

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science-texts website relaunched

Screenshot science-texts

With new content and new technology, we have relaunched the website of our editorial team science-texts today. Unlike the old static page, the new site contains not only detailed information about Andrea Kamphuis' and my work, but also texts and news about topics that we are interested in - in particular about the formation of structures and patterns in Nature.

Chairman of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (Edinburgh Branch)

Yesterday I was elected Chairman of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland Branch of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. It is a great honour to fill this post in an organisation with such a long and fruitful tradition, and I am looking forward to my new responsibilities and activities.

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"Monkeys and Apes" available

Monkeys and Apes in the Wild

"Monkeys and Apes in the Wild" by Ingo Arndt and Fritz Jatschke, which I translated into English last winter, is now available from Papadakis. With magnificent wildlife photographs and knowledgeable texts, it introduces important species of apes and monkeys from all over the world, focussing on their behaviour in their natural environment. More information about the book can be found on the website of our editorial team science-texts (in German) or on the Amazon website.

Polar weekend: activities and information about the poles

On 8 and 9 March 2008 we organise a Polar Weekend family event at Our Dynamic Earth. Hands-on activities and presentations give people of all ages the opportunity to learn about important topics in polar research. I'm organising the event for the Edinburgh and South East Scotland Branch of the British Association for the Advancement of Science within this year's National Science and Engineering Week.

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"Von Sinnen" - book about altered states of consciousness now available

Buchcover Von Sinnen

Now available in the bookshops is the volume "Von Sinnen - Traum und Trance, Rausch und Rage aus Sicht der Hirnforschung", based on a conference by turmdersinne in 2005. To the best of my knowledge, this is the only German book that introduces the different aspects of altered states of consciousness from a scientific perspective for a wider audience. More information (in German) can be found on the website of our editorial team science-texts or from mentis Verlag; you can order the book from the publishers.

Polar Meltdown at the Royal Society

3 July 2007: Polar Meltdown at the Royal Society (Press release, National Environmental Research Council)

The press release from the National Environmental Research Council (NERC) about our stall at the Royal Society Summer Exhibition in London, for which I developed a demonstration experiment showing the effects of climate change on Arctic ecosystems.

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